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On to our next virtual, COVID, social distancing, quarantine safe (is anyone still respecting the quarantine?) phase II (II 1/2?), essential activity. So I was lazy and found this one on the "Internet tubes" and it is called "foodscapes". The idea being you place little plastic characters on a dish to create a story. You arrange the food and mini plastic characters in positions that have them acting out a scene; either from a movie or just in general. The most important thing is to create a narrative. E.g., in the photo above, the mountaineer is on the mash potatoes and asking help from his buddies below. Get creative, show us your artistic side. You can use any plastic characters: army men, lego people, if you have kids you are a step up. If not, here are a couple of sites that are dedicated to little plastic characters and thingies: www.hornby.com/us-en/ www.wish.com/search/figures%20toys www.amazon.com/s?k=toy+figures&ref=nb_sb_noss_1 www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p[masked].m570.l1311.R1.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xtoy+figures.TRS0&_nkw=toy+figures&_sacat=0 And for the really committed artists out there: you can melt the limbs off of your figurines using a hot butter knife and then reattach to match the scene you are going for; you can also use tiny brushes to paint tiny features on your characters (based on many years of working with toy models when I was a young lad). There will be an overall winner of who's guesses are the closest--as judged by the photographer. Three photos only. And they cannot be from your stock footage. I put the start date "out a ways" (Texan speak) into the future so that anyone can RSVP and post pictures. Once the event starts, you have a week to post your creations, and no more members can RSVP. There should be no feedback that food is being wasted, you can just remove the little plastic people and finish your dinner. Just have fun with it!
This is a cross-posting for Chris English's Photo Exchange and Photography Adventures groups. If you attended Chris' excellent, online presentation "Working with Models", this is a chance to put into practice the methodologies he discussed; if you could not attend, no worries, this is your chance to work with one of the best photographers in the industry. Note: There is a charge of $35 for this event--cash-only and no shows and last minute cancellations will be noted; it takes a lot of planning and preparation to organize these events. Please be respectful. Here is Chris' text: COVID-19 NOTE Due to COVID, we will limit photographer attendance. We will also strictly observe social distancing and wear masks. If you are not well, please do not attend. Attending this event is solely your decision, and the organizers are not responsible for you, in any way whatsoever. Come join us for a Summer Fashion photoshoot, working with models on location at Yates Mill. The theme is Summer fashion. You will have an opportunity to work with a few models for a fashion shoot. We will work in natural daylight, but you may want to bring your off-camera flash if you have it, for fill-in lighting. I will bring my off-camera flash set for anyone interested. This is a Trade For Print (TFP) shoot, and any images we shoot will need to be processed and given to the models for their portfolio within 3 days. Please pay in cash, at the event.
Several memes have come across my feed in Facebook for which have given me inspiration for a new event: Finding Faces in Everyday Objects. This is another COIVD compliant, socially isolated event. The Adventures in Food event is open for additional entries. Julia is kicking it with her entry of a figure fishing for limes on what looks like a key lime pie. https://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Photography-Club/photos/30983883/491455268/ Please, folks who RSVPed, add your entries. In hopes of creating an easier event for the creatively challenged--in which I am a member-- the idea is to search around your home or outside for objects that create natural faces. For example, it might be a couple of windows with a door underneath that at the right angle, in the right light, make for a disappointed or frowny face. Or an electrical outlet in your home that can be turned into a face of surprise. To make things even easier, you can purchase what are called "googly eyes" from your local craft store, or order them online. Or you can hang sunglasses or other props to create your desired facial expression. First, second, third place will be awarded based on creativity, the amount of planning, and the wow factor; entries that do not use props (e.g. googly eyes) will be scored higher. In addition, you must give your entry a creative caption--the more creative, the higher your score. In case of ties in the three categories--creativity, planning and wowing-- having a creative caption will push your entry into the win column. As in the Adventures in Food event, I pushed the start date out into the future. You can post your photos anytime up until the event starts.
Chris English is a good friend to the club and we are lucky to have access to his wealth of photographic knowledge. He runs two other photography clubs: "Photography Adventures" and "Photography Exchange" for which this event is a cross-post. Here is his Chris' description: Want to make long-exposure images? These are beautiful images where all the moving part become blurred. Classical examples include waterfalls, seascapes, stars, car trails lights and landscapes with wispy, streaky clouds. This two-hour Zoom session will: - Cover the equipment needed, composition, camera settings and the step-by-step process to make the long-exposure images - Provide each participant with a 25-page PowerPoint presentation with all the details Please make the workshop fee payment of $35, via PayPal to secure your place, to: [masked] (Please ensure you account for the PayPal fees and the full payment amount is indeed $35.00).