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April 2019

The Official Digital Newsletter for Edenvale Photographic Club 2018 -CERPS -Winners

Proud Member of the Photographic Society of South Africa



Chairman’s Chat



Winning Images 1o April 2019



Winning Images 24 April 2019

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Past Masters of Photograph Henri Cartier - Bresson

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Submission Procedure for Club evening entries Member Focus Esli van Niekerk

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ITEMS FOR SALE Special Subject Calendar

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Edenvale Club Outing Marivale

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Tutorial Displacement Map

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Salon Results

MEETING TIME AND PLACE 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month 18h30 for 19h00

EDENVALE COMMUNITY CENTRE Cor. Van Riebeeck & 2nd Street Edenvale

Committee Members Chairman: David Wolstencroft 083 229 8066

Vice Chairperson: Scoring & Promotions

Heidi Broschk 079 886 8515

Treasurer: Ted Kinsman

083 461 2350

Marketing: Natasha Bird 082 920 8898

Salons, Judges and Outings: John Coumbias

079 1732 825

Certificates & Awards Des Alexander

083 226 1452

New Members, Social Media & Website Clare Appleyard 083 234 0247

Newsletter & SocialMedia: Hanli Smit

083 253 1034

Chairman’s Chat We all want to do better at our photography, which means we all want to take better photographs. How does one go about this? Hard work is always rewarded with better results. The more you put in, the more you get out. In photography you can go one step further. Ask for feedback. In this case, the more you ask, the more you get out. Feedback is always a good yard stick. If you are one of the braver types, share on social media and ask for comment. The pool of resources is larger, but you never know what you will get, and it is not always positive. If you would like to keep it more personal, ask someone you know and, perhaps look up to in this arena, and ask if they would be willing to assess your work from time to time with tips on how to improve. To generate constant work though, you need to have a routine. Put aside dedicated time for your photography. It could be an hour a day, or an hour a week, whatever suits your lifestyle and your goals. Try to make it a standard day or time, so you know when it is time. Perhaps even plan or have an idea on what you would like to practice before the time. Even better if this plan if working towards a larger goal. Along with this routine, try to learn something new. It could be some improved technique in Photoshop, experimentation with lighting, different equipment, new genres or even just watching a tutorial on the internet in preparation for the next shoot. I know this sounds “formal” and spontaneity is out the window but stick to it. I know from personal experience that skills gained and not used are lost over time and it is surprising the amount of effort it takes to get back to where you were. I wish you all enjoyable and fruitful shooting. Dave

1 Star Winners

10 April


NATURE Just one Kaylin Fletcher

PICTORIAL Holiday Memories Atholene Liebenberg

2 Star Winners

NATURE Zebra mom and babe Caryn Wilson

PICTORIAL heated job Caryn Wilson

10 April 2019

3 Star Winners

10 April 2019

NATURE Two pebbles Christa Smith

PICTORIAL Every leaf every flower Kenneth Kubheka

4 Star Winners

NATURE Malachite Kingfisher watedrops Natasha Bird

PICTORIAL Dedication Valerie Sampson

10 April 2019


and 6 Star Winners

10 April 2019


PICTORIAL Floral Feast Dave Gordon

Digital Prolab

Large Format Printing Print on Canvas Passport, ID, Visa, Drivers Photo Scan and Restore Old Photos your t e G

ages m i ful i t u a be vas n a c art onto

For Personal attention and proffesional service phone - Rob Ponte 011 455 1243 email:

The Photo & Digital Prolab 14 Grobler rylaan (off Riley Road) Bedfordview

WHY JOIN A CAMERA CLUB... Are you looking for like-minded people who are interested in photography *SHARING IDEAS *SHARING SKILLS *SHARING PROBLEMS *SHARING FRIENDSHIP

Even when we compete against one another we are sharing,testing ourselves against the work of others to see just how good we can be.

Most importantly it is about becoming more satisfied with our photographic work

1 Star Winners

24 April 2019

Nature Too Lazy to Hunt Andrew Mayes

Pictorial Asparagus at 7 Atholene Liebenberg

2 Star Winners

24 April 2019

NATURE Ruffled Heron Brian Kleinwort

PICTORIAL Dissapointed last drop Caryn Wilson

3 Star Winners

NATURE Yellow Iris Carolyn Masterton

PICTORIAL Bad Taste Dave Brown

24 April 2019

4 Star Winners

24 April

2019 NATURE Fine feathers Valerie Sampson

PICTORIAL Fairy Circle Natasha Bird

5 and 6 Star Winners

NATURE Bold and bright Dino Bottega

PICTORIAL Lady Zodiac Hanli Smit

24 April 2019

Past Masters of Photography Henri Cartier - Bresson

Extracted from wikipedia

Some more Iconic Images from the lens of Henri Cartier - Bresson

Considered a pioneer of street photography

and an early user of 35mm film, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) helped establish photojournalism as an art form. Armed with a Leica rangefinder camera, Cartier-Bresson traveled the world taking candid pictures of life in wartime, artists at work, and people in everyday life. Truly a revolutionary of the photographic art world, Cartier-Bresson’s photographs continue to inspire photojournalists and street photographers around the world.

Here we share some inspiring quotes from one of photography’s greatest masters: Henri Cartier - Bresson “Photography is nothing—it’s life that interests me.” “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” “Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing a meditation.” “As photojournalists, we supply information to a world that is overwhelmed with preoccupations and full of people who need the company of images….We pass judgment on what we see, and this involves an enormous responsibility.”— American Photo, September/October 1997 “I hope that we don’t ever see the day when a readymade photo system, which guarantees good photographic compostions in advance, goes on the market.” —American Photo, September/October 1997 “I prowled the streets all day, feeling very strung-up and ready to pounce, determined to ‘trap’ life – to preserve life in the act of living. Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.” “What is photojournalism? Occasionally, a very unique photo, in which form is precise and rich enough and content has enough resonance, is sufficient in itself. But that’s rarely the case. The elements of a subject that speak to us are often scattered and can’t be captured in one photo; we don’t have the right to force them together, and to stage them would be cheating…which brings us to the need for photojournalism.” “The world is going to pieces and people like Adams and Weston are photographing rocks!” “One has to tiptoe lightly and steal up to one’s quarry; you don’t swish the water when you are fishing.” “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second the significance of an event, as well as the precise organization the forms that give that event its proper expression.” —The Decisive Moment

Specifications for Submission of High Definition “E” Photography

RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE Maximum Pixel Size = 1080 x 1920 Maximum Data File Size = 2000 Kilobytes (2mb) Jpeg We use 2 Categories at Edenvale for our club submissions 1) NATURE...”na” 2) PICTORIAL....”pi” The image must be named as follows Star Rating_Category_Image Name_Persons Name EXAMPLE:...2_na_hornbill_joe blog (all lowercase)

1. Select Canvas [Frame] Size under the heading “ Image” in Photoshop if you wish to add the border to the image and make your adjustments. If you do not wish to add a border go to step 2 2. Select image size under the heading “Image” in Photoshop – Tick the following boxes : Scale Styles, Constrain Proportions and Resample image. 3. The maximum size of the image must not exceed 1920 pixels wide and 1080 pixels high 4. When resizing a horizontal image ( Landscape ) enter 1920 pixels in the Width box and the vertical size will be adjusted automatically if you have ticked the “ Resample Image” box . If the vertical size is 1080 pixels or less, the resizing is correct. If the vertical adjusts to a value more than 1080 pixels ( say 1096 pixels ) then adjust the vertical size to 1080 pixels and the horizontal size will automatically reduce below 1920 pixels if you have ticked the “ Resample Image” box. 5. When resizing a vertical image (Portrait) enter 1080 pixels in the Height Box. The value in the Width Box will change automatically to match the original image if you have ticked the “ Resample Image “ box 6. The maximum image data file size is 2000 (2MB) Kilobytes in the JPEG format . Note that if a border is added to the image, this must be added before resizing and reducing the file size to a maximum of 2000 Kilobytes to ensure that the image remains within the specified 2000Kb (2MB). 7. It is recommended that the image be displayed in the sRGB Colour Profile. This can be selected in the camera or changed in Photoshop under Edit/ Convert to Profile.



Esli van Niekerk

I started taking photos when I was 12, I am now 81 and still loving it. My mom bought me my first kodak Hawk eye Camera. I enjoy going to the Kruger and taking photos of our lovely wild life. Its my hobby and I enjoy it. My favourite subject is Portrait photography . In the 80s I did commercial photography for Pilkinton Tile brochures. My most thrilling experience was taking photos for Pilkinton Tiles from a helicopter, showing all the hotels in JHB that was using their tiles. Just the thrill to take photos of JHB from above will stay with me forever. The most profitable part of my hobby that I was quite good at was wedding photography during the late 70’s and mid 80’

Modeling photo of one of my four daughters taken in 1985

My Grand daughters Ruth and Stephanie

This was one of my early wedding photos in 1979, using a soft focus lense. We did not have photoshop in those days.

Cover Story by

Atholene Liebenberg

Atholene Liebenberg I took this image during a food workshop hosted by Robbie Aspeling in November 2018. As we were in a studio set up, we used continuous lighting. I used an Olympus E-M1 Mark II Camera with an Olympus M.60mm F2.8 Macro Lens. F2.8

Special Subject Calendar Note to NEW MEMBERS Please ask any committee member for help regarding the method of entering for a special subject We may enter 3 images for the special subject PLUS Your normal 3 club evening images All members will compete at 3* level for the Special Subject Definitions from https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary. com/Photography

26 June Macro

28 August Human portraiture

Macro photography, is extreme closeup photography, usually of very small subjects and living organisms like insects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the image sensor is life size or greater.

Portrait photography or portraiture is photography of a person or group of people that captures the personality of a subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses.

25 September Street Photography / Photojournalism

https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary. com/Photography

April Special Subject Table Top - Winner

Ted Kindsman Candle Reflections Ted Kinsman

Canon EOS 50D DSLR

Canon EOS 50D DSLR R 4500Kit Lens : EF 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 Kit Lens : EF 18-55mm, f3.5-5.6 with Image Stabiliser with Image Stabiliser Sensor Resolution : 15.1 Megapixel Sensor Resolution : 15.1 Megapixel Optical Sensor Size : APS-C (14.9 x 22.3 mm) 
Optical SensorField Size : APS-C (14.9 x 22.3 mm) of View Crop Factor : 1.6 Field of View Crop Factor : 1.6
 Max Shutter Speed : 1/8000 Sec Max Shutter Speed : 1/8000 Sec
 Sensor Dust Reduction : Yes Sensor Dust Reduction : Yes
 Sensor Features : Sensor Features :
 EOS Integrated Cleaning System EOS Integrated Cleaning System Image Processor DIGIC 4 System 
Image Processor DIGIC 4 System Image Recording Format : 
Image Recording Format :
 Interfaces Provided : Interfaces Provided :
 HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio HDMI, USB 2.0, composite video/audio Contact : Ted Kinsman 083 461 2350 Contact : Ted Kinsman 083 461 2350 2 x Extra Batteries 
2 x Extra Batteries
 Price R4,500.00 - Good Working Condition Price R4,500.00 - Good Working Condition


FOR SALE - R70 000 Canon 5d Mark III

Battery Grip BG- E11 4 Canon Batteries Battery charger LC - E6E 24mm - 70mm lens EF f/2.8 L USM 70mm - 200 mm lens f/2.8 L is ii USM 100mm f/2.8 USM 16mm- 35mm lens f/2.8 L II USM 50mm f/1.8 II 1.4 x II converter Tethering cable 2 x SB600 flashes TC -80N3 Timer Remote Controller 2 x polarizing Filters 2x UV Filters Wheely Bag Lowerpro All original lens hoods,soft bags and caps. Camera and Lenses always serviced by Cameratek. This price is as per Cameratek. Owner converting to a lighter camera

Paula 082 720 0585 Please call directly

Club Outing to Marivale John’s Jaunt –

Compiled by: Jorge Borralho Images by: Jorge Borralho


Sunday the 14th April saw a keen and dedicated group of EPC members get together at the UNESCO Ramsar Site of International importance known by many avid birders/ornithologists as Marievale Bird Sanctuary. It was a rather chilly and misty morning and for most of us a burden to get out of bed in the pitch darkness of 04:30AM to be at the sanctuary’s gate at 06:30AM, but we all mustered up the courage and somehow miraculously managed, some with bolting headaches, others with hangovers and some even got lost in the mist

Although the birding, at first anyway, looked bleak because of the heavy mist cover at 06:30AM, it still promised to be a good day once the mist lifted, which it did by about 09:00AM. Spirits were high and everyone was keen to get that shot that’s eluded them, everyone held high expectations to find that mythically impossible avian and shoot a once in a lifetime specimen that’s never been captured before. Joking obviously , but we all hoped to find some unique sightings and have the opportunity to shoot these. As with any nature outing, the day’s script is written impromptu and can never be assumed or predetermined. Net result is we saw many Egyptian Geese, Spur-winged Geese, Terns, Coots albeit at a distance, flyby’s from Tri Band Plovers, Teals, Cape Shoveller’s, Blacksmith’s, Purple, Black and Goliath heron’s, African Ibis, Yellow-Billed Ducks, Knob-Billed Duck and various other birds. None of the more elusive species showed i.e. Fish Eagle’s, Marsh Owls, and Harriers to mention just a few.

Most of the migratory species have already left our shores as we move closer to winter, so these were clearly nowhere to be found but the birdlife is still very active with species that are resident all year round. All in all, EPC members had a great time shooting what was available and for some they even managed the elusive little Malachite Kingfisher, always a pleasant find. At lunch time we all gathered at the Picnic Hide and merrily conversed over something to eat, after which we all parted ways and headed home to anxiously plan for the next outing. Thanks to all those members who attended and specifically those that went out of their way to make the necessary arrangements that ensured all was catered for and the outing made as pleasant as possible. Looking forward to the next outings scheduled, it’s highly recommended that all EPC members who can attend make the effort to do so, lots of fun and informal learning to be had by all.

Marievale Bird Sanctuary is about 10km² in size and comprises numerous, large, shallow water bodies dominated by tall, at times dense stands of emergent vegetation consisting mainly of Phragmites, Typha and Jucus reeds. To date, over 400 species of birds and mammals have been recorded to co-habit the sanctuary. The sanctuary boasts five fixed bird watching hides and more recently a mobile unit as well. Marievale has a centrally situated and well established Picnic spot with braai and ablution facilities as well as a bird hide named Flamingo. To maximise your stay, you can overnight in the reserve in one of the two chalets which can be booked through the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve. While a visit to the sanctuary is worthwhile at any time of year, birding organisations say the best time to visit is at the beginning of summer, when the grass is short and the birds are breeding. GPS Coordinates for Marievale Bird Sanctuary - 26 23 03.48S, 28 30 37.06 E

Displacement Map in Photoshop Find below 2 images where I used the displacement map function It is very simple and yet very effective.

With the image on the left I wanted the fabric draped along the contours of the building. With the image above I needed the newsprint draped along the contours of the models face. 1) Start off making sure your image is in RGB mode. 2) Ensure that your channels and layers tab is available. 3) Look at the 4 channels and choose the one most realistic.

4) Once you select the channel that is most realistic ,duplicate and click NEW document name it DISPLACEMENT. 5) Now increase the contrast in levels

5) Open the levels tab and increase the contrast, move the sliders until you are happy. The slider on the right will increase white levels and the slider on the left increase the black levels. To alter the mid levels you move the middel slider. The next step is the gaussian blur.

6) Go to the Filter Tab-Blur-Gaussian Blur..........Set the Gaussian Blur at 2,1 try not to over do it here. Hit OK.... Save to a folder that is easy to find and name it Displacement map - psd. Put it all together in the same folder it is just easier to use later.

7) Open your origanal image and make sure it is in RGB mode.

8) To open the image you want to put over the origanal image - Go to -File- Place embedded you will notice it is a Smart object - You need to Rasterise the smart object -Right click Rasterise -Next step...go to Filter _Distort_ Displace_ THE NEXT DEFAULT DISPLACE WINDOW _OK


9) Now it will ask you for your displacement map, go to where you save it and sellect it and you will see the effect, the liquify effect

10) At this stage you must go to your layers panel and see next to the Opacity setting it is set on NORMAL Here you will find a drop down menu you can change to “ overlay or to any of the options “ You must experiment here as it is different for every image.

Mankwe Hide...News

After the devestating fire at Pilansberg the photographic community got together and donated funds to the restoration of the Mankwe Hide. Edenvale Photographic Club also made a controbution of R6250- by the members and the club As you can see from the letter on the left, the donation was truly appreciated. The rebuilding of Mankwe Hide is going to need a lot more support. Please see the details below if you want to make a donation to the rebuilding of this magnificent Hide. Thank you for those who did make a contribution. Mankwe Donation: Contact Details Perry Dell. PWT Manager Email: Bank details are FNB, cheque acc. 62031121255. Branch code 250041 Swift code FIRNZAJJ.

Salon Results Cape Town International Salon Natasha Bird Dave Wolstencroft Lourens Durand VSS Creative Salon Johann Harmse x 3 Acceptances and 1 x COM Hanli Smit x 2 Acceptances Natasha Bird 6 x Acceptances from Salon Varna 9 x Acceptances from Trierenberg 2 x Acceptances fron Indian Salon 7 x Acceptances from Cape Town International Salon Heidi Broschk 25 x Acceptances from Trierenberg 6 x Acceptances from Indian Salon 1 Acceptance from Zanzibar Salon Michael Broschk 12 x Acceptances from Trierenberg 1 Acceptance from Indian Salon Hanli Smit 10 x Acceptances from the Greek Salon 9 x Acceptances from Trierenberg

Please send in all your Acceptances for Local and Internatioal Salons to Heidi Brosck to be added to your log and to get it published here.

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