2019-09-02: Monochrome Monday

Today I wanted to share a few of the images that I captured while driving the Panorama Route in South Africa earlier this year.  It’s a beautiful scenic drive with lots of opportunities to stop and take short walks to view waterfalls and breathtaking vistas, like the three rondavels.  If you are travelling to South Africa, it is definitely a day trip worth taking.

I hope you enjoy my selections for the day, and wishing everyone a fantastic week ahead!

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The three rondavels under stormy looking skies (not a drop of rain fell during the entire time I spent in South Africa though).
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Some of the small waterfalls at Bourke’s Luck Potholes, another stop along the panorama route.
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Berlin Falls

2019-07-22: Monochrome Monday

I spent a bit of time playing with my infrared filter while traveling, and while it is a style I definitely need to explore and practice more, I am quite pleased with how these images turned out.

I actually remembered to do the custom white balance before taking these images, which made editing them a more straightforward process once I got home.  I’m actually considering having one of my cameras converted to infrared sometime in the future, to make it a bit easier to explore this genre of photography.

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This beautiful tree is at the edge of the river, seen from the main deck at Lion Sands River Lodge.  
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This is the river view from the main deck at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge.  The long exposures that are necessary when using a traditional camera with IR filter showcase the movement of the water, and the breeze playing with the leaves and the grasses.
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Another river view from Lion Sands Tinga Lodge.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my selections of the day.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead!

2019-06-24: Monochrome Monday

There is definitely more to see in South Africa than just wild animals on safari.  On some previous trips, I had the pleasure of spending time in Cape Town.  On this trip, I got to do a day trip of the Panorama Route.  Here are a few images showing some of the beautiful scenery in the area.

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One of several waterfalls that I saw; this one is called Lisbon Falls.
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The three rondavels under broody skies.
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Some smaller waterfalls at The Potholes.

2019-05-06: Monochrome Monday

I’m currently traveling so posts will be brief, but I wanted to share an image from my travels so far.  I did a day trip on the Panorama Route Sunday, and enjoyed seeing amazing landscapes throughout the day.

The day started out a little bit hazy, but cleared throughout the day and in the end, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for exploring.

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The Three Rondavels in Graskop, South Africa.

2019-05-05: Lisbon Falls

Greetings from South Africa!  I’m so happy to be back in one of my favourite places.

I did a trip along the Panorama Route today, and explored Lisbon Falls, Berlin Falls, the Potholes, God’s Window and the Three Rondavels.

A relaxing glass of wine is calling my name, so I have just edited a single image for now.

I’m heading into the bush tomorrow, so I won’t have a lot of time to post, but I will try my best to keep up my normal Sunday, Monday and Wednesday schedule.

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Lisbon Falls, along the Panorama Route in South Africa.

2019-03-25: Monochrome Monday

I’m keeping with yesterday’s Palm Springs theme, but this time, a black and white interpretation.

I hope everyone’s week has gotten off to a fantastic start!

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Deconstructed palm trees.
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Palm fronds.
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Joshua Tree at dusk.
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A Joshua tree and a sky full of stars.
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Joshua Tree by day.
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Lots and lots of desert plants, speaking loudly without any words.  So clearly saying “Look, but do not touch”.
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This was taken in the back garden of the property I stayed at.  I kept hearing a familiar call, but didn’t realize that there were flickers in Southern California.  Here, it is being tormented by a couple of Costa’s hummingbird.  All I had to hand was my Panasonic camera, which at full zoom leaves something to be desired, but I’d rather have the moment than not.  I always find it interesting seeing tiny hummingbirds bossing around much larger birds.

2019-03-24: Palm Springs

I have officially thrown in the towel on my signs of spring topic of the month.  I really should have thought it through a bit more, and made it the topic for April, but c’est la vie, what is done, is done.  I did see my first robin of the year this morning though, so the signs of spring are appearing on a daily basis now, just not in the right context for taking photos.

Anyhow, I thought instead I would share a few more images from my trip to Southern California last October.  I am gearing up for travel at the end of April, and really trying to work through all the backlog of images to edit, so when I get home, I can start right in with new images.  Fingers crossed.

I hope you enjoy my selection, and wishing everyone a fantastic week ahead.

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The desert surrounding Palm Springs.
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Definitely not a plant that you want to walk into!
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Joshua Tree by night.
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Joshua Tree National Park.
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Some of the beautiful boulders in Joshua Tree National Park.
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The Salton Sea near Palm Springs.
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The lake resort that wasn’t.  The picnic tables at the Salon Sea unused, and in disrepair.

2019-03-04: Monochrome Monday

This is one of a few images that I took while playing around with an infrared filter that I bought during my trip to California last October.  I only spent a brief amount of time reading about shooting with one of these filters before getting out and trying it, and as such, forgot about a few things, such as setting a custom white balance before starting shooting.  Even though I didn’t follow through with all the steps that you should be doing, I am still happy with the results; editing just took a bit longer than it would have otherwise.

I am excited for spring to arrive and have the chance to get the filter out and work with it some more.  I don’t think infrared images of snowy fields and trees would have much impact!

Wishing everyone a great week ahead.

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Some of the beautiful boulders in Joshua Tree National Park.  California, October 2018.