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Sharing Visual Art

January 2019

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

Proud Member of the Photographic Society of South Africa www.pssa.co.za


CONTENTS: Page Page Page Page

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Chairman’s Chat

Committee Members Chairman & Website: David Wolstencroft

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Winning Images 21 November’18

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Cover Story Lilly van Niekerk Winning Images 23 January 2019

083 229 8066 davewol@gmail.com

Vice Chairperson: Scoring & Promotions

Heidi Broschk 079 886 8515 heidib@uj.ac.za

Treasurer: Ted Kinsman

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Past Masters of Photography Ansel Adams

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Submission Procedure for Club evening entries

083 461 2350 tkinsman@global.co.za

Secretary: Antonette Bezuidenhout 072 4426 317

antoinette1949@gmail.com

Salons, Judges and Outings:

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Member Focus Des Alexander

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Advancement Rule Summary

John Coumbias

079 1732 825 jcoumbias@telkomsa.net

Certificates & Awards Des Alexander

083 226 1452 neoncomp@webmail.co.za

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Special Subject Calendar

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

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

New Members & Face Book Clare Appleyard 083 234 0247

clare.appleyard@gmail.com

Newsletter & Media: Hanli Smit

083 253 1034 hanlis54@gmail.com


Chairman’s Chat 2019 is here!!

The committee wishes all EPC members and their families a wonderful and prosperous 2019. Let us make 2019 the best year for EPC ever. I am sure that if we all pull together and achieve what we have planned for this year, we will succeed. The line-up of outings and workshops planned for 2019 are vast and varied and should appeal to a wide audience. Not only will these get-togethers expose members to new ideas, skills and experience, I am sure we will all get to know each other a little better. This interaction is essential in the all-round wellbeing of EPC. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you better. In this way, we can identify areas where members need improvement and focus on those areas. Putting this hand-in-hand with the mentorship program that Clare as initiated, will result in gains all-round. Please support this mentorship program. We all stand to gain from it. Big thanks to those members that have already registered. Take-up has been slow, but I am sure once others see it working, membership will improve. This also goes without saying that we appeal to all members to come forward with suggestions and improvements, especially related to those areas that they would like to improve. We are here to help each other. We all have something to learn, not matter how long we have been shooting or what star level we are on. Let us strive to share, cooperate and assist where required. Example is a lesson every person can read. I would like to ask you all to please review the proposed promotion criteria on the website, and included in this newsletter. It is based on and conforms to the guidelines as proposed by the PSSA. We are sure that you will see that the criteria are fair and reasonable and a vast improvement on the previous version. We have been more lenient regarding the salon acceptance requirements as we know that this can result in extra cost. Here’s to a better, improved and awesome EPC this year. Improvements have been made and will be made with the sole aim to reach this objective. We have to do this together. Regards, Dave

Reminder

ANNUAL CLUB FEES ARE NOW DUE!!


1 Star Winners

21 November 2018

NATURE Clouds Jacques vd Merwe

PICTORIAL Riding the Berm Atholene Liebenberg


2 Star Winners

NATURE Jutropha Bianca Holburn

21 November 2018

PICTORIAL Always that one Bianca Holburn


3 Star Winners

21 November 2018

NATURE You said what Valerie Sampson

PICTORIAL Green cream Valerie Sampson


4 Star Winners

21 November 2018

NATURE White crowned lapwing Trevor Tyler

PICTORIAL Let the light shine Lilly van Niekerk


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and 6 Star Winners

21 November 2018 NATURE Pink Nose Antonette Bezuidenhout

PICTORIAL Painted lady quenching Jorge Borralho


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The Cover Story LILLY VAN NIEKERK

Lilly van Niekerk took this image at Cecil Mayhew’s Studio. Cecil invited some Edenvale Club members to test out his newly renovated studio. Cecil also organised this lovely young model that entertained us with her sparkling personality. We experimented with an aray of lights and props. In this image the model’s hair was the best prop of all. Lilly used the oppertunity to create this winning image.


1 Star Winners

23 January

Pictorial Tripple Gold Atholene Liebenberg

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


2 Star Winners

23 January NATURE Zebra Babe Caryn Wilson

PICTORIAL Chilling in Jozi Caryn Wilson


3 Star Winners NATURE Camoflage Valerie Sampson

PICTORIAL New Heights Valerie Sampson

23 January


4 Star Winners

23 January

NATURE Monotone Dandelion Dreams Natasha Bird

PICTORIAL Car-Lee Natasha Bird


5 and 6 Star Winners

NATURE Enquiring Gaze Dino Bottega

PICTORIAL Cindarella Waltz Jorge Borralho

23 January


Past Masters of Photography

Ansel Adams American Photographer Born: 1902 Died: 1984 American photographer and environmentalist known for his black and white photographs of the American West in Sierra Nevada and in Yosemite National Park. Ansel Easton Adams was born in 1902 in an upper-class family. His family migrated from Ireland in the early 1700s. He was the only child of Charles and Olive Adams. His paternal grandfather founded a successful lumber business, which was later run by Ansel’s father. His mother’s family came from Baltimore. His maternal grandfather had a successful Freight-Hauling business, but squandered his wealth in numerous investment ventures. His nose was broken and scared during the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 as an aftershock threw him up against a wall. After the death of his grandfather the family business was hit by the bank crisis of 1907 and by 1912, his family’s standard of living had been dearly impacted. Ansel was a hyperactive child prone to sickness. After being expelled from several schools due to his restlessness, at age 12, his father decided to tutor him at home with the help of professors and Ansel’s aunt.

He soon became interested in music and started learning the piano, but all changed when aged 14, his aunt gave him a copy of “In the Heart of the Sierras”. The photographs by Georges Fiske were a revelation and Ansel persuaded his parents to visit Yosemite National Park during the following vacations. Equiped with a Kodak Box Brownie n°1, Ansel Adams first visited Yosemite National Park in 1916. Amazed by the site and the light, he returned to Yosemite National Park the following year with better cameras and a tripod. He will return regularly to Yosemite National Park where he will even meet his future wife, Virginia Best. At age 17, Adams joined the Sierra Club, a wildlife preservation group. He will remain a convinced environmentalist and a member of the Sierra Club his entire life. His work will promote the goals of the Sierra Club and bring environmental issues to light. In 1932, Adams founded the group f/64 with photographer friend Edward Weston, to promote their independent and modernist vision of photography. It is with Fred Archer that Adams will develop the Zone System (1939-40), a technique which allows photographers to define the proper exposure on negatives and adjust the contrasts on the prints. The depth and clarity of Ansel Adam’s photographs illustrate this technique. Initially, despite their size and weight, Ansel Adams used large format cameras as they offered a high resolution and a sharp image.

The timeless photographs and the striking visual beauty clearly characterize Ansel Adams’ photographs. In 1952, he was also one of the founders of Aperture magazine. He died in 1984 from a cardio Vascular disease. Shortly after his death in 1984, the Minarets Wilderness in the Inyo National Forest was renamed the Ansel Adams Wilderness. In 1985, a peak in Sierra Nevada, was named Mount Ansel Adams. He was survived by his wife, two children and 5 grand children.


Some more Iconic Images from the lens of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is Famous for his thought-provoking quotes On the next 2 pages you will find 15 of his famous quotes and some more images


15 Ansel Adams quotes 1. “Ask yourself: “Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream?” – Ansel Adams 2. “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” – Ansel Adams 3. “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams 4. “Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.” – Ansel Adams 5. “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams 6. “There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” – Ansel Adams 7. “A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” – Ansel Adams 8. “A good photograph is knowing where to stand.” – Ansel Adams 9. “I believe there is nothing more disturbing than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept!” – Ansel Adams 10. “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” – Ansel Adams 11. “Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer – and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel Adams


12. “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” – Ansel Adams 13. “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams 14. “Some photographers take reality… and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation.” – Ansel Adams 15. “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” – Ansel Adams


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.


MEMBER

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My first taste of photography was through my dad, he was always taking family and holiday photos and developing the pictures in a bathroom darkroom. At the age of six I got my first Kodak 110 camera. All the family holidays were to the coast or Kruger Park where most of my photo’s were taken. From the age of about 12 I had the fortune of going to all the racing at the kyalami race track with pit access. This is where the learning started, how to pan, light position, action etc. From the basic happy snap camera I got my first SLR, a Pentax ME Super with various lenses, filters and a flash. I used this camera for a good few years until the dawn of digital and other hobbies and interests took pole position for many years until my eldest daughter started drum majorettes. This is when I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D5000 with kit lenses and a Sigma 150-500 and was made the official drum majorette photographer for the next 5 years. The photographic bug bit again and this was when I was invited to join the Edenvale photographic club through my father in-law. Through the club I tried all types of photography and will try my hand at all genres but still prefer the photography with fast cars and bikes. I take a lot of my photo’s in and around race tracks like off road rally’s, motocross, speedway and freestyle.

Photography has been a great hobby for many years and hopefully many years to come. Photography I think is a good excuse to get out in the sun (early morning / late afternoon), fresh air and to be with friends old and new. I am hoping 2019 will be less work and more photo time and weather permitting.

Des

Alexander


The proposed advancement level of competency of the Edenvale Photographic club (EPC) Edenvale Photographic Club

These promotion criteria are based on the PSSA guidelines, & take into account that the PSSA calculated their promotions based on one meeting a month, where 4 photos are submitted. The EPC has two meetings a month, & 6 photos per member are submitted in one month. The proposed advancement level of competency of the Edenvale Photographic club (EPC) The following 10 advancement levels apply to the EPC, as this advancement system keeps a member motivated and promises new goals to strive towards:

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1 Star 2 Star 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star 5 Star Honours 5* Honours Bronze 5* Honours Silver 5* Honours Gold 5* Honours Platinum 5* Honours Diamond

The following points are awarded towards advancement for each award:

BRONZE SILVER GOLD COM WINNER OF THE EVENING

Advancement rule summary for all EPC levels (the salon acceptances have been calculated at the given PSSA guideline rate of 24 salons per PSSA year), based on 3 golds an evening average:

The following table shows the proposed time period for an average photographer/star level: FROM STAR LEVEL

PROMOTED TO STAR LEVEL

TIME PERIOD

1 Star

2 Star

10 MONTHS

2 star

3 Star

12 MONTHS

3 Star

4 Star

19 MONTHS

4 Star

5 Star

20 MONTHS

5 Star

5 Star Honours

20 MONTHS

5 Star Honours

5 Star Honours Bronze

20 MONTHS

5 Star Honours Bronze

5 Star Honours Silver

20 MONTHS

5 Star Honours Silver

5 Star Honours Gold

20 MONTHS

5 Star Honours Gold

5 Star Honours Platinum

20 MONTHS

5 Star Honours Platinum

5 Star Honours Diamond

20 MONTHS

5 Star Honours Diamond

1 2 3 4 1


Advancement rule summary for all EPC levels (the salon acceptances have been calculated at the given PSSA guideline rate of 24 salons per PSSA year), based on 3 golds an evening average: ADVANCEMENT

TARGET PERIOD

POINTS

GOLDS / COMs

From 1* to 2*

9 Months

170

50

From 2* to 3*

12 Months

230

70

From 3* to 4*

19 Months

350

110

20%

15

From 4* to 5*

20 Months

380

120

35%

40

From 5* to 5* Honours

20 Months

380

120

From 5* Honours to 5* Honours Bronze

20 Months

380

120

20 Months

380

120

20 Months

380

120

55%

40

20 Months

380

120

70%

40

20 Months

380

120

75%

40

20 Months

380

120

80%

40

20 Months

380

120

From 5* Honours Bronze to 5* Honours Silver From 5* Honours Silver to 5* Honours Gold From 5* Honours Gold 5* Honours Platinum From 5* Honours Platinum to 5* Honours Diamond

SALON % Participation

SALON ACCEPTANCES

1

40 40

45%

and a 30 min Talk or work shop

From 5 * onwards, it has been the EPC rule to include National and International salon acceptances. However, this does not stop any member starting with both salon levels early onwards. Please note that should you not wish to participate in salons, your points and Gold/COMs need to double, before you are promoted.

Special Subject Calendar

Note to NEW MEMBERS

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 Below find some definitions from https://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Photography

27 FEBRUARY - Scapes

The term extracted from landscape, with the meaning “an extensive view, scenery,” or “a picture or representation” of such a view, as specified by the initial element: landscape, cityscape; moonscape or seascape

24 April Still Life / Table top Still life photography is a genre of photography used for the depiction of inanimate subject matter, typically a small group of objects. It is the application of photography to the still life artistic style. An example is food photography. This genre gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition compared to other photographic genres, such as landscape or portrait photography. Lighting and framing are important aspects of still life photography composition.

26 June Macro

Macro photography, is extreme close-up 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.

28 August Human portraiture

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

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