Local Bloggers Photography Competition

Claire van Dyk posted on Facebook:
At the beginning of November we gave 6 of our favorite local bloggers an Olympus Pen E-P3. Their brief?
They had 10 days to take a photograph depicting a list…of 3 set words – “joy” “curious” and “alone”. At the end of the ten days we took the camera back and collected the three images on the memory card supplied.
Now the images will be uploaded to our Pen Competition album and we’re asking you (their fans) to vote on your favourites.
We have also asked a few local, top professional photographers to judge the pictures and the winner will be chosen on a point system with votes from the Facebook fans and judges votes combined.
The selected guest judges are:
Emma Harbour (www.emmajanenation.com)
Travis & Maike McNeill (www.welovepictures.co.za).
The blogger whose image is chosen as the overall winner will get to keep the camera. That’s right, guys – the Olympus Pen E-P3 is theirs to keep forever!
If you want to tweet some support for the bloggers competing, you can follow us @mycamera_co_za and use the hashtag #GiveThatBloggerAPen
See the images on this link.
Mycamera on Facebook has the images up.
Look out for my submissions amongst the others, pop along and take a look at the gallery.

Happy Oupa Day!

I was trying to explain what Mo-vember was about to the kids.  A bought some cheap and cheerful moustaches from China Town and wanted to get some photographs of them.

Georgia latched on to “Happy OUPA Day” and you know when you just give up, and go “yep, happy OUPA Day” …. so everyone Happy Oupa Day this November.

{I thought it was virtually impossible to channel Adolf Hitler in a self-portrait of myself … it would seem not …. I appear to get this one right on the money}

Kids doing Happy OUPA Day …..

{Georgia so liked her ‘tach that she wore it whilst we were cycling/scootering in the road — I think a child with a Magnum PI moustache is an absolute winner, and will definitely have all the boys coming to the yard…}

Photographs taken with my loaned Olympus PEN E-P3 loaned from the folks over at mycamera.

#mycamerablogger competition

Connor … a moment in time

I took this photograph of my son Connor  — our pool sadly was a bit green, but green pools do not seem to deter children from swimming on a hot November’s day.

He popped out from under the water and I took this photograph – really love this image of him.

It captures exactly who he is right now ….. and another moment when I realise my baby is well on his way to becoming a man ….. with pu.b.ic hair!

{photograph taken using the OLYMPUS PEN E-P3 on loan from mycamera}

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#mycamerablogger at Blaauwberg Beach

It was around 32 degrees in our neck of the woods, with zero breeze on Friday.  I decided to pack kids up with the relevant friends and head to the beach.

I am not a beach person, but I like the idea of the kids romping around on the beach.

I always imagine me sitting reading a book, sipping a Ruby Grapefruit, and the kids running in the waves and building sand castles.

How it usually ends up, is Isabelle sitting on top of me, Connor moaning he has not caught any fish and wants to go home and play on his computer, and Georgia pee’ing on the beach in full view of everyone.

For the record, that is pretty much how it always goes, and Friday was no exception.

I did have to counsel Connor that there was no way he could take a dump on the beach, and he better just nip that turtle in the bud.  Georgia made some complaint about needing the toilet, I made it clear that there was NO WAY she was going on the beach. While I was explaining this point to Georgia, Isabelle lifted her dress, dropped her pants and peed in front of everyone … I suddenly got really preoccupied with the sand in between my toes.

Like engrossed preoccupied.

We used to live in Table View.  We eventually moved out of the suburb as the traffic was enough to send us into a spastic fit.  Yesterday’s drive up Blaauwberg Road reminded me why I am ever thankful we do not live in the suburbs of Table View/Parklands/Blaauwberg.

If you do, and you are spending an hour a day, each way, getting through that traffic it is a nightmare.  Know that it is not “normal”and though you are used to it, the moment you move, you will realise that spending that much frustrating time in your car, in bumper to bumper traffic, is not normal behaviour.

I encourage you to move, the traffic problem is NEVER going to be resolved in that suburb.  Get help, take medication, sell your home, move to a suburb that does not have bumper to bumper traffic at 2pm on a Friday.

Traffic besides, road constructions besides, we still headed to the beach.

Yay – beach!!  Not so yay, wind and temperature that had dropped to 23.5 degrees.  I soldiered on and dragged all our gumph out to our stretch of sand.

I thought I would seriously die from heat, as I was wearing my denims, but godstruth I was thankful.  I also ended up wrapping a Ben 10 towel around my shoulders as I sat there in the freezing wind, with the sand being whipped in to my eyes.

In between digging my hair out of my mouth, and sand out of my butt crack, I took some photos with the Olympus Camera I was l lent by the nice folks over at mycamera.

Nice camera for easy happy snaps. I was glad I did not have my huge CANON SLR which probably would have remained in it’s bag unused, but this one is a grab and shoot number, which is great.

I was lazy and left it on the AUTO setting, yes, I realise if you are a photographer and normally shoot in Manual mode, this appears to be a setting you look down at.  I needed my other hand to hold my hair out of my face, so I needed one hand to hold the camera and shoot, no aperture or shutter speed changing for me.

Isabelle had quite a bit of fun – which did not involve me, or better yet had her off my lap – where she was throwing stones in to the sea.  Each time a stone hit the required distance she would scream “YESSSSS” and then click her tongue – in a xh-xh-xh, and snap her fingers together.

{I like the fact that the camera was fast enough to capture the stone as it launched from her hand}

Here are some other shots of the kids. Georgia and Connor were having a tea party in the sand.

{Isabelle concentrating hard, Blaauwberg Beach, Cape Town}

{Isabelle and Georgia creating a seaside tea party, Blaauwberg Beach, Cape Town}

{Georgia, Blaauwberg Beach, Cape Town

{Georgia, Blaauwberg Beach, Cape Town

{Isabelle and Georgia creating a seaside tea party, Blaauwberg Beach, Cape Town}

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“Hey, can you hold my Olympus Camera for a while,” :said mycamera.


I do love it when people give me things.  I do love it when someone says “pop over to our shop and collect an Olympus Camera….”

Xmas she comes a bit early this year.

I get to be one of the six bloggers chosen for the #mycamerablogger competition.

In short I popped along to mycamera at Shop 14, Roeland Square, Corner Roeland and Drury Street, Gardens – and they hand me an Olympus Camera, granted with a thick contract which included sacrificing my first-born on a mountain with a goat or something.  Something.

They made it VERY CLEAR — abundantly clear — that it was only a loan.  And that I had to bring it back.

The camera is funky white Olympus and I am so siked to (1) Figure out how it works (2) Start taking cool snaps of everything!

This weekend, is a big mate-get-together-weekend for us.

We have a wedding of two dear friends, a baby shower, and basically a divine weekend of relaxing with mates in Stanford, just past Hermanus.

I collected the {loan} Olympus camera I get ten working days (and the weekend) to take my pictures.

The brief is to encapsulate the words “Joy” “Curiosity” and “Alone” –  we submit one, unedited image for each word … and then we take back our very pretty Olympus camera back to the lads (and ladies) at mycamera.

Then some judges get together and pick a winner, and a second princess.

At the end of this, one of us gets to walk away with the Olympus camera – coolio. For keeps! {the remainder of us, give ours back and wonder how it all went so wrong}

How cool is that?  Yep, pretty cool pants.  I really need to get my creative cap on, and try to at least keep up with the other cool kids on the block.