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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.

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?

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.

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

 

None Shall Pass

I’m presently getting a bank of new pictures ready for when I can begin competing for my EFIAP Silver level. None Shall Pass has been created from a studio shot of a brilliant young model, Emily, and a background from Southwell Workhouse. It was a productive day in the studio and there are, hopefully, a few more images in the pipeline.None Shall Pass

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.

Ellie Mae

Today, I’m practising split-toning. This one is done in Lightroom, with quite a light touch (a new discipline for me!). It hasn’t had any sharpening applied, which, I think, keeps it on the ethereal side.
Ellie Mae

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