Photography winners announced

2017-07-19 06:01
At one of our town’s tourism venues, Illovo Business Park (from left) Louise Oosthysen (SCT Tourism), Brenton Boshoff (winner), Monique de Kock (SCT Tourism chairperson), Chris Clarke (winner) and Romy Wentzel (SCT Tourism vice-chairperson).Photo: tania sandberg

At one of our town’s tourism venues, Illovo Business Park (from left) Louise Oosthysen (SCT Tourism), Brenton Boshoff (winner), Monique de Kock (SCT Tourism chairperson), Chris Clarke (winner) and Romy Wentzel (SCT Tourism vice-chairperson).Photo: tania sandberg

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LAST month entrants to the Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) Photo Competition delivered a high standard of photographs, making the choice difficult for the judges.

However, they finally announced two winners, Chris Clarke with a surfing shot and Brenton Boshoff with an aloe photograph.

Both winners believe photography captures a unique moment in time. The theme for June was Sapphire Coast Winter Wonders.

Clarke started taking photographs about six years ago. He was inspired you to take the winning photograph by our wonderful winter weather.

“We get the best waves and sunny conditions in winter and when I met Mickey Venter at the beach early that morning, everything worked together to get the unique winning shot,” Clarke said.

He admits he was more of a surfer than a photographer, but has since transitioned into doing water photography.

Clarke took the photograph with a Canon 7D, Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens, enclosed in SPL water housing.

“I shoot on full manual, with the settings for this shot being F 4.5, 1/1250 shutter speed and ISO of 250 at about 7 to 7.30 am when the light was perfect,” he said.

While Clarke focuses 90% of his efforts on being in the water and getting shots of waves and surfers, the other 10% is reserved for astro photography to get good shots of the Milky Way.

Boshoff’s fascination with photography goes back to his childhood.

“I always loved looking at photos. The turning point, however, came when I attended a photo exhibition in 1993 by the students of the Photographic Faculty at Technikon Natal.

“I was a student there at the time and doing a completely different course, saw some amazing photos at the exhibition and it inspired me to get into photography.”

This interest in photography was further fueled by his almost philosophical outlook on what a single photo represents.

“I believe a photo captures a unique moment in time, never to be repeated. The moment and subject captured in that particular photo becomes immortal in a sense, since it’s not subject to time itself, but rather stay frozen in time. I want to continue capturing unique and beautiful moments with my camera to preserve them for posterity,’ he said.

Boshoff believes a good photo deserves a title, the same as with a painting or piece of artwork.

“I took a photo of this particular aloe flower because it stood out from the rest of the plants in the garden.

“It was bright and looked so healthy in the morning sun and so unique when compared to other winter flowers. It reminds me of a rocket in flight as it has this peculiar animated look to it.”

The camera he used to capture the winning photograph is a Canon EOS 1100D with an 18-55 mm lens. The camera was set on manual and he took the photo with a Shutter Speed set at 1/80sec and the ISO level set at 100. The depth of field was set at F5.6.

“I took the photo at precisely 8.13am on June 8, a moment in time never to be repeated,” he said.

Boshoff enjoys taking photos of aircraft, cars and ships as he always had a keen interest in them.

“I also enjoy landscape photos and nature scenes in general, especially close ups of small subjects like flowers, birds or insects.

“I love capturing a beautiful sunset or sunrise and would specially get up early in the morning just to capture a good sunrise photo.

“To me that’s almost a solemn occasion. I also like to take modeling photos and family portraits as family is very important to me,” he said.

It has been a year since the SCT photo competition was launched and an overall winner will be selected and announced.

Follow the Sapphire Coast Photo Comp page on Facebook for details.






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