Stacey F and family made the tiring, but exciting trip from Portland in Victoria’s south west to be at the opening day of this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. First, being a Very Important Photographer guest, she was welcomed to the ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION where she was presented with her certificates by Event Manager Kat Rushford, and then going on a brief foto shoot with FF KWC Choice-maker Dr. Pete Marshall. She obviously took note of the camera clues added to her knowledge with the results shown here. Add to her pride with a POST Of PRAISE.

ffrck18-sf5-5. Cropping the image correctly is an intricate part of getting composition right. And then, the difficult decisions as what to leave – and what to remove. Should the garden bed wall go…. or perhaps the people admiring the flowers?. It all depends on what the photographers sees, and wants us to see.

ffrck18-sf6-9, What beauty! So much so you can almost smell the fragrance. What has to be considered again is the composition – and whether to go landscape or portrait. Using depth of field to highlight the flower, and soften the background makes a perfect choice for the OITHONIA category.  

ffrck18-sf3-2. This shot contains total drama with the vibrant yellows and ochres scorched onto a black background. An image that has the ability to hold the viewer spellbound.

ffrck18gs-sf1-2.What can we see in this, and what to say about it? That is the question. Could have had a better focus, but then does it work? The green bud is a little distracting from the image. Perhaps, a different angle would have worked better. The CHOICEMAKERS will make the decision for this FLEUR entry.

ffrck18-sf7-. This is Stacey’s offering for the DIRECTORS choice, and it is well worthy of that. A ground level shot looking up into the display brings out all the brilliance of the subject. Photography is all about angles and perspectives and that is what captures the eye of both the photographer and viewer.

ffrck18-sf4-5.Tulips are a never-ending temptation for the avid photographer. They are an traditional favourite in any garden, and always a choice for the view-finder. This choice for the NiCe category is well composed showing a good  balance of the flowers. In hindsight every  photo can be changed or altered but the question is; what difference will it make to the end result?

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.


NOTE; The comments are made as an incentive to help Kids With Cameras understand how they can improve their work, and in no way are meant to undermine or denigrate the Kids With Cameras effort. Images shown here may not be finalists accepted for the 2018 FOCUS FORCE KWC ROCKLEY FLOWER FOTO EXHIBITION.



About focusfor

The FOCUS FORCE photographic workshop program for Kids With Cameras is based in Melbourne, Australia. The projects have gone beyond the Victorian borders, into New South Wales, and Tasmania.Through others including a backpacker it has been provided to children in Thailand, and a teacher in Portugal has inspired children there as well. Apart, from the fun of learning about the camera and developing the skill of taking better photos; the best of which are raised to the status of SUPER SHOTS,the works have been mounted as collections under the banner of the FOCUS FORCE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITIONS, and sent as gifts of friendship and goodwill to the United States, Italy, Japan, China - others are still being worked on. The program enrciches the children's knowledge, and as a side benefit makes them more aware of their own surroundings,and all that is to value where they live. Then comes the delight of being achievers, and having their self esteem boosted by their successes.The term "kids with cameras" was first used by the program's forerunner; CLICKER - the "club for kids with cameras", and dates back to the mid 1980's. The name change came about as wanting to be more appropriate to the older student group that the program now works with.

2 responses »

  1. Wow, stunnning shots, Stacey. Love the red rose, orange spider web and the florist. Sorry I can’t decide. They are all nice.

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