Over the weekend just passed, I've spent several days down in Melbourne for The Digital Show, in particular, to watch my entries being judged as part of the Australian Professional Photography Awards, or APPA, a national competition for the members of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). Our National awards are a big deal and are a great thing to watch and see where your work places in the categories, if nothing else than for professional development.
It's fair to say that I keep my APPA Images under wraps until I actually have them judged and scored. This is something that most will probably find strange or confusing, but it doesn't have to be; it's designed to create maximum impact on the judges. I've been rather vocal for a while now about why I keep my APPA prints separate from my main practice, and it's because I have this going for me: for experimentation, growth and challenging myself. It's like having an assignment to complete every 6 months, the challenge to create something new, to think newer or be inventive.
While I do this in my Public practice (ie, what you see in my Galleries and online) APPA and what I'm working on behind the scenes is my Private practice. Since I'm pretty happy with my results, I'll post my images to show you what I submitted. I don't want to make a big deal of them, but hopefully I can explain a little about each image and give you an idea of how I created them.
I'm always up for feedback, but please refrain from attacking the judges or the judging process of the AIPP. I will remove inflammatory or derogatory comments if they are posted. If you have concerns please contact me privately.
I have since received my image corners in the mail, so when I get home I will update the images with their respective photo/award logos.
Location: Patagonia, Chile.
Score: Silver Distinction, 85
This is one of my images created as a single capture. I was hiking through the underbrush in Patagonia, a most majestical path adorned by trees. The light was soft and filtering through the trees. Pano cropped, some shadows desaturated and the tree colour augmented.
^ "Snowy Road" (previously unreleased)
Location: Ben Lomond, NSW, Australia
Score: Silver, 80
This image came about by accident, one night playing around in Photoshop attempting to see what would happen with effects on an image. I began layering the single capture over itself and motion blurring it to create the "tunnel" of the road. I added back in one of my snow textures and made a channel of light. I wanted to recreate the feeling of driving in a video game, it sort of feels like it...
^ "Disappearing Dicky" (previously unreleased)
Location: Dicky Beach, QLD Australia
Score: No Award, 78
This was a commentary image for the last time that I was around the S.S Dicky before it was removed from the beach, due to being a public safety hazard. While exposing, I simply panned the camera left and right to create the "disappearing / erasing". This was intended as a social comment on it's disappearance, highlighting the fragility of the natural environment and how we as humans interact with it.
^ "The Usual Suspects"
Location: Willowbank QLD Australia
Score: Silver Award, 80
When I first drove past this location, I immediately had to stop and shoot the trees so perfectly profiled on the edge of the hill. It was an absolutely beautiful winters' day and this scene was just magical. I added in a cloud texture and put in some different motion. I think it worked out pretty well, I like the image and how it feels. The infinite sky and the right blue tone just makes this feel so delicate and simple.
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