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CPS Challenge # 43 Minimalist Image

Leonardo da Vinci once said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
For this next challenge, we want you to create a minimalist image – one characterized by extreme simplicity, containing only one or a small number of objects and with no clutter to distract the viewer’s eye.
A quality minimalist image has barely anything in the frame, except for an interesting subject effectively composed.  This requires the photographer to: determine how to isolate and position the subject to create the greatest impact vary the shooting position to eliminate any distracting elements in the final image strike a balance between negative space and the subject, so that the negative space will direct the viewer’s eye to the subject
A quality minimalist image will often: Tell a story, making viewers think about what is actually happening in the image Convey a sense of scale by displaying a small object against a much larger background Make use of bold complementary colors or black and white with high tonal contrast
Your assignment for this challenge is to use your maximum creativity to create a quality minimalist image.  Have fun and stay safe.
This Challenge is active through 8pm on Saturday, June 6th, when a new Challenge will be issued. If you haven't gotten around to joining our group yet, simply follow the instructions below:
New Challenges are issued every two weeks. To participate, you'll need a free Flickr account. After you've done that, upload a few photos and then join the group. Full instructions and a discussion forum are located there.

Spring Photo Classes Have Been Canceled

With heavy hearts, we have made the decision to cancel all spring photography and editing classes. While we considered converting to online versions of the classes, we felt that the hands-on nature of our courses is a fundamental aspect and cannot be adequately duplicated in a virtual environment. Postponing further would begin to intrude on our fall schedule, so we will take the summer to continue to assess the ongoing situation and plan to return with our regularly-scheduled fall line-up - with limitations to ensure everyone's health and safety as necessary. We would love to provide better news, but need to consider both the quality of our programming and the safety of our instructors and students as we plan. Enrollment for the fall is open now - details and enrollment information can be found on the School pages of our website. Students enrolled in the spring session will be offered the opportunity to move to a future class session or obtain a full refund. Thank you for sticking with us during trying times. We hope you'll consider joining us in the fall. Please Write to us with any questions. Thank you for your continued support!

Your Officers and Board for 2020-21

THANK YOU to all of you who cast your ballots for our new slate of officers and Board Members for the coming Club year, beginning June 1st. By UNANIMOUS vote, the following will lead YOUR club for the next year:

President: Mike Kopkas
1st VP: Chuck Fitzgerald
2nd VP: Barb Cerrito
Secretary: Rob Erick
Treasurer: Vicki Wert

Board Members (3 year term ending in May, 2023):
Lauri Culp
Bill Keaton
Barb Pennington
Kolman Rosenberg

The New Darkroom Door is Here!

Just in time for your stay-at-home reading pleasure, the latest issue of the Darkroom Door newsletter has been published! Covering the second half of 2019, this issue features Member Profiles, photo tips, member accomplishments - and LOTS of photos from our competitions. To view or download this issue, click here. And don't forget to review our archive of past issues, dating back all the way to 1969! This issue continues a long-standing stream of member communications - and an archive of the Club's history. Special thanks to Deborah Willis and her team of contributors - hope you enjoy!

Brunswick Library Exhibit Entry Deadline Extended!

The Brunswick Library exhibit originally scheduled to begin May 1st has been postponed. For this reason, the entry deadline has been extended to May 31st!. Actual dates of the Exhibition have not yet been established. Members can submit their images for consideration using the Shutter Score link.

Mansfield Reformatory Field Trip Moved to 8/1!

One of our most popular field trips has been re-scheduled from June 6th to August 1st. We're not quite ready to start accepting registrations but please save the date and refer to this homepage, The Weekly Snapshot newsletter and the calendar listing for all the details. This trip is open to EVERYONE, with both photographer and non-photographer admission fees. Hope YOU'LL plan to join us!

3/13 'B' Competition Results Posted

Results from the final 'B' competition (for newer photographers) of the year have now been posted and can be viewed in the Competition Results section of this website. Bookmark this page in order to quickly track updated results as the competition year unfolds. A slideshow of the winning images from this competition can be viewed here. A reminder to members that a database of all competition entries in Excel spreadsheet format is updated shortly after each competition.

About the CPS Photo Challenge

There's no reason to let your camera gather dust. The CPS Challenge is a great way for you to practice your passion for photography, especially during these crazy times. Creative motivation and inspiration is what the CPS Challenge provides, whether you are a beginning shutter bug or a veteran enthusiast. If you are already familiar with the CPS Challenge or if this is the first time you’ve heard of it, I urge you to (re)acquaint yourself with this long-standing feature of the Cleveland Photographic Society.

What is the CPS Challenge? It is an on-line forum in which different photographic methods and themes are introduced to the group. Participants then have two weeks to capture images that adhere to the assigned topic (new images only- no archived photos), and then share them with the rest of the group. This is not a competition. However, positive feedback and comments are offered on several of the submissions. The best thing about the ‘Challenge’ is that not only do you get to share your images with CPS community, you can also view images submitted by other group members and glean inspiration from their take on the same theme. The CPS Challenge is really an opportunity for you to exercise your creativity…and it is a lot of fun.

The CPS Challenge is located on the popular photo sharing platform Flickr. You must sign up with Flickr and then join the CPS Challenge group if you desire to participate. This is an easy and straight forward process. A detailed overview of the group’s description and rules, as well as the images by fellow CPS members can be found at the CPS Challenge group homepage. Here is the link.

Take a few hours to escape these troubled times by doing what you love; photography. I invite you to consider the CPS Challenge as a vehicle to expand and explore your photographic world. A brand new challenge will be introduced ever two weeks. The CPS Challenge is open to all CPS members and students. We hope to see many of you there.

CPS Suspends Friday Meetings Indefinitely

In order to protect the health of our members and friends, CPS has decided to suspend our Friday night meeting schedule indefinitely. Arrangements are being made to allow for Photojournalism images to be entered in time for year-end competition and for year-end print images to be submitted. To view the Club's complete Statement regarding our response to this continuing heath issue, click here.

Welcome to CPS!

The Cleveland Photographic Society is not your typical 'camera club'. Operating from our own full-time, ADA-friendly clubroom in Broadview Heights, Ohio, we are an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offering a variety of activities for members and visitors alike - including our long-running School of Photography, with classes held throughout the year. Feel free to look around our website and learn a little more about us and how to find us on the All About CPS page. Visitors are always welcome to our Friday evening meetings and many other events - we hope YOU'LL plan to visit sometime soon! If you have a question or a comment, please Drop us a line

June 3
7:30 PM
Photoshop Editing Class - Course Review - CANCELED
June 4
7:00 PM
Special Interest Group
June 9
7:30 PM
Board Meeting
June 10
7:30 PM
Photoshop Editing Class - Student Image Review - CANCELED
June 14
10:00 AM
B & O Roundhouse Field Trip

The mission of the Cleveland Photographic Society is to promote and advance the understanding, passion and joy of photography by providing opportunities for education, skill development, picture-taking, competition, critique and fellowship.

CPS is a founding member of the
Photographic Society of America

Photographic Society of America


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