BCPA系列讲座: 打鸟地点, 设备, 后期和经验


讲座题目:打鸟地点, 设备, 后期和经验
主讲人:李国忠
时间: 2018年7月14日上午10:00-12:00
地点:Reservoir Place, 1601 Trapelo Road, Suite 260, Waltham, MA 02451
参加费用:会员免费;非会员 $5

这次讲座主要介绍打鸟的几个要素,怎样找鸟的地点,设备的选择和怎样设置,鸟片的后期处理,打鸟外出的行装和经验等。

主讲人简介:李国忠喜欢游玩和摄影,一年多前进了打鸟的镜头和部分设备,打遍了家附近的鸟,希望能走的更远打的更多。

主讲人李国忠作品欣赏:






BCPA Melodrama Photography 2018 Season 1

BCPA Melodrama Photography 2018 Season 1

Date: March 24, 2018
Reporter: Alan Tian (田磊)

Just like everyone eagerly waiting for spring under the falling snow flakes, the very first BCPA Melodrama Photography finally came into reality.  Special thanks to the enthusiastic member Lan Kai and her husband Brian for providing their beautiful home as the shooting venue for this fun and spectacular show time for all members participated.         

The purposes of this session has three folds: First, as a photographer, the participant can learn to take a portrait in a low-light environment with proper lighting and reflection equipment.  Second, as a portrait photographer, photographer needs to learn how to interact and collaborate with model to create the best atmosphere, and catch the best moment of the model. Third, as every participant needs to be a model in the photo shooting session, all models need to learn the proper attires and postures to fit the scene photographer created.  The model should be able to come out his/her own poses and background selection to fit his/her personality.

The “BCPA brilliant three” (teachers Cary Chu, Daryl Luk and President Dongxu Shan) came up with the idea of the multiple scenes for this event, and brought lighting equipment for indoor photography.  All ladies brought their most beautiful clothes and dressed up, and all gentlemen were ready in suits as well early in the show day. This is really a day for everyone to learn to be confident in front of camera and be best of him/herself.

Photographer: Cary Chu

Photographer: Cary Chu

BCPA Brilliant Three
Photographer: Yun Bian

Setting up the lights
Photographer: Nancy Chen

Photographers in Action
Photographer: Alan Tian

Group pictures were just for warming up, more elegant shows moved to the piano room. Being a model was not just simply sitting in front of the piano, and shooting picture was not just simply pressing the button; there were a lot of thinking and preparation involved in the process.  We had strong sunlight from outside of the window, which made it very hard to shoot anything else other than silhouette. With black drape as the dark background, a small aperture, low ISO, and faster shutter speed, plus two strong lights one on the each side of the model, a low light environment really can be created to present a scene with elegant piano players under the spotlight.

Photographer: Daryl Luk

Title: Floating Music
Photographer: Alan Tian

Photographer: Nancy Chen

Photographer: Yun Bian

Some heartwarming moments that teacher teaching student, does anyone know what teacher said at that time?
Photographer: May Hu

Photographer:  Joanna Lu

Don’t be shy, Get closer.
Photographer: Alan Tian

Photographers in Action
Photographer: Alan Tian

The other setting required to use a reflector to reflect light to model Lin who stood beside the window,  and suppress the exposure to pianist Dongxu at the same time. With the music of song of Cai Qin 蔡琴 coming out of piano: “who is knocking the window, who is stirring the string….” (是誰在敲打我窗,是誰在撩動琴弦). Everyone indulged into the romantic lyrics.

Title: Your heart beats are in my music
Photographer: Daryl Luk

Photographer: Zhong Xu

Later, the piano room became a stage for relaxing and social avenue. The whole room filled with cheer and laughter.

Photographer: Nina C.

Photographer: Lan Kai

Photographer: May Hu

Photographer: Dongxu Shan

Photographer: Lin Li

Photographer: Shaowei Liao

Photographer: Alan Tian

Photographer: Yan Wang

Long narrow stair with light directly from above led the way to heaven above. But as everyone was too hungry to fly towards sky, we decided to point light at the middle section of the stair. This caused several scenes either touchy, romantic or  animal-loving. We also had set up another station for professional portrait photos taken at the same time.

Photographer: Dongxu Shan

Photographer: Nancy Chen

Photographer: Alan Tian

With the hasty door bell ring, all applauded to the pizza delivery boy, who looked familiar.Delivery Boy
Photographer: Yun Xia

Photographer: Nancy Chen

After a happy lunch together, the challenge time came.  Two brothers started the confrontation with chopper and basketball bat.  Pictures captured at action time and what really happened are always different, which one do you prefer?

Do you dare to stare?
Photographer:  Yun Bian & Cary Chu

Funny moment: Is that blade really that sharp?
Photographer:  Lin Li

Photographer:  Shaowei Liao

Photographer:  Zhong Xu

Then next scene was 3 men and 2 ladies showing off the art of gambling tricks.  The scripts had been changed many times: original stories of gangsters fighting story became brotherhood for friendship story, and couple of ladies changed the scripts into a 45 episodes love story afterwards. Ladies really proved that the world will be a peaceful place if all political power controlled only by ladies.

Now everyone knows who is the BOSS.
Photographer:  Yun Bian

Awkward moment: Come on, you cannot get light working in even three tries.
Photographer:  Yun Xia

Title: Card Master 賭神
Photographer: May Hu

Funny moment.
Photographer:  Nina C.

Photographer:  Suyun Ding

Photographer:  Suyun Ding

Time went fast, it was the time for the final masterpiece: Dark Battle. The story starts in 1945, just before Japanese surrendering. Communist, Nationalist parties, and local mafias tried to seize the power of Shanghai, and they had a power play on a gambling table inside a dark room of a famous bar.


Scene: Dark Battle 暗战
Director: Daryl
Photographer: Cary
Cast:

Communist party couple: Alan and Yan
Mafia couple: Daryl, Joanna
Nationalist party couple: Dongxu, Yu
Bar mistress: May
Mafia assistant: Yun Xia
Bar girl: Lin
Dog: MiMi

Title: Dark Battle
Photographer: Cary Chu

Photographer: Zhong Xu

Director explained the idea of the scene to the actors.
Photographer: Cary Chu

Every great dream begins with a dreamer, every excellent event begins with dedicated leaders. We really thank the “BCPA brilliant three”’s vision, experience and efforts into this project and also appreciate every participant who brought the cheers and laughter to the events, as well as passion to photography.  We just can’t wait for the Melodrama Photography Season 2. Stay tuned…

波士頓圖書館外拍記 2018.01.10

波士頓圖書館外拍記
Date: January 10, 2018
Reporter: Weibo Zhang (张微波)

《聚焦》影片截图

刻板印象是一件有趣的東西。完全相同的事物在不同的人心裡留下的感覺或許完全不同,你甚至可能不知這印象從何而來,可一旦定型就很難改變。圖書館就是一個容易讓人產生刻板印象的地方。不知道提起圖書館你會有怎樣的感覺,是《哈利波特》或《奇異博士》式的玄幻神秘,是《驚天大陰謀》或《達芬奇密碼》式的恢宏大氣,是《周漁的火車》或《贖罪》式的暗流洶湧,還是《七宗罪》或《肖申克的救贖》式的幽微壓抑?

波士頓圖書館不僅是美國第一家公立圖書館,也是全美館藏量第二的公立圖書館。建於1895的主樓McKim選用了比較傳統的布雜風格,是波士頓的地標性建築之一。它最近一次出現在大銀幕上是在獲第88屆奧斯卡金像獎最佳影片的《聚焦(spotlight)》裡。影片很多場景都是在圖書館內取景的,而讓人印象最深刻的莫過於女記者Sacha在波士頓圖書館標誌性的綠燈下查找資料直到閉館的那一幕。而改建後於2016年開放的Johnson樓則選用了非常現代的建築和裝修樣式,混雜的風格愈發增添了圖書館的吸引力。

對於攝影師來說,波士頓圖書館是一個非常有吸引力的拍攝點。建築本身、內外裝飾、和書籍音像收藏都可以作為拍攝目標, McKim三樓和Abbey room裡美麗的壁畫更是不容錯過。可惜的是McKim樓內的自然采光不好,而內部使用的燈光又太過明亮,普通拍攝噪點過高,無法真實反映圖書館內的情形,更何況圖書館並不允許隨意使用專業相機拍照。所以當我們一名會員Cary再次幫我們爭取到帶三腳架進館拍攝的機會時,上次沒有去成的會員一下就興奮起來,15個名額一個小時不到就報滿了。

我們的拍攝行程從早上9點半開始。Cary先指導大家使用濾鏡在McKim正門利用長曝抹除車輛和人群,以得到幹凈的建築正面照。那天是個晴天,9點來鐘的時候太陽正好從波士頓城裡密密麻麻的建築中探出頭來。日光斜斜的打在圖書館周圍的建築上,給主樓增添了一絲緋淡的金色,格外好看。

隨後大家進入圖書館,已有多次拍攝經驗的Cary領著大家在舊樓和新樓之間主要的拍攝點間轉了轉,並做了拍攝技巧的分析。隨後大家就各自拍攝,用鏡頭表現自己對圖書館的解讀。由於每個人對圖書館的印象不盡相同,即便是同一場景,大家的成片也各有不同。

以下貼出的只是這次同行攝影師的部分作品,希望能激發大家的創作靈感,並預祝每位有興趣的攝影師都能得到進入圖書館拍攝的機會。

進門前的大合照 攝影師:為了給大家拍照而未出鏡的Jodie


攝影師:Cary Chu


正門,攝影師:廖劭煒


攝影師:韓登文


同一場景不同成片 攝影師(自上而下):Sam Chen、螢焱蟲、YUN、Jodie、Fan、Weibo、Jie、季初


攝影師:胡玫


攝影師:Jodie


攝影師:Jie


攝影師:Fan


攝影師:矫捷


攝影師:Weibo


攝影師:尹玫伊


攝影師:劉宏宇


攝影師:Sam


攝影師:季初


摄影师:廖劭炜


攝影師:劉宏宇


BCPA 系列讲座:数码影像实战入门

主讲人:周卫平
讲座题目:数码影像实战入门

(请注意两次讲座的地点不同)

第一讲 影像采集篇

时间: 2018年2月4日下午1:30——4:00

地点:Costin Room, Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702

参加费用:免费

第二讲 影像编辑篇

时间: 2018年3月3日下午1:30——4:00

地点:Fogelberg Area (Main meeting room), Burlington Public Library, 22 Sears St. Burlington, MA 01803

参加费用:免费

周卫平老师自上个世纪六十年代开始摄影以来,在银盐的探索和数码的实践中,积累了坚实的理论知识和实践经验。周老师是中国摄影家协会江苏省和南京市摄影家协会会员,目前还担任中国大型摄影网站蜂鸟网焦圈特评和橡树网南京俱乐部特评。

2015年在BCPA首次大型摄影系列讲座中周老师用诙谐风趣的授课风格,深入浅出地诠释了摄影及其相关的后期知识,受到了会员们的热烈欢迎。

应BCPA的再次邀请,周老师将在2月和3月为我们举办《数码影像实战入门》讲座。该讲座共用两个课程时段完成。

一、《数码影像实战入门—1—影像采集篇》

本篇从基础摄影入手以实例为主,引导大家进一步了解影像采集的基本要领;从影调、色调等方面进一步阐述摄影曝光三要素及其相互作用的基本理念;从构图、景别清晰度等方面进一步加深理解摄影采光、取景、机器及其机位设置等实战技巧;使影像采集的素材更加完美。

二、《数码影像实战入门—2—影像编辑篇》

本篇着重介绍摄影后期,以Adobe Photoshop为适用工具,从RAW文件的解读,ACR功能及照片初调到PS后期完善的实际操作过程,促进大家对如何使摄影作品更完美有进一步的了解。

摄影是一项融技术于艺术之中的创作活动,每幅优秀的摄影作品都凝聚着摄影人前期的不懈努力和后期的精心调试。摄影也是一项融遗憾和追求为一体的实践活动,正是这种永不满足的精神才更让我们在摄影过程中乐此不疲。

One Story One Month: December Stories「一月一故事」:十二月份的故事

【一月一故事】是BCPA在2017年1月1日啟動的一個攝影項目。參加的攝影師每月自定一個故事主題,然後在一個月的時間裡拍攝至少9張照片來展現這個故事。項目共持續12個月。攝影主題和器材不限。

本期包括15位攝影師在2017年12月份完成的故事。



點擊看故事:子月一阳生
攝影師:Helen



點擊看故事:海鸥的故事
攝影師:波城南 (闵乐)



點擊看故事:十二月一故事之 (殘荷)
攝影師:Stanley



點擊看故事:今夜,广州最美!
攝影師:Dongling



點擊看故事:李子岛打鸟
攝影師:速溶咖啡屋



點擊看故事:黑白的魅力
攝影師:Joan



點擊看故事:庆贺之抽象与具象
攝影師:许虹



點擊看故事:初雪中La Salette 的灯光
攝影師:一宇渺尘



點擊看故事:Joshua Tree National Park 圣诞节🎄南加州 赌城 五日游 之三
攝影師:耘



點擊看故事:一起同行迎18
攝影師:芬芳



點擊看故事:十二月初雪后
攝影師:涂軍



點擊看故事:坎昆假日
攝影師:April (柴锋)



點擊看故事:冰雪圣诞
攝影師:CadeDW



點擊看故事:生如夏花 12月圣地雅歌的故事
攝影師:PhilipBoston



點擊看故事:港都隨拍
攝影師:Daryl Luk


BCPA 爱摄影-基础摄影课程

2018年波士顿华人摄影协会将和牛顿中文学校联合办摄影班,由我们协会经验丰富热心给大家分享的会员Cary(朱建雄)任教。课程设置是每学期16次课的系统课程,教学时间在牛顿中文学校上课的周日下午12:30pm 和3:40pm两个课时进行(同样内容的两个班),校址在F.A. Day Middle School ,Newton. 方便周末照顾孩子忙的家长们。课程对社会开放,2018年春季班1月28日开学。

课程已经上线,注册和缴费在牛顿中文学校的注册网站进行:http://www.newtonchineseschool.org/registration.php

报名步骤:

1. 如果已经有家庭/学生帐号的,登录中文学校帐号。在牛顿中文学校没有帐号的朋友请参照new family registration guide 建立帐号,然后登录帐号:http://www.newtonchineseschool.org/principal/2017NewFamilyRegistrationGuide.pdf

2. 在需要注册的学生的最右边点击有U的图标选课:

3. 根据需要,在12:30pm 或者3:40pm的课程中选择摄影课:

4. 确定选择,付款.

One Story One Month: November Stories「一月一故事」:十一月份的故事

【一月一故事】是BCPA在2017年1月1日啟動的一個攝影項目。參加的攝影師每月自定一個故事主題,然後在一個月的時間裡拍攝至少9張照片來展現這個故事。項目共持續12個月。攝影主題和器材不限。

本期包括14位攝影師在2017年11月份完成的故事。



點擊看故事:初冬握着晚秋的手
攝影師:Helen



點擊看故事:初冬篇 – 诗情画意
攝影師:清澈星辉



點擊看故事:慢步秋湖
攝影師:Stanley



點擊看故事:七天黑白摄影挑战
攝影師:April (柴锋)



點擊看故事:彩色中的黑白游戏
攝影師:一宇渺尘



點擊看故事:十一月
攝影師:芬芳



點擊看故事:Milford Upper Charles Trail
攝影師:速溶咖啡屋



點擊看故事:五月花-II号修复工程
攝影師:虹摄写



點擊看故事:纽约一日游
攝影師:波城南 (闵乐)



點擊看故事:秋逝中的俳句
攝影師:涂軍



點擊看故事:Wellesley College 的晚秋
攝影師:耘



點擊看故事:感恩节球赛
攝影師:CadeDW



點擊看故事:深秋的波士顿公共花
攝影師:Dongling



點擊看故事:感恩节的惊喜
攝影師:Ellen Fan



點擊看故事:波士頓華人專業人士春晚劇照
攝影師:Daryl Luk 陸德禮


BCPA 2017 Annual Meeting

PhotographerCary Chu
Date: Dec 16
th, 2017
Reporter: Nancy Chen

We always say time flies. It is so true, especially for BCPA members with busy photographing schedules throughout the year in 2017.

Dec 16, 2017, it is a cold winter Saturday just like any other regular winter day at New England. Well it is a big day for BCPA. The members came together from all different towns meeting at Quincy. Once again, BCPA’s old friend and long-term sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offered their conference room for BCPA to hold the 2017 Annual Meeting.

After taking a light and warm breakfast provided by Harvard Pilgrim (thanks to their sweet arrangement!), the current president of BCPA, Feng Chai started the meeting by announcing results of the “Happiness” photo contest. The contest was co-organized by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and BCPA back to October 2017.

Members actively submitted their pictures for the contest. After judges’ careful review and selection, nine winners received awards of various categories. Rose Hom, the Relationship Manager from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care presented the prizes.


(Rose Hom, Feng Chai, Jingwei Zhang and Daryl Luk with all winners)

What is happiness? Where and how do you find happiness? Do you ever ask these questions to yourself? I guess everyone would have different answers. Each winner uses their picture to illustrate their understanding of Happiness in their own ways, such as gorgeous landscape, happy moments between the grandma and the grandson, or emotional interaction between people and animal, etc.

The winner impressed everyone most is Yun Thwaits (Yun Xia), who just joined the BCPA earlier this year. Yun is capable of capturing something different and unique in the portraits taken with a cell phone. It’s not surprising that Yun received two awards from the Happiness contest, the 1st place of the Most Popular Picture as well as the 1st place of the Most Creative Picture. Well done, Yun Xia! We all are so proud of you!


(Yun Thwaits received two awards)

Surprisingly, we got a guest member showing up at the Annual Meeting. Yun Li, came all the way from New York State to receive her award, the 1st place of the Best Story Telling Picture. Not to mention she was even not a BCPA member yet. We appreciated Yun’s participation and being present at the Annual Meeting. Without any hesitation, she joined the BCPA membership right away in spite of her living so far away from MA. Welcome to the family, Yun Li!


(Yun Li receiving an award)

Afterward, as a tradition at the Annual Meeting, Cary Chu, the volunteered photographer at the Annual Meeting took a few nice pictures for the big BCPA family.

Save the best for the last, finally two Presidents gave speeches respectively.

The current President, Feng Chai summarized what BCPA have achieved in 2017. BCPA family grew so fast in the year of 2017 with more than 50 new members joining the family. With Feng Chai’s great leadership plus the strong commitments and dedication made by key Executive Members of BCPA, so many interesting photography seminars, workshops and photography outings were organized in the year. In addition, Feng Chai shared a list of members who made donation to BCPA either from their companies, or on their own. We all gave a big round of applause to all of them for their commitment, dedication and contribution.

The new President, Dongxu Shan firstly wrapped up what the current service committee has done in 2017 with sincere appreciation to them on all members’ behalf. Then Dongxu made a wonderful presentation about the detailed plan of 2018, including but not limited to various photography workshops, photography outing at least once a month, rerun the “365: one picture a day” project, quarterly Photography with Themes project, etc. Meanwhile, Dongxu announced the new team of volunteers to serve BCPA in 2018.


(Dongxu Shan presented a reward to Feng Chai for her excellent service as BCPA’s President in 2017)

I like the slogan that Dongxu used at the beginning of his presentation, which I believe is an operating strategy that BCPA followed and maintained from Day 1 – Carrying Forward the Tradition, Developing and Growing, Giving back to the Community (继承传统,开拓发展,奉献社区)!

Fun part of the meeting started when the raffle kicked off. A few of Executive Members kindly donated their personal photography equipment to support the raffle event.


(Feng Chai & Jingwei Zhang conducting the raffle event)

With that going on, Lei Tian made a detailed presentation to share his unique experience of Burning Man Festival. This summer Lei Tian took an eight-day trip at the Black Rock Desert, Nevada, witnessing a complete process of creating and destroying a non-existing city in the desert.

Obviously Lei Tian spent quite a lot of time preparing the presentation. He explained the history of the Burning Man Festival, logistic planning of the trip, Do’s and Don’ts during the trip, etc. Lei Tian’s vivid introduction generated quite a lot of members’ strong interest.


(Lei Tian sharing his fun stories at the Burning Man Festival)

Yes, time does fly. A half day meeting definitely is not long enough for us to talk about everything happened in 2017 and what is going to happen in 2018.

Looking back, BCPA had a wonderful year with everyone’s passion and support. Looking forward, no doubt it will be another brilliant year for BCPA in 2018!

Happiness Photo Contest Winners

Happiness Photo Contest is organized by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Boston Chinese Photography Association. The following contains the winners of this Photo Contest.

“幸福”摄影比赛由哈佛格林健保与波士顿华人摄影协会共同举办。下面是”幸福”摄影比赛获奖作品。

The details of the contest can be found here.
有关比赛的详细内容请点击这个链接


There are 3 categories of awards:

  1. The most popular 最受欢迎奖
  2. The best story telling 最有故事性奖
  3. The most creative 最有创意奖

Category 1: The Most Popular

The Most Popular: First Place Winner
Happy Smile
Photographer: Yun Thwaits


The Most Popular: Second Place Winner
Happy Laughter 乐开怀
Photographer: Weiping Zhou


The Most Popular: Third Place Winner
Enjoy My Life
Photographer: Robert Chen


Category 2: The Best Story Telling

The Best Story Telling: First Place Winner
The 4th Generation
Photographer: Yun Li


The Best Story Telling: Second Place Winner
Golden Hour
Photographer: Dongxu Xia


The Best Story Telling: Third Place Winner
Together
Photographer: Jingwei Zhang


Category 3: The Most Creative

The Most Creative: First Place Winner
Harmony
Photographer: Yun Thwaits


The Most Creative: Second Place Winner
Journey
Photographer: Lei Lu


The Most Creative: Third Place Winner
The Swan and The Lake – Silent Morning Joy
Photographer: Guozhong Li


Happiness Photo Contest Final List

Happiness Photo Contest is organized by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Boston Chinese Photography Association. The following contains the photographs selected for the Happiness Photo Contest final round. The photos are listed in the order of submission time.

“幸福”摄影比赛由哈佛格林健保与波士顿华人摄影协会共同举办。下面是进入”幸福”摄影比赛决赛的作品。(按投稿的先后顺序排列)。

The details of the contest can be found here.
有关比赛的详细内容请点击这个链接


01 Happy Laughter 乐开怀
Photographer: Weiping Zhou


02 Warm Love 暖暖的爱
Photographer: Weiping Zhou


03 Happy Smile
Photographer: Yun Thwaits


04 Harmony
Photographer: Yun Thwaits


05 The Love with Action
Photographer: Lei Zhang


06 You Are Here
Photographer: Weidan Guo


07 Journey
Photographer: Lei Lu


08 Winter Wonderland
Photographer: Lei Lu


09 Happiness
Photographer: Mingwei Li


10 Happiness Is to Play with Water Freely
Photographer: YuhYun Li


11 Enjoy My Life
Photographer: Robert Chen


12 Together
Photographer: Jingwei Zhang


13 Happy Old Friends
Photographer: Daniel Tu


14 Minions
Photographer: Ziming Zheng


15 Happiness Is Indulging in Fragrance
Photographer: Yuping Zhang


16 The 4th Generation
Photographer: Yun Li


17 I Score
Photographer: Daryl Luk


18 Joyful Leaves
Photographer: Yuanwen Liu


19 The Swan and The Lake – Silent Morning Joy
Photographer: Guozhong Li


20 Golden Hour
Photographer: Dongxu Xia