Notice for Club Meeting - Tuesday 15 November 2011

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Sunday, November 13, 2011 Under: Meetings

This Tuesday, 15th November, is our Photo Sharing evening and we cannot wait to see what you have been up to during the month. So don't delay and submit your photos now!

1. Photo Sharing

These are the categories to submit photos for:
1. Open
2. October Outing (Makaranga Garden Lodge)
3. Troubleshooting
4. Set Subject (Pattern)

Troubleshooting - This is a new catergory. Are you having trouble with taking a particular type of photo? Have you envisioned taking that perfect shot, only to be disappointed with the results, but you don't know what todo to correct of improve your efforts? This is the catergory to show your attempts, and to get advice or help from the other members.

Alternatively, if you have any new techniques or tips to share, do so in this catergory!

Please submit your photos by email to: , or bring 8x10 prints.
Email submission closes 8pm on Monday, 14 November, 2011.
You can submit photos for either/or the Set Subject, Outing and Open categories. Please only submit 3 photos in total. You may submit only one extra photo in the Troubleshooting section.
Size - Maximum of 1024 x 768 pixels, and not more than 600KB per photo. Please do not exceed this limit!!!!
Format - Jpeg or Tiff
Labelling - the file name of each photo must follow this format: Category - Your Name & Surname - Title of Photo e.g. Set Subject
- John Swannell - Sir Roy Strong: An Elizabethan Reverie.
Please make the subject line of the email "November photo submissions for 2nd meeting". 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. However, please be considerate and come early. Out of consideration to those who have submitted timeously, we will no longer be accepting submissions after 7PM, once the meeting begins.

2. Set Subject: Pattern

Wikipedia explains 'Pattern' as follows:

"A pattern, from the French patron, is a type of theme of recurring events or objects, sometimes referred to as elements of a set of objects. These elements repeat in a predictable manner."

You can find patterns everywhere around you. Just look at the windows of a tall building, the strands in material, ripples on a sand dune, trees in a plantation, etc. Start thinking about patterns and you will be amazed at what you will find.

Lighting is everything in photography and even more so for this set subject. Use shadows to show depth and to exaggerate forms. Do this in the early morning or late afternoon when shooting outdoors.

Time to think out of the box. Or, if the box makes a nice pattern, take a photograph!

3. Year End Exhibition

This will be the last meeting at which you can submit your mounted prints for the exhibition, so please bring them along!

We also need a LED TV to display the digital images on. If anyone is willing to lend us theirs for the exhibition, please email us at Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Printed photos must be A4 or larger and they must be mounted. For those that need to have mounts made, contact Harry Lock on 082 576 0199. He will need some time to make the mounts, so please contact him as soon as possible. Mike Volckman will put together a slideshow for members that want to display their digital images, but please remember that we prefer prints. More details will be given for the digital submissions.

And remember, seeing your photos printed and mounted is extremely rewarding, so don't delay and submit them!!

4. Outing: Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

Our outing will be to the beautiful Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve.

The reserve boasts 56 mammal species. These include zebra, blue wildebeest, bushbuck, blesbok, oribi, reedbuck, blue and grey duiker, black-backed jackal, vervet monkeys, rock hyrax, tree hyrax, caracal, slender mongoose, white tailed mongoose, egyptian mongoose, banded mongoose and porcupine.

The abundant birdlife (some 300 confirmed species) includes a number of spectacular raptors like the Crowned and Martial eagle which nest in the reserve, while an interesting variety of indigenous flora adds to the reserve's attractions, not least in spring when the veld is alive with colour.

For information on and the booking of accommodation click

Date: Sunday, 20 November 2011
Time: 06H00 (to be confirmed)
Cost: To be confirmed
Directions: Exit the South Coast freeway at the Park Rynie/Umzinto flyover and take the Highflats/Ixopo road. The reserve turn off is 3 km after the town of Umzinto 12.5 km from the freeway and the entrance gate is 6 km
from this turn off.

5. Tembe Elephant Park - 4x4 Weekend away

There will be a fantastic weekend away for anyone that owns a 4x4 to the Tembe Elephant Park. If you are interested and need further information, please email us at and we will put you in contact with the relevant people.

Dates: From Thursday, 15th December at 10am until Sunday, 18th December
Accommodation: Available for 20 people. 5 Chalets as well as 5-6 Camp sites. No caravans, but genuine 4x4 trailers are ok. Sunday night can be added if enough people are interested.

3 nights R940 pp in Chalets incl. dinner(poetjie) - first night
3 Nights R715 pp camping incl. dinner (poetjie) - first night


See you at 7PM, Tuesday 15 November 2011!

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