又是樱花盛开时

又是樱花盛开时
波士顿华人摄影协会康州樱花节外拍活动记实
作者:张彦凯

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(张彦凯摄)

虽然仍然东北地区依然寒意阵阵,但樱花不愿意再等待下去。它按着自己的韵律,踩着季节的节拍来了。

位于纽黑文市区的伍斯特广场有70多棵樱花树。每年春季的樱花季节,这些樱花树竞相开放,蔚为壮观。这里一年一度的樱花节已经有数十年的历史,每年吸引数以千计的游人前来赏樱花,品小吃,看演出,参与各种活动。借此节日,在会长李明伟,前任会长陆德礼的召集下,波士顿华人摄影协会于4月27日星期天组织了本月的最后一次外拍活动。 共有十几位摄友和家人参加了这次活动。

陆德礼与部分摄友临晨3点就从波士顿起程,为的是及时赶到纽黑文附近的灯塔公园迎接太阳的初升,并拍摄日出时的灯塔和海滩,他们如愿以偿的捕捉到了日出的美景。并在附近的莫里斯河入海口拍到了河面上笼罩的袅袅晨雾。之后他们赶到伍斯特广场。

另一部分摄友则直奔伍斯特广场,在广场及四周的街道拍摄樱花以及樱花节丰富多彩的活动。大家时而用长焦或微距拍摄片片樱花花瓣和花蕊,时而换成广角拍摄樱花烂漫的大场面。有时甚至趴在地上仰拍,只为获得独特的拍摄视角。

虽然当天天公不算作美,大部分时间都是阴沉着脸,但当大家到达广场时,太阳却露出了难得的笑容。伴随着蓝天,白云,和满街的樱花,大家拍摄的兴致大增。在拍摄中大家相互学习,共同交流,感觉收获甚丰。

morning-fog
(陸德礼摄)

随后大家会合在著名的耶鲁大学校园,拍摄有着悠久历史和独特风格的耶鲁校园美景。典雅,古朴,宁静的校园和匆匆走过的年轻学子的身影,也勾起了很多摄友对自己当年大学生活的回忆。

午餐时间则成了大家交流心得的最佳时机,有摄员甚至吃饭不忘拍摄,几乎把每盘美餐都拍了下来。午餐后,乘着短暂的阳光,大家齐聚玉兰树下,在盛开的玉兰花簇拥下全体合影,希望留住这美好的时光。

另外,还有部分摄友们分批到康州的Rocky Neck州际公园野生动物保护地拍摄白鹭和落日前的美景。这里栖息着为数不少的白鹭,秃鹰等珍稀飞禽。白鹭时而静卧水边,时而展翅飞翔。这时,我们只恨自己的长炮还不够长了。

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雾晞烟细

宾州雪雁行

宾州雪雁行
作者:李昕

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早春二月,New England还是冰雪覆盖,不见一丝春意,北美雪雁大迁徙却已然悄悄开始了。我们也打点行装,趁着夜色,冒着丝丝细雨,南下宾州,赴Middle Creek自然保护区,约会美丽典雅的北美雪雁,那会是怎样的一个期待呢?

我们一行五人,路上自然是欢声笑语,妙语迭出,没走出多久,已然有多条“经典语录”了。到达Middle Creek时,已近中午时分。来到Middle Creek Reservoir,一看望去,白茫茫一片,喧声鼎沸。今年冬寒,大部分湖面还未解冻,数万只雪雁便齐刷刷地挤在一块狭小的水面上,但水面实在太小,有相当多的雪雁只好伫立在冰雪之上了。今天的雪雁格外活跃,不时腾起,旋风般飞舞盘旋,这时,你不仅能感受到雁在飞、风在吹,更能听到雪雁的鸣叫和咔嚓咔嚓的快门声。

雪雁迁徙,哺育后代,它们中途在Middle Creek停留,是因为这里有广阔的田野和水面,为它们提供安全的栖息觅食之地。晚上它们在水面歇息,因为这里安全、少有天敌,白天便四处觅食,补充能量。停留一两周后再继续北上,年复一年。

我们离开水区,来到了一片田野,那本是收获玉米后留下的桔梗,金灿灿的黄,此刻,雪雁陆陆续续像雪片般落在了眼前,田野被渐渐地染成为白,犹如雪后的原野,雪落在地上便静然无声了,但雪雁绝不愿,他们叫着跑着,时而觅食,时而飞翔,落下时高昂着头,环着羽翼,被阳光透射着,像舞女摆动的裙,优雅轻盈。

当田野就要被雪雁渐渐填满时,忽然,雪雁从一隅开始喧嚣起来,众多雪雁随之和应,当信息传遍各个角落时,数万只雪雁忽地腾起,呼啦啦掠过眼前,向湖面飞去,暴风雪般从原野涌向山脚,又从一个山脚旋向另一个山脚,反反复复往来盘旋着,最后落在了湖面上。你能感到一股风在眼前流过,让我想起密儿湖游来荡去的白色小精灵。这时,高空中又一队南来的雪雁飞来,阳光映着,衬着蓝天,闪着光芒,像碧空里的星星,又像池塘里的蝌蚪。雪雁不时变换着队形,白云也和着、变化着,时而像棉絮锦缎,时而又“黄河之水天上来,奔腾到海不复回”。

当这边的雪雁在沸沸扬扬地喧嚣着,腾起落下,似雪如蜂,转身看,这边却是岁月静好,金黄的田园,挽着云,衬着天,独树一枝,如诗如画。当满月悄悄升起悬在半空时,便又是一幅“雁字回时,月满枝头”的画卷了。

当夜幕降临时,雪雁返回了湖面,我们也该回Motel补充能量了。

第二天清晨,当我们返回湖畔时,那一轮满月刚好落下西山,而往东望去,霞光映红了天边,雪雁密密麻麻地浮在湖面上,让本应寂静的湖面沸沸扬扬,像夏日河塘里的蛙鸣,我们因是慕着名寻着声赶来,也便不觉烦躁,反是激动。身边众多的摄影爱好者,都神情专注,没有言语,快门声像是雁鸣的和弦,与自然巧妙地和谐在一起。

到了告别雪雁的时刻,还没有离开湖区,我们便又开始幻想着明年的约会了……

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Take a Closer Look

Talk: Art of Composing
Talk: Art of Composing

“Have you ever seen people in museums looking at a picture like this?” Mary Sherman started her lecture to a group of amateur photographers in BCPA with a question. To make sure everyone followed what her ‘this’ meant, she went up to the blackboard, drew a rectangle, then placed her face less than 3 inches from it and slowly moved her head along the sides. For half a minute or so I heard absolute silence from the audience with, perhaps, few occasional giggles. Yes indeed I have as I recalled, but I had thought the person did so must have had a really bad eyesight – that was many years ago in the Art Institute of Chicago. But no, as she moved away from the board and explained. People were looking for (and look at) what connected different elements in a picture. It more or less could be thought of as the flow, or chi (氣) in Chinese Taoism philosophy, that’d be linked by colors, lines, shapes, textures and values in a pictorial artwork.

Ms. Sherman is a fine artist, the founder and curator and director of TransCultural Exchange. She teaches 2-Dimensional design objects in BU, BC and Northeastern University. Ever so often she lectures to various groups and organizations. Last Sunday she was invited by the Boston Chinese Photography Association to give a talk entitled “Art of Composing -Think Before You Shoot”. It was an eye-opening lesson to many. I for one had never thought a closer look (yes literally put oneself 3 inches away from a picture) at some elements and follow them around would lead me to the inner flow of the artwork, or to an “Eh, that’s not working out.” “You must look at these elements as what they are,” explained Ms. Sherman, without any emotional attachment. Color grey, for example, is it light or translucent or opaque, but not depressing, sad, or death. Lines, are they straight, curved, connected, but not stunting, mellow, or happy. It is only to the very end do you reflect what content the elements are put together for.

To further demonstrate the ideas and technique, Ms. Sherman put the audience in an exercise. She divided the attendants in small groups, and each group was given a picture to look at. My group had “Land of Lincoln”, a contemporary painting by Roger Brown. We looked at the basic elements and then objects that were presented by the artist in a semi abstract fashion – straight lines, rectangle shapes, unusual green and red colors, and then tall distorted buildings stretching to red cloud like objects, complex street webs, roof tops, people standing by windows and on streets with their shadows pointing to different directions, etc. There was so much to see in a picture, yet the more you looked at it the more you’d discover until finally, perhaps and only perhaps, you might come to realization what message the artist intended to convey. In a liberal and modern society, people become self-centered, isolated and disconnected. There is more modernism than humanism in the society we live, a society that’s ideologically free yet distorted out of shape within.

At the request of BCPA, Ms. Sherman led the discussion to critics for selected photographs taken by the members. Using the knowledge we just learned, some of the ‘nice shots’ showed their weaknesses, and some of the ‘good shots’ we now could reason why. There were of course always a few that not everyone could see eye-to-eye. That would be the beauty of artistry. For one person something that’s beautiful can be not-so-beautiful or even ugly to others. But one has to learn how to appreciate. We’ll start with the 5 formal elements: color, line, shape, texture and value. So next time you are in MFA, and see a person who places his eyes a few inches away from a picture and moves his head around, that would be Daryl, Mingwei, or myself. And perhaps I’ll see you do the same there.

(Maurice Chi April 8, 2014)

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波士頓華人攝影協會月會

世界日报记者俞国梁波士顿报道】1月25日,波士頓華人攝影協會(BCPA)在伯靈頓(Burlington)公共圖書館舉行一月份聚會,由新任會長李明偉主持,公佈了今年協會的活動安排與計劃、協會網站的更新設計方案,並由楊波、李國忠、陳朝楠、張雷、唐微分享了他們在去年的代表作品和背後的精彩故事,包括波士頓知名攝影師鄒新中等數十名新舊會員出席。

作為前任會長,楊波的作品題材廣泛,屢有佳作,其代表作『榕樹,農夫和牛』在Google網站PICASA PHOTO首頁已有3千2百多萬次點擊量。楊波此次帶的作品『德風奧雨』,是去年游玩德國、奧地利近兩周的成果,主要以風景、人文為主。當美輪美奐的作品伴隨著動聽的音樂以幻燈片的方式播放出來時,即有如夢境般的天鵝堡、金碧輝煌的維也納音樂大廳、也有噴泉邊戲水的孩童、牽手散步的情侶,還有滿目翠綠的鄉間、嗷嗷待哺的稚鳥,讓在場的觀眾無不稱好。

李國忠,作為老資格會員,除了技術高超,在設備器材方面也頗有研究。他的作品從加拿大的班芙公園、美國的黃石公園介紹到加勒比海的島國,作品美不勝收。特別是一些新會員第一次看到他的作品,不斷詢問拍攝細節。

陳朝楠雖然分享的作品不多,多為緬因州的風景,但是張張精品,海邊的岩石、聳立的燈塔、拍岸的巨浪,作品氣勢磅礴。
協會裡藏龍臥虎,各種人才都有。張雷帶來的是紅外線、紫外線作品,聽到他能夠自己改裝相機,大家都佩服不已。唐微的3D照片的介紹與製作,加上專門帶來送給大家的3D眼鏡,讓眾人欣賞起作品來仿佛身歷其境。

據李明偉公佈的協會每月活動安排,可謂內容豐富,根據季節,分別有2月9日和3月23日的室內模特攝影,3月初的賓州雪燕,7月中旬的海鸚鵡,8月的街拍,9、10月的秋葉。講座方面,除了2月15日邀請到專家Mary sherman做題為『Art of Composing: Think before you Shoot』,還會陸續開辦繪畫與攝影、攝影器材、後期處理軟件的使用、照片打印技巧和經驗、室內人像攝影等講座。

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华人摄影年会讲述照片背后的故事

侨报实习记者王昊波士顿报道】 12月22日,波士顿华人摄影协会年终聚会在弗拉明翰公共图书馆举行,9位会员走上讲台,分享了他们一年来精选的摄影作品和在相片后期编辑制作中的技巧。 同时协会宣布李伟明担任2014年的会长职务,共有20余位会员出席了当天的聚会。
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华人摄影协会年终聚 分享佳作

世界日报记者俞国梁波士顿报道】波士顿华人摄影协会(BCPA)的年终聚会,22日在傅莱明罕镇(Framingham)公共图书馆举行。齐雅明、吴晓东、张雷、李伟明、陆德礼、孙志 胜、Emily Mo、莫当、王昊等九位会员,与大家分享了得意之作及照片后期处理技巧。会上并宣布由李伟明担任明年会长。
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楊波論攝影 四要素展現鏡頭之美

世界日报记者俞国梁波士顿报道】曾任波士頓華人攝影協會會長的楊波,應大波士頓中華文化協會(GBCCA)藝文小集邀請,憑一張攝影照片「榕樹,農夫和牛」在Google網站PICASA PHOTO首頁有高達3200多萬次點擊率,為數十名攝影愛好者進行「藝術攝影:美好心靈本性的體現」專題演講。
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秋季佛蒙特州采风

侨报实习记者王昊波士顿图文报道】 秋天,是最美丽的季节, 美国庞大的森林资源以及便捷的交通设施,使得去森林公园观赏秋叶成为许多人休闲生活的一部分。

说到赏秋叶,美国三大红叶胜地不可不提,那就是新英格兰地区、蓝岭山观景公路以及北部湖区。这其中,新英格兰地区的红叶,无论从规模、景色、交通、知名度等各个角度来说,都毫无疑问位居全美之冠。 10月5日,波士顿华人摄影协会的会员20余人,就驱车来到佛蒙特州采风,大家用手中的照相机,记录下秋天美丽的瞬间。
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