Tidal Stream

I crossed this little stream a few times a day while at Woolleys beach, it was never in the same place, sometimes it was a trickle and other times it was completely blocked off. I really like the way the tides of the ocean can change a beach landscape so quickly.

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Villages of Cinque Terre

Another place in Italy that I will remember for years to come, the first time I was told about it I imagined another Nice or Cannes type place full of super rich and super yachts. I was pleasantly surprised when we got there and found that this was truly a land of the workers. I wonder what’s it’s like to live here, it feels very cut off from the rest of the world.

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Stormy Ocean

This is from the first time we visited Storms River Mouth, it was definitely living up to its name. The waves were massive and crashing up against the rocks all along the coast. It was an awesome sight. I had some great fun standing out on the rocks trying to get shots of the waves crashing right up close.

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Aqua Sea

I started this week with a couple of shots of the ocean from various places so let’s keep it going this one is from the Seychelles.

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De Hoop Sunset

Probably one of the lesser visited places in South Africa, De Hoop Nature Reserve, we saw a bit of wildlife here, it’s renowned for whale spotting.

This is the kind of place I like to visit, somewhere beautiful off the beaten track where not too many people go, they’re generally very unspoilt. Some places like this in South Africa, seemed a bit abandoned though, it felt a bit like they had been forgotten since the 80s. Which was kind of cool a bit of a blast from the past!!

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Torekov Pier

While this photo is HDR, the sky was genuinely this pink, I have never seen such a pink sky. It’s similar to the Swiss red skies that we occasionally get, they are intense in colour.

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Sunrise in Venice

We’re thinking about taking a short trip back to Venice soon, it’s a fairly compact place so we are hoping it will be good with Max.

If you want to see Venice empty like this, get up early! Forget sunset, everyone is out on the streets for that, go for sunrise or night shots.

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Eclipse

Today there was a solar eclipse we could see a partial bit of it from our balcony in Switzerland. It completely skipped my mind until the outside light was very odd and it got a bit colder, not sure if getting colder is related.

A Couple of tips when taking photos of an eclipse or the sun in general for that matter. Don’t look at it, unless you’re silly like me and like staring at funny spots in your eyes for a while, but seriously don’t look at it! If you have a mirrorless camera with an electronic viewfinder you don’t need to worry about looking at the sun through it. It’s really only the DSLR owners or people with optical viewfinders that have to worry looking through the viewfinder as the sun will burn a hole in your retina through your camera just as quickly as staring at it. You’re better off using the live view mode and framing your shot.

You’ll also want to get some kind of ND filter to reduce the amount of light hitting your sensor, I own a lee big stopper, it blocks out 10 stops of light, so works perfectly in this situation. They don’t come cheap and I’m sure there are quite a few DIY techniques you can find on the interwebs. Lastly a tripod may be useful.

How do you make a shot like this interesting it’s pretty hard actually, I was messing about with a slow shutter speed and moving the filter around on the front of the lens, this is the best I got.

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Crossing the River

I finally had a day to myself yesterday, Louise took Max to the in laws for the whole day, so I spent a big part of it going through my Lightroom library. I realised how many photos that are in there that I haven’t shared, there are thousands of them.

I remember taking this photo nearly 4 years ago now, it was in the morning as we were getting ready to go out for a game drive from the Ihaha campsite along the chobe river, the public campsites are just flat areas under a tree in Botswana, they’re not fenced in or anything. Definitely not a place for first time safari goers on their own, that’s why I always tell everyone to go to Namibia or South Africa first.

The reason I remember this photo so well is that we were standing there and suddenly this group of elephant came out of the river, we scrambled to the back of the cars to get our tripods and cameras. There wasn’t much light, if you look at the exif data of this photo, you’ll see it was taken at 1/40 of a second, ISO 800 at F4.

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Sharp up Close

Most non photographers and even some photographers believe that the big massive lenses are for taking photos of things far away, in reality you still want to get as close as possible to your subject, the big lenses allow you to frame tighter on a subject and eliminate the clutter. Take the Nikon 200-400, it’s probably one of the best wildlife lenses out there, it has one weakness, if you use it to photograph anything that is a distance away it loses sharpness quickly. If you want to get an animal in the environment type shot then get in close and use a wider lens, big telephoto lenses don’t mean you can sit at the back and shoot from a distance. Somehow what people do do, is allow me to push to the front of the row of the cars, at least in busy parks like Etosha and Kruger. I guess all the tourists think I must be a pro and am paying more money so I am somehow entitled to be in a better position, that is not true. I prefer to think that they are being courteous and allowing someone who is so keen on photographing wildlife a front row seat, either way I thank all you wonderful people for letting me go first.

I was probably about 3 or 4 metres away from this croc when I took this photo, this photo is proof how sharp an image is when you get up close with a big lens, this one was taken with the 200-400.

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