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“Everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it.”
― Mark Twain
The sky is so often underestimated in terms of Photography that I felt compelled to give it a bit of love and talk about it in this weeks article. I've been following UK Storm Chasers on facebook who have been documenting the arrival of the 'demon child of Nadine' as it has been deemed. Hurricane Nadine is still out there in the Atlantic Ocean spinning around and preparing to send the UK another demon child (which is really just a tropical storm to us) and with it comes a plethora of opportunities to snap some stunning skies and horizons. But do we appreciate the sky enough? I don't think we do. When was the last time you stopped shooting at eye level and looked up? Often, there's nothing there - but often too, there's something worth capturing. The general rule when capturing landscapes is to tilt your camera downwards and put emphasis on the foreground. So therefore the sky occupies very little of the final product. However trying something different warrants a bit of creativity but should hopefully land you with something completely different...
I wanted to capture the beginnings of the storm last week, but the view from my window was full of builders, skips, lorries and cars on eye level as it was the middle of the day and the road outside was busy. The clouds on their own didn't work well - but putting in that slither of trees in the background just finished it off nicely. Why not give it a go and focus on the sky instead of on a level next time you shoot?
Community Relations News
The 3rd Issue of Celebrating Diversity is out - and what a diverse collection we have! Check it out for inspiring works across many galleries here on deviantart. We've also rounded up our Daily Deviation roundups for September to make it easier for you to navigate to where you want to go. Check out the Full List.
The beginning of a new month sees a lot of monthly contests launching again with new themes and challenges. There has been a lot happening in the general photography world lately and so I've got a mini roundup here to help you out so you can see what you do and don't want to enter!
Capture Your Pumpkin! hosted in the %Still-Life-Stills group this contest is still life photography based. But do not fear - if you've never ventured into the Still Life World it doesn't matter! You can quite easily pick up your camera and get creative on this one. Plus there's a category for best carving too....so why not get creative with the carving knife (and your pumpkin!)
Abstract Colours Contest has launched over at %Abstract-and-Surreal and challenges you to capture colour in abstract!
Recipe Challenge: Pesto be sure to check over at %Still-Life-Stills for the recipe for this months challenge and the winners from last month. October will be encouraging to create something with Pesto! Don't know what that is? Check out the group for more info!
Orange Still Life Contest is open at %Still-Life-Stills and is for your Orange themed still life photography. Head to the group to enter!
Seasonal Portraiture Contest is open and is being hosted by %communityrelations along with ~PeopleAndPortraits. Check it out as it challenges you to capture people in seasonal environments and creative ways! There is a fantastic prize list too.
News & Events from Chats
We had our second photography games night this week and it went down really well! Lots of people came along and took part in the obscure photo challenge which involved taking a photo there and then and making it as obscure as possible for the guessing game afterwards. Lots of prizes were given out and we're planning our next event which will be in November - check out the Chat events Calendar and follow %communityrelations for constant updates!
This week ^Astralseed bought a photographer to my attention. ^1pen shows us exactly how she has improved over a period of time with regards to photography with a fantastic deviation that illustrates the chance and development in skills quite clearly.
"It's an intimidating field, in fact, most photographers will tell you that aside from embedding with the military it's probably the most expensive and difficult field in photography there is. But the fact is with a lot of hard work and practice you can improve. Up there shows what can happen in a year(ish) all completely self-taught. That example spans 72 professional games and countless daysin between spent photographing high school teams, youth teams, college teams, junior teams, county teams, and mountains and zoos and my kitty cat."
Community week is over thanks to ^neurotype and `JamminJo for heading it up and making it all run smoothly as well as all the fabulous contributors that ran weeks this week! You're all awesome! Check out the gallery for a roundup of all things covered in case you missed anything out. If you want to get involved with the next Communnity week then note %projecteducate! Now it's Photo-manipulation MONTH - which means a month of awesome courtesy of ^Aeirmid - get yourselves over there and get involved!
We're calling for all History Enthusiasts to get involved with the next few months of Art History! Read the article and head over to %ArtHistoryProject to send a note and get involved. Don't forget it's Digital Art Month currently which means lots of historical info about Digital Art is emerging - follow the group for more information!
Photography Troubleshooting this week explores Autumn and getting the best out of those Autumnal shots if you're in a location where the trees drop their leaves and misty mornings creep in. Hopefully it will be useful and once again, if you've got a burning photography question let me know and the Photography team will do their best to answer it! We're also looking for Historians in the Photography world - know some history about Photography? Why not write an article for %ArtHistoryProject in January - note the group to take part! ^3wyl has put together a roundup of her September Daily Deviations and you can find my roundup here!
Still Life Photography
Nom Nom is out again and features very delicious looking cheesecakes! Be warned - it's tasty and you might get VERY hungry looking at the images! As always if you have a foodie theme you'd like to see featured in Nom Nom just let me know. We announced yet another Still Life Photographer of the Week and our blue themed contest at %Still-Life-Stills ended at the end of September and there were some wonderful entries. However we had to pick winners - congratulations to ~catchingfyre who landed first place with The First Snow..
Head over to %Still-Life-Stills and join in our Monthly Recipe challenge - also find out the winners from last month! This month we're making Pesto!
People & Portraits Photography
The People & Portraits Photography team decided that it was time we had a group dedicated to purely the People and Portrait Photography galleries! So ~PeopleAndPortraits was launched and with it the Seasonal Portraiture Photography Contest. Head over to the group and join - check out our latest blog which features the very first People & Portraits Photographer of the Week and make yourself comfortable! We're also including the other galleries within People & Portraits that have specific Community Volunteers and we're very pleased to have the majority of those awesome people on board in the group!
Monochrome Eyes is one of our first blog series by ~DropxLife which looks to be fantastic!
Finally, the latest edition of People & Portraits Exposed is out showcasing some of the most popular portraiture photography in the past 48 hours.
Community Volunteer ^Nyx-Valentine
The feature theme this week is Sunshine! Check out the blog for some fantastic features and artwork - contains mature content.
Community Volunteer `anmari
The Architecture Roundup for September is out giving an overview of the daily deviations that were featured throughout the month. Check it out for inspiration on what to suggest `anmari this month!
Abstract & Surreal Photography
Community Volunteer `DpressedSoul
%Abstract-and-Surreal is really busy at the moment with our latest monthly contest announced and lots of fabulous blogs popping up here and there. Finding Beauty beauty is back and written by *RosleinRot and ~DropxLife has put together a fantastic Abstract Feature. The rather wonderful *KizukiTamura has put together Square Abstract and Surreal Features.
`DpressedSoul has rounded up the daily deviations in Abstract and Surreal for September so you can see what was featured last month and get ideas for suggestions this month! Check out Every Day Hurts for a wonderful abstract and surreal feature.
Community Volunteer `DemonMathiel
The Conceptual Daily Deviation roundup for September is out! Take a peek for some fantastic conceptual works and inspiration on what to suggest to `DemonMathiel next!
Horror, Macabre & Cosplay Photography
Community Volunteer ^pullingcandy
Serenade me Sinister is back! This time around it features art alongside The 69 Eyes! Check it out for some fantastic artwork. ^pullingcandy has also published the Horror and Macabre Roundup and the Cosplay DD Roundup!
Community Volunteer `StamatisGR
The September Roundup of Street Daily Deviations is out! Check it out for awesome works and inspiration!
Community Volunteer `xbastex
Part Five of Masters of Photography is out and explores fantastic historical photo-journalists. Reccomended Artists gives you some ideas of who to watch right here on deviantART in the Photo-journalism Community.
I found this gem in *Fuzzypiggy's journal. So far I think it's only relevant to UK photographers - but I lost myself for a while searching through the images, particularly local, to see what people have snapped. The map is geared up to help you find locations to shoot at throughout the country and gives examples of what people have shot before. Take a look for a bit more info and a fantastic resource!
News & Events From the Forums
The Forum Events Calendar gives you lots of information on the events and challenges going on in the forums this month. We've also opened up the Critique Thread for October - drop by with your work for some feedback!
War Photographer Opinions
Fashion and Glamour
Selective colouring, Why do you LIKE it?
Urban Exploration: Where do you find your places?
Main adjustments done in RAW or Editing software?
Your first wedding shoot. How did it go?
Suggested photography groups?
Is a full frame camera really worth it compared to cropped sensor?
Photographing Shadow and Light by Joey L is a fantastic book exploring the photographers talent with a unique approach to portraiture and lighting. It's available now and retails at just £19.99. Worth a read or a borrow if you're into people and portrait photography and want an opinion from a young and inspiring photographer! Bryan Peterson has published a guide to understanding composition which is available from October and retails at £16.99. You can find it at thegmcgroup.com or amazon!
From the 1st of October in East London - it's Photomonth! It runs until the 30th of November, so there's a couple of months of awesome there and over 200 exhibitions and events are planned! For more information check out photomonth.org!
13th Sept - 13th Jan 2013 @ The Barbican - Everything was moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s
Until 28th October @ Museum of London - At home with the Queen
Until 30th September @ Gallery OXO - Sea Change: Comparative Photos taken at low and high tide
Until 28th October @ Red House - Beyond the Image: Photographers Gallery
30th September - 14th October @ Forum - New Angles
17th September - 24th October @ Museum of Modern Art - Brian Adams: Rhaedr Ddu
Weekly Features to keep an eye on!
There's so much going on around the community especially for Volunteers that sometimes the awesome news can be missed out. I hope to share any weekly or monthly features that are ongoing here so that you can browse them at your leisure. If you know of something that needs to be listed let me know!
Making a Difference from ^3wyl
dA Love for Everyone from `lintu47
Wonderful Wednesday from `JamminJo
Project Porkchop from ^Astralseed
Under 1,000 Views from *L0NE-W0lf
Colour me Orange from =Nee-to
The Community Volunteer Team - Photography
General Photography: ^Kaz-D | ^3wyl
Abstract and Surreal: `DpressedSoul
Animals, Plants and Nature: `IsacGoulart
Artistic Nude and Fetish: ^Nyx-Valentine
Horror & Macabre & Cosplay: ^pullingcandy
Pinup and Glamour: ^DistortedSmile
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