Monthly Archives: February 2015

THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND ON FRIDAY.

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NO MORE SO THAN THIS TIME OF YEAR..

And especially at this time of year, with February about to expire. The excitement is hotting  up with the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras ROCKLEY JUDGES having made their decisions and the CATEGORIES all decided. Now, we patiently wait for the announcement of them along with the ROCKLEY CHOICE for 2015. Keep tuned in for lots of news over the coming weeks, as the countdown continues.

Last weekend saw a host of events and excitement in the city and all over the country. This weekend will be no different as you read here and what is coming up. Talking about coming up, February ends on Saturday, and Sunday is the Ides Of March. That means that MOOMBA is just around the corner with everybody getting together to have fun! Then theres the roar of the F1’s and if your amongst the fumes and drama with your camera; lets see what you get! And now the pressure is on with the  countdown to the FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION seriously taking place. The judges have done their job, and the CATEGORIES are completed and now their is one more task for them. That is to vote for the OVERALL BEST. And you all find that out in 27 sleeps. Soon many of you will be sitting in the seats of the MELBOURNE EXHIBITION BUILDINGS holding your breath in anticipation. You have come a long way since last years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, and done yourselves proud.

TALKING WITH KIDS WITH CAMERAS. In the past week I have had the pleausre of having a brief chat with most of the FOCUS FORCE that have entries in the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION in preparation for a number of media releases telling of their anticipated success. The one that came across with all of them was the maturity for their young years, and the excitement building for them with the upcoming award ceremeony.

THE GOOD THING ABOUT USING YOUR CAMERA.

No matter what you do in life, your camera can be your constant companion, and your best friend. Wherever you go , whatever you do, your camera should be the closest thing to you so that memories and photo ops are never missed. Today with the Iphone in your pocket or handbag, there is never an excuse to miss the opportunity that sometimes may happen once in a lifetime!

THIS WEEKEND – LOOK TO THE SKIES  & WHATS FLYING OVER THE TOP.. THE AIR SHOW.

Screaming jets will soar overhead, and fantastic acrobatic displays in the air will take the breath away of those on the ground. Once every four years this extraganza of the air takes place in the skies above Avalon and Melbourne. All the newest in aeronautics land on the ground and go through their paces showing off to the admiring crowds. From the latest in defence planes to the largest of cargo planes they all assemble here for the world top see. Lots of foto ops for FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras and others ready to aim and shoot!

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Following the hype of the night before, and the sun rising out came the dragons and all the other fun including fireworks to celebrate the NY, and rid the earth the earth of all the deadly demons. This one was caught in the camera at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria market. Was there any one out there game enough to venture on the streets? WHITE NIGHT COMMEN. SBTHE LIGHTS OF MELBOURNE WHITE NIGHT BEGIN TO GLOW AS DUSK FALLS!

WHITE NIGHT PHTGPhotographers gathered everywhere like this group on the banks of the Yarra as night skies began to darken, and the city became abuzz with thousands of eager searchers of the spectacular lighting creations. It was a truly a marvellous night, and event for Melbourne with a touch of magic in the air. Much of it be caught by cameras of all styles from smartphones to the most simple of cameras to more sophisticated and elaborate.

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THE TIME IS MARCHING ON TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Get the latest news and details on; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

IT’S FRIDAY AGAIN .. AND WE CORRECT A BLOOPER!

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OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, we’ve been sprouting the CHINESE NEW YEAR. Well, this just goes to prove you don’t believe everything you read on the internet. While the celebrations for the event are taking place, the date for the unleashing of the dragon is next Sunday, not last. And, while we are about that, while the Chinese calendar says it’s the year of the sheep, it also refers to the goat! Wish they would stop “kiddin” around, and the writer would not have to feel so sheepish!

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 THE WEEKS ARE BEING MARKED OFf THE CALENDAR TO THE ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS AT THE GARDEN SHOW.

 Near the end of February, and the beginning of March leaves the grand event creeping up to the unveiling of the exhibition and award winners. The current hot weather is not the excuse for the judges working up a lather over making the decisions with the category winners names due within days. And, then the long wait until the presentation ceremony. Hold onto your hats for one of the greatest FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras events in a long time.

ROCKLEY AGE FOR THE ’16 SUBMISSIONS.

FOCUS FORCE has made the decision to accept photographic submissions for the 2016 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHBITION & AWARDS taken by Kids With Cameras  only between the ages of 6 and 14 years.

GOT IT RIGHT & ITS FASHION WEEK IN MELBOURNE.

The top struttin guys and gals are kicking their heels up showin off their best during this international event. Looking forward to any SUPER SHOTS that might show up over the coming weeks. Here’s a CAMERA CHALLENGE… get to together with some friends; one’s enough and do your own fashion shoot! Lets see how smart a team you can be!

TURN ON THE LIGHTS IT’S – WHITE NIGHT NIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT!

 It all happens tomorrow night when the sky becomes dark and the switches are thrown on this incredible display of lights which takes place in a number of cities around the world. We are lucky here in Melbourne to share in the magic that the lights transform our world into, and FOCUS FORCE certainly hopes that some of the Kids With Cameras have the opportunity to  capture some of the incredible installations that have been produced. For our convenience, public transport runs for most of the night until dawn when the glow is extinguished and we return to the real world. Looking forward to something special from you if you are there!

ThisTalented Photographer is Only 9!

You will find that the FOYM is going to have lots of different things happening in 2015 to inspire young Kids With Cameras, like this story supplied by judge; Pete Marshall. Take at look and you will be amazed at what you see!

One of the 2014 winners in the Wildlife Photographer of the Yearcompetition, organized by the BBC and the Natural History Museum in London, was a 9-year-old boy from Spain. The young photographer’s name is Carlos Perez Naval, and if you go through his spectacular portfolio, you can already tell that he is well on his way to becoming one of the most outstanding nature photographers of our time.

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THE TIME IS MARCHING ON TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Get the latest news and details on; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

 

FANTASTIC FRIDAY ON YOUR MIND

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rockley-garden-circa 1962As the weeks in February count down to the FOCUS FORCE KWC ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS there will be many things on the KWC minds on Fridays! Least of all the outcomes for their submissions for the annual awards. This week the first of the category judges decisions was received and now only 9 to go! Its seems that it is a long time to go… but just watch the weeks and Fridays fly by! Soon all of the preliminary invitations will have been sent, and FF will be waiting anxiously for the replies and acceptances. We urge you not to miss out.

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 A BIG SOS TO ALL Kids With Cameras of the Mornington Peninsula Shire. GET READY FOR THE OFFICIAL FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP on the beaches and other foto spots to the P&O PACIFIC PEARL.

For the third time Kids With Cameras are encouraged to get out on the sand and other spots to capture a moment in time, and enter another chapter in the Australian history books. This time its the KWC of the Mornington shire, and the occassion will be the maiden visit of a cruise liner to a port, and for the second year a” double whammy” with it will be the first visit of the ship PACIFIC PEARL. The cruise liner will enter the waters of Mornington around 8.00 am on February 24. By 9.00 am the passengers will be brought to the pier bu the ships tenders to be met and greeted by the camera flashes of the assembled Kids With Cameras. KWC are invited to register by emailing their interst to focusforkids@gmail.com by Wednesday Feb 18th. You will be then sent an email with details of the project schedule and how you can take part. THE THIRD FLASH OF FRIENDSHIP EVER TO A CRUISE LINER will take place as the P&O PACIFIC PEARL weighs anchor at the end of the day, and prepares to head for sea, and her next port of call; Portland the next day in Victorias south west. SHIP LOADS OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FOR THE KIDS WITH CAMERAS WHO TAKE PART. At the conclusuin of the day in the coming weeks, the photos will be sent to FOCUS FORCE where they will then be assessed. The process will see the best then slected as SUPER SHOTS which will then placed in their categories. One of those categories will be sent to the captain of the PACIFIC PEARL for him to make his CHOICE. Another will be chosen by Mornington shires Mayor. It is planned that several others will be included hopefully also gaining the recognition of the Premier for him to make his CHOICE. More detail will appear on the site on Tuesday. For those that register, the opportunity to participate in a FOCUS FORCE KWC FUN FOTO WORKSHOP will happen on Monday Feb 23 after school. Ages accepted; 6 to 14 year olds.

SUNDAY IS THE BEGINNING OF CHINESE NEW YEAR.

Dont be sheepish about getting out and into action with your camera for this wonderful celebration of all things Chinese on Sunday. Merlbourne’s CHINATOWN comes alive with the swaggering dragon stolling the streests, stopping to rid the establishemenst along the way of the evil demons lurking inside. heaps of excitement, colour and noise of the exploding fireworks all add to the atmosphere of the event. Get ready!

Kids With Cameras INSPIRED TO TAKE THEIR PLACE CAPTURING THE LOOKS OF AUTUMN – WINTER FASHION LOOKS.

Another hype event comes alive when the world’s best model including our own Miss World Jennifer Hawkins doing her thing, and looking good in the latest looks, many inspred by our own acclaimed dress designers. Guys and girls alike make it look so easy, and give you the chance to make a name for yourself as a fashion papparazzi camera genius. GET YOUR CAMERA OUT AND GO FOR IT!

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Remember last week, we told you that this international event was coming. Well, now it’s only one week to go, and next Friday we will tell you about and exciting CAMERA CHALLENGE for you to take on if you dare! Really, there’s so much happening! Need to get those diaries out and not miss a moment.

  HN QV IMAGE ONE MONTH DOWN in 2015, into the second and leaving 10 to go. With all that’s happening where else to be better camera prepared than at your local HARVEY NORMAN PHOTO CENTRE…. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

THE TIME IS MARCHING ON TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Get the latest news and details on; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

THE SUN SETS ON THE LAST OF THE OF WILD FLOWERS OF THE WEST.

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This last collection of flower fotos by Ingrid wraps up the submissions from the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras from Hyden, but were too late to be included in the judging with her classmates. However, in saying that we are happy that they will be part of the display in the FOCUS FORCE ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION. And, all is not lost for Ingrid with previous submissions making the finals. So good luck, and to several others from the west. Just for your information, Ingrid was only 10 years old like many of her classmates at the time of the project.  These like a number of other images will be included in the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show in March.

Judge Rob wrote of Ingrid’s submissions; “Rules were meant to be bent before they are broken. Ingrid obviously has a good eye, a steady hand, and a nice sense of composition. She should be encouraged to continue to take photos”.

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 WOWIT5. The beauty of the white tipped pink flower almost gives a feeling of snow in the outback. A lovely shot that deserves a P. Give it some thought!

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xxWOWIT20 More beauty in the bush with the subtle hues of mauve and purple highlighted with the yellow centre of attraction. Shows off the delights to be found in the outback.

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WOWIT21  Ingrid spent a lot of time discovering these images close to where she lives, and reinforces the opinion of the judge that she has an “eye”.

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WOWIF22 Yellow is a predominant colour of the Australian landscape and these petite blooms look like stardust sprinkled over the stark, dark brown ground. All of these images reinforce the philosophy to look everywhere for interesting shots.

THE TIME IS MARCHING ON TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Get the latest news and details on; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

hn perth cw 2 THANKS TO HARVEY NORMAN CITYWEST in PERTH for their ongoing support of the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras of Hyden. Remember, if there’s anything you need photographic or camera help; they’re the people tp see for help and the best price deals in the west. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/

FABULOUS FEBRUARY FRIDAY… ON YOUR MIND

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AND with the first for February, the mind turns to the major showing of SUPER SHOTS to be included in the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS.

ROCKLEY GARDEN 1962The submissions are being categorised and passed on.   Action started with the SUPER SHOT finalists being prepared and sent out to the six judges progressively throughout out the week. There  are 13 aspirants, in the 10 categories with the youngest being six and the eldest 15, each keen to take out the coveted ROCKLEY AWARD which will be announced from the main stage on opening morning  The process will continue until next Monday when close on 80 submissions have been prepared and passed on with the 10 category OVERALL BESTS to be chosen.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. From the first of February will only be accepting  foto entries taken Kids With Cameras up to the age of 14. Over 14 will be the closing age.  Note entries submitted by 15 year olds for THE 2015 ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION & AWARDS ARE ACCEPTED.

LOADS OF FOTO FUN TO HAPPEN THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY.

So get those cameras out and into action with a chance to focus on the MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL commencing on the. Later in the month, a display of totems will go on show at HIGHPOINT SHOPPING CENTRE from the 19th and the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras are encouraged to get down and into position to find potential SUPER SHOTS. The display will remain in place until Feb 15th and then move onto SOUTHBANK  March 5 where the opportunity will continue until the 23rd. Next week FOCUS FORCE will announce more for this project and hopefully a great prize.

MELBOURNE & INTERNATIONAL MODELS STRUT THEIR STUFF FOR THE MELBOURNE VIRGIN FASHION FESTIVAL. Starting on Feb 15 and continuing for a week of high class frills and style the festival will be a gathering of the worlds best brand names worn by the most recognized bodies to strut the catwalk. Gals n guys will be showing off the latest that will turn the eye, and the Kids With Cameras are encouraged to turn their eye and lens in direction of high fashion. Many events will be happening and possibly a FOCUS FORCE event. Watch for news that will have you getting close to the action. THE DRAGON WILL FIRE UP THE FOTO FUN FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR.  GET INTO THE DRAON’S LAIR FEB 13. FFMELBSH14-MB12Another highlight of the Chinese New Year when Chinatown becomes the centre of attraction as the dragon is woken from his slumbers to the noise of exploding crackers to drive off the evil demons. This year it is the year of the sheep.For the FOCUS FORCE Kids With Cameras it sets the mood for mind blowing SUPER SHOT opportunities. Saturday and Sunday is a weekend of tradition that explores and exposes the heritage of these people who helped shape our fledgling nation. Open up your mind and your eyes. And the same happens in Bendigo when they celebrate the new calendar date at Easter. Super Shot Pic by Neave Lleyden. MELBOURNE’S WHITE NIGHT LIGHTS UP THE CITY. photoMore than half a million people descended on the town last year for the 2nd year of this international celebration. One of the FF KWC was one of them and caught her interpretation of the event through the cameras eye. This year promises to be even bigger and better, and the FF KWC are inspired top be there with their cameras for a night of a lifetime before the lights are turned at the end of the night. A brief of CAMERA CLUES will be published in the coming days to help you get the best of the action. Shot Pic by Chelsea Kincade (Retired)   OUT AT FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE, the world acclaimed CIRQUE DU SOLEIL is performing. Even if you cant get to see the show the majestic white tent stands like a scene from fairyland, and is a great foto subject in itself. A wonderful opportunity to get a shot of something different at one of the worlds most iconic racetracks, and the scene that stops the nation every year in November. THEN WE MARCH INTO THE NEXT MONTH.  AND THE NEW SEASON OF AUTUMN. rgs15sbm277mvd3March is a busy month on the event calendar starting off with the Labour Day weekend and MOOMBA when everybody gets together to have fun. In Ballarat, they get into the mood of autumn with the Begonia Festival when the blooms in the botanical gardens are at their best. Not long after the roar and fumes of Grand Prix as the formula ones blisters the Albert Park circuit with all the worlds eye on it, and the Kids With Cameras too. Also there’s rumour of a new Melbourne Motor Show revving up in March. FF will be checking it out for the KWC. THEN TO FINISH IT OFF .. THE ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION at this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. Bet, you cant wait! Shot Pic by Samuel Tomlinson.

THE TIME IS MARCHING ON TO THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW. Get the latest news and details on; http://www.melbflowershow.com.au/

HN QV IMAGE   ONE MONTH DOWN in 2015, into the second and leaving 10 to go. With all that’s happening where else to be better camera prepared than at your local HARVEY NORMAN PHOTO CENTRE…. http://www.harveynorman.com.au/