FOYM – belated.

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  WOW… How time flies and it seems like no time since the first Kids With Cameras took their places by the catwalk to cover the event. Now the camera challenge goes out again to see who might make the line up wearing the Junior Official Photographer badge.

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APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAY = TIMES ARE A’BUSY!
With just over a month to go to the biggest FOCUS FORCE FUN FOTO PROJECT in a long time, heaps of work is going in preparing for the task. So apologies.

FOYM – GET READY TO BE STAMPED.

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WELL, IT’S Friday again, and the last thing on your mind is school. So as the holidays tick down make the most of the last couple of days, and FOCUS FORCE is looking forward to seeing those fun fotos from your holiday activities. By the way, the surprize for this months FRIDAY FAV FOTO is a THIRTY DOLLAR MOVIES PASS for the next holidays.

 

MISHA SNAPS TO ATTENTION FOR THIS WEEKS FOTO OP.

Today’s FFF is a double creation by Misha R using her LEGO masterpiece. The image stands to attention for her craftsmanship topped off with her choice for this weeks FRIDAY FAV FOTO.  A simple image that highlights one figure with the background blurred out so that your eye remains focused on the main subject. You too, can make her stand tall with a POST Of PRAISE.

 

WA’S WAITING FOR THE BLOOM – AND HERES WHAT THE FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras WILL BE SEARCHING FOR.

The clock is now ticking and the calendar days falling by the wayside for the West Australian BLOOMING WILD FESTIVAL as the project goes into countdown mode. Today we get a glimpse of what the FOCUS FORCE KWC will be looking for with an image provided by Wendy Eibe. Things are now extremely busy with a challenging CAMERA CLUES PASSPORT being prepared exclusively for the event, and the finishing work on completing the massive schedule so that all the Kids With Cameras can get their full share of knowledge in preparation for the event.

HOW TO SEND A POST Of PRAISE

STOP THE PRESS – ROCKLEY 17 STAMPS OF SUCCESS ABOUT TO BE MINTED.
September one will see the first of the SUPER SHOTS to made grade one as a semi finalist for the 2018 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS being announced. And each one that you receive will add 200 RP to your tally. So, if you’ve misplaced your CAMERA CLUES PASSPORT that you received at the garden show this year, let us know pronto and it will be replaced FREE OF CHARGE.
For the SUPER SHOT submission you like most. Go to bottom here, and click on “leave a comment” nominating the FF Kids With Cameras name in the post. Then add a few words of praise to encourage them. When that’s completed click on “post” in the bottom right corner. It’s easy.

QUEEN VICTORIA VISIT TOO.

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The final in the collection that wre taken aboard the Queen Victoria by Nadia K. FOCUS FORCE wishes to express the good work by this young girl on the day who was incapacitated by an injured arm with it in a sling. So some, the slightly out of focus images. They have been included as a dedication of her endeavours and commitment to the task. We know that you will enjoy them!


Chairs line up on the deck awaiting the arrival of the sun-bathers. But, obviously the city of Melbourne beckoned many hundreds of them, as well as the other local Victorian attractions that they all travelled to, leaving the chairs vacant for most of the day while in port.

XXArriving at the gangplank this is the view that awaits the guests aboard the Cunard Queen Victoria. Each level represents the many decks that soar above the waterline providing home, haven, relaxation and entertainment to the many thousands travel aboard her.

A model of the Queen Victoria sits in one the lounge areas. From it, you can see some the locations from these images were taken.

A classic shot identifying the ship and location with the lifebuoy providing a “frame” to highlight an aspect of the ship and a guest wiling away the hours while in port. Shots like this add interest to the image to attract the viewers eye.

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 Big toot … and little toot! The QV lies beside the dock with the smaller boat pouring fuel into the ships bowels like a thirsty giant. Capturing things that happen while the guests are out sight-seeing, and the crew go about their chores. Beware of movement; pushing the image out of focus.

Just for Lego fans, Nadia took this image of a replica of the beautiful cruise liner that any hobbyist would love to call their own. The flag standard floats gently in the breeze in a salute to the city of Melbourne in the background. Imagine the many views of exciting, and exotic cities around the world that would be seen from this spot. Oh, to dream!

 

FOYM – A BRIEF ENCOUNTER.

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The second week of the holidays are approaching and FOCUS FORCE hopes that the Kids With Cameras are having a ball. We bet you are!

STACEY WILL BE CLAPPING HER HANDS WITH GLEE.
She will also be wrapping her hands around the NIKON drink holder as she sips in her success. Her image of a dahlia has taken out the DOMAYNE FOTO Of The MONTH adding to her accolades for the year. The image will go on display at Domayne QV for July with some lucky customer having the chance to win the framed enlargement for their home.

WA FOCUS FORCE KIDS LINE UP TO SHOOT THE WILDFLOWERS

Nearly 200 Kids With Cameras will focus their cameras on the wildflowers of their regions in the first weeks of September when the Spring blooms burst open. Over 3 weeks the KWC will be involved in workshops that will eventually see them going on fun foto excursions into the nearby paddocks surrounding their schools and communities. This is the second project to happen in the west, and by far the biggest . The best SUPER SHOTS are destined for the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at next years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. A team of coordinators have been assembled to assist with the smooth running of the project. Already the wheels are in motion with a title for the project being chosen and the final touches to the logo waiting to be completed. The specially produced PASSPORT is well under way. It’s all happening! Can’t wait for it!

ROCKLEY STAMPS OF SUCCESS ARE GETTING READY TO BE SENT OUT.
The Kids With Cameras who registered for the CAMERA CLUES PASSPORT at this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show will be watching the letterbox in late August for the postman to deliver their STAMPS Of SUCCESS. The works are being finalized with successful images being created as stamps to be included in the book. If you took part, and have not yet submitted yours; you have unitl the 20th of August. So, go for it!

KWC LOAD UP SOME POST Of PRAISE REWARD POINTS.
Throughout May and June, parents and friends responded to some of the exciting images presented by the Kids With Cameras. Noticeably Nadia K. added to hers with 50 RWP and Stacey F. too got her share adding 80 to her tally. Most importantly it is seen as a positive to see others taking an interest and inspiring them.

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THE GRANDEUR OF THE GRAND LADY OF THE SEA. THIS WILL INSPIRE YOU.

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The Cunard QUEEN VICTORIA sailed to Kangaroo Island, where she while at anchor dominated the skyline for a day against a backdrop of the South Australian coastline, and a blue sky. It was another year, when she docked at Melbourne’s station pier that FOCUS FORCE had the chance to go aboard and see the true elegance of  the ship. It was on this occasion that Kids With Cameras Nadia K used her camera to capture images to be shown, and inspire all to come to aboard to view them. Here is the first of a two part series.

 

 It’s time to take a look at the sweeping staircase, one of the many that lead guests from one level to another. Except those that wish to take the lifts throughout the ship. This gives us an idea of the journey into luxury that passengers are about to embark on.

A magnificent chandelier hangs from the ceiling providing a twinkling highlight to the ships interior. Touches like these are part of the Cunard fleets opulence that more and more everyday people are treated to on board the luxury cruise liners.

 A dining room awaits for the hungry hordes to take their places on the  plush seats at the beautifully decorated tables with their flower decorated centrepieces. The art deco design is stunning and certainly makes it a place that all of us would wish to experience. Through the eyes of FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras Nadia we have the chance to experience it.

A touch of class with a glass! Nadia was given the camera challenge to create an artistic image using the table centrepiece and came up with the goods. It is exercises like this that inspire the imagination and ask the Kids With Cameras to step outside the box.

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Another table shot top shot – wow is that a play on words. None of which detracts from what is happening here in this image. Once again, it is all about stepping outside the boundaries to find a different point of view. Hopefully; one that others have overlooked or passed by. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.

Treatments, decorations and designs are all part of the ships opulence that make the ships somewhere special to be  for her guests. Whether a regular, or making the trip of a lifetime, the breath-taking beauty is something to behold. And because of the availability of cruise itineraries and the lower prices and deals being offered it is becoming more possible for the masses. Perhaps, you will be inspired by what you have seen here.

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FOYM – MID WINTER – FUN FOTO TIMES.

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Hey, another term done… and let the fun-times begin. Two terms gone along with half the year. How time flies! So, it’s time to have a break that will fire you up for the rest of the year. It’s winter, and boy; C O L D. So rug up if your out into the great outdoors, and especially heading out into the snow.  And , when we mention that, it’s good moment to take look at the WINTER CAMERA CHALLENGE. See below. For those venturing into the city of Melbourne, there will be a lot to see and do. Special events put on by the MCC will be a highlight as they are always are. And, don’t forget to keep a sharp look out and focus for those FRIDAY FAV FOTOS. Next week we let you know of the June Winner, and the special prize for Julys challenge.



A timely FRIDAY FAV FOTO is this one from Nadia K after her tour of the Queen Victoria earlier this year. This image brings out  the grandeur of the lady of the sea with a collection of multiple shapes and lines that all epitomise to the ships opulence. Taken from the ground and looking up into the ceiling, it captures everything that the Cunard fleet is renowned for by the sea-faring travellers of the world. Nadia adds another 500 RP to her tally. Join the crew to make a    POST Of PRAISE.  The winner for June will be announced on July 7th.


The image also once more commemorates the Queen Victoria’s maiden visit to Kangaroo Island in 2016, and is just in time to celebrate the FOCUS FORCE KIDzPIKz images that were chosen to be reproduced by FOCUS FORCE as postcards and will be offered as gift to speakers and attendees of the 15th Islands Of The World Conference 2017. FOCUS FORCE is proud to be able to offer these as gift to the delegates like it has at other world conferences and event.

WINTER CAMERA CHALLENGE – “HAT ‘N SCARF”.

Take advantage of the holiday break to work on this project that can earn you up to 2500 plus REWARD POINTS. Register by 6.00 pm on Saturday July 1st to maximize the points by getting a bonus – up by 150 if you do it right away. lowered to 100 after the 1st. There will be 4 subject points all worth 100 REWARD POINTS for submission – increased to 150 if the image is accepted as a SUPER SHOT. Then, the best in each of the 4 categories will be awarded an additional 250 REWARD POINTS – with the OVERALL BEST gaining 500.

PHOTO COMPETITION FOCUSES ON FOOTSCRAY

                                                                                                                            Photo by Wirut Khemnak 2016 “Picturing Bluscray” winner.

Are you an amateur Iphone or professional photographer? Enter our Picturing Footscray – photography prize comp for your chance to win cash prizes!

ANYONE CAN ENTER.

Simply capture something about the personality of the place and people of Footscray for your chance to win cash prizes. An exhibition of the best works and the winning entry announced later I the year as part of the IMMERSIVE FESTIVAL. Check the university website for details.

HOW TO SEND A POST Of PRAISE for the SUPER SHOT submission you like most. Go to bottom here, and click on “leave a comment”  nominating the FF Kids With Cameras name in the post. Then add a few words of praise to encourage them. When that’s completed click on “post” in the bottom right corner. It’s easy.

FOYM – STACEY FINDS A LITTLE “DAHLIA-ING”.

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 FOCUS FORCE is all about giving Kids With Cameras fun foto ops, and then recognizing them for their achievements.           “GORGEOUS” was the delighted response case when Domayne QV customer Pierre Hayek was presented with the first ever FOTO OF THE MONTH framed  image at the QV furniture store recently. The RMIT coordinator was an appropriate winner being an inspirer, working within the education system himself. The reward was backed up with a certificate of Authenticity and Ownership. The image by Kangaroo Island Community Education has certainly earned the young photographer Charlotte Nesfield just recognition. And after that recognition, let’s take a look at today’s contender.

PORTLAND IS NOTED FOR IT’S DAHLIA DISPLAY on Anzac Day, Stacey snapped, and chose this image to follow up her previous FFF for June. A perfect flower with perfect application treatment from the young camera user. A balanced image placing the flower off centre and with this one making the background work to full advantage. Her REWARD POINTS have been boosted by 500. FF knows its worth a  POST Of PRAISE. 

HOW TO SEND A POST Of PRAISE for the SUPER SHOT submission you like most. Go to bottom here, and click on “leave a comment”  nominating the FF Kids With Cameras name in the post. Then add a few words of praise to encourage them. When that’s completed click on “post” in the bottom right corner. It’s easy.

SUNDAY WILL UNVEIL THE WINTER THEME – GIVING THE CHANCE FOR 2000 REWARD POINTS.

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