This past June, Humber Media Studies & IT gathered at the North campus to celebrate and exhibit the talent produced by our alumni or current photography students who enrolled in our Photographic Techniques Certificate courses. The diverse backgrounds and professions of the students resulted in an extensive assortment of photographs to enjoy during this one-night show. The exhibit provided not only a visual display of the students’ talent, but a platform for them to share their stories behind each photo. Students used techniques learned during class to create their best work and were honoured in their respective categories including Landscape, Portrait, Animals/Wildlife, Documentary/Wedding and Still Life. The judges scored each of the 150 submissions based on storytelling, technique, colour and impact. The overall winners were chosen from the winning photos in each category.
Here are 3 best practice tips from the Photo Contest Submission Workshop held by Jason DiMichele to help students prepare:
Fall registration opens on July 21st, sign up for a photography course to be eligible for the next Photo Contest!
This extreme long exposure (at 20 minutes) was taken on a foggy day in winter at Fifty Point Conservation Area, in Grimsby, Ontario. Fog is a great element in photography to create natural mood, and with the combination of long exposure, it can further reduce elements to present the subject almost isolated from the world around it. With this image, Laura wanted to combine that sense of isolation with a sense of stillness, but also harmony between the man-made element, and nature. Further reducing it to black and white and high key allowed Laura to reduce the elements in the image, leaving just the dock floating outside of its surrounding, without time or space.
George Hurrell’s B&W images of Hollywood stars from the 30’s and 40’s provided the inspiration for this image. “George Hurrell is to portrait photography as Ansel Adams is to landscape photography” (author unknown)
To re-create Hurrell’s lighting style, James used a beauty dish with a grid (above front) as the key light to produce the well-defined “butterfly” shadow under Anna’s nose, a small soft-box with a grid (overhead and behind) was used as a hair light, and a strobe with barndoors (behind from camera right) added the rim lighting to her arm. No fill light was used as James wanted to retain the high contrast look and the dark shadows under Anna’s nose and jawline. Vintage pearls and a soft wavy curl in Anna’s hair rounded out the glamourous look.
In December, Trisha was attending an exhibit at the ROM and taking photos. She wasn't happy with any of her photos, and knew she hadn't got "the shot" yet and was about to leave the museum. Then she spotted this set of pots in a display case. She instantly felt an attraction to the subject and decided to take a photo. She knew that she would be able to create a minimalistic look and feel to the photo by emphasizing the lines and shapes in Black and White.
The Street Reader portrays an old man sitting on the sidewalk reading his Bible. The man wears leather sandals. His hands and the pages of the book are weathered, alluding to the harsh life of this man. This image is about the peaceful environment of this humble person, and his unwillingness to be disturbed.
Barbara has always loved and been fascinated by frogs since she was little. In November 2016, she heard that Andrew McLachlan was running a frog workshop at Reptilia Zoo in Vaughan. She "jumped" at the chance to be able to photograph them up close and personal. The frog taken in the photograph is a Red Eyed Tree Frog and is one of her all-time favourites. Working with any wildlife is challenging. Sometimes you only have seconds to capture a shot before they are gone. Barbara particularly loved this shot because you can feel the tension of the moment just before he jumps. This was taken with a Nikon DX5200 Camera using a Nikon Macro 105mm Lens, lit by a Nikon Speedlight Flash covered by a softbox.
On her trip to China in Sept 2016, Sharon and her husband visited Huangshan Mountain (also known as Yellow Mountain) in the southern province of Anhui. The area is well known for its scenery, sunrises, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, odd shaped pine trees and the famous ' Sea of Clouds.'
Many poems, paintings and photos have been created to convey the beauty and magic of the mountain. She quickly found out she was not the only one excited to see the sun rise from beneath the sea of clouds. Many photographers were on the side of the mountain that morning, cameras ready.
The elevation where this photo was taken is 1,630 metres and the time to catch the first rays of light was 4:45 am on the eastern slope of the mountain. The clouds were still at first and then the wind picked up and the clouds were swirling all around the peaks as the sun quickly rose out of nowhere, creating this very dramatic effect. This was her magical moment.
The shot was taken in the fall in early morning. The partially frozen water drops and strands converge in an almost symmetrical fashion, making the milk weed’s seed the centre of attention. Harmony is achieved both visually and mentally.
Penny and her husband did a trip in May 2017 that they had been talking about for at least 10 years – a long week-end away in New York City without their teenagers. When they arrived at their Lower Manhattan hotel to a Noah-like rainstorm, something to do inside and near the hotel started to sound like the perfect plan, so they headed to the Memorial despite worries of it being too dismal.
As they walked past one of the two reflecting pools heading to the building, she noticed single white roses stuck in some of the names etched into the granite, and came to the conclusion that this is something the Memorial must have taken upon itself to do – to place these flowers in a few of the names each day as a token of respect to those who died that horrible day, living out the quote from Virgil that appears in the Memorial Hall: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.” Penny ended up being happiest with this image, which was captured as we were leaving the Memorial, when it was no longer actively raining but there were still water droplets everywhere to evoke tears.
This photo was taken deep in the back woods of Fliton Ontario. There is an area that the locals call the 4 dams: 4 beaver dams that are back to back. In this area between the dams, off to the side there is a swamp that creates black water. Any vegetation that lands in this water is first turned back before being consumed. As Alain was struggling to get across the beaver dam, he saw a lonely oak leaf ending its life cycle was waiting to be consumed by the back water of the swamp.
Taken Fifty Point Conservation Area on Lake Ontario in Stoney Creek Ontario, a wonderful park with this old pier jutting out into the lake, this area is one of Judy’s favourite places to photograph in all seasons.
When we think of motorcycles, we envision them cruising along highways often at high speeds or on lonesome long roads with scenic backgrounds - either alone or in packs.
So when we see motorcycles travelling in the heart of a city alongside pedestrians, cyclists, and cars, especially on one of the busiest thoroughfare city streets (as depicted in this photograph), it presents a contrast from what we are used to imagining.
More interestingly, the strength and power of a motorcycle that is contained by its busy surroundings creates a special tension as it can erupt at any moment.
The blue sky made a pleasant background as the powerful eagle approached, talons extended, for a landing.
Fortunately, he didn’t mistake Jordan’s lens (or head) for a perch.
The photo was taken in an improvised photo studio in Alex’s friend's basement.
At that time they attended the Humber College Portrait class and for practicing they took a number of portraits of the young model with different lighting setups. This particular image with the models profile lit from the side on blue background was the one Alex liked the most.
Students, faculty and friends gathered to admire the talent of our Photographic Techniques program.
Photos of colourful landscapes, exotic animals and classic portraits are just some examples of the high-quality work produced by the winning students.
Humber alumni Geneviève Grenon joined the celebration to share her past experience at Humber and inspiring story with the audience.
Humber faculty Sam Sciarrino, who teaches in the Photographic Techniques program, also joined us to share his words of encouragement to the winners and acknowledge their exemplary work.
Prizes and certificates were awarded to the winners in recognition of their achievements.
Stay tuned until next year for an even bigger and better Photo Contest Exhibition!