The End of the Silver Trail

On 1st November, I finally acquired the last of the accepted pictures I needed to apply for my EFIP/silver. These are the final seven images of 2017. Now the long wait until June 2018 until I can start entering Salons again in a bid for Gold!
From the top left, clockwise: The Cheat Unmasked, Shady Lady, Hidden Charms, Double Trouble, Painted Lady, Rebel Without a Cause and Reed Warbler in the Reeds.

Silken Bow

Results just in from the Uzbekistan Photo Salon … four acceptances, including Silken Bow, a new entry to the FIAP Salons and number 43 of the required 50 images.Silken Bow

Flora

I’ve had this picture for quite some time and, for some reason, have never entered it into the Salons. Flora had her first outing to Salon el Argentino and is now #42 of my required 50 pictures for EFIAP/silver. Flora

To Sharpen or not to sharpen …

… that is the question. More and more lately, I have been wondering about why we sharpen digital photographs. I don’t believe our eyes see the world with crisp, delineated outlines on every object in the scope of our vision. So, why the need to sharpen every picture we make until it “makes your eyes bleed”?

Ellie Mae

I think we have been subtly engineered by the photographic gurus and bloggers into thinking every element of a picture must be razor sharp … and I no longer believe it is so. This picture has had no sharpening applied. Admittedly, my eyes are probably a lot older than yours, but I feel it represents fairly accurately what I was seeing at the time I dropped the shutter. The model, Ellie, doesn’t have sharp edges and the whites of her eyes are not blindingly white, so why is it considered de rigeur to alter our photographs to give this illusion?

The Cheat / Carmelita

The Cheat and Carmelita – strange bedfellows, but they represent numbers 40 and 41 in my EFIAP/b quest. Unusually for me, The Cheat has not been processed with textures but is a straight shot from a fisheye lens.  Carmelita has had a minimal ‘touch-up’ but probably still represents a fairly straight-forward shot.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACarmelita

Teenyboppers

Results in today from the 64th Singapore International Photography Awards – five images accepted for inclusion in their exhibition, including new picture, Teenyboppers, bringing me up to 39 of my 50 target for EFIAP/silver.
Models: Devonn and Ellie.

Teenyboppers

New Acceptances for EFIAP/s

With a couple of months to go, I now have 38 of 50 pictures required to qualify for my EFIAP/s. I already have the obligatory 100 acceptances, so just the dirty dozen to find between now and Christmas.
From top left, clockwise: The Cheaters, Private Dancer, Hair Raiser, Beginners Please, The Girl in the Blue Scarf, Robin Redbreast in Song, Menace, Vintage Pin Up.
Thanks to models Martyn, Hannah, Mason, Rachelle and Ellie Mae.
And a big thank you, as usual, to Studio 3 by Severn.

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