Author Archives: Edward Kunzelman

Thursday Night Print Meeting

Don’t forget our TMCC print meeting at the regular Community College classroom this Thursday night at 7:00pm. And for those of you susceptible to a “better offer” of something else to do Thursday night… there won’t be one. Unless they’re giving away free beer at the Blue Moon, come to the TMCC print meeting!

Bring a print, or two or three. Any size. 5×7’s? Fine. Billboard? Okay too, if you can get it through the door. This is not a competition so no rules apply. Even if you have no prints to show, come anyway as we plan to make an educational event out of the program. I’ll be talking a little bit about shadows. You know… those parts of your picture filled with all that luscious detail on the computer monitor, and then print black as the ace of spades in your prints? I’ll be starting the discussion and hope some of you can help me with the answers. That’s what these type of meetings are for… to help each other solve some of the great mysteries of photography.

Mundane Subjects

I have to admit that I’m still stewing over a comment made by one of the PSA judges about my strawberry picture… that it was a mundane subject. Okay, I suppose there are mundane pictures, and I suspect that I’m guilty of producing my fair share of them, but there is no such thing as a mundane subject. Don’t let anyone ever convince you that the subject in front of your eyes is not worth making a picture of because it’s too mundane or ordinary.

You don’t need to travel to Yosemite to elevate a photograph above the level of mundane. It doesn’t have to always be golden hour light. Visually interesting images can be made in your own back yard, or kitchen, or in any number of different lighting conditions. Photography reveals the essence of the world we live in… the colors, shapes, textures and details of nature and everyday life around us. Nothing should ever be called mundane.

“Artists filter the natural world through the lens of their unique perceptions. Landscapes are never just landscapes but a human experience of what is there – as individual as a fingerprint.” – Nicky Leach, Arches National Park Where Rock Meets Sky.

Print Meeting June 8th

The next print meeting is scheduled for June 8th, 7:00pm at our regular Community College meeting room. Bring a print or two, no more than three, for discussion. Bring any questions you might have about the printing process. It’s not a competition… just an opportunity to talk photography.  

Consider this: The unique aspect of photography which separates itself from other art forms is the capability of the camera lens to see detail that the human eye can’t. Taking that another step, a print is able to render sharp detail that projected images do not. So… if you seriously want to improve your photography, one of the best ways to do that is to print a photograph and ask for feedback from your peers. That’s why we have print meetings. 

2017 TMCC Annual Print Competition

Information and Rules for the TMCC 2017 Print Competition:

Dates:

Prints are due no later than July 31st. 

Give your print to Ed Kunzelman at any club meeting between now and July 25th, or in person by arrangement.

Presentation of all prints and competition results will be at the August 22nd meeting.

Theme

Open, any subject is permitted.

Print Size:

Size must be between 11×14 and 16×20 (3:2 camera shooters: 11×16 and 13×20).

Panoramas no larger than 20” on the long side.  

Square formats up to 16×16.

Paper:

Prints can be made on any sort of paper: gloss, luster, mat, metallic paper, watercolor paper, canvas.  

Direct prints to metal, wood, acrylic or any thick rigid material are not allowed.

Mounting to foam core is acceptable but not necessary.

Either way, you might put the print in a sleeve or envelope for protection.

It is not required that you print your own photograph.

Framing and Mats:

Framing and glass are not allowed.

Mats of any color (including white) are not allowed.

Canvas wraps are not allowed.

You may include a blank border of paper up to 2” around each side of the image. 

Scoring (3 Categories):

Composition: Evaluates the selection and arrangement of elements in an image. Questions to consider: Is there a subject? Are there elements which support the main subject, or detract from it? Is there balance in the composition? Is there movement? Is there depth?

Impact: This category has always been sort of subjective. This competition will attempt to change that. To that extent, impact will be judged by creativity, uniqueness and the perceived level of difficulty for making the photograph. Also, does the image hold the viewer’s attention? Keep in mind that a photograph of Maroon Bells, for example, taken from the same position as a million other photographers, will most likely not be considered creative, unique or difficult. The choice of paper to complement the style of your photograph is also important. In other words, some images have greater impact presented on glossy paper, others might look better on an uncoated sheet. The score for impact will not be affected by the personal tastes of the judge(s) regarding subject matter. 

Technical: Considers aspects such as exposure, contrast, color balance, sharpness, and digital effects like haloing, noise and chromatic aberration. Print quality will be weighted heavily in scoring. This competition is not just the same as a projected image competition. Prints show detail that projected images don’t, so detail is relatively more important here than in a digital image competition.

Miscellaneous Notes:

Photographs which have previously placed in the top three scores of any previous TMCC competition are not allowed. Prints may be signed if you wish, but not necessary. Picture titles are not necessary. Color or black and white prints are permitted.

Results:

Every print submitted for competition will show a score for each category, along with a full written critique of each category, which should explain why the score is what it is.

Questions

Contact Ed Kunzelman at 970-241-1124 or ed@edwardkunzelman.com

Critique Night at the Arts Center

This Friday night 7:00 – 9:00pm, April 7th, is a special First Friday event at the Western Colorado Arts Center. It’s free and open to the public. The program consists of two guest speakers, Mardee Goff of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Sam Harvey of the Harvey Meadows Gallery in Aspen, who will be critiquing artwork from 12 different artists. I have three photographs as part of the show, and best I can tell, the only photographer in the group. It is my understanding that they will be talking more about their response and impression of the art, and how it communicates ideas, than just a technical critique as you might find with TMCC club competitions. But this is all new to me, so we’ll see. For several years, I’ve looked to other art forms as inspiration in my photography, so I’m looking forward to this program. If you’re looking for some creative inspiration of your own, I think you might like attending this event. The Art Center is located at 1803 North 7th Street.

 

Join the Photo Discussion

Bob Peterson and myself have posted images from our last PSA competition to the TMCC website, looking for more feedback from club members. Just navigate to the “Join the Discussion” menu at the top of the home page, or “Recent Posts” at the bottom. Click on “Comments” to see what everyone else has to say. Post a photo of your own for which you would like comment. It’s a great way to continue the conversation between club meetings.

Need help with how to post a picture or make a comment? Contact me at ed@edwardkunzelman.com. First thing you’ll need is a login user name and password. If you’re a new member and don’t have one, contact myself or Dawn at dawn@2morrowsmuse.com. 

Color or Black and White?

The competition judges suggested converting this image from color to black and white. Good idea? After all, texture is often emphasized more effectively in a black and white image. By removing color as a distraction, the viewer has little left to look at besides patterns and texture. And as I’ve heard a million times before… if it’s a good picture, it should still be good after you remove the color.

The only problem with that idea, in this case, is that the other thing that caught my eye in addition to the texture was how interesting it was that someone decided to match the paint color of the window trim with that of the bricks. And I simply like the hue of the color. Who knows how long it was before someone decided to cover the bricks up with white paint. But after this image is converted to black and white, the color of the window trim could be about anything. It could be green or blue. You’d have no idea that it matched the brick. Is it a big deal? Maybe not… but it was one of the big reasons this scene caught my eye. A reasonable question often asked is: “Why did you take that picture?” Converting this picture to black and white undermines the answer, in my opinion. Which version do you prefer? Just login and post your comments here.