Essence of the Dragon

13 Jan 2017 19:14 #70637 by intrepid
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We are now into the 7th consecutive year of our quarterly photo competitions. Are members up for another year? If so, can we please have some suggestions for themes. We are also looking for prize sponsorship, so if anyone has any ideas on this, or is able to sponsor, please contact me. Any further ideas and suggestions are welcome here too.

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21 Jan 2017 20:28 #70713 by intrepid
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Some suggestions and ideas so far for themes this year:

  • A water/rain theme due to the good rainfall. Perhaps a theme called "Good Rain" which depicts the evidence of good rainfall in one way or the other like strongly flowing rivers and waterfalls, marshy bogs, very wet/drippy terrain and vegetation etc

  • Another round of Peak Perspectives - how about The Rhino?

  • Area specific themes, eg "Mnweni Magic" or "Lovely Lotheni"

  • A flora based theme, for example a focus on Proteas.

Comments?

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23 Jan 2017 09:28 #70721 by Macc
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I like all of those.

One more suggestion could be a focus on sandstone...some of the cool features, cliffs, etc of the little berg.

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25 Jan 2017 01:41 #70751 by intrepid
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One more chance for input:

Quarter 1: Good Rain
Criteria: Anything that depicts the evidence of good rainfall in one way or the other like healthy, or flooding rivers and waterfalls, marshy bogs, very wet/drippy terrain and vegetation. Try to keep the focus on the presence of water. Showing something like a green landscape without any water evident in the photo would be more along the theme of "Green" which we have had previously.

Quarter 2: Mnweni Magic

Criteria: something that captures the quintessential Mnweni. Ideally something that makes it unique from other parts of the Berg. Examples would include: the view across to the Mnweni Pinnacles from Mnweni Pass, the view from Ledger's Cave, views of Mponjwane and the Rockeries, perspectives of the Cathedral Range from the Ntonjelana area, views of the homesteads (the ones at the end of the Ntonjelana Road with a classic mountain backdrop for example), and shots of the AmaNgwane themselves.

Quarter 3: Peak Perspectives - The Rhino
Criteria: Anything that strongly features any discernible perspective of the The Rhino massif.

Quarter 4: Timeless Sandstone
Criteria: anything that depicts the classic nature of the Little Berg sandstone layer, be it the cliffs, formations, unusual shapes, or colors.

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27 Jan 2017 04:18 #70769 by intrepid
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13 Nov 2017 04:48 #72346 by intrepid
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I would like to check with everyone regarding our quarterly photo competitions. We have run these now for no less than seven consecutive years and it has produced some really good Berg photography. It may be time to change things up a bit however to keep things fresh and interesting. I suggest we switch from quarterly to annual rounds, this will allow us to continue as we have without it becoming too repetitive.

Since this all originated from a suggestion made by a member, I would like to hear if anyone has any new ideas?

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13 Nov 2017 10:35 #72350 by Riaang
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Maybe we can change the scope or criteria a bit to allow for variation?

Let me explain. Generally the most amazing/beautiful/stunning pics win first prize. I don't have an SLR to take to the Berg, I only use my cellphone camera to take pictures. My pics generally can't compete with the high end quality of SLR images so by default I (and many other hikers like me) am effectively excluded from these competitions. Why not include a category for cellphone pics?
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13 Nov 2017 15:27 #72356 by Macc
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I (and many other hikers like me) am effectively excluded from these competitions. Why not include a category for cellphone pics?


I not not completely apposed to the idea, but although I haven't ever won a competition, I have come 2nd or third a number of times and all my photos are taken with my phone.

I suggest we switch from quarterly to annual rounds


Could also open it up compeltely and theme is very broad or even no theme, just your best pics. Could also let people put up multiple photos (maybe limited to 5) so that they dont wait all year in case they get a better photo and dont want to waste their early entry.

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13 Nov 2017 18:39 #72360 by Richard Hunt
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A good idea. Cell phones these days take great pics, but at the end of the day it is the composition, light, mood and feel of the pic that attracts people. So whatever you take the pic with makes no difference to how people see it.....you Cell phone photographers must go for it!!!!!!

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14 Nov 2017 08:11 #72364 by AndrewP
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Cell phones of course use a digital zoom, which leads to a serious loss of quality. An SLR normally has an optical telephoto lens. Which to me makes an enormous difference to the composition of the shot. There are photos you can take with said telephoto lens that are impossible with a cell phone.

Cell phones can take great pics, so I would love to see more of them in the competitions. I might even slow down sometimes then to take a pic or 2 :)
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