Hillcrest Camera Club - Photo Sharing - Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Friday, September 6, 2013 Under: Meetings

Hi everyone

1. Photo Sharing

Here is what you need to submit:
1. Open
2. Outing (Baynesfield Weekend Away)
       - Your Best Photo (one only, for comment)
       - Slideshow of the rest of the weekend (10 photos, to be shown during the break)
3. Set Subject (Fast Food - a creative interpretation)
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 12pm (midday) Tues 18 June 2013.
  • You can submit four photos for either/or Set Subject, Outing, Open or Creativity categories. You may submit only ONE for Set Subject. 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
  • File names - 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 "June photo submissions".
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, by 6.30pm. Out of consideration to those who have submitted timely, we will no longer be accepting submissions after 7PM, once the meeting begins.

2. Set Subject: Fast Food - Creative Interpretation

Food photography is a difficult, but rewarding genre, but there has been a trend whereby people take snapshots of their takeaway and post it on-line. This time we want you to take a great photo of your fast food and use depth of field to focus on your subject and get rid of anything that might distract from it.

You can play around with your settings and composition and even create an advert that you would see in a magazine! So search for ideas on the internet and see what creative photos you can come up with that are better than the normal snapshots.

3. Outing: Shongweni Dam - Sat 29th June 2013

Shongweni Dam is a wonderful place to capture nature, together with a magnificent man made structure. The dam wall and the water flowing over it, provides for some interesting water and architectural shots. We hope to get into the tunnel that leads to the other side of the wall, as it provides for some spooky photos. 

Feel free to follow the trails around the reserve, and look for buck, zebra and other wildlife.

Near to sunset we will move higher and shoot the 'castle', and then end at the Canoe Club, where we will shoot the sunset between the hills and over the dam. The sunsets are awesome - golden sparkles on the water, and some birdlife as the birds return to the reeds and trees for the night.



We need to stick to certain shooting times, because the sun sets earlier than normal sun set due to the hills obscuring the sun.
  • 1.00/1.30pm - We thought to start with a picnic next to the dam wall. There are picnic spots, as well as braais available. We suggest that you allow for ample time to relax and eat, and soak up the nature around you.
  • 2.30/3pm - Start shooting the dam wall and surrounds.
  • 4.00pm - Be at the Canoe Club to shoot the sunset.
  • Dam sunset - +-4.40pm. Actual sunset 4.55pm.
  • We have to be out of the reserve by 6pm.

Date: Sat 29th June 2013
Times: 1.00/1.30pm - 6pm (Gates close at 6pm)
Bring a picnic, or braai, if you wish to have lunch at the dam.
Entrance fees: R33 per adult. Use your WILDCARD get free access.

1. Head northwest on M13 - King Cetshwayo Hwy. (2,1 km)
2. Take exit 33 toward Assagay/​Hillcrest/​Shongweni  (350 m)
3. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for M46 S/​Shongweni  (33 m)
4. Turn left onto Kassier Rd  (2,3 km)
5. Turn left onto Mr559 Rte (650 m)
6. Pass Denny's Mushrooms (Stinky!)
7. Take the 1st right onto Mr461 Rd (6,1 km)
8. Pass the rubbish dump (Very stinky)
9. Be cautious as you approach the built up area - cows, goats and people walk in the road.
10. Road ends at the entrance to Shongweni Dam
11. Continue towards the Canoe Club, follow the signs.
12. At the Canoe Club the road forks to the left. Follow that road to the dam wall.

Click here for a map.

See you on Tuesday, 18 June, 2013

In : Meetings 

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