Suncoast Camera Club Assignment Definitions

The assigned subject should predominate in all prints and electronic images. Each entry's score will be determined by how well it meets the assigned subject as well as the criteria of composition, impact, and technique.

Abandoned Structures
Dave Hutchinson

ABANDONED STRUCTURES
A building or site that is no longer in active use but has fallen into decay or abandonment. If the structures are a part of a historical display to show living conditions it a past time these qualify as an abandoned structure (i.e., a ghost town).

Architecture
Dawn Nichols

ARCHITECTURE
An image of structure or structures that convey the feeling of the time they were built. They could range from Egyptian time to modern cities to archaeological buildings.

B&W 1 Color
Jim Mahoney

BLACK & WHITE PLUS ONE COLOR
The subject of the photo can be anything the photographer wishes.  One item in the image must be one non-black and white color.  Shades of that one color are allowed so long as they only affect the colored item.  The colored item should add impact and either be the focal point of the image or enhance the focal point of the image.

Candlelight image by Marsha McKenna
Marsha McKenna

CANDLELIGHT
Capture an image lit by the warm glow of a single candle. The flame does not need to be in the image.

Circles
Dawn Nichols

CIRCLES
Two or more circles combined to form the majority of an image. Digital enhancement or manipulation is allowed.

Contemporary
Frank Crommelin

CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary photography is the deliberate alteration of reality. It does not mean subjects that are of our era. A contemporary photograph is usually derived from an original image using one or more of the many special processes such as bas relief, posterization, solarization, etc. Some original images such as abstracts, infrared photographs, and multiple exposures also qualify.

Creative
Frank Crommelin

CREATIVE
Creative photography is the deliberate alteration of reality. A creative photograph is usually derived from an original image using one or more of the many special processes such as bas relief, posterization, solarization, etc. Some original images such as abstracts, infrared photographs, and multiple exposures also qualify.

Doors & Windows
Jeff Gentry

DOORS & WINDOWS
Focus on doorways and/or windows as the predominant subject.

Emotions / Expressions
Jim Ickes

EMOTIONS/EXPRESSIONS
Capture the human condition during an emotive moment.

Eyes
Nick Muskovac

EYES
Capture the eye or eyes of a human or animal, not the eyes on peacock feathers, needles, or hurricanes. This is an image of the eye or eyes as a focal point, as opposed to a portrait for example that happens to contain eyes.

Flowers
Matt Muskovac

FLOWERS
The central theme of the photo should emphasize the flower or flowers and not just be background for another subject.  The flowers can be singular or in a group.  A landscape dominated by flowers such as a group of spring flowers or flower garden is acceptable.

Hands
Irene Kramer

HANDS
Features the form, texture and position of human hands.

Holidays
Karen Mason

HOLIDAYS
Express the festive spirit of December.

Individual Creativty
Jeff Gentry

INDIVIDUAL CREATIVITY
Show a person at a handicraft, hobby, or industry.

Landscape
Erik Rosengren

LANDSCAPES
Landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land including the physical elements of landforms such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea, living elements of land cover including indigenous vegetation, human elements including different forms of land use, buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting and weather conditions.

Macro Photography
Jim Ickes

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY
The art of taking an image that shows the object in detail that normally can not be seen with the eye alone. The image normally will be larger than the object itself. In other word it is a photo of a very small object or a blow up of a small detail on the object being photographed.

Misty or Fog
Larry Lynch

MISTY or FOG
The central point of interest in the photograph should be surrounded by or embedded in fog or mist. The central point of interest can be any thing but should be enhanced by the soft visibility caused by the fog or mist.

Nature
Glen Desthers

NATURE
A depiction drawn from any branch of natural history. Those photographs which tell a nature story may receive higher scores. Human influence must be kept to a minimum. Photographs of cultivated plants, domestic animals, still life's, mounted specimens, and museum habitats are ineligible. (Also, see Evaluation Rule number 3.)

Painting with Light
Matt Muskovac

PAINTING WITH LIGHT
With dark, shapeless background, apply highlights and shadows to your subject to define shape and contour. In this technique, flashlight and/or candlelight are used like a brush to paint light on subject during open shutter on tripod mount.

Patterns
Dave Hart

PATTERNS
A pattern is an arrangement into which line, form, color or shape can be organized. It often involves repetition and can be geometric or abstract, regular or asymmetric. Patterns abound in nature and are often found in ordinary objects and structures, particularly when viewed out of context.

Photojournalism
Len Lapka

PHOTOJOURNALISM
Photojournalism is the making of a photographic story out of an event and its impact on people. This can be as varied as the human experience itself and can be fortified by the ability to sense the emotional peak of an event. (Also, see Evaluation Rule number 3.)

Portrait
Bill Kramer

PORTRAIT
A photograph of a person or persons that can be anything from an intimate facial close-up to a full-length image. The best portraits isolate and reveal the subject's distinctive personality and style. Whether formal or informal, the clothing, pose, lighting, and background should capture your subject's special character.

Purple
Tom Russell

PURPLE
Where Purple is the primary color in the image.

Reflections
Ray Parry

REFLECTIONS
An image that has a reflection as it's major focal point.  The reflection can be on any surface that reflects (glass, water, metal, etc.).

Roofs
George Burke

ROOFS
Emphasize variation in architectural styling and materials of the exterior upper covering of a building or buildings.

Shadows
Erik Rosengren

SHADOWS
Where shadows and their projection is the major predominate subject.  The light source of the shadow can be from any source from natural (sun, moon, etc.) to man-made (flash, streetlight, floodlight, etc.).

Silhouettes
Frank Crommelin

SILHOUETTES
The image should have a back light that highlights the the central subject of the photograph and presents the central subject as a silhouette. The central subject can be any thing the artist selects as long as it is presented as a silhouette. The back lighting can be natural light such as the sun or moon. The use of studio lights or off camera flash to form the silhouette are also acceptable. No detail should be visible in the silhouette.

Sports
Jim Ickes

SPORTS
Show an individual or team athletic endeavor.

Street Shots
Tom Russell

STREET SHOTS
Shoot candid situations within public places as a mirror on society, without flash or awareness of subject.

Three of a Kind
George McKenna

THREE OF A KIND
The major focus of the image is the three of the same, closely related or identical, objects, persons, animals, buildings, places or any other trio.

Transportation
Jim Lucadam

TRANSPORTATION
Image of any form of transportation. Includes all types of vehicle ranging from a pogo stick to a space ship. The image can show the vehicle in motion or use. The image's major point of focus should center on the form of transportation.

Travel
Dawn Nichols

TRAVEL
Travel photographs should represent a particular location and offer the viewer a sense of that place. They may depict a people, a time, or a way of life different from one's own. Modes of travel which are isolated from their cultural surroundings do not qualify. (Also, see Evaluation Rule number 3.)