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Unread post by Switchback » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:40 pm

Hi and welcome all,

As Bert said, we have finally have our own online SANParks Camera Club. To join the FlickR group, create your own FlickR account, search and add me, "Hennie - Switchback", as a contact to your FlickR account and I will invite you to the FlickR SANParks Camera Club.

As you can see, the FlickR group is by invitation only.

This thread is not to hi-jack the already existing Wildlife thread, but to be a more open thread to all accounts and aspects of photography.

From my side I just want to thank Bert and the rest of the moderators that have helped to created our own online camera club! In the end we strive to have get together's every now and then. As we are close to year end and December holidays, I will try and arrange a get together early next year.
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Re: Gauteng Club Meets - Photos

Unread post by Mellory » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:26 am

Better late than never they say....here are a few I have somehow I lost/erased the ones I took in the hide :redface:

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Just Nature (left) Holigan (middle) Shi (somewhere bad photographer I am)

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OWN very pensive.
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Re: Gauteng Club Meet

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:59 pm

I have been sorting through my cricket photos and much to my surprise, I found these.

I did so love the day, enjoy the people. A warm thanks to all there.

The highlight of my day for me was the call of the Fish Eagle.

Serious.

We were standing, talking, shy, curious, getting to know each other.. then we heard it... the unmistakable call of the Fish Eagle

It was Mellory's phone

breaking the ice :lol: :lol: :lol:

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moments in the hide:

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Re: Gauteng Club Meet

Unread post by Mellory » Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:51 pm

Here are a couple more

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Switchback and Big5spotter

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Shi

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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Mellory » Sun May 30, 2010 9:50 am

Missed you Shi,Lynneb,OWN,Onewithnature and MM but had a great meet. Thanks to the new mites who joined us Flutterby, Bushbrat and Massimo great to meet you and thankyou Switchback for taking the time to share your knowledge much appreciated.The venue was a good choice.

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Sunrise and very cold to start off with.

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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Switchback » Sun May 30, 2010 6:07 pm

Yip, it was a great meet. It's always good to meet new people and put a face to the "name"... :lol:

It was extremely cold, my car said it was 3 deg C when we arrived! :shock: We all took out our coffee cans, had a quick cup of coffee to warm us up and then we entered the bird sactuary! Wow, really nice place, the name Bird Haven suits it perfectly!

We got our gear out and waited for the sun to rise further. While waiting for the sun, we chatted along about settings, techinques etc. Great shot there by the way Mellory!

Here are some of my bird pics, but I need to return as I really need some more practise on my bird photography...:

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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Switchback » Sun May 30, 2010 6:16 pm

Some more birdie shot: (Will identify all later...) The last three photos of course the very endangered Wattled Crane!

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A few attemps with Birds in Flight, but I need quite a bit of practise here as well and need to catch the light better to expose the birds better:

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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Massimo » Mon May 31, 2010 8:12 am

Hi all!!

The meeting on Saturday was very very helpful and amazing!! The bird life at the park was something else! Had the opportunity to meet some forum members "hi :lol: " and a very very big thank you to switchback for helping us all! You are truly talented !! AMAZING PHOTOS!!

Mellory very nice picture of the sunrise !! Looks like you gonna also gonna be giving us lessons soon :D !!

Now for my contribution to the trip at Tree Haven!

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Have fun and cant wait for the next meeting!!
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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Flutterby » Mon May 31, 2010 11:32 am

OK...here's my contribution. Apologies if any of them look like Switchback's or Massimo's but birds only have so many poses! :wink:

Lesser Flamingo
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Great White Pelican
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Cape Teal
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Greater Flamingo
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Fulvous Duck
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Bottoms up!
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Not so much Bird in Flight as Bird Fleeing from Crazed Photographer!
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Switchback in action.
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Massimo trying to get those damn flying things!
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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by onewithnature » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:42 am

I know I wasn't at the meet, but I would like to ask a techncal question here please.

I've noticed that intense red can be very difficult to render accurately on a digital camera (seldom had problems with film); is there a secret to setting the camera slightly differently: often my reds come out too saturated and "wash" over inot whites and light clours adjacent to them.
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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Switchback » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:40 am

OWN,

I don't know what camera you are using, but on my D90 I can setup custom picture controls where I can determine sharpening, contrast, saturation, RGB colour levels etc. So, if I had an issue like that, I would tweak one of my custom picture controls to suit what I am shooting.

Of course, this can be fixed in post processing, especially if shooting in RAW. Otherwise, just make sure you camera settings aren't over saturating your pics. All camera sensor differ though and "interpret" colours a bit differently, but let's see what the others comment is on this.
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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Mellory » Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:00 pm

And now a pic of all us mites together

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Re: 2'nd GP Meet: May 2010

Unread post by Flutterby » Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:04 am

OK...here is the real pic of all of us. :lol:

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Back: Mellory, Holigan, Back to Nature
Middle: Bush Brat, Terry, Flutterby
Front: Switchback, Massimo
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Re: Photographing Birds - Seminar\Workshop

Unread post by DuQues » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:14 pm

A better venue? Try getting these two:

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Taken there.
And yes, it can be slower with birds, but then you go to the hide:

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Re: Photographing Birds - Seminar\Workshop

Unread post by Robbie A » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:17 am

joshilewis wrote:Robbie A, do you know how much one of the venues would cost?


I am expecting to receive the costings later today. I will post these as soon as they come to hand..

DuQues Comments... :hmz: well Walter Sisulu has an abundance of bird life and not surprising that you captured these birds there... photographically... welll.. mmmmmm.. I'll have to think about that.. :) :) :)

Massimo Sorry to say it but you know not what you say!!!! Walter Sisulu is well known to the birder as well as the avian photgraphic communities for the diversity and presence of it's birdlife.. only last week saw the flocking of hundreds of members of the birding community to see the grey wagtail, not normally seen in South Africa..

Here are a few I have captured there..

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