Notice for Club Meeting - Tuesday 07 June 2011

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Monday, June 6, 2011

Hillcrest Camera Club

Notice for Club Meeting - Tuesday 07 June 2011

1. Speaker -Jaco Tredoux - 360 Degree Panorama

Jaco Tredoux of RC Helicam. Aerial Photography and Video.
Jaco will speak to us about their awesome aerial photography, which allows them to shoot 360 degree panorama shots, as well as aerial HD video, using a remote control radio helicopter. From aerial panoramas of property shots for estate agents, to videos of guys doing extreme sports like white water rafting, this takes action photography to a new height. It also gives us insight into a variation of our own photography, and the different applications for our equipment.

Not to be missed!

See for more info.


2. Set Subjects: Black and White Still Life
(to be shown at 2nd meeting, 22 June 2011)

Our set subject for June is 'Black and White Still Life'.

Wikipedia Definition: "
Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically a small grouping of objects. Still life  photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape or portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition.

Still life photography is a demanding art, one in which the photographers are expected to be able to form their work with a refined sense of lighting, coupled with compositional skills. The still life photographer makes pictures rather than takes them. "

It is about visual impact, mood, composition and lighting. Take inanimate objects and arrange them into a composition that tells a story. Or photograph a single object and pay attention to its detail. Try to make the viewer's eye linger.

Lighting is extremely important as it will be the first consideration when creating the mood of the photo. Sunlight or diffused light usually works best, but you may want to use direct light with harsh shadows to create a different mood. The second consideration is the tones used in the photo, which will also enhance the mood.

For this assignment you are not allowed to submit colour photos, but you can use other tones than black and white, such as sepia and cyanotype. Push the boundaries of your creativity. Create something that portrays your personality or use a theme. In this case your picture can tell a thousand words.

3. Outing for June

Our outing is on the 26th of June and will be a beach shoot. More information to follow.

4. Outing for July - Creighton Aloe Train trip

The Creighton Aloe Festival occurs during July, when the aloes are flowering and looking their most stunning. We will catch the Creighton steam train to the aloes, photograph them, and then photograph the steam train. There is a festival and fleamarket at Creighton, where food and drinks are available. The train does the trip every Saturday and Sunday during the month of July, but the festival is being held on the weekend of the 16 and 17 July. The club outing is on Sunday 17 July. Meet early, around 9am, train leaves at 11am.

Cost           Adults :  Sitter Coaches R180.00 pp or  Lounge coach  R210.00  pp
                  Children : Sitter coaches R120.00 pp (between 2 - 12 ) or Lounge coach R210.00 pp
Duration     : Approx 2 hrs

Payment Details - Pay by EFT
Bank Details - Patons Country Railway, Fnb Ixopo (code 220223), Acct no 62029348085
NB!   Ref No : Aloe then the  (Date & time) & your surname (e.g.  Aloe Smith 16/7 10am)    NB! 
Fax no 0866314233  ***for confirmation of payment ***
Please retain your deposit slip as proof of payment & to be able to exchange for your tickets.

Contact Glynnis, Aloe Steam Festival, email:, Cell : 083 273 8037    

Purchase your tickets NOW, as they sell out quickly, and there are no tickets sold at the venue.

5. Travel Photographer of the Year

There is a photography competition for those of you that love to take photos during your travels. It is called the Travel Photography of the Year competition and anyone from around the world can enter. Go to the website here and see what it is all about. Either look at the winner's photos to find inspiration or enter your own travel photos. Who knows, maybe yours will be a winning entry.

6. Book Raffle

We have a fantastic book that is being raffled at the meetings. It is called "Photo-wisdom. Master Photographers on Their Art" by Lewis Blackwell and it is comprised of 49 photographers, their work and their thoughts. It is a must have for any photographic library and well worth the read. The raffle tickets are only R10 each and this will be your last chance to buy them. The draw will take place at the end of the meeting. Good luck!!


See you at 7PM, Tuesday 07 June!

Photo Project:

Shape Up: Pick one of the following shapes: square, rectangle, circle, diamond or triangle, and head out in search of your chosen form. Try the sweep of a spiral staircase (circle), the opening of a letterbox (rectangle) or the legs of a trestle table (triangle).

Applaud Yourself: Hands reveal a lot about a person, including age, gender, marital status and, occasionally, occupation. Take a series of portraits showing hands clapping, praying, playing an instrument etc. Now repeat the exercise with feet - try dancing, running, etc.

From Black+White Photography, October 2010

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