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Monthly Wine Social and Critique: Abstract

Each month, 15-20 photographers of all levels get together to discuss each other's images with emphasis on composition.  The beginners learn from the pros, the pros learn from each other and we all have a good time with wine/beer to boot.  Join us for at Vino on the Landing in Renton for a Monday evening for our monthly Wine & Critique Social.

Be creative with your camera and create an abstract that is both creative and interesting to the viewer.  Be careful... there's a thin line between an abstract and a bad image.  Engage the viewer longer with images that are not immediately recognizable.  

Create strong, interesting compositions based on the elements and principles of design.

A. Elements—line, shape/form, texture/pattern, value, and space

B. Principles—contrast/variety, unity/harmony, rhythm/movement, repetition, scale/proportion, balance, and emphasis/focal point

You pick the subjects—nature, architecture, arranged objects, etc.

Move the camera around to find the interesting compositions—horizontal or vertical; bird’s eye or bug’s eye.  Minor framing adjustments make all the difference.

Seek out interesting and unusual shapes, patterns, textures, and changes in value.

Try finding contrasts between size, distance, old/new, natural/manmade, rough/smooth, etc.

Try to push your subject beyond its initial context (e.g. instead of photographing a bowl of fruit, try photographing the fruit cut open, arranged in a pattern, submerged under water, and/or placed in an unusual environment)

RULE:  All images should be taken during the month prior to the event

Bring your 5 images on a flash drive, SD card or CD.

There is usually a waiting list on these meetups.  Please do not RSVP and not show up.  Honestly, cancelling an hour before the event is the same as being a no-show!  Preference will be given to those who have donated to the club during the current year and/or have not no-showed past Vino events.

It takes a lot of time, effort and money to keep this club going.  We ask for an annual $20 donation.  If you have not donated in 2013, please consider contributing $20 or any other amount by CLICKING ON THIS LINK or going to the meetup page and use the link on the left side of the page.

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  • Georgina

    I agree with Richard and others at the event -- great images (and imaginations).

    February 23, 2014

  • Gail

    Interesting subject and fun seeing everyone's interpretations.

    February 23, 2014

  • Richard

    It was great to see everyone show up on a Sunday night. Basically, I was amazed at the creative photographs this month they were AWESOME!
    The only downer of the evening was that someone did not pay their bill.....
    I covered their bill, and I am sure it was an honest mistake. The individual can reimburse me next month.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Bob D.

    lots of talented photographers in the room, great sharing of ideas..thanks everyone!

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Tom C.

    Running late. We'll be there

    February 23, 2014

  • Jeff L.

    sorry alan, i worked all day at the Seattle Center for a Wine tasting event and will continuing pouring through the evening at a birthday party at LaurenAshton Winery. I will try to make it next month. I will upload some images for consideration and comment on even though i will not be there. jeff

    February 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We just moved and can't put our hands on anything, plus exhaustion grips us. Sorry for the late notice.

    February 23, 2014

  • Linda

    I also caught the cold going around, so I won't be there either. =-(

    February 23, 2014

  • Moni V

    Sorry for the late change. I caught a nasty cold and don't want to spread it around. See you next time!

    February 23, 2014

  • Richard

    See you all on Sunday.....

    February 14, 2014

  • Joe D.

    Sadly I'm out of town that day, will hope to be available for the next one.

    January 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry can't come. Would love to be there as abstract is my thing but am unavailable. Hopefully in March I can participate. Have fun!

    January 25, 2014

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