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Landscape Photography – Winter wonderland in the Western Cape

Living in the Western Cape of South Africa has its ups and downs, mostly ups but there is the odd down as well. One of the big UP's is the winter weather, we have the best sunsets in winter, and we have BIG cold front storms that roll in out of the deep Atlantic ocean. This is the time to be out there shooting landscapes. Yes I know, no normal person will be up at 5am to shoot sunrise over Table Mountain in the middle of a major front hitting our shores, but the end result is so amazing! Here is some of this winters best shots!.....So Far. Dusk over the Iconic Table Mountain in Blouberg Beach. This after a huge front has hit the Mother City, Big stormy seas and rain storms, THIS is The Cape Of Storms Stormy clouds over Simonstown with a slight break in the clouds to let through some soft warm light from the setting sun. Rooi Els Point at dusk from Muizenberg. The last Warm light is being swallowed by the huge cold front. Snow Tipped Spears in the Du Toitskloof Pass. There is this amazing waterfall with each rainfall and I just had to go and capture it. A bay on the Oyster Catcher Trail in Mosselbay just past the Snt Blaize Lighthouse. Shot at sunrise on high cliffs over the ocean. Stunning soft warm light on a chilly Winters morning brought out this fine Rainbow in the soft drizzle. Lush green Wheat on a field with a windpump, the lifeline to life, food and water. A long exposure of a lone tree on a hill with storm clouds around it at sunrise. Three Minutes in the life of the Table. A long exposure with a cold front over Table Mountain in Cape Town. This must be one of the most photographed scenes in the world. A Kiss Of Light: The last warm rays of the setting sun hit the waves and Table Mountain as a cold front pasts Cape Town. Sunrise over the Garden Route and the Snt Blaize trail outside Mosselbay.    


Landscape Photography – A day in the Lowveld – Landscapes

During this past holiday we went to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. What an amazing place and area, I will lie if I say that I did not fall in love with the place and the area and the natural beauty that goes along with that part of our country. We where there for just over a week and in that time I set aside one day for me to go and shoot some landscapes. I arranged with a fellow photographer from Lydenburg to join me. Des Jacobs, please view his work and also follow him on facebook. We headed out for a sunrise shoot over The Pinnacle next to God's Window, we where there just before sunrise and it was only 2 degrees outside! Freezing cold is an understatement! We ended up shooting some great images here, but now that I am home I just cant seem to find one that stands out for me, so with regret I am not going to share an image of that amazing sight :( but don't worry, we got plenty other images at different places that is awesome that I will share! A quick stop next to the road at the plantations yielded this image. I love shooting in plantations. After we got back to the car we decided to take a drive to Blyde River Canyon, its the 3 largest canyon on earth and we have it here in South Africa! What a sight to see such an amazing spectacle of nature! Other fellow photographers who has documented this place like Mark Dumbleton and Hougaard Malan has seen this place in all its glory. On the day we where there there was this horrible smog layer due to veld fires in the previous weeks, that it was really hard to get a decent photo, so now I have the typical holiday snap"I was there" shot of this magnificent place. The next stop would be Lone Creek Falls, from all my research this waterfall looked to be the easiest to get to and also one of the most spectacular! And we where not disappointed, it is spectacular and for the next 4 hours myself and Des just shot images of this waterfall, the conditions was challenging as you cant get to close to the plunge pool as the spray and wind from the cascading water was hectic, I literally had to clean lenses in between every shot! Here is a series of the Lane Creek Falls. After this our last shoot for the day was the Horse Shoe Falls. Although its not as magnificent as Lone Creek,, it has potential. Here is my favorite image from that falls. This is a must see part of our stunning country, and like Arnie used to say...I'll be back! Hope you guys enjoy the read and the images. Dewald


Landscape Photography – Storm Chasing in the Karoo

This is a post that I have been wanting do for almost a month now. It has been one of my highlights for my photographic carreer. On the 16th of January we experianced one hectic heat wave here in the Western Cape and we had weather conditions that we are not used to down here. On the highveld and Freestate plains you get these conditiones daily and with that comes huge thunder storms. That particular day I got a call from a fellow photographer and friend, Hougaard Malan. Hougaard must be one of South Africa's best landscape photographer and I have learned a great deal from him by simply following his website and him on facebook. From about lunch time on this day I saw these HUGE clouds building over the Hexriver valley, needless, it was close but not that close. There was some big thunder storms over De Doorns but where the actual action was was quite a bit further in the Karoo, between Touwsriver and Calivinia. So we set out at about half past 5 the afternoon and we drove until we saw lightning and started to head in that direction. We later on came to the gravel road that leads from Ceres to Calvinia, well, we are here so might as well see where this monster is doing its magic. For those that do not know the Karoo, its a semi desert area with basically no foliage higher than your knees, oh and its flat! We kept going until we found two hills next to the raod that would offer us some compositions to shoot from. The smell of thunder on the wind greeted us when we got out the car and we could see the storm in the distance, looking back now we wish it was about 10km closer but hey, we cant be beggars with awesome conditions like we where having right there! The horizon towards the cape, and setting sun was open! Meaning that we where in a treat with sunset! As the sun started to appear below the line of clouds a magestic double rainbow appeared in the slight drizzle that was falling! Oh my word, the sky turned golden and there was the most amazing textures in the clouds! THIS was what every landscape photographer dreams about and we where here to witness it! We scampered up the hill and started looking for compositions and soon we where firing away with the shutters. When one are shooting these amazing scenes one often dont stop to just look at what the hell you are shooting! Just to be there and witness this was enough for me, even if I only shot one frame I would have been happy. We watched as the sun started setting and the sky turned from golden to a blaze of reds, pinks, purples and the lighting on the horizon just made it better. I climbed down the hill and decided to shoot from the ground as it would have been a true mission to get down there in the dark. Hougaard stayed longer and he got some amazing images of the lighting. I shot from the ground and I got one of my all time favorite shots ever! The following day we had very similar conditions and once agian myself and Hougaard headed out to where we shot the previous night. But now we where after something specific, we where looking for a windpump with the Karoo and thunder storm backdrop. But the only pumps we saw was way deep into the veld and it would simply have taken to long to walk to it and then back in the dark. So we pulled of the road, that was as long and straight as any road can be and simply shot right there next to the road. With it being so wide and open it was difficult to find a decent composition with a good anchor point in the foreground, and then I found this roadmarker and it worked out perfectly for the images. Allthough we did not have the same lightning as the previous night, it was still pretty damn amazing with huge cloud formations on the horizon. These images will make up a limited edition collection of prints. Only 5 of each will be printed and can be ordered from me. You will recieve a certificate with each print to state its number. So for any inquiries regarding prints of these images, please do contact me via e-mail and we can arrange the delivery and payments. Prices from R3000,00 for an A1 print. I am looking forward to reading your comments


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