Runaway Crab

When using a fisheye lens, you have to get close to your subject, sometimes too close. If whatever you are trying to photograph is living and has legs or wings it will inadvertently run or fly away.

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Female Himba

Sitting in the little Himba huts with these ladies can be quite challenging, even if only for a few minutes. I’m not really sure how they stay inside these huts, they are so hot and smoky. The small door opening provided just enough light to take this portrait.

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Red Drum

If you look at a map of northwest Namibia, most of them have dots marking “towns” like red drum, blue drum, green drum or orange drum. I can tell you now they are not towns, they are just markers like in this photo. This is Red Drum and there wasn’t anything that resembled a town in any direction for a good half a days drive.

The black corner in this photo is from using a circular polarizer. I like the effect,

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Desolate Fluss

I’d been to the Marienfluss in the north of Namibia a few years before I took this photo. The biggest surprise was the lack of any vegetation on my return. The first time I visited it was full of golden grass and springbok, ostrich and oryx were dotted all over the valley. Due to the drought the locals have had to use the land to keep their cattle alive. I hope the drought ends soon.

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Istanbul Mosque

Istanbul is dotted with mosques, what’s really cool about it, is that they don’t mind if you take a tripod into the mosques. A bit if a pity that I only figured this out on the last day we were there.

 

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Swiss Mountain Lake

I’m hoping that I’ll have some time this year to head up into the mountains over the summer.

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Follow the Leader

This lioness led 10 cubs down to the waterhole in Etosha, it was fun to watch as the 10 small cubs followed behind at their own pace.

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What Happened Next

Snowball fights were a daily thing while we were up in Zermatt for new years with the family. That massive snowball in mid air hit the camera right on the lens.

What Happened Next

No Camera equipment was harmed in the making of this photo.

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Sunset at Port St Johns

It will be many years before I forget this sunset, that sentiment was reinforced a few months ago. It wasn’t because the sunset was so powerful or stunning that the image of it has been imprinted in my mind. It’s simply the place, events and people. I remember as we arrived at the top of the cliffs above Port St Johns, Gumby jumped out of the car and shouted “get your cameras take a photo of that”. “Photo of what?”,”The fucking sunset” Gumby shouted back. It wasn’t only that moment, later on that evening we had to break into the car cause someone had locked the car with the keys in the ignition. A few days before we were up on the hill Gumby had prodded a shark away from what I thought was going to be my end.

Very often it’s not the moment that you press the shutter that you’ll remember, it’s the circumstance. In this instance it was all about the great company and the sense of adventure of diving the sardine run. In other cases it may be the hardship you go through to get to the location from where you take a photo. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy photography so much. The photographs remind me of the circumstances that I’ve been in.

It’s with great sadness that I found out that Gumby passed away on the 20th of February.

I’ve had many reminders in recent months of how short life really is, and that if you have a dream you should go and live it and try your hardest to achieve it.

One of my dreams is to travel the world and take a memorable photo in every country that exists and share it with the world. Having a dream like this and actually accomplishing it are two very different things. I have no idea how I’ll achieve it. It is at the moment only a dream, and has yet to become a plan. I’ve travelled enough to know what taking on something like this would mean and I don’t plan on accomplishing it in the next few years, I just hope that I can get close to realising my dream before my time is up and I join Gumby.

I’m generally a quiet person and like to keep my ideas, thoughts and dreams to myself. I’m not really sure why I’m sharing this now, I guess it’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone and get off my lazy ass.

It has taken me over a month to push the publish button on this post. I started writing it a few days after I found out about the incident. Sharing something like this is definitely outside my comfort zone!

Gumby is the little guy second from the right in this photo.

Sardine run crew

Here’s a shot of the memorable sunset, I posted a similar photo from this same evening last year sometime. A friend commented that the clouds looked like they were painted, I think that effect comes from the fact that there was alot of smoke in the sky. It was the season that they burn grass in South Africa, just before the rains come, they do this all over the african continent. They do it so the new grasses come quicker.

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Reflective Sunset

This photo was taken on the same night as the last photo posted. I like going back in my lightroom library looking at photos from past trips and finding photos that I missed when I first looked through them.

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