Jan. 2001

President's Message

Photo FAQs

President's Message

Karl Leck

It's International time again! Can I say that we deliberately schedule the Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (WIEP) in the middle of winter to get us fired up with our mutual passion for photography while everything outside is monochrome gray and cold? It's a great time to meet and chat with other club members and friends at the work sessions at Irv Klair's house led by slide chairman Joe Bernofsky (302-478-4752) and Print Chairman Jeff Smith (302-368-1089). Work sessions will be held most Saturday mornings and other selected days before the judging on January 27 at Cokesbury Village. Give Joe, Jeff, or WIEP Chairman Bob Coffey (610-388-2741) a call and come help out and enjoy the effort. It's a great chance to see wonderful photos up close and personal.

If you plan to join us for lunch at Cokesbury and the WIEP dinner at Hercules Country Club (whether they sell the Country Club or not!) on judging day, January 27, get your money and reservation to Gloria Coe pronto! Forms and details are in another part of the Reflector. Both of these meals are by reservation and prepayment only, so please do it soon.

Continuing the dialogue on digital imaging we are now discussing how a digital image qualifies for the monthly Assigned Subject. What if I had two old images and combined them now to make an Assigned Subject picture? I did all of the original photography. I 'made' the new image within the time limit. Can I ethically enter it in the competition?

Here's my opinion, and I want to hear yours too. If I put the old picture next to the digitally altered one, can I honestly say it is a new picture made out of elements and modifications or is it just a variation on an existing picture? Does the new picture show something that the originals did not? Did I just change the color of the door on the house or did I add Santa, the sleigh and reindeer to sky and roof and low glows in all the windows? There has always been personal honesty and ethics in selecting our pictures to enter in Assigned Subject. Making new images in the computer should fall under the same ethics.