Hillcrest Camera Club - Photo Sharing - Tues 16 April 2013

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Monday, April 15, 2013 Under: Meetings

Hi everyone

It is time for our photo sharing evening for April. We have the well renowned Brett Florens coming to critique and comment on our photos, specifically on our set subject photos - Portraits by natural light. We are very excited about this!


1. Photo Sharing

Put forward your BEST portrait shot.
Remember to submit for the new category - CREATIVE. State all your workings in the title! Please read the instructions below carefully.

Here is what you need to submit:
1. Open
2. Outing (Festival of the Chariots weekend)
3. Set Subject (Portraits)
4. Creativity
5. Troubleshooting

How to submit your photos:

  • Please submit your photos by email to: hillcrestcameraclub@gmail.com, or bring 8x10 prints.
  • Email submission closes 8pm on Monday, 15 April 2013.
  • You can submit four photos for either/or Set Subject, Outing, Open or Creativity categories. You may submit one extra in Troubleshooting if you need some help from the club.
  • Size - Minimum of 1024 x 768 pixels, and not more than 600KB per photo. Please do not exceed this size limit!!!!
  • Format - Jpeg or Tiff
  • Labelling - the file name of each photo must follow this format: Category - Your Name & Surname - Title of Photo. In addition, please state your camera settings - Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure Compensation, ISO, in the title. For the Creative Category, please state what edits you did, eg. Photoshop Elements 10, Vignetting, added Overlay, saturated colour.
  • e.g. Outing - Moises Levy - Water Tree 5 - f11, 15sec, -1EV, ISO100.
  •  You can write all of this in the file title, it allows for a long title!!
  • Please make the subject line of email submissions "April photo submissions". This will make it easier for Andre to identify the emails and ensure that your photos will be added.

Please note: If your photo is incorrectly labelled, or named, and there is no subject line for the email, or it is sent after the deadline it will not be shown.
If you miss the deadline for emailing, you can submit photos at the meeting on a virus free memory stick. However, please be considerate and come early. Out of consideration to those who have submitted timely, we will no longer be accepting submissions after 7PM, once the meeting begins.

2. Outing: Paradise Valley

Photos by Anton Botha

Our outing this month will be to Paradise Valley. It is a small gem that not many people have explored yet. There is some beautiful scenery, including a waterfall, and many plant, bird and insect species to keep the macro and wildlife photographers happy. It will be a late afternoon shoot so we are hoping to get slow shutter speeds and silky water when photographing the waterfall.

Date: 20 April 2013
Time: 14H00
Meeting spot: At the ticket counter.
Directions: From Hillcrest: Drive down the M13 and take the Josua Gumede (Old Main Road) turnoff and turn left in to Pinetown. Drive along Old Main Road for 3.1km and turn right into Stapleton Road. Drive for 850m and turn left into Eden Road. Drive to the end of Eden Road, turn right into Oxford Road and you will come to the entrance of Paradise Valley.
From Durban: Drive up the N3 and take the M13 turnoff. Take the first exit and the first road on your left will be Eden Road. Turn into Eden Road and drive to the end of Eden Road, turn right into Oxford Road and you will come to the entrance of Paradise Valley.

Photos by Anton Botha

3. Outing: Weekend Away to Baynesfield - 24, 25, 26 May 



Thank you to those who acted promptly and have booked and paid for the weekend away! There are still spaces available, so please be reminded to make your booking now, and to confirm your booking by paying. 


Please feel free to join us on Saturday for just the day. Baynesfield is close to Hillcrest so will be a nice day outing. The costs will be

  • R20 per person for entrance to Baynesfield Estate
  • R35 per meal (lunch / afternoon tea / dinner) (ie if you stay for all 3 meals then the cost is R105)
  • R200 to stay either the Friday night to tea time Saturday or from lunch on Saturday to Sunday breakfast

We hope this gives more of you an opportunity to spend some time with us on the weekend.

Photographic activities planned:
We have put together an itinerary of what we anticipate doing. You are more than welcome to participate, or to do your own thing, as long as it's taking photos!

  • Friday evening – star trails
  • Sat – sunrise at Dawnview
  • Sat morning – Baynesfield open house for HCC
  • Sat afternoon and sunset – sunset at the Mondi dam
  • Sat evening – painting with light, orbs
  • Sunday am – sunrise at the Cliffs
  • Sunday – Free day. Cliffs, forests, people photography in nearby Richmond

For more info, click here for the notice sent out Tues 2 April.

COST: R200 a night, R400 for the weekend.

  • Includes ALL meals (Friday dinner, Sat breakfast, lunch, sundowner snacks and dinner, Sunday breakfast) and accommodation.

Payment Deadline: 10 May 2013

Please RSVP here!

Payment details:
Please make payment to secure your booking.
Use your name and HCC May 2013 Outing as the reference.
FNB, Musgrave Road, Branch code: 221126, Account Number: 62339691273, Account name: V Cracknell

If you have any queries, please email
Yvonne or Vanessa.
See you there!
Vanessa and Yvonne

4. Membership Fees for 2013

We are heading of for the middle of the year, please confirm your 2013 membership to the club by paying your subs. Thank you to everyone that has paid their membership fees so far.  For those that haven't done so as yet, please do it as soon as possible.

Individual membership: R250
Family membership: R350

The banking details are as follows:
FNB, Musgrave Road
Acc No: 62 339 691 273
Branch Code: 221126
Acc Name: V Cracknell (Treasurer)

If you pay in cash - as a cash deposit, or at the club, please add on R20 for bank charges. Every cash deposit attracts fees of R20, which the club paid in the past. However, we cannot continue to bear that cost. Please rather make EFT payments as these do not attract high bank charges.

Please send proof of payment to Vanessa -

The banking details are also on the website at www.hillcrestcameraclub.co.za.

5. Accommodation at Kiara Lodge, Golden Gate, Clarens. 26-29 July 2013


From Andre Du Toit:
"Dear Members.  I’ve booked at Kiara Lodge - 5 cottages of two bedrooms each, for 10 couples, for 26 – 29 July. They are all together and will cost R1000 per couple for the whole weekend from Friday 3pm to Monday 9am. There are tremendous photographic possibilities in the Golden Gate area and Clarens, as well with all the art and curio shops.

I would like members to pay me directly to secure their bookings by the end of April. My account is with ABSA branch code 632005, account no. 9177110565, savings account, A.F. du Toit. The cost is to cover my Levy with the Holiday Club.

Please contact me if you are interested -
Hope to see you all there!


See you on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 at 7pm!


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