NOVEMBER …. and FOYM as another season begins to slip away.

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It is surely an indication that Summer is anxiously awaiting to make its presence felt with what we have had a taste of in the last few days. But, lets not forget; it is still Spring. And a glorious time of year – so make the most of it as we enjoy all it has to offer, and wait in anticipation of what is just around the corner.

SCORE AN ACCOLADE WITH A ROSE IN 2020.

With November, you will note the abundant blooms of roses adorning yours and the neighbourhood gardens right across Oz, you will see them in all their beauty. FOCUS FORCE encourages the Kids With Cameras to get out and about finding the most specatcular of the blooms to cover the walls of the FF KWC 2020 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION in the category of the OITHONIA. In the coming weeks FF will let you know more, and the lead up to another spectacular project to commence in 2020 and to be part of a major flower event in 2021.

ELLO HALLOWEEN – FOCUS FORCE KWC DIDNT SEE YOU COMING!

WHO NOTICED? For the first time in a few years FOCUS FORCE let Halloween slip by without warning the Kids With Cameras. This happened as a result of the lack of interest in the subject over the years. These things happen, and sometimes you need to let go and wander new fields of interest. But, there’s always something around the corner. When we say that however it is relevant to say that the website had a large attraction of visitors to come to the site. Most of them from the USA, and many different articles were viewed. Image from previous years by Nadia Kober.

 

FLIP THE PAGE – LUCY ITS YOUR MONTH OF GLORY IN THE SPOTLIGH.

FOCUS FORCE imagines that young West Australian KWC Lucy Scott was bright early on the first day of the month to flip the 2019 KWC SUPER SHOT calendar. And, I hope that she the word to all family and friends who have a copy on their desks to remind them to do the same. FOCUS FORCE loves creating these mementos and knows that the KWC and parents love the acknowledgement. And now with only one month left of 2019 to go who might find their images on the auspicious 2020 calendar. An ideal memento and wonderful gift idea. Get ready to send your orders in for the souveneir collection.

25 – 29 MARCH 2020
ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
& CARLTON GARDENS

FOYM LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION.

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INSPIRATION.

It’s what FOCUS FORCE goes looking for every year at this time. September begins to the lead up time to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. And, this year is no different with the first ideas being mooted around with the Senior Event Manager Kat Rushford. A valuable amount of time was spent talking through ideas, and the logistics to make it happen. For those, who view the FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION, little thought or understanding would go into how it all comes about. But, that’s the name of the game, and the end result is get Kids With Cameras along with parents and minders inspired. It’s all part of the game called foto fun with Kids With Cameras. And another concept will be created for the 25th anniversary of the garden show in the Carlton Gardens in the significant year of 2020.

25 – 29 MARCH 2020
ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
& CARLTON GARDENS

FOCUS FORCE KIDS WITH CAMERAS SPRING INTO ACTION TO CAPTURE THE FLOWER FOTO EXCITEMENT SPRINGS FOR KIDS WITH CAMERAS SCHOOL HOLIDAYS.

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MARK THIS IN YOUR HOLIDAY DIARY.

School holidays are about to happen and are you looking for something different to do. No matter where the Kids With Cameras in each state there are flowerful festivals are about to happen. From Tasmania to Queensland and Victoria to WA the buds are bursting. Flower Festivals that draw thousands of visitors from all over the country and overseas. And to add to the fun there are exciting kids activities at all of them. So there’s fun for everyone. Not to forget the absolute fantastic flower foto ops. Here’s the first of them, and next week FOCUS FORCE will bring you the second edition.

Sep 14

Kings Park Festival

Kings Park FestivalCelebrate Perth and all that the sunny city has to offer! This September it’s time to come to Kings Park and explore the world’s most spectacular wildflowers in full bloom. There will be activities to keep the whole family entertained with a variety of live music, wildflower walks, art exhibitions and plenty more on offer.

Kings Park wildflower is about all things Ozzie. the orchids are among in the west are among the best in the world, with many varieties found only there. That makes them extremely unique and some almost rare to the point of just hanging on from extinction. If you’re on that side of the world take full advantage of the Spring months to find your own masterpieces. Look forward to see them as part of the 2020 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at the 25th anniversary of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Date: 01 September – 30 September 2019.

Location: Kings Park.

More information: Kings Park Festival website

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers 2019

Toowoomba City, Toowoomba Area

20 – 29 September 2019 –

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is a cultural party featuring a floral parade, local food and produce, regional wine, entertainment and all things spring! So come along and entice your senses at the iconic Grand Central Floral Parade, Heritage Bank Festival of Food and Wine, Night Garden powered by Ergon Energy, Docos After Dark, Progressive Foodie Tours, Historic Walking Tours and many more.

Up north it’s something different, as the whole city of Toowoomba gets behind the carnival of flowers. From open gardens including front and back yards to grand floral creations in the public parks and gardens. It is all on show bringing the community together to show the world their city’s best. We hope that we will see some of the best in the 2020 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION.

25 – 29 MARCH 2020
ROYAL EXHIBITION BUILDING
& CARLTON GARDENS

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THE SEARCH HAS BEGUN WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING.

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THE SEARCH

IS ON FOR

MOST FLOWERFUL IMAGES

FOR THE 2020

ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION.

Spring is now here, and FOCUS FORCE wants the Kids With Cameras to collect the most stunning collection of flower images for the 2020 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Celebrating its 25th anniversary at the Carlton Gardens and Royal Melbourne Exhibition Buildings, the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras have been proudly part  of the show for a major number of those years. Show us your best, and join us in what will be a huge celebration year. If you haven’t any images at the moment take advantage of the blooming season and the many flower events coming up Australia wide. FOCUS FORCE will commence a review of some of the best on Wednesday. Sept. 11.

STAY TUNED & COME BACK TO THE SITE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES AND EXCITING REASONS TO BE PART OF THE PROJECT.

FAREWELL TO LIZZIE.

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                              SUPER SHOTS BY Lizzie Cutler.

Pictures from Wannon falls, amazing with the rain we’ve had.

Images of a treasured day in her life.

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R.I.P.

FOCUS FORCE Kids With Camera.

LIZZIE CUTLER.

August 16. 2019. (Aged 30 yrs.)

Vale Lizzie. A challenged, but talented member of the FOCUS FORCE team of 2003, whose SUPER SHOT earned her one of the first to be recognized in the FF KWC FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION, the fore-runner of ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO AWARDS. After completing the FOCUS FORCE workshops and having her works included in the  Awards at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show she continued her interest in photography as a hobby,part time exhibitor, and even dabbling in commercial. Lizzie was far more talented than with just a camera in her hand, also enjoying painting and creating images on the computer. Her skills though took her into broader pastures earning her qualifications in other fields that she showed interest in including; nursing and psychology, Some of these subjects she completed at Swinburne University.IO Years ago she moved from Melbourne to make Warrnambool her home. She was a student at both TAFE there, and Deakin University earning more recognition’s for her endeavors. Lizzie was dedicated and committed to any of the tasks she took on, and worked hard to achieve the best for herself to the pride of herself and family. Away from all that she fell under the spell of Harry Potter and was a lover of the mystic. Her two dogs and cat kept her company as did a tight knit collection of close friends.

Lizzie was born in Colac where she spent her early years before going to Melbourne with her family to live in the bayside suburb of Elwood, before venturing onto Warrnambool.

She had a short, but full life striving to overcome her problems so that she could live it to the fullest. She leaves behind her parents Bruce and Yvonne and younger brother Will, who was also a FF KWC. FOCUS FORCE and KWC, present and past offers our condolences.

FOCUS FORCE brings this to a close by saying that Lizzies life was brought to close far too early. But, what she had she filled with the best of her, always striving to make the best of it, and being the best she could. Too many innocent young lives disappear before our eyes, and we wonder why. However, Lizzie made the most of hers and that’s one last piece of legacy that she left behind for her family and those other close friends. Phillip Williams, as FOCUS FORCE was proud to have small part in her journey through life.

FOCUS FORCE invites readers and former Kids With Cameras to show their respect with either a “like” or leaving a comment below.

THE NIGHTS WILL BE ALIGHT – WITH MORE THAN WHITE.

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This year for the first time Kids With Cameras and their families will have the opportunity of exploring the Melbourne city in a far more safe and relaxed atmosphere. So to help you with your own camera challenge here are some hints from FOCUS FORCE to increase your chance of snapping some exciting SUPER SHOTs

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As the sun sets tomorrow night and for the next 3 through until Sunday, the city will be aglow painted in the extreme with thousands of lights.. white and bright and every other you can imagine. For the first time the traditional WHITE NIGHT has moved from the Summer to Autumn. And another first will be the event spread over 3 nights to spread and lessen the crowds. That will be all the better for ease of getting around all the locations to being able to stop and take in the installations saving you from pushing and shoving crowds. It will add a new dimension to the whole of the event for families and others.                                  THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR Kids With Cameras TO WORK AND SEEK THE BEST SCENES TO CAPTURE.

ALL across the city, along the banks of the Yarra and overflowing into the parks and gardens including Birramung Marr the magnificent creations will twinkle and glow throughout the night stirring and stimulating the imagination. If you are a Kids With Cameras the foto fun will be awesome and mind-blowing as you focus on it all. Three parks; Treasury, Carlton Gardens and Birrarung Marr will be transported into another realm for you to be mystified by. Oh, what a night it will be.

Birrarung Marr will transform into the Physical Realm where you will witness fantastic feats of grace and dexterity with works celebrating the art of performance. Engage your senses of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch in the Treasury Gardens’ Sensory Realm, and at Carlton Gardens, feed your soul and imagination with mysterious creatures and spiritual experiences as you immerse yourself into the Spiritual Realm.

BE DARING! BE DIFFERENT!

LOOK FOR THE UNUSUAL.

SUSPEND A MOMENT IN TIME WITH A STRIKING SILHOUETTE.

A silhouette is in fact like looking at a shadow. The light will have coming from directly in front of the camera and it’s eye so it is blinded. The subject will be just a black mass or outline in front of the light. Again, choose your backdrop carefully to create the right effect. That’s the clue!

Kid’s  With Cameras WORKING IN THE DARK.

Cameras were not made for a world of darkness. That’s because, they like us, need light to see. But, during WHITE NIGHT there is a tremendous amount of light to work with. Still one tried and true camera clue is pointless. That being the light should come from behind or the side. Not into the eye of camera. However, on this occasion the light has to come from the front as that’s where it’s source is. So, there are a few things to be aware of to catch the most stunning SUPER SHOTS.

A DASH OF BLACK WILL MAKE THE COLOUR STANDOUT.

The black sky of night will provide a great backdrop to the many hundreds of foto ops that you will find in the streets and parks of the city. Stand back and study each one separately. Look at them from all angles. Decide which is the best. That’s how to find a SUPER SHOT. If doesn’t work the first time; try again. You have nothing to lose. And remember to avoid things that distract from your subject.

BREAK THE RULE – MOVE THE CAMERA IN MANY WAYS.

Sometimes, rules are made to be broken. And WHITE NIGHT is certainly one of the exceptions. Be very selective in your choice of subject as sometimes the subject will do the moving for you. Examples of this are people walking and running. On the other hand, you may choose to move the camera; wiping the camera across the subject like a paint brush making a stroke on canvas. The effect can be a million different looks. Take a stationary subject being a coloured light or lights and then move the camera in a line – up and down – sideways – in a square or in circles. You will be amazed and what you can create and capture when you move. Spin, twist move the camera in fascinating patterns above your head.

PUFF.. AND IN A FLASH THE MOMENT IS LOST.

Simply because the cameras flash doesn’t know it’s place. For the camera when it’s dark it’s only natural to want to light up the subject. That’s what it does. But on a time like this lighting the subject is simply adding more light to an already light subject. So, take steps to try and eliminate the problem. Most cameras are automatic. But, try this trick by putting a piece of black cardboard over the flash to blind it. Or, perhaps a piece of tissue to soften the amount of light.

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CHECK BACK HERE ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT OR BEFORE YOUR CITY ADVENTURE FOR THE FOCUS FORCE CAMERA CHALLENGE. FF would love to see your best to show the world.

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FOCUS FORCE has produced this for Kids With Cameras independently of any involvement with Victorian Government run project . While the clues and hints focus on Melbourne’s White Night it has no direct association with the event, other than to provide this information in general for the purpose of helping taking better photographs.
However, should they want Kids With Cameras are welcome to send their best works to FOCUS FORCE for possible publication on the focusfor website.