The Photographic Angle Competition

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The photographic angle promotes education of the public in the art and science of photography by staging exhibitions and by working with professional, student and amateur photographers

Theme: Close Up

Closed on : 28th of February, 2017

Competition Closed


Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel

Johan J Ingles-Le Nobel

"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject" - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Macro photography is an extremely popular form of photography and one of the main reasons for this is the fact that it is a very broad genre that can encompass all manner of subjects. This form of extreme close-up photography, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size, is perfect for really examining the smaller details of your subject that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is very easy to take everyday things for granted, but when we do look at them up close it can reveal some really interesting subject matter. Common subjects for macro photography are plants, flowers, insects, food and water droplets, but the possibilities are endless. Anything, such as an old piece of wood, cutlery, stationary, electronics, children's toys and even people can provide fantastic inspiration. Zooming in close will allow you to bring the shapes, textures and colours of your subject to life. Better still, photographs can be taken anywhere, whether you are capturing insects in their natural environment outdoors or whether you are shooting a still life scene on your kitchen table.

What we are looking for in this competition is your most creative shots. Try shooting from an unexpected angle to reveal rarely seen and surprising details. Or try using different lighting to enhance colour saturation or highlight texture. We hope that this theme will open up a whole new world of options for you as a photographer as you attempt to show us how macro photography can make every day items seem amazing. Have fun as you get lost in this small world of intimate details.


    Holga 223135 Holgaglo 135  Camera - Solar Yellow        
The Holga camera was initially introduced to the Chinese public in 1982 as an inexpensive camera for everyday use. Shortly after its introduction, it became an underground artistic phenomena. Using a Holga is an exercise in breaking free from dependence on technology, precision and controllability. The slight softness of the images, vignetting and random light leaks produce dream-like, one-of-a-kind images.Now, to further commemorate the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Holga Glo camera, these models actually glow in the dark! Just expose to white light, shut off the lights and watch your Holga, the dark! Grab it, load and say, "I shoot things Holga."To achieve more of the Holga's trademark vignetting, the Holga 135BC has bent corners that renders the Holga's retro vignetting in every image.The 30th Anniversary Limited Edition HolgaGlo Glow in the Dark Cameras are available in 120 medium format cameras and 35mm cameras.
  • 2 aperture settings, f/11 for sunny, f/8 for cloudy
  • Normal shutter setting 1/100 of a second and bulb shutter setting
  • Standard Tripod Mount
  • Hot Shoe Adapter
  • Uses 35mm format film


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John has been a keen photographer since he acquired his first camera more than 40 years ago. Once introduced to black and white photography he began processing films and producing his own prints. It was his professional background in science that attracted him to developing and printing.
Consequently, he has always had a special fondness for black and white photographs. He believes that they convey different messages and moods to colour photographs as they isolate the textures, key elements and composition of the picture.
John now uses digital cameras but only does minimal post camera alteration such as changing contrast and increasing or decreasing shadows or highlights if appropriate, and sharpening in post-production editing software.
Now retired, John is able to spend much more time exploring photography. He doesn’t specialise in any particular area of photography, but simply photographs the things he sees that interest him, be it a landscape, a small detail, people engaged in an activity or a part of a building. However, he does have a particular liking for textures, shadows, wood and small details. He likes to produce photographs which show an unexpected angle or viewpoint or a part of a whole, so it is not immediately apparent what it is. His ARPS panel was of reflections in water.
Recent projects are self portraits, capturing movement with very slow shutter speeds and street photography.
John is an active member of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) and of Imagez Camera Club, Weston Turville, Bucks.

Competition Judge - JOHN TIMBRELL ARPS

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