Monday, December 8, 2014

Sabbath by Ruby Braumann

Recently, Jessie and I spent a month in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa house-sitting for a friend. While there, we visited Jerusalem several times since it is only a one-hour bus journey from where we were staying. One evening we decided to do some night photography in the old city, and since it was Friday night, there were a large number of Orthodox Jews walking on the pathway next to the walls towards Jaffa Gate. We thought some slow shutter speed photography would best capture the sense of timelessness one gets in such an ancient city. So we spent some time photographing people coming and going using the light shining up onto the walls to give the ambience, and capturing the movement of the people going by through a slow shutter speed. During the day we’d walked through the Jewish quarter and had fun trying to photograph the Orthodox Jews in their long black coats and wide-brimmed hats without causing offense to them. There are so many wonderful architectural features in the old city and at one stage we’d photographed two Jewish men walking through an archway, with backlighting.

Back home, I just loved the photos I’d taken that evening, with my most favourite being this one:

Ruby01 (Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO 100, focal length 56mm, 1 sec exposure at f10, and tweaked using Lightroom)

I loved the 2 men in the middle with their hats and coats walking away from us, and the 3 men walking towards us just beyond them. Also the ghostly image of the person about to disappear completely on the right hand side. I felt I’d captured that sense of the ‘eternal city’ enclosed by high walls, and it is enhanced by the double ‘leading line’ that runs from the right hand corner and then converges with the walls in the distance on the left. This lends a wonderful perspective of depth to the photograph. I remember Dave Wimpey saying that the colour green never works in a photograph, but to me that’s one of the things that makes this photo – it breaks the neutral colours of the paving and the walls and complements the glow of the lights.

I felt that this photo needed something focussed, so I used the photo I’d taken earlier in the day :

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(Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO 200, focal length 120, 1/60th of a second at f8)

This time I used Photoshop elements to select the 2 men, then I had to add another ringlet to the man on the right as here he is looking to the left and so his ringlet is hidden from view, but it looked unbalanced to me. I then pasted them onto the first photo, deliberately cutting off their feet so that they were ‘walking out of the photo’ as it were. They stand out so well against the light on the wall and their silhouettes are so distinctive and unique – there can be no doubt that these are Orthodox Jews. With their being in focus yet silhouettes they fitted into the photo perfectly, and they draw the eye and create a point of focus and interest. At the same time, the shadowy figures behind them add to the story and breathe life into the photo.

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I was pleased with the printing of this picture onto canvas as it maintains it’s ‘other-wordly’ atmosphere, and thrilled to bits when it won first prize in our print exhibition last month.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

REPORT TO ALL CLUBS – GAUTENG NORTH FROM CONGRESS 2014.

Since coming back from Congress I have been asked by some members and clubs in this Region how Congress went plus various aspects on certain other matters of concern. I decided to give you a summary to date. There will be images and a report in the next edition of “Image” as well as being kept up to date with all changes on our Web site which is always kept up to date on a regular basis.

Congress went very well with very exciting speakers and presentations both from our local people and from overseas presenters. I was privileged to be in charge for part of the time of Praveen and Prakuti Kumar (father and daughter) from Indian. They really enjoyed the Kruger Park, so much so that I had, in the way into the Park to stop for every Impala on the way (ha ha), we get so blasé about our Impalas and we know they do produce some lovely images when captured at the right moment and in the beautiful light.

There were two interesting speakers from SanParks, the one especially on the Rhino Poaching which is a huge problem in SA and it is not getting any better unfortunately so we must all do what we can in the efforts to “Save the Rhino”. One event happened the day I chose to take myself off and sit at Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie. The SanParks helicopter flew overhead quickly, then the police drove past very quickly in their vehicle and when we all looked over to the right, the vultures were flying around in abundance. This was confirmed later to me that an incident had actually happened that day.

The Exhibitions of the various prints were really superb and Hein Washchefort’s needs a very special mention – it was something completely different but was presented very professionally and please if you get a chance to see it, please make an effort to do so as Hein will be exhibiting in various places around the country.

The Workshops presented were as always very informative and interactive and practical.

The tributes paid to Barrie Wilkens by various members and presenters was special and I am sure meant a lot to his family and close friends at Congress. For me I really enjoyed some of his Avs which many of us have never seen before. As we know his Wildlife Avs have always been great but the ones that stood out for me were his ones “A Tribute to Diana” and of his Granddaughters which he called “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” – maybe I am a bit biased as I was a great fan of Diana and I have two lovely granddaughters.

The food, the camaraderie and the meeting of old and new friends is always very special about Congresses and in many ways makes Congresses gel so much.

I am sure the Organising Committee and those heavily involved in the organising of the whole Congress have enjoyed this past week just chilling out and trying to get back to normal. They certainly did a great job.

HONOURS CERTIFICATES AND BADGES

All outstanding certificates and badges for my Region will be couriered to me by Helen Wilkins ASAP and I will make sure that you all receive them.

The Inter Club – results will be coming out soon where you will see where you as a Club came overall plus the individual results per image. Bloemfontein won overall.

Web site – AFO was the winner – well done to AFO

E-Newsletter – was won by Vanderbylpark.

Hard Copy – was won by Boksburg.

Anne d’Oliveira is working hard on getting them all together and I am sure they will be published in this coming week.

Salons – 2016 – there will be less salons in the year as it was felt that there are too many salons scheduled per year. Also you are now only allowed to have 5 acceptances of an image both in colour and mono entered into salons. Once you have had 5 acceptances per image you must not enter it again into another salon in that year. (These matters came out from the AGM and Forum at Congress) All info in this regard was posted on PSSA’s FB page recently. Francois Rousseau is still the coordinator for Salons. Outstanding medal winners who are still waiting on medals from the various Salons over the years due to them having gone lost in the post etc., must contact Laeticia Kenny as she is preparing a list to get this matter solved as soon as possible. As she is our FB coordinator, this notice was also put on PSSA’s FB page recently.

JAP will be going forward very soon – Francois Roux ia now heading up this Committee, I also will be serving on this Committee.

Many of the delegates really felt that Wildlife Congresses should be considered more often which was certainly noted.

This was PSSA’ 60th Congress so the 61st Congress will be held in Swellendam from 10-15 August which is the canola season in that part of SA. Put these dates in your diary now but as always updates will be continually updated on our web site..

That is as much as I can give you at this time on some of the Congress feedback, we certainly got a lot of positiveness about the Congress from the delegates who attended.

With regard Regional News – we will be sorting out Gauteng North Inter Club very soon – this will be AFO’s responsibility as they won it last year.

I will be visiting the relatively new club at Hartebeesport Dam on 7 October as I have been invited to judge there and Bosveld on 2 December for their AGM and hopefully will get visits in to all the other clubs in the not too distant furture all circumstances permitting.

Please also diarise 30 Oct-2 Nov – Photo and Film Expo at the Coca Cola Dome as PSSA is having a stand there again as always when many of the images that were on exhibit at Congress plus the winners of the various competitions will also be displayed.

On a more serious note from me, I would like all you guys to start identifying and looking for someone who could take over my job from next year when nominations for the Regional Directors come into play which I think is around May/June as I wont be standing for re-nomination in this position. I will serve you to the best of my ability to the end of my term of office which is next year but feel it is time for a much younger person with new approaches and new ideas to take over this job. Please feel free to discuss this with me at any time.

Thank you as always for your support and help – I do think this is a great Region with great photographers in it and I certainly would love to see it continue in that vain and going forward even further for the benefit of photography in all aspects.

Please do not hesitate to call me, send me a mail if you need assistance in anyway but hopefully we will see you all or as many as possible at our Region’s Inter Club evening which will be communicated to you soon.

Regards

EVELYN

REGIONAL DIRECTOR – GAUTENG NORTH.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sabbath by Ruby Braumann

Recently, Jessie and I spent a month in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa house-sitting for a friend. While there, we visited Jerusalem several times since it is only a one-hour bus journey from where we were staying. One evening we decided to do some night photography in the old city, and since it was Friday night, there were a large number of Orthodox Jews walking on the pathway next to the walls towards Jaffa Gate. We thought some slow shutter speed photography would best capture the sense of timelessness one gets in such an ancient city. So we spent some time photographing people coming and going using the light shining up onto the walls to give the ambience, and capturing the movement of the people going by through a slow shutter speed. During the day we’d walked through the Jewish quarter and had fun trying to photograph the Orthodox Jews in their long black coats and wide-brimmed hats without causing offense to them. There are so many wonderful architectural features in the old city and at one stage we’d photographed two Jewish men walking through an archway, with backlighting.

Back home, I just loved the photos I’d taken that evening, with my most favourite being this one:

Ruby01

(Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO 100, focal length 56mm, 1 sec exposure at f10, and tweaked using Lightroom)

I loved the 2 men in the middle with their hats and coats walking away from us, and the 3 men walking towards us just beyond them. Also the ghostly image of the person about to disappear completely on the right hand side. I felt I’d captured that sense of the ‘eternal city’ enclosed by high walls, and it is enhanced by the double ‘leading line’ that runs from the right hand corner and then converges with the walls in the distance on the left. This lends a wonderful perspective of depth to the photograph. I remember Dave Wimpey saying that the colour green never works in a photograph, but to me that’s one of the things that makes this photo – it breaks the neutral colours of the paving and the walls and complements the glow of the lights.

I felt that this photo needed something focussed, so I used the photo I’d taken earlier in the day :

Ruby02

(Nikon D80, Nikkor 18-200mm lens, ISO 200, focal length 120, 1/60th of a second at f8)

This time I used Photoshop elements to select the 2 men, then I had to add another ringlet to the man on the right as here he is looking to the left and so his ringlet is hidden from view, but it looked unbalanced to me. I then pasted them onto the first photo, deliberately cutting off their feet so that they were ‘walking out of the photo’ as it were. They stand out so well against the light on the wall and their silhouettes are so distinctive and unique – there can be no doubt that these are Orthodox Jews. With their being in focus yet silhouettes they fitted into the photo perfectly, and they draw the eye and create a point of focus and interest. At the same time, the shadowy figures behind them add to the story and breathe life into the photo.

Ruby03

I was pleased with the printing of this picture onto canvas as it maintains it’s ‘other-wordly’ atmosphere, and thrilled to bits when it won first prize in our print exhibition last month.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Monochrome Processing Presentation

Nico Strydom kindly provided us with his presentation:


Here is the presentation that was given on Monochrome Post Processing:










The Nik Software, Silver Efex Pro 2 can be found here:


The OnOne Perfect Photo Suite can be found here:





Friday, June 6, 2014

Submitting HD photos to CCC Salon

We have noticed that some authors, that wish to submit photos to the CCC Mono salon, are unable to enter the photos in the salon via Photo Vault.  The potential key to the problem is that this is a HD salon and your existing photos are not in the HD library on Photo Vault.  Once you have uploaded the photo to Photo Vault in the HD section, you will be able to submit the photo to the salon.

You can follow the steps below:

  1. Go back to your original image and resize for 1920 (width) X 1080 (height) with max size 1.2MB.  That is the HD size we mentioned in the salon brochure.
  2. Upload your image on Photo Vault Online by selecting Upload photos on the CCC Salon selection.
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  3. Upload the images by selecting Upload New Photo
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  4. Ensure that HD is selected for the upload
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  5. Now select these images for upload to the Salon

I trust this will help.  Please feel free to contact the salon director if you

need further help, uploading your photos. ( salon.director@centurioncameraclub.co.za )

Regards

Bernard Richard
CCC

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Doko Village – ‘n Verassende wenfoto

Dit is seker baie selde dat ‘n fotograaf dink sy foto is ‘n wenfoto en ek vermoed, die meeste wenfotos is ‘n verassing vir die outeur.  ‘n Mens weet as jy ‘n goeie foto het, maar die kompetisie is baie sterk in die klub en jy kan nooit seker wees of die beoordelaars van jou foto gaan hou nie.  Hierdie maand het ‘n foto my aangenaam verras en baie beter gedoen as wat ek verwag het.  In die proses het ek ‘n hele paar dinge geleer.

DSC03358_7_9_32B-938In my voorbereiding vir die Mei kompetisie het ek aanvanklik besluit om nie in te skryf nie omdat ek doodeenvoudig nie geskikte fotos gehad het om in te skryf nie.  In my soeke na ‘n tema foto, het ek afgekom op ‘n paar fotos wat ek met ‘n Sony mik en druk kamera geneem het tydens ‘n werksbesoek aan die Demokratiese Republiek van die Kongo.  Die area is baie afgesonder en om daar te kom is so ‘n beslommernis, dat ek nie eers die moeite gedoen het om my gewone SLR kamera saam te neem nie.  Ons was een middag laat op pad en het die kans gebruik om ‘n paar fotos te neem.  Die omgewing is baie ruig en daar is verskeie klein dorpies langs die pad waar die inwoners kan handel dryf of die pad gebruik om hulle produkte na ‘n groter dorpie te vervoer.

My beplanning was om met HDR te werk en ek het stelle van drie fotos met verskillende beligting geneem, maar ek was nie tevrede met die resultate nie en die HDR het onnatuurlik gelyk.  Die spesifieke foto was baie besig en die fokuspunt was nie vir my sterk genoeg nie.  Dan was dit ook geneem met ‘n “swakker kamera” en ek het die fotos in die argief gelos waar dit waarskynlik sou verdwyn het.

Vir die kompetisie het egter besluit om uit nood weer te probeer.  Hierdie keer het ek voor begin en die HDR verwerking baie afgskaal en net die drie fotos na ‘n 32 bit TIFF formaat verwerk.  Hierdie stap doen nie die normale HDR verwerking soos ons gewoond is nie, maar gee baie meer detail inligting vir verdere verwerking van die foto.  Die verwerking is in Photoshop CS6 gedoen.  Ek het die hele foto eers donker gemaak en met layers selektief lig terug gesit in die foto.  Op die manier kon ek die fokus plaas op die huisie en selektief op die bome.  Verder het ek aandag gegee aan die wolke om die lig te beklemtoon.  Die foto het dadelik baie sterker gelyk en al wat gepla het was ‘n paar bossies in die voorgrond wat ek uitgekloon het.  Die laaste stap was natuurlik om terug te keer na JPG formaat

Die resultaat was ‘n aangename verassing vir my.  Hierdie foto het weer vir my bevestig dat die nie help om ‘n foto te forseer nie.  As die verwerking eers op die verkeerde pad is kan jy maar net sowel stop.  Indien jy dink daar is potensiaal, laat die foto eers rus en probeer later weer met ‘n vars aanslag.  DIe kwaliteit van die kamera maak in sekere omstandighede ‘n groot veskil, maar as jy goeie lig het, verdwyn hierdie voordeel vinnig.  As jou goeie kamera by die huis lê omdat hierdie kamera te groot is om rond te dra het hy natuurlik ook geen voordeel bo die mik-en-druk kamera nie.

HDR verwerking het ‘n definitiewe plek in fotografie, maar die tipiese HDR resultaat waaraan ons gewoond geraak het is nie altyd ‘n gepaste resultaat nie.  Dit wil vir my voorkom dat in die meeste landskap en natuur fotos, HDR verwerking baie subtiel aangewend moet word.

Kamera Sony DSC-HX10V
Lens 4.3-68.5 mm f/3
Lensopening f/3.3
ISO 100
HDR Reeks sluiterspoed 1/125, 1/250 (-1 EV), 1/60 (+1 EV)
Formaat JPG
Toekenning COM, Beste van kompetisie (Mei 2014)
Titel Doko Village

Hier is die drie fotos waarmee ek die verwerking begin het, elkeen veskil 1 EV van die volgende foto en is gebruik om ‘n 32 bit TIFF leêr te skep.

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0 EV

-1 EV

+1 EV

Die enigste probleem met die foto is dat enige regverdiging om ‘n nuwe lens te koop waarmee ek drie soortgelyke mik-en-druk kameras kan koop, nou net bietjie moeiliker word, maar ek is seker ek sal ‘n gepaste motivering kry wanneer ek in die toekoms voor die probleem beland.

Groete

Bernard Richard (LPSSA 5*)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Centurion & Midrand Camera Club joint print exhibition 2014

You are hereby kindly invited to submit entries for the annual print exhibition for 2014 to be hosted from 1 to 11 July (Yes, it is a winter exhibit this year). True to our tradition, we attempt to introduce new and exciting elements to this annual event:

  • This year our venue is the spacious and newly revamped art gallery in Centurion (at the Centurion Library). It is open to the public and the event is widely publicised by the Tshwane municipal services.
  • We are hosting this exhibition jointly with Midrand Camera Club. The event promises to be quite a substantial exhibition and is an ideal opportunity to showcase some of your best shots. There are also three valuable prizes to compete for.
  • We have decided to print this year’s entries on specially primed canvas to blend in with the environment of the art gallery!

To simplify the entry process, we invite members to make use of the Centurion Camera Club’s fine art printing service.

  • All you need to do is to upload your entries to a dropbox folder and make the required payment to the Centurion Camera Club account.
  • You then just need to attend the exhibition to find your photos exhibited, neatly mounted and stretched to a wooden frame.
  • The cost of a printed photo is only R150 each and is about half of the normal commercial rates for mounted canvas media. Remember the prints are yours to keep after the exhibit.
  • Please note that you may use alternative printing services, as long as conforms to our exact format ( Click here for entry form with further details).
  • You will be limited to a maximum of four entries but we will be more than happy to accept even a single entry.

Our rules as per the entry form:

  1. Minimum resolution is 5 Megapixel, lower resolution submissions will be rejected.
  2. Format preferably TIFF, but JPG saved at highest possible quality is also acceptable. Printing requires the highest available resolution!
  3. File naming as for club entries, eg: "3_Karoo Landscape_John Smith.TIF"
  4. Photo's taken from 1 July 2013 may be entered ( does not have to be a previous club entry )
  5. Please note that canvasses are framed to exact A3 dimensions ( 297 X 420mm ). Your print will look best if sized to these dimensions exactly, but may be of different aspect ratio as long as the longest side is exactly 420mm. In such cases remember you will have white space on the canvas to make up the difference.
  6. We strongly advise that you profile your monitor as without it there is otherwise no guarantee that the photo will print as displayed by the monitor. This procedure ensures that your monitor displays both accurate colour rendition and tonal range and will also ensure that your images projects correctly at club evenings.
  7. The ICC profile of the printing process for the specific canvas-ink combination will be made available to photographers so that soft proofing can be implemented. Soft proofing allows near exact reproduction of the tonal range and colour rendition of the final printed image on a properly calibrated monitor. A tutorial will be issued to guide members who wish to implement soft proofing. of the final printed image on a properly calibrated monitor.
  8. Photos remain the property of the photographer and can be collected after the exhibition at club evenings.

Our aim is to exhibit around three entries per photographer as the venue is spacious and we really want to fill the space with an abundance of exhibits.

The opening gala event will be hosted on Tuesday 1 July. Light snacks and wine/ soft drinks will be served and will be a great opportunity to relax and to meet with fellow photographers. The prints will be on sale to the public and photographers will have the opportunity to appreciate the value of their work.

IMPORTANT: The deadline is Sunday 15 June at 24h00, so you need to start to select your best images of the last 12 months (May 2013 – May 2014) and watch this space for further details. Please direct any queries to: arnold.theron@gmail.com

Arnold Theron ( Exhibition coordinator )

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Working At Night

We were staying in a hotel in Lucerne, on the fourth floor. Just after sunset I looked out of the window, and the light was beautiful. Working at Night HDThere were also dramatic cloud formations, which always provide good photo opportunities.  I took my tripod and camera and took a couple of photos. They were busy working on the road, so there was earthmoving equipment on site and red danger lights, which created a nice mood.

Back home when I downloaded the photos they were nice, but not as vivid as I recalled the colours to be. I decided to play around with this picture using HDR, and the photo then really came alive. I used Lightroom to crop and adjust the lighting. I created -2EV, 0EV and +2EV copies of the photo and then exported them to Photomatix to do the HDR magic.  I played around in Photomatix to get the right settings, and now I have a photo that matches my recollection of that scene.

Gerry Steyn

XMas Lights

While travelling through Switzerland, I was very fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. We were in the city of Bern, and I was waiting for Anli to join me as she was at a business meeting. We arranged to meet at the square in front of the Bundeshaus, i.e. the Parliament building, at 20h00.

XMas lights HDWhile I was waiting the sun was setting, and I walked around, set up my tripod and took some photos. After a while, a crowd started gathering. I asked around, and a local lady explained to me that a show was about to start and that I should stay as it was very spectacular. I waited for a while and the show started. It was all in German, so I understood nothing, but the music and light show made up for that.

The Bundeshaus is a very old building with lots of character and textures. They used massive projectors to illuminate the building, and a story was projected onto the building. I took over 200 photos, and each one is different. The lighting changed often, with soldiers running around the building, the building filling up with water, you could see the water level rising in the windows, and then the building flooding. Many effects were created on the building, freezing over, on fire, painted in bright blue and red colour, it was just amazing! Everything done with projectors covering the whole building, in vivid detail! I just kept on taking photos, I have many excellent photos from that shoot. Minimal processing was done to the photos and I only had to remove a portion of a crane which was doing work behind the building.

Sometimes we do need lots of luck to get the right photos!

Gerry Steyn

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Since you don’t want to leave me alone.

 

Centurion Camera Club CCC Club Night February 2014: Chante

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Chante

On the 5th of Dec 2013 I arranged with Chante and a friend of hers to take some photos. Because I do not have lighting equipment or a studio to shoot indoors we were forced to shoot outside. However my models viewed this as a casual shoot and were not prepared to start early to get the advantage of “good” light. By 01:27:20 PM we were on the roof of Menlyn (at drive-in) as they wanted photos of themselves in the old cars. Obviously at this stage the light was everything but perfect. Luckily some clouds would pass every now and then. We would run out and shoot a few shots before the sun is back. While waiting for the clouds to come we would hide under the “ clip_image002Afdak” at the back of the drive-in. during one of these waits, motivated by boredom more than anything else I told them that since they are in the shade maybe I should try and take some pictures. I took quite a couple of pictures (I always take to many and then hate myself for having to go through all of them). When I looked at the pictures (See original below)I realised that even after cropping  I did not like the background  since it had lines and blemishes on it.

Original

I spend I couple of hour trying to remove the blemishes using the clone tool, brushes and any other tool I could think of. Finally I gave up and started the devious task of “selecting” the model in order to cut or copy her to a new layer as I realised that I will have to create a complete new background. The fact that she has dark hair helped as I have tried doing the same to blond models and it was not very successful as the outer edges of the hair would fade and give a unnatural photo.

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clip_image003Next I played and experimented with different colour backgrounds and by I stroke of luck I saw that brown below

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Worked well when adding a gradient overlay.

 

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To be honest it was more luck than skill.

Johan Bester

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Platycorynus dejeani solo

 

Gerda en ek het vroeg oggend ±8:24 op 30 Desember 2013 in die veld gestap stap naby Swartruggens met die doel om veld blomme af te neem toe ons op hierdie kewertjie afkom.

Hierdie klein kewer is besonders mooi en baie seldsaam vir ons hier in Gauteng.

Platycorynus dejeani solo1080pDit kom in 'n baie smal strook van noord Natal, Swaziland, die bekende ou Transvaal al om sy rand in die ooste van die Kruger wildtuin, Limpopo rivier, weste kant van Noord Wes en effens afwaarts tot aan die die Botswana grens naby Gabarone. Dus die warmer dele van die land en hulle is baie lief vir die wilde melkbos (Asclepias fructicosa).

Die melkbos kewer word ±11mm lank en sy kleure verander soos wat die lig op hom val, vandaar sy naam dejeani. Sy kleure wissel van donker pers, rooi, diep pienk, oranje, donker groen, geel en donker bou, afhangende van die lig se invalshoek. In die middel van die dag is hulle nie so kleurvol nie. Hulle klou ook nie regtig vas aan die blare nie en die geringste beweging laat hulle afval en dan neem dit baie lank voordat hulle weer op 'n blaar is. Wanneer jy hom op 'n blaar wil help, rol hy eenvoudig af!

Omdat ek nie van oordrewe prosesseering hou nie, is daar baie min aan hierdie foto gedoen.

Ek gebruik Corel AfrerShot Pro vir my aanvanklike verwerking en daarna Corel PaintShop Pro 16 vir my finale verwerking. Die skerpte, kontras en swart is effens opgestoot en die beligting aangepas om reg te vertoon op my IPS skerm.

Die verstellings was as volg:

Kamera Pentax K-30 (hy is kleiner as my Pentax K-5 en ligter om te dra)
Lens Pentax 50mm Makro
Lens Opening F11
Sluiterspoed 1/125 s
ISO 320
Ligsensor Center-weighted-average
Program Manual
Witbalans Manual

My sukses verhouding was nie goed nie, ±1/15 want hulle beweeg konstant en velddiepte is amper nul plus hulle val maklik van die blaar af. Verder het die wind sterk gewaai en ek het die kamera met een hand vasgehou en die struik se takkie met die ander hand en die twee hande teen die kamera gesteun vir stabiliteit.

Jan H Potgieter

Thursday, January 30, 2014

PSSA Monthly Newsletter

Hi Everyone

Once again thank you for reading and then distributing this email to all the members in your club.  There is lots of information in mymonthly newsletter on our PSSA Website.  There is news regarding the Honours Judging, the National Congress 2014, a great PSSA National Salon as well as news on the January issue of our Image magazine.

1 JAN-Common Housefly Macro-Daryl Visser-Beachcombers PCPlease note and make sure that all our members are aware of the fact that the Wildlife Convention in the Kruger National Park (31 August till 6 September 2014) is in fact our Annual National Congress combined with an International Convention.  This will not only cover Wildlife photography, other aspects of photography will also be covered. Click here to view the program.  Attached please find a Wildlife Convention Flyer.  Please use it to promote the coming Congress/Convention.

OUR WINNERS FOR JANUARY ‘14

1 JAN-Warrior-James Harris-Hoeveld FotoklubClub Winning Picture of the Month for Junior and Senior were:

  • Junior:  Daryl Visser from Beachcomber CC with “Common Housefly Macro”.
  • Senior:  James Harris van Hoeveld Fotografieklub met “Warrior”.

The judges were Neels Beyers (Cape Town PS), Lee Slabber (Fish Hoek PS) and Edward Arnold (VPS).

Website Picture of the Month was won by Louise de Lange from Swartland KK with “Crop sprayer”.   The judge for this month’s Website Picture was Charles Kok from Krugersdorp CC.   

All members are invited to enter this monthly competition with any of their favourite images. 

1 JAN-Cropsprayer-Louise de Lange-Swartland CCThese three winning images are displayed on the front page of the PSSA website for this month. Thank you to our judges.

Attached please find the Score Sheet for the Club Winning Images as well as the International Wildlife Convention Flyer.

Kind regards

Petro Bosman
PSSA Public Relations Officer

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

HELP!–Jan Potgieter

Hier is ook 'n bietjie info oor die Meriete Sertifikaat wat ek hierdie maand gekry het in natuur.

Afdeling  : Natuur
Titel        : Help!

Die foto moes ek eenvoudig neem. My kleinseun van 2 jaar het met die wurm in sy hand na my gekom en gesê: Oupa Neem!  Ons het hom gou in 'n bottel gesit en 'n geskikte plek gekry waar die tuin redelik eengalig groen is vir die agtergrond. ons het 'n stokkie gekry en dit maak staan, die kamera op 'n driepoot en 'n flits vir invul lig aan die linkerkant en reflektof aan die regterkant met die laat middag son net besig om ons in skadu te plaas.

Die werklike naam vir hierdie harige wurm is: Rhodogastria Amasis

Die kamera verstellings was as volg:

Kamera Pentax K-5
Lens Pentax 100mm Makro ±15 jaar oud
Lensopening f11
Sluiterspoed 1/90sek
ISO 280
Lig sensor Center-weighted-average
Program Manual
Witbalans 5000K

Help 1080pDie eerste paar fotos het ek sonder die wurm geneem on my kamera verstelling reg te kry en toe begin die sport! Ons sit die harige brandwurm op die stok en hy begin kruip teen 'n groot spoed. Wanneer hy op die end van die stok kom begin hy met sy voorlyf 'n sirkel beweging soos 'n vliegtuig se prop totdat hy van die stok afval. Dit neem so 'n totaal van 5sekondes. Die velddiepte is totaal ontoereikend vir sy mannawales en ek moes 'n oomblik kies waar ek die knoppe druk en hoop daar is iets in fokus.

Ons het groot pret gehad om elke keer hom te kry en weer terug op die stok te kry. Daar het ons geleer wanneer is/word hy 'n brandwurm!

Die grootste uitdaging is seker om geduldig te wees en weer en weer te probeer totdat jy 'n aanvaarbare foto het.

My sukses verhouding was ±1/20 en toe word die lig te swak.

Daar is min verwerking gedoen en het die volgende verstellings gemaak met Corel AfterShot Pro:

  • Skerpte +25%
  • Saturation 0%
  • Contrast +10%
  • Noise 0%
  • Black +10%
  • Vibrance +10% algemeen.

Jan Potgieter