The Rotating Subjects and Special Techniques selected by the Competition Committee for the 2017-2018 club season are listed below. You may download a copy here.

Sun Lakes Camera Club
Rotating Assignments and Special Techniques 2017 – 2018 Club Year

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 2017 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 2017 Special Techniques: Perspective. A photo of an ordinary object, person, or scene from a different angle. The object can be large or small, but the view of the subject should be different than normal. The image may be either color or monochrome.

November 2017 Rotating Subject: Trains. This topic is the Spring 2018 ACCC Rotating Subject. There is no definition nor any restriction.

November 2017 Special Techniques: Human Portrait. An image of a living human being.
This can be a full image from head to toe, or just a head shot. The key element is to light the subject in such a way that there is some drama in the image. The image can be color or monochrome.

December 2017 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 in color or monochrome

December 2017 Special Techniques: Close Up. 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

January 2018 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 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.

No technique that adds, relocates, replaces, or removes pictorial elements except by cropping is permitted. Techniques that enhance the presentation of the photograph, but without altering the content of the original scene, are permitted, including HDR, focus stacking and dodging/burning. Techniques that remove elements added by the camera, such as dust spots and digital noise are allowed. All allowed adjustments must appear natural. The image may be in color or monochrome but infrared images are not allowed.

January 2018 Special Techniques: Monochrome or black and white. An image is considered to be Black and White only if it gives the impression of having no color (i.e. contains only shades of grey which can include pure black and pure white.) An image is considered Monochrome if it gives the impression of being a greyscale image that has been toned in one color across the entire image. (for example: sepia, red, gold, etc.)

An image modified or giving the impression of having been modified by having two or more colors does not meet the definition of monochrome and considered a color image.

February 2018 Rotating Subject: Repetition. This topic is the Fall 2018 ACCC Rotating Subject. There is no definition nor any restriction.

February 2018 Special Techniques: Light Painting. Light painting is a photographic technique in which exposures are made by moving a hand-held light source while taking a long exposure photograph. This can include using the light to illuminate a subject or to shine a point of light directly at the camera, or by moving the camera itself during exposure. The image may be color or monochrome.

March 2018 Rotating Subject: Photojournalism. A Photojournalism image consists of an image with informative content and emotional impact, including human interest, documentary and spot news. The journalistic value of the photograph shall be considered over pictorial quality. In the interest of credibility, photographs which misrepresent the truth, such as manipulation to alter the subject matter, or situations which are set up for the purpose of photography, are unacceptable in Photojournalism. The image may be color or monochrome.

March 2018 Special Techniques: Creative. A Creative image presents a subject in an "Altered Reality." The image must obviously display a change in natural color, form, shape, or any combination of three.

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