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    Club meeting
    19h15 on second Wednesday of each month.

    BWI meeting
    (Black & White + Information)
    19h15 on first Wednesday of each month.


    Audio-Visual meeting
    19h00 on last Wednesday of each odd-numbered month. Held at a private home, use contact link above to request details.

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Wicus Leeuwner and JJ van Heerden Workshops

You are invited to join us in… Two 2010 Photographic Workshops! Come and meet old friends … or make new ones! with Wicus Leeuwner & JJ van Heerden Your choice of two workshops: Cederberg : Monday 19 April to Friday 23 April (less than 4 months away- secure YOUR place now!) Overberg : Wednesday 20 October to Sunday 24 October ” I will never forget the wonderful experience of your Cederberg workshop We were all inspired by a new understanding of photographic design and techniques. The organisation was superb with absolutely nothing forgotten!” Marianne – Durban Over the last twelve years the photographic workshops presented by Wicus and JJ have grown into highly sought-after photographic experiences in South Africa. Two passionate and creative photographers with a proven track record present the workshops. And the workshops are always fully booked! There are (pleasant) surprises in store for participants at each of the workshops… The workshops are aimed at photographers wishing to find a creative way of improving their photography by using artistic and design principles. Both beginner and experienced photographers will benefit. The workshops are presented in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, allowing individual freedom of expression. There is a combination of lectures, practical work and evaluation. ***The workshop fees include all accommodation, meals and teas. The all-inclusive cost of the Overberg workshop is R5500 per person and for the Cederberg workshop R6500 per person (R6000 single). This makes it amongst the most affordable of photographic courses in South Africa. Non-participants: R4100 per person – this includes all meals and accommodation. (You will also be most welcome to join the photographers on field outings and to attend the audio-visual shows in the evenings) A limited number of participants will be accepted. Due to the popularity of these workshops, early booking is essential! “Thanks for facilitating such a great course. I enjoyed every single moment ”. Renate – Cape Town Cederberg The four-star Mount Ceder Lodge is situated in a valley surrounded by the Cederberg and Koue Bokkeveld mountain ranges. Located on Grootrivier farm, across the main route through the Cederberg, approximately 95 km north of Ceres and south of Clanwilliam. The area offers peace and tranquillity, with beautiful scenery and a perennial river that flows through the farm. There is abundant opportunity for mountain climbing, bird watching, walking, horse riding, and mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and swimming in clear river pools. Lots of rock paintings to explore. Come and explore the spectacular rugged beauty of the Cederberg with us! This pristine wilderness area is known for the majestic rock formations and unrivalled plant life – a great venue for landscape photography. Overberg The Overberg workshop is presented at Volmoed, a retreat in the picturesque Hemel and Aarde Valley between Caledon and Hermanus. Accommodation is in rustic three-bedroomed stone cottages with a shared bathroom in each cottage. We provide single rooms for all participants, unless you would prefer to share. The retreat is situated in a secluded valley next to a mountain stream with beautiful pools and waterfalls along its course. The coastline in this area is the Cape’s most popular holiday destination with spectacular seascapes and tidal pools. During this time of the year the fynbos is in full flower and presents numerous photographic opportunities. On the other side of the valley the wheat harvest will be in full swing, creating spectacular geometric patterns over the rolling hills. The daily programme will consist of an early morning excursion, followed by brunch. After brunch participants view the photographs taken the previous day and select images for evaluation. Evaluation is followed by another excursion lasting until after sunset. *** Whale – Watching by boat! We work in conjunction with a highly-respected operator where the welfare and comfort of the whales comes first. As an optional extra we will arrange an early morning two-hour trip to photograph the whales in Walker Bay. It is a remarkable experience that you will treasure – even if you do not take a single picture! The fee for this will be a very reasonable R400. “Wicus and JJ, you have a rare talent to impart your knowledge and passion in a way which inspires and uplifts. Something that not many people today seem able or willing to do. I hope to have the privilege of joining you again for another workshop in the future”. Helen – Johannesburg Both workshops – What to bring: · Opportunities to use all your lenses will present themselves at the workshops, but a wide-angle zoom in the 28-80mm range and a telephoto zoom in the 70-300 range will be especially useful (if you have them). A sturdy tripod is essential for field instruction and careful composition. Polarizing filters for all the lenses is highly recommended. · Close-up equipment (see note at the end of this section). · A laptop to organise your images. If you do not have one, do try and borrow one for the duration of the course. We will assist you with working with your pictures. · Clothes for both hot and cold weather (and a jacket for the boat trip). The days are usually hot, but the evenings can get rather nippy. · Bedding is provided, but an extra towel comes in handy. · Raingear. (In the Cape you often experience three seasons in a single day!) · Comfortable walking shoes. While there is no serious hiking involved, the distances covered in the throes of photographic excitement can be considerable. Comfortable shoes or hiking boots will also reduce the risk of injury in rough terrain. * Headgear and sunscreen. · Note: The cost of close-up equipment scares a lot of people away from macro photography, which is a pity, as these workshops present some excellent macro opportunities. Fortunately, some inexpensive options do exist. Investigate close-up adapters, with a step-up ring to fit each of your lenses. They offer excellent quality and superb close-up facilities at 10% of the price of a macro lens. The normal close-up filters are not recommended, as the image quality is usually diabolical. Another option is to obtain a set of extension tubes. They are more expensive than the adapters, but offer better image quality. If you have any problems in obtaining any of the above equipment, or have any enquiries about equipment, you can contact JJ on (021) 883 3435 or 083 366 1515. “The venue and catering were superb for the purpose, and the learning experience for us was tremendous. Your teamwork in running an excellent quality workshop was first class”. Johann – Somerset West Do not delay – secure your place NOW! For bookings and further enquiries : please contact Johan van Zijl Tel/fax: 023 6251 593 johanvanzijl@telkomsa.net


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!


Don’t forget …

to get your images in to Steve by 6pm this evening (Tuesday 10th March). Send them to helderbergphoto+entries@gmail.com.  You will receive notification that your images have been passed on to Steve. Please check the ‘How to’ tab to find out exactly how to size and label your images.  If you are late, or your images are incorrectly sized or labelled, they will not be shown tomorrow night.

Also …. please remember to bring your cameras for a pracitical session with JJ, after tea.

See you on Wednesday evening for another bumper evening… Nettie

Looking ahead to …

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 11th March at the Somerset West Library Hall, at 7.30pm.  It is a ‘Competition’ meeting and the Set Subject is ‘Energy’.  I have been wracking my brains as to how I am going to interpret ‘energy’ … it’s quite difficult (for me) … and it’s going to involve me actively going out to make images – First Prize? – a dark and stormy night with lots of lightning!  I guess photographing a static windmill, or a row of unlit light bulbs won’t exactly work … so I will have to do a little left-brain thinking, and try my best.  If you are also thinking along these lines (!) remember we only have three weeks left!  Of course, prints, slides and digital images may be entered in the Set Subject and Open Sections (a total of 8 – if desired) … check the ‘How To’ tab in the toolbar above.

Our judge for the evening will be JJ van Heerden – our Technical Adviser on the HPS Committee (he who sponsors our prize vouchers … J).

Two new members are going to ‘Get their Feet Wet’ – Pieter van der Westhuizen and Marius Swart.  (five images each).

After tea, JJ will be giving a talk, with images, on Histograms, Exposure and File Formats (JPEG vs TIFF vs RAW).  Please bring your Cameras!  We are going to have a practical session so that you can work the buttons on the back of your camera.  Naturally we have members who may know about all of this already, but we have members who are fairly new to photography and who would appreciate learning from an expert, without stress! Our experienced photographers could perhaps sit alongside ‘newbies’ and be of help to them.

OK, so let’s activate those brain cells – find examples on Flickr by searching tags, Google it , think about it!  Let’s see the results!  Good luck!