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Pooks, thanks for that nudge, pre-occupied has a new meaning these days. :laughing:

 

Without further adieu, The winner for the second round of the photo competition is.... (drum rolls)

 

Hesamati for his rendition of “ Green Promise”

 

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What drew me to this image was the contrasts and emotions that it generated.

 

I would like to congratulate all the other entrants for the awesome pics submitted, it was a tough one to judge , special mention for :

 

CapeDoc - The Devil Makes himself at home

Globalrat - Villiers Sunset

Rhino and hedgehog - Cathedral Peak

the pooks - tankwa

 

Their pics were the runners up (in no particular order)

 

Hesamati, you have the honour of being the next judge.. :laughing:

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Thanks! Will be away for the rest of this month but will catch up in the first week of July. So, please post those winter holiday and world cup photos!

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I like the contrast of Siggy with the surrounding autumn grass.

This is a stitch of about 4 photos.

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Hesamati for his rendition of “ Green Promise”

 

 

Well done Hesamati, well deserved. If it wasn't for the green, could almost pass for an IR image.

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"In The Pipeline" - click on the image to see the log/cache

 

What geocachers get up to for a smiley!

 

 

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PS: There was a time when I objected to this fancy way of referencing (making the image clickable) as it did not feel intuitive to me, but I have succumbed and followed Capedoc's instructions as per post #88, and now that I have gone through the process, maybe it is quite a good method. Alternatively one could say My Log for In the Pipeline

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"In The Pipeline" - click on the image to see the log/cache

 

What geocachers get up to for a smiley!

 

 

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PS: There was a time when I objected to this fancy way of referencing (making the image clickable) as it did not feel intuitive to me, but I have succumbed and followed Capedoc's instructions as per post #88, and now that I have gone through the process, maybe it is quite a good method. Alternatively one could say My Log for In the Pipeline

 

hee hee hee, I have always loved this photo, nice one pooks!!

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Only 3 photos submitted in June. Two refer directly to the (somewhat weird) activities surrounding caching while the 3rd does so more indirectly (not that it was a prerequisite). My favorite (and winner for June) is the quirky, sole-full photo of Pooks - demonstrating his dedication to earn that smiley while having double barrels of fun.

 

Over to you Pooks.

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Thanks Hesamati. Not many entrants though - where are the photographers.

 

I must say that Seapoint shot of Rhino & Hedgehog struck me as having all sorts of perfect photographic elements in it - I'm not knowledgeable on the terminology but such things such as perspective, rule of thirds, triangles, flowing from one corner come to mind. It is a beautiful shot.

 

I'll give it a bit more than a month to see if we can't get a few more photo's. Hopefully the topic does not slip off the page or out of our minds!

 

Let the photo's roll in!

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We see your Black-winged Bishop

 

And offer our Southern Red Bishop taken in the Durban Botanical Gardens - Durban Historical Series # 2 Fountain of life

 

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Taken with our Canon 300D and 300mm Zoom

Edited by Rhino and Hedgehog

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Herewith my first submission to this forum - hope you like it :laughing: :

 

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Zandvlei Sunset (Zandvlei Hideaway GC2BA98)

 

(taken with my battered old Canon IXUS 55)

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Here is my offering...

 

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Setting Sun, Woodhead Dam

 

Canon A1100 IS

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Oh wow - this is going to be extremely difficult to choose as the themes of the photos are so different!

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Nice ones indeed! Some great colors, textures and symmetry to be seen and most important of all - they invite you to go out there and explore (and on a miserable day like this in the Cape remind you that the sun will shine again!).

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Here's one from King's Blockhouse

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Edited by CapeDoc

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Nice day caching close to home in pta

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Edited by Elsies

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Time to make a call on a winner for July. Difficult one, so I called in the help of Mrs Pooks, not least as the Pooks' photo of the twitching toes in the pipe was taken by her (the toes belong to Mr Pooks). And she votes for Elsies and the Pretoria tree and sun scene. So here goes

 

1. Pretoria Tree and Sun by Elsies. Beautiful composition and great depth of field.

 

2. Woodhead dam by Mnco. This was my gut feel choice - I was struck by how peaceful the scene was, and besides it is on top of a mountain, which is close to my heart. A close second in my opinion.

 

3. Red Bishop by Team Ginger. Birds are notoriously difficult to capture so you can take a bow!

 

The hippo by Rhino & Hedgehog is quite a frightening shot! An honourable mention to Capedoc and Sawasawa who have submitted photo's - thanks everyone for posting to this thread and keep them coming!

 

Your turn Elsies!

Edited by the pooks

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Thanks Pooks

 

Not being a photographer expert I will try my best and choosing the best photo for August and its great as it’s my birthday this month.

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I took this photo just before sunset after crossing the bridge where we searched for GCVVQW 'Forty Seven' near Bethulie. We had to log a DNF and it was then also archived soon after...

 

This is the longest road/rail bridge in SA - the Hennie Steyn Bridge. Pity the cache is gone!

 

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I still had my little 2mpx Fuji finepix A203 at that time.

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Amazing how the above 2 photographs evoke contrasting but equally familiar and enjoyable experiences and smells! Here's my smell for the month, taken at Van der Stel Pass...

 

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Ok the Winners for this month of August 2010, but first I would like to thank everyone for the entries.

Had to call my wife to help me pick this month’s winners.

And they are:

1. The Huskies for the lovely sun set

2. Discombob

3. Hesamati

Over to you Huskies

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Definitely a "wish I was there" photo! Congrats to the Huskies! I'll go with a SPRING (surprise...! :) ) feeling this month.

 

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Definitely a "wish I was there" photo! Congrats to the Huskies! I'll go with a SPRING (surprise...! :) ) feeling this month.

 

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(((((Are we still submitting photos linked to caches, or just general photos?))))

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We happened upon this Nightjar purely by accident while helping fish Eagle hide some caches.

Awesome pic!!!!

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We happened upon this Nightjar purely by accident while helping fish Eagle hide some caches.

Awesome pic!!!!

 

Yes amazing - we hear the night-jar quite regularly here on the farm, but the only one I have ever seen has been in the Robert's Birds of South Africa! I think lucky to see a live one.

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We happened upon this Nightjar purely by accident while helping fish Eagle hide some caches.

Awesome pic!!!!

This is the cache listing - there are some more nightjar pics in the gallery.

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Hey, I wanna play this game too... :D

I don't know if the pics have to be recent to qualify - if so then ignore this pic which was taken last spring, but I'll share it anyway because I think it's cute.

 

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It's a (camo) crab spider with it's wasp prey. This specific pic was where Mr Gps Storm taught me how to use my camera's macro setting properly.

Thanks Chris - it's a bummer being tech challenged, but you opened some doors for me.

Isn't that what son-in-laws are for....? ;)

 

The cache is Duiwels Kantoor Exchange Cache and the log was on 24th October 2009

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I took this with the cell phone camera at Take a View in a patch of sunlight on an otherwise grey day. Somehow the poor quality of the photo seemed to add to the atmosphere.

 

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I took this with the cell phone camera at Take a View in a patch of sunlight on an otherwise grey day. Somehow the poor quality of the photo seemed to add to the atmosphere.

 

 

Precisely - the subkect matter is what counts - I have also taken some awesome cell phone shots that would have looked pretty horrible if they did not look like cell phone shots!

 

Try looking up Lomography to see about using cheap plastic "toy" medium format film cameras loved becasue there quality so so bad it is good!!!!! Only thing is those cameras ain;t so cheap!!!! There is a shop at the Biscuit mill which specialises in these kinds of cameras. For about R1500 you can get stated - the cameras are so bad they have become popular and therefore they command a price!

 

But it is a different way of doing photograpy - cause you never know what you goping to get till you process and print the film. To get a feel try and download a lomography filter or plugin for photshop or gimp or whatever your fave photo suite is. And have fun.........I'll try an post an example later......

 

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Apologies to Fish Eagle - but I ran the lomo script in gimp and you have to appreciate the artistic wuality of the shot now - not so clear colours more saturated. Anyway something to play with - perhaps not the best example but it should give you an idea.

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All right here is an original, current pic and was taken during the Bodacious Bloemfontein and back Cache Dash near the cache GC235MT Rail Road Like Fish Eagles shot this was using Super Macro Mode - my camera - a Canon Powershot A470

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I got this photo of a dove going to MF2010 Forecast.

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Cropped the photo slightly to put emphases on the dove and branches.

Fijifilm S1800

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Mrs Husky and I had the honours of choosing this month’s winners.

Winners for September 2010 are:

1. GR8scot for amazing country side photo

2. GPS Storm

3. Damhuis Clan

 

Congratulations GR8scot now you choose the next winner.

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Found this guy sitting just near a cache. Photo taken facing up the wall.

 

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Found this guy sitting just near a cache. Photo taken facing up the wall.

 

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HA!!! It is soooooo watching you!! :)

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Bump...

 

thanks for pointing me to this thread Jors. I did not intend to create a duplicate thread... I somehow just missed this one. rolleyes.gif

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