September Meeting - 7th Sept 2010

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Monday, September 6, 2010 Under: Meetings
Hillcrest Camera Club

September Meeting - Tuesday, 7th September 2010

Hi All

It's time again for the first meeting of the month. From this month we are also implementing the change of the meeting's format that you have voted for. Read on for more details.

On Tuesday, we have Roger de la Harpe speaking for us.

Information from his website : "From their base in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, freelance photographers and writers, Roger and Pat de la Harpe, have over the years made frequent excursions into various regions of the African continent. They share a passion for natural history, wild places and different cultures and their work on these subjects has featured in numerous publications around the world, most notably BBC Wildlife, Geo and National Geographic. 

Previously employed as a ranger and photographer by the Natal Parks Board (now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife), Roger turned professional in 1997 and has never looked back. He and Pat have published some 19 coffee table books, including Zulu, Top Touring Spots of South Africa, Tuli-Land of Giants and their latest book, In Search of the African Wild Dog

Roger and Pat undertake brochure photography for lodges and guest houses and their work to date has included such establishments as Mala Mala, Mashatu, Tuli Safari Lodge, Nitani, Isibindi Lodge, Thonga Beach Lodge and Baines' River Camp. They also do photographic workshops, which have proved extremely popular in both their hometown of Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on the banks of the Zambezi River at Baines' River Camp in Zambia, in the Kruger National Park and now also in Botswana." 

For more info: 

Outing - 18 Sep 2010 - Shongweni Dam



"Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve is just 30 minutes from Durban and is a piece of true Africa. From awe inspiring cliffs and waterfalls, to lush forests, this reserve is home to rhino, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, wildebeest, warthog, and a variety of birds."

We are planning an afternoon shoot, capturing the sunset over the dam and at the dam wall. See if you can find any of the wildlife. For those who wish to try night photography, painting with light and long exposure shots, we will be staying at the dam wall until about 9Pm. There are fantastic opportunities to shoot at in the dark, with no city lights to spoil the shots. The tunnel under the dam wall is also a remarkable photo opportunity, if you can stand the spider webs!

We are hoping to braai at the Canoe Club before we start. Times to be confirmed, as we are still waiting for permission to use the club, and to stay later in the Reserve. We will update you at the meeting on Tuesday.

How to get to Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve:
From the N3 Toll Road, take the Shongweni / Assagay offramp. Turn left at Kassier Road. Alternatively, approach from Kassier Road, continuing past the M13 and the N3 turnoffs. After the N3 turnoff, take the first left, passing the mushroom farm on the left. Take the next right, and follow the road all the way to the Reserve. It meanders through sugar cane and then a village. Beware of goats and cows - they have the 'right of way'! Follow the road until you get to the gates - approximately 7 km.

There is an entrance fee -

Gate entry (Adult) - R 33.00
Gate entry (Child) - R 20.00
Gate entry (Pensioner) - R 20.00

More info : or contact 031-769 1283

Second Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, 21 September 2010

The second meeting will be our "Show and Tell" evening, where everyone can bring along their photos to share and get commented on. They can be 8"x10" prints or in digital format to be displayed with a projector. There are three categories to submit photos for:
  1. Set Subject - "We Own The Night"
  2. Outing (Previous month's outing - Raptor Park, Pmb)
  3. Open
You can bring three photos. It's best to bring one photo per subject, but you are allowed to bring more than one per subject. Just please don't bring more than three in total.

 Set Subject for September

Our set subjects are based on movies.
"We Own The Night"
- Portrays the conflict between a gangster brother and his police brother and father, set in New York.

For our purposes, this set subject can be interpreted as night photography, or street photography, or whatever you want it to be. Be creative, and stretch your imagination!

Committee members, don't forget the meeting at 6PM sharp, on Tuesday.

If you have any suggestions for the meetings, speakers or outings then please drop us an email at

See you all at the meeting!


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