The Annual October - November 2019 photography contest is complete and the results are posted.
It is time for a call out to all that take pictures of epiphyllums. I'm guessing that includes all of us epiphyllum growers and a few that just enjoy the blooms.
Your epis showed their best in late spring, take a photograph of them. So be ready with your camera to capture some pictures and if you are a member you are eligible to enter the photography contest.
You cannot make it to the October meeting you can still submit your photographs. Just mail your photographs to us no later than 30 days prior to the contest. Mail photographs to Gilbert Hatfield (address is located in them members only area) and after the contest they will be returned to you.
This is the number of days before the next photography contest. The photographs must be submitted no later than the start of the October general meeting (30 day prior to the contest if they are mailed). This will allow for judging and for attendees to vote for “People’s Choice” with the results announced at the November meeting.
All photographs with Ribbons will be prominently displayed again at the November meeting for the enjoyment of our members.
Tips for taking flower pictures
Make sure your background adds to and does not distract from your main subject. Often a plain uncluttered dark background will allow a viewer to focus on you flower.
Minimizing or eliminating distractions in the background is not that hard to achieve. You can accomplish this easily by using flash photography in the late evening or by moving it to an uncluttered area prior to taking a picture. You can also just place a sheet of dark paper behind it.
My favorite way is to use a car window sun shade. The cloth ones with a metal frame (example) are silver on one side and black on the other. They are lightweight enough that I use wooden cloth's pins to clip them to an epi branch to hold them in place behind the bloom.
The best time for pictures is always in the the morning or evening.
- Single flower
- Epi Art (new category this year)
Awards and Miscellaneous information:
- Ribbons (Blue-1st, Red-2nd, White-3rd), and honorable mention will be awarded in the Single Bloom, Multi-Bloom and Epi Art categories.
- Honorable mention will be awarded in the miscellaneous category.
- Ribbons (Blue) be awarded for “Peoples' Choice” and “Judges’ Choice”.
- Winning photographs will be published in Epi News, Society’s website, and may be used in the Society’s social media and promotional material.
- First place winners of the Single, Multi-flower and Epi Art categories will also be featured as a cover photograph of Epi News.