Notice for Club Meeting - Tuesday 21 June 2011

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Monday, June 20, 2011
Notice for Club Meeting - Tuesday 21 June 2011

Hi All

We hope that everyone is having a great time taking lots of fun and interesting photos. Tuesday is our Photo Sharing evening and it is your time to show off your favourite ones. We encourage everyone to submit photos. If you are a newcomer, don't be scared to show your work. You can learn so much from what others think about your photos. If you are one of the more advanced photographers, show everyone your skill and submit your photos.

1. Photo Sharing

These are the categories to submit photos for:

1. Set Subject (Still Life Black and White)
2. May Outing (Cars in the Park) (Not June Berg Outing)
3. Open

Please submit your photos by email to:, or bring 8x10 prints.
Email submission closes 8pm on Monday, 20 June, 2011.
You can submit photos for either/or the Set Subject, Outing and Open categories. Please only submit 3 photos in total.
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 - Brassai -
Open Gutter.
Please make the subject line of the email "June 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: Still Life Black and White

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

Wikipedia Definition: "
Still life photographyis 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. Five Minutes Of Fame

We will have two of our club members taking part in the five minute talks.
Andrew Roos will be telling us why he enjoys taking panoramic photos. He will show us his recent work. 
Vanessa Cracknell will tell us how to improve our photography using the FART and SEX priniciples as discussed by Ken Rockwell in his blog. Sounds intriguing!

Are you working on a project, and would like to tell us about it?  You only have to give a five minute talk and slideshow. It can be about a work in progress, or a completed project. Tell us why you started it, what you had to do to make it work and what you have learned from the experience. Everyone else can then learn from you and start their very own projects.

Our club is about sharing knowledge and we would love to hear from all our members! Please email us if you want to have your five minutes of fame!

4. Outing for June: Sunrise Beach Shoot

We will be going to Umdloti Beach on Sunday, the 26th of June, for an early morning shoot. A winter sunrise will always provide you with spectacular photos, but this time we have the added bonus of low tide. The rock pools are amazing at low tide and they will make the perfect foreground with the sun rising in the distance. Twilight begins at about 05:30am, so you will be able to capture the glow of the coming morning as it breaks through the darkness. During this time you can use a small aperture of about F16 and set your ISO to 100. This will reduce your shutter speed and show movement in the water to create a more ethereal image.

When the sun rises you can keep the same settings, but your shutter speed will increase to freeze the motion of the waves. Try capturing the waves as they splash over the rocks.
Just remember that sea water can destroy your camera, so please be careful. Also remember that your camera will probably underexpose the photos to compensate for the bright sun. Check your camera's histogram to try and keep the curve in the middle. If you don't know how your histogram works, ask somebody to help you. We are going on the outings to learn from each other and hone our craft, so don't be shy. We want everybody to get great photos and have fun!!

Date: 26 June 2011
Time: 05:30am
Location: Umdloti Beach at the lifeguard tower
Directions: From Durban, take the N2 North. Continue until you reach Exit 190 Umdloti Verulam and take the exit. At the Stop Street, turn right onto the M27 and continue along the road until you reach the traffic circle next to the beach. Take the first exit, left, and drive until you reach the lifeguard tower.
Remember to bring: Tripod, cloth to clean the sea spray from your lens and warm clothes. Also wear shoes if you want to walk on the rocks.
Breakfast: Meet at Java Cafe at about 7.30am if you want to have breakfast.

5. Outing for July: Creighton Aloe Steam Train
Tickets for Sunday 24 July are almost sold out. As an alternative, book for the Saterday 2PM train trip. The light is supposed to be golden and pretty. There are still tickets available. 

6. Do you need your camera to be cleaned?
Hylton Spenser is available to clean cameras at our July 5th meeting. Cost and time to be announced. 

See you at 7PM, Tuesday 21 June!

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