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Report: Evaluation Meeting 13th Jan.2010

At least 50 people turned up for our first meeting of the year … it was great to see old friends, and to meet new ones!  Several folk have applied and paid for membership – we welcome you all and hope you will enjoy being part of this vibrant group of photographers!  Susan and Harry are back here again from France, and Nicole is back after her ‘Artist in Residence’ sojourn in Paris.  Bernard, as our new Chairman, started off with a number of notices, and Paddy and Irmel informed us of projected plans for outings and audio-visual workshops.  A number of prints came up for Evaluation – Nicole and Ken Woods doing the honours. There were many digital images submitted -the quality of work was excellent, and we hope to see this standard following through into this new year. Members seem to be experimenting more and gaining good results – keep it up!

After tea Steve Crane gave a short talk on two aspects of Photoshop – changing digital images into Black and White; and changing a particular part of a B&W image into colour.  Links to these techniques can be found here.

Details of the outings on 23rd January (US ‘Jool’) and 30th January (Full Moon) will be sent to members by e-mail.

Next month’s set subject is ‘Candy/Sweets’ – give it a try – you’ll be amazed at how creative you can be!

PicturesToExe Deluxe 6.0 | PhotographyBLOG

The standard in our club has always been to use Wings for producing AVs but to move beyond the free version to allow multiple piture and audio tracks is quite costly. PicturesToExe is an alternative that some members might want to take a look at.

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WnSoft has released PicturesToExe Deluxe 6.0, a photo slideshow software for Windows. Version 6.0 of the Deluxe edition brings new enhancements to the program, including 3D effects and the capability to create executables for Mac. Other highlights include multi-monitor support, Windows 7 compatibility, and the ability to add your own soundtrack, sound effects and text comments to each slide.The Deluxe edition is available for $75.

PicturesToExe Deluxe 6.0 | PhotographyBLOG

Audio-Visual Meeting Wed. 25th March ’09

This month’s task was sequences of zooms (last month it was ‘third images’), and next month it will be ‘dark/light images’ (where a dark section on the image is substituted by a light one, using the fading technique).  Nothing is as easy as it seems (!)… and one needs the time to play 🙂 … we carry on as best we can!  Irmel showed two travelogues – one featuring the city of Prague, and the other the city of Budapest – both contained excellent audio- visual work as well as beautiful ‘stand-alone’ images.  Clive Kefford brought along an audio-visual made by a renowned av-maker, Barry Beckham (www.beckhamdigital.co.uk) on Yosemite – beautiful images set to Tony O’Connor’s music.  Johan Beyers visited us from Paarl – he brought ‘pictures set to music’ on Botswana (some stunning images taken from the air), and is now going to attempt to learn Wings Basic for a more professional finish! After tea, Irmel took us through a few more tips on Wings … and sent us off with homework to be done (‘dark/light’).

Competition Meeting Wed. 11th Feb.’09

More than 50 members and guests arrived for our Competition Meeting, the set subject being ‘Energy’.  After welcoming everyone, Nettie called on Marius Swart, and Pieter van der Westhuizen, who ‘Got their Feet Wet’ – each showing 5 favourite images.  We look forward to seeing more of their work in competition and evaluation.

Paddy spoke about the Gansbaai/De Kelders outing on the weekend of 20 – 22nd March, and Irmel explained the audio visual program.  Should you wish to go on the Gansbaai outing – even if it is only for Saturday when you will need to be at the De Kelders gate at 4pm – please call Paddy on 021 876 2136 as soon as possible.

The competition subject was a challenge!  JJ mentioned that it was one of his toughest judging exercises, and he is thanked for his effort and input.  The Open section was once again well subscribed, displaying a wide range of subjects.  Steve will put up the results on this website.

After tea, JJ gave a technical talk on histograms and exposure.  Members had been invited to bring along their cameras, and a practical session followed which was quite illuminating to some (eg. Me!) Thanks, JJ!

All in all it was a good meeting at which we welcomed a number of new members, explored creativity, and gained technical knowledge.

See you next time!

Nettie

First Cape of Good Hope Audio Visual Salon – 2009

The salon has been cancelled.

Report: AV Evening Wed. 28th Jan.’09

A small group of members – including Harry and Susan who are once again out from France – attended the meeting.  Contributors were Neels Beyers who presented two AVs – one on windsurfers, and the other on kitesurfers … he is a master at nailing the action shots.  Elsa sent her AV on the Richtersveld (set subject slides by Paddy) using beautiful music from Lord of the Rings.  Nettie showed an AV on ‘An Overberg Stream’ – depicting the waterfall and stream running through Volmoed.  Furthermore, there were three AVs sent down from the Magaliesberg Foto Fun Club – one on the Richtersveld, one on ‘The Art of a Lily’ and one of a child eating an ice-cream. Finally we were shown a documentary audio-visual on the ‘Birkenhead’ – the informative and engrossing story of how the ship ran aground on what is now known as Birkenhead Rock, and of the men who sent the women and children out first in the lifeboats, knowing that they would probably lose their own lives with the sinking ship.

Irmel discussed audio-visual plans for the year – she and Paddy are finalising an excellent program which will shortly be put up on this website.

Audio Visual Evening Wed. 28th Jan ’09 7.30pm

All members are welcome at our AV-evening (AV-workers, or not) – why not join us at this casual and friendly get-together?