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First Acceptances towards Gold …

Just in from Foto Klub Novi Sad, the first acceptances of new images towards my FIAP / Gold accreditation. The model here is Mason, first in Peaky Blinders mode in Time Gone and then in Penance, a loose interpretation of the Atlas myth.

 

And this is Devonn in Through a Glass Darkly, part of a modern gangster set.

Through a Glass Darkly

Finally, the really versatile and professional model, Rachelle Summer, as a Cabaret Dancer.

Cabaret Dancer

A handful of my older images also got accepted with a couple of awards, but they don’t count towards Gold, so will now be retired after a year’s hard work on my behalf.

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.

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

First .jpegs from the Nikon D800

Still waiting for Adobe to catch up with the software for RAW files, but I couldn’t resist a few test shots in the meantime.
Model: Zita Lukacs

ZitaPainted Lady

Vintage Pin-Up

Part of a series I have been working on, using a faux wet-plate processing finish.
Model: Ellie Mae Bates.Vintage Pin-Up

On the Road to Silver

Well, it’s been quite a good couple of weeks for me. I finally achieved my BPE5* and was notified that I had been successful in achieving my EFIAP/bronze. (explanations of acronyms here). So, I’m off on my journey towards EFIAP/silver, and these are the first acceptances along the way. They went to the UPSA Exhibition in California as Monochrome prints and all four were accepted. Only three count towards the silver, as Crowning Glory is an older picture, but I’m up and running (well, crawling really). I have yet to make up my mind whether to pursue any further accreditation with the BPE.

From top left, clockwise: Behind the Mask (which won a Ribbon), Stoned, The Neck Corset, Crowning Glory.Behind the Mask

 

Rushden BPE Salon

Five pictures accepted into the Rushden Salon – clockwise from top left – Split Personality (Highly Commended), The Sorceress, Into the Light, Black Tailed Godwits and Behind the Mask.

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