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Education Night - How to Capture Urban Environments (7:00 PM PDT)
Kate Hailey: How to Capture Urban Environments Please join us for an educational night with Kate Hailey via Zoom, on May 28th.  In this session, we will learn to capture moments in urban environments. Discover how to use light, composition, and storytelling through imagery to create extraordinary photos. Gain insights into different sources and qualities of light, composition techniques, and recommended gear for capturing street scenes. This session is for anyone interested in expanding their artistic vision through street photography. Biography: Kate Hailey is a freelance photographer and photography educator based in the Pacific Northwest. As a teenager, she began to learn the art of lighting, as a photo assistant. Over the years she has explored the world and found her true voice in capturing stories of people and places along the way. Kate leads workshops, photowalks, and photo tours, focusing on topics she holds dear, from lighting and portraiture, to travel and exploring creative techniques. Kate is an ambassador for Lensbaby and a contributor to blogs of brands like Lensbaby, as well as SLR Lounge, Digital Photography School, FujiLove, Glazer's Camera, and more. www.katehailey.com https://www.instagram.com/katehailey/ Zoom Link: We plan to use the regular zoom link posted on our SPS Website for Education Night Activities.
Field Trip - Velodrome (7:00 PM PDT)
It’s bicycle racing time at the Jerry Baker Velodrome at Marymoor Park in Redmond.  I’ll lead a field trip there on Friday, May 31 at 6:30 PM.  This is a great opportunity for you to try your photographic skills in capturing fast action sports and applying different techniques such as panning/zooming, story telling and motion blur. It’s outdoors (rain cancels) and racing starts at 7:00 PM and goes to 10:00 PM.  You only need to stay as long as you wish but besides the photographic opportunities, it’s family friendly so feel free to bring friends and family.  They have food trucks too.  Parking is $1 and there may be a voluntary $5/person entry fee. The track and environment are beautiful and easily accessible all the way around for different vantage points.  Feel free to sit in the stands or bring blankets, chairs and food to hang out on the grass.  The announcers are excellent and explain the different types of racing taking place. This is what the venue looks like (and you can check out other aspects of this famous track) and gives you a sense of the different photo vantage points that you can have by walking around. https://velodrome.org/about-the-jbm-velo/ Search on the Jerry Baker Velodrome and/or check out this link for location and parking.  There are pay station kiosks from which you have to get your parking tag and then put on the dashboard.  I know it takes $1 bills.   https://www.google.com/maps/search/velodrome/@47.6653949,-122.1136541,18.11z?entry=ttu We’ll meet by the food trucks but it’s a relatively small venue so you only need to look for photographers.  Odds are they are us. This video gives a sense of the racing and environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m4TjPSYbas For tips on bicycling racing photography: https://tinyurl.com/2xnr2cf9 Some things to think about with sports photography are listed below.  They are just food for thought. Bring a telephoto to get in close. Freezing the action (fast shutter speed such as
Projected Night (7:00 PM PDT)
The deadline for entering images is 2 PM the day before the meeting. (Monday by 2 PM.) Images cannot be accepted after this deadline. All digital images must be in jpeg format and no more than 1920 pixels wide and no more than 1200 pixels high. The recommended color space is sRGB. Visit the FAQ if you have questions. All images used must have been taken by the maker. (For example, do not use a sky provided by Photoshop if you use the "Sky Replacement" tool.) Clip art or other vector art is not allowed. Images generated by artificial intelligence are not eligible for entry. Dodging and burning, spot adjustments, HDR, and other common types of post processing methods are allowed in all categories (although they should be used very sparingly in Nature.) Frames and vignettes may be added in all categories. "Creative" filters may be used in Creative, Open and Themes, but not in Nature. Sky replacement images should be entered into Creative.  A member may submit two images total among the Categories of Creative, Nature, Open, and Themes. Every month there will be a new Theme. May - Architecture June – Spring Gardens July -   Leading Lines August - Street Photography September - Wild Flowers October - Motion Blur November - Urban Landscapes December - Night Scenes January 2025 - Mountains and/or Rivers February - Chaos March - Negative Space April - Abstracts
Print Night (7:00 PM PDT)
Guests may bring one print for critique. Dues-paying members of the Seattle Photographic Society may submit two prints for critique and scoring. There are no restrictions on subject matter, technique, or digital editing, as long as the image meets the basic requirements for all submitted images. We will break up into groups of 4-7 people to discuss the prints. Written comments will be provided to the maker for each print.  Prints should be at least 4"x6", and should be matted or mounted so that they can stand up on an easel. (This doesn't have to be anything fancy or permanent.) The size of the mat should be at least 8"x10". We will have some foam core boards and artist's tape you can borrow to temporarily mount your prints if you are not able to do it ahead of time.   Prints will need two cards taped to the back for judging and comments. Download this form to your computer - Print Night Card Blanks. (You should only need to download it once.) Type in your info, print it out, and tape to the back of each Print. Please submit a digital copy of your image to the appropriate category before the meeting. This step is encouraged, but not mandatory because judging and voting for People's Choice will be done at the meeting. However, the results will be displayed on the website just as they are for Projected images, so any images that are not uploaded will show a grey square in these results instead of your image. This deadline is midnight Wednesday after the meeting. Print Categories Small Color - a minimum print size of 4x6 and a maximum print size of 8x12. Small Monochrome - a minimum print size of 4x6 and a maximum print size of 8x12.. A monochrome image is defined as an image with a single global color or tone, plus white. It includes traditional black and white images, sepia toned images, or images with any other single color. Large Color - a minimum print size of 8x10 and a maximum print size of 16x30. Large Monochrome - a minimum print size of 8x10
END of YEAR AWARDS NIGHT (7:00 PM PDT)
End of Year Competitions - Our competition year runs from May 1 – April 30. The showing of competition winners and awards is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18 7pm via Zoom.
Marymore Park Bird Walk and Community Gardens (9:00 AM PDT)
Hey there! Join me (Jana Erikson) for a morning bird walk at Marymoor Park. We'll be meeting at the Bird Trail Viewing Mound, located by Lot G, at 9 am. Parking will cost $1.00. The weather is expected to be clear with a pleasant 76 degrees, so it's a great opportunity for photography. After the walk, we'll explore the community gardens, which should be in full bloom and offer a wonderful assortment of photo opportunities. Let me know if you can make it. Looking forward to seeing you there! Jana
Charles Needle: “Creative Macro Photography” (7:00 PM PDT)
Via Zoom, use regular SPS Education/small group link. This session will not be recorded.   Description:  Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio.  Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader, Charles Needle, guides you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level.  This session covers more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses, Soft-Glow Montage macro, and wide-angle macro.  Charles also discusses specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. Bio -  Charles Needle is an award-winning, Colorado-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide.      Charles is an accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet's Garden (Giverny, France for 20 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner for 14 years.  A popular conference and camera club speaker for more than two decades, Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills, Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush, and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques.
Projected Night (7:00 PM PDT)
The deadline for entering images is 2 PM the day before the meeting. (Monday by 2 PM.) Images cannot be accepted after this deadline. All digital images must be in jpeg format and no more than 1920 pixels wide and no more than 1200 pixels high. The recommended color space is sRGB. Visit the FAQ if you have questions. All images used must have been taken by the maker. (For example, do not use a sky provided by Photoshop if you use the "Sky Replacement" tool.) Clip art or other vector art is not allowed. Images generated by artificial intelligence are not eligible for entry. Dodging and burning, spot adjustments, HDR, and other common types of post processing methods are allowed in all categories (although they should be used very sparingly in Nature.) Frames and vignettes may be added in all categories. "Creative" filters may be used in Creative, Open and Themes, but not in Nature. Sky replacement images should be entered into Creative.  A member may submit two images total among the Categories of Creative, Nature, Open, and Themes. Every month there will be a new Theme. May - Architecture June – Spring Gardens July -   Leading Lines August - Street Photography September - Wild Flowers October - Motion Blur November - Urban Landscapes December - Night Scenes January 2025 - Mountains and/or Rivers February - Chaos March - Negative Space April - Abstracts


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