Planning and Preparation: How to photograph a two-year old

Interviewer: Last time we spoke, you said you were in Simonstown recently for a family reunion. I imagine you took a few photographs of your grand-children? Me: Absolutely. Tom has just turned two, and Gabriel turns two in July. Because Gabriel lives in London it’s not often that we get to see him, and it’s…

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I interview myself

In this series of posts, Glen the apprentice writer interviews Glen the apprentice photographer. There are common threads. First up, as a non-professional – someone with a day job, a family, obligations and commitments – how on earth do you create a viable path between the pressures of daily life and the urge to write…

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Fraumunster and Grossmunster in Black-and-White

These half-dozen black-and-white images are of the Fraumunster and Grossmünster in Zurich, together with a view of the Altstadt from the Lake. I hope you enjoy them, along with my earlier posts from Zurich.

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Zurich Altstadt – Signs and Figures

Zurich Altstadt: Signs & Figures. I suppose you can’t really ‘get’ the soul of a city, a spirit of place, from a (literally) flying visit, a one-day random perambulation through streets and squares, along the river and over its bridges, beside its churches and fountains – and yet, as I mentioned in my first post…

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Zurich fountains – three more images

As promised in yesterday’s post, here are three more images of fountains in Zurich’s Altstadt. You will see that I have done one more in black and white, but with a harder edge to it than yesterday’s more ethereal image. The other images insisted on being done in colour – in the one case, as…

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Zurich Fountains # 1

On Tuesday morning I stumbled off the plane in Zurich after an overnight flight from Toronto, with a day to spend before climbing back on board another plane for another long flight, overnight to Johannesburg. Why I would punish this 65 year-old body like this, I don’t know. I took the train downtown, to the…

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Easter in Toronto

My scheduled post last weekend would have landed on your devices whilst Rob and I were in Cape Town with Jono, Hayley, Gabriel and Kathy and Thomas. This post lands as Rob and I are spending Easter back home in Toronto, Canada, with my youngest daughter Eve, her husband Shaun and our grandson Joshua. Let…

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Gull and gull-ible

As you read this, Rob and I will be in Cape Town – Simonstown, to be precise – for a long-awaited grand reunion with my son, Jonathan, our daughter-in-law Hayley and grandson Gabriel. They will have flown out from London on Friday evening; we are to meet up with them, and with my eldest daughter…

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Flamingoes at Marievale

Flamingoes alighted on the Sunday morning at Marievale, drawing out a dozen or more of us birdwatchers and photographers, tripods and telephoto lenses lined up along the narrow road across the vlei, binoculars glinting, a palpable excitement in the air. Here is my flamingo portfolio.

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Black-Shouldered Kite, Marievale

This confident raptor seemed unperturbed as I stopped the car below his high-wire perch, carefully climbed out, and rested the long lens on the open car-door… Such a beautiful bird, the black-shouldered kite!

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