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‘Picnic Outing’ – Saturday 2nd May ’09

Bring along a little picnic, something to sit on, your camera AND its manual, possibly your laptop (which will have to run on its batteries), and make a space for yourself on Paddy and Graham Howes’s lawn (from 2pm).  This will be an interactive, informal get together at which we can help each other understand buttons you have never pressed before and/or options in your camera menu you have never investigated. More experienced members will hopefully be on hand to help – those members who are willing and able to impart their knowledge will be made very welcome!  Paddy’s garden and surrounds offer many photo opportunities, so getting out to practice what you have been preached will be a cinch!

Venue:  ‘Montagne Farm’ (aka Bird Cottage), Franschhoek. (Come up the F”Hoek Main Street, turn right at the Hugenot Memorial, signboard on the left). 2pm Saturday 2nd May’09. Bring a picnic!  Tel. 021 876 2136 Kindly let Nettie know of you intention to come (nettie28@iafrica.com)


HPS Outing to Gansbaai …. by Paddy Howes

HPS OUTING: ‘SUNRISE, SUNSET, SEA, SAND AND SUNBURN’ 20-22 Mar’09 Walker Bay Nature Reserve, sunrise at Danger Point, then on to the lighthouse, Kleinbaai to see the shark-cage-diving boats, Franskraal for sunrise, Gansbaai harbour, De Kelders for sunset. It was just one of the most productive photographic weekends – our first for HPS’09. Having just acquired my first ‘Notebook’ ever the day before, it was a huge learning curve listening to Irmel and Paulette praat computer talk! I’m not wired up yet so can’t talk to Steve and share the images. We met on Friday morning; Irmel chose to drive her new 4×4 so we could go into Walker Bay/De Plaat Coastal Reserve, which we did on Saturday afternoon. What a beautiful spot – no wonder JJ loves it. Irmel soon received her Honours, Colours and Certificate in 4×4 driving for ‘Rocks and Sand’ – Well Done! We parked at the top (above the beach), and slid down the sand cliff to the sea. A perfect day, hot and windy – which added a new feeling of drama to breaking waves, backlit, with curls of spray in long lines making for the shore. Huge brown rocks and white limestone slabs line the edge. We happily did ‘our thing’ for hours. As I was packing up to leave, Murphy was with me again – I had run out of Velvia (yes – film!). My eye caught two frantic females on the top of the cliff gesticulating madly for me to turn around. I had to go behind a big rock I was on, grabbed the D300 and went to investigate the fuss. What a stunning sight – a beautiful black bride in a white dress with train, with a long flowing white veil blowing in the wind; a smart-suited groom was beside her; the wedding photographer and assistant some distance away (a filmshoot or for real, I don’t know). I managed about 4 shots and was just getting into the scene when I was shouted at and told to F… off, and an angry man advanced towards me (- not at all friendly!!). So I hot-footed it back around the rock , collected my gear and casually walked away, not turning back. Irmel’s driving skills got us back up the hill and to De Kelders for sunset on the rocks… The limestone caves are closed at the moment, their entrance being on the shoreline. Lady Anne Barnard would come from Cape Town to bathe in their healing mineral waters – so we couldn’t follow in her wet footsteps! But we were given a stunning orange pink light on the sea and rocks and in the near dark we discovered our best shots – some as long as 10 – 15 seconds – nice stuff. Having been told by our landlady about the ‘Fish Lady’, we needed feeding after a long, hard day, and so we raced back to Gansbaai, arriving just as she was closing her shop – but she let us in and we ended the day enjoying delicious fish and chips on our verandah overlooking the harbour. AVs and photos followed. Friday evening and late Sunday morning we made pictures in the harbour – fishing boats, reflections, people getting crayfish etc. We had a few left-over chips to throw to the sea gulls but they were either very wild or very stupid, unlike the gulls in Cape Town, and our ‘birds in flight’ pictures stayed in our minds. In the morning at Danger Point we had watched fascinated as they collected shells off the rocks, then flew above the tar road and dropped them and ate the contents – they repeated it over and over again. The lighthouse is beautifully kept and we saw the area out to sea where the ‘Birkenhead’ had gone down in a storm – all women and children were saved – it’s a pretty lonely spot. Not knowing that part of the coast at all, we did a bit of investigating – first went to Kleinbaai to see the shark-cage-diving boats – a lot of activity getting ready to go out to sea – cleaning and preparing, getting the chum on board to feed the great whites. There are 7 boats, and lines of excited tourists arrive in their orange life jackets. The lady Nature Conservation officer kept a beady eye on the proceedings, plus her mad Jack Russel called ‘Coffee’. We didn’t buy the original shark tooth to hang round our necks at R300.00 – maybe next time! There were lots of macho-looking types to chat up – if that’s what blows your hair back! We ended up collecting stunning shells after a fantastic sunrise, talking Photoshop. Our accommodation was excellent (all new) at ‘Piet se Huise’. My traveling companions were great to be with, and I thank them for a great weekend. Each day we were up at 5.00am and bedded at 11pm, filling every minute with enjoyable activity. The next HPS weekend is to be held in the cold, dry Karoo winter – in Matjiesfontein – I won’t miss it!

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!


HPS Outing to Gansbaai 20 – 22 March ’09

Paddy has organised an outing to Gansbaai from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd March, 2009. Four self-catering units, offering accommodation for two people per unit, are available at R180 per person per night.  Each unit has a bathroom and kitchen facilities, with bedding and towels provided.

Situated above the harbour, the venue is centrally situated so that it will be easy to branch off in all directions viz. De Kelders, Cape Nature, the harbour etc.  Please contact Paddy directly – 021 8762136 – preferably by Sunday evening  (1st March) – as she needs to pay a deposit.  This is a great opportunity to get some focussed photography done (!) as well making images for our AV-project ‘Living from the Sea’. Hope to see you there!

Helderberg Evening Outing to the Strand 21st Feb. 5pm

Strand Sunset by Caroline Hartley.

Image of Strand Beach at sunset, by Caroline Hartley

Due to the fact that  the Jonkershoek fires have devastated the landscape, we will instead be starting our outing at the Life-Savers’ Hut on Strand Beach at 5pm on Saturday 21st February.  We might move along to the Gordon’s Bay coast and beyond.  Bring some nibbles, and drinks; plus tripod and the usual equipment!

HPS AV Corner 2009

Welcome to all HPS members who enjoy creating audio visuals or are curious about this wonderful, expressive medium!

Let’s start with our monthly AV meetings…


Our monthly meetings take place on every last Wednesday of the month at 19:00 for 19:30 at the Library Hall in Somerset West.

This year we’ll be setting a task for each AV evening. We want to encourage you to think of AV sequences while you’re photographing. It’s a challenge, it’s fun — and it’s a foundation for creative audio visuals.

An AV sequence is a series of photos that form a unit, connected by a subject and/or a photo technique.

In preparation for each AV evening you’ll be given a set subject for an AV sequence. Whenever possible we’ll be showing an example or a short demo at the preceding meeting.

Then all you need to do is put your sequence together and bring it along to the meeting as a Wings clip. You’re also welcome to include sound.

We hope that you’ll find participating and sharing experiences to be a stimulating and challenging way to enrich your understanding and grow your skills.


Our Gala Evening will be taking place in October. We hope you’ll all have something special up your sleeve?

This year’s set subject for an AV is “Living from the Sea”, to be shown in November.

The One Day Workshop takes place on 15 August in Stellenbosch. It’s going to be a great experience – if you have any suggestions or requests for subjects to cover, please let us know!


The annual Photo/AV Weekend will be taking place in Jacobsbaai from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 September 2009.


Jacobsbaai is a quiet little seaside village on the West Coast, still unspoiled, with mostly dirt roads and no shopping centers or amenities.

Jacobsbaai and surroundings

Jacobsbaai and surroundings



What to photograph?

I’ll stick to a few brief outline (otherwise I’ll go on forever), but please feel free to do some research of your own.

Misty Morning

Misty Morning

Proud bokkom fisherman in Velddrif

Proud bokkom fisherman in Velddrif


  • At the end September the fynbos flower season creates a wonderful contrast with the ocean
  • Unspoiled sand beach and rocks just a minute’s walk from the cottages
  • Sunset, sunrise over the bay and the ocean
  • Fishermen, their activities and boats
  • Variety of sea birds

Within 40 km of Jacobsbaai

  • Saldanha – panoramic view of steel works
  • Langebaan – kite surfer, boats
  • West Coast National Park – wildflowers, turquoise lagoon, beautiful views, game
  • Velddrif – Berg River mouth; flood plains with bird hides; bokkoms; Fossil Park with guided tours
  • Paternoster – fishermen and their activities – and lots more!


We’ve booked two self-catering cottages (sleeping six people each) and a conference room at the ‘Weskusplek’ in Jacobsbaai for that long weekend.

Weskusplek, Jacobsbaai

Weskusplek, Jacobsbaai

Each cottage costs R900 per night taken. In addition a cottage for two can be booked at R580 per night, not including breakfast.

There is a little restaurant – the only one in Jacobsbaai – with a beautiful view over the bay.

The conference room will be ideal for AV workshops and get-togethers in the evenings.

This outing from Thursday 24 – Sunday 27 September is planned for all HPS members! Please ensure your place by an early booking with Paddy!!! A % deposit is required.

More detailed information will follow later.

Examples of “third images”


Third Image, mist and sunrise


Third Image, play with shapes


Third Image, lines with mirror image

Content for this post supplied by Irmel Dunaiski.

Outing: Jonkershoek 21st February ’09

Paddy is organising an outing to Jonkershoek on Sat. 21st Feb at 3pm – we will meet at the coffee shop at the entrance to the Reserve.  Depending on time and inclination, we may move to the Strand for a few evening shots on the beach, and perhaps a snack afterwards.