The rotating subjects and special techniques selected by the Competition Committee for the 2019-2020 club season are listed below. You may download a copy here.
Note: Several of the SLCC Rotating Subjects are also used in PSA and ACCC competitions. They have the same name as the SLCC subjects, but may have different definitions and restrictions. If you plan to enter a PSA or ACCC competition with the same or a similar name, review the requirements on the host organization’s website.
October 2019 Rotating Subject: Photo Travel. A Photo Travel image expresses the characteristic features or culture of a land as they are found naturally. There are no geographic limitations. Close up pictures of people or objects must include features that provide information about the environment or context. The image may be either color or monochrome.
October 2019 Special Techniques: Close Up or Macro. This is an image of small subjects or parts of larger subjects. Achieving sufficient depth of field is the challenge with this technique. In some cases, just using a very small lens opening might be sufficient but in other cases some form of focus stacking may be needed. The image may be color or monochrome.
November 2019 Rotating Subject: City Scene. This topic is the Spring 2020 ACCC Rotating Subject. There is no definition nor any restriction. The image may be either color or monochrome or may be creative.
November 2019 Special Techniques: Selective Focus. Selective focus or shallow depth of field is technique that can be used to make specific objects stand out in a photograph. It will keep the selected object sharp and in focus, while the rest of the shot will appear to be out of focus. This can be achieved by using a longer (telephoto) lens, a large opening (small F stop), and or moving in close when taking the photograph. Alternatively, you can use your editing program to achieve some of the same results.
December 2019 Rotating Subject: Scapes. A Scape is defined as an expanse of scenery. Scapes may be, but are not limited to, landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, or cityscapes. Human elements are allowed. The image may be either color or monochrome.
December 2019 Special Techniques: Panning. Panning is a camera technique used to capture motion blur and convey movement while keeping a moving subject sharp. To capture a panning shot, choose a moving subject and a shutter speed slow enough to capture its movement. A fast subject like a vehicle will not require as slow of a shutter speed as a person running, for instance. As your subject moves, follow it in the direction that it’s moving. Rotate your camera on the horizontal axis along with the subject to capture a shot with a sharp subject and motion-streaked background.
January 2020 Rotating Subject: Nature. Nature Photography refers to a wide range of images taken outdoors and devoted to displaying natural elements such as landscapes, geologic formations, weather, wildlife, plants, and close ups of natural scenes and textures. This includes images taken with the subjects in controlled conditions, such as zoos, game farms, botanical gardens, aquariums and any enclosure where the subjects are totally dependent on man for food.
No hand of man can be present in the image. This means fences, roads, power and telephone lines and poles, mechanical equipment, hybrid flowers or plants or other man made items cannot be in the image. The exception is identification banding, tags and radio collars or similar identification items attached to the animal. These are allowed.