As this is the only time, so far as I recall, that I’ve seen a mother warthog suckling her infants, I share this image – not as a great picture, but simply as a record.
Nikon D500, 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.
Two little warthog piglets were playing a robust game of catch and head-butting when we came across them at the edge of the camp in Marakele, on our first afternoon there, at the end of a game drive on which we had seen virtually nothing. Needless to say we sat for a while and watched – the mother contentedly snacking, siblings grazing, while these two little guys happily beat each other up.
Made me think of my three grandsons, actually – they’re not there yet, but they will be.
Taken with the Nikon D500 and 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.
Those of you who saw my recent FaceBook post (I’m a bit ashamed to be using FaceBook right now, given the nasty political business it’s been enabling – but on the other hand, perhaps FaceBook is appropriate, given the nastiness I’m about to mention) will know that I was – thanks, Mark, for the clarification – robbed last week, in the Pretoria CBD, across the road from the National Treasury.
Apart from my iPhone, nothing was lost or injured other than my dignity, which at this stage of my life doesn’t bother me too much, and my sense of personal safety and security which – again, at this stage of my life – concerns me rather more seriously.
Other than that bit of nastiness, and the nastiness that is going on in the world in general (don’t let me even get started about that essence of nastiness, the orange buffoon and vulgar know-nothing in the White House) life has reverted to what passes for normal – Rob and I have been out to the movies (saw Annette Benning yesterday in ‘Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool’ – fabulous!), out for lunch and a browse around the Maboneng Precinct, out for breakfast yesterday at a cool little place, the Milk Bar, which is just a short walk from us.
And, I have found time, and the peace of mind, to make a few photographs. Here are two, of giraffe at Marakele, processed in Lightroom and in Silver Efex Pro, and a beautiful little European bee-eater, which I simply had to process in colour – Lightroom again, and Colour Efex Pro.
All shot with the Nikon D500 and 70-300mm.
To maintain my sanity, or at least the appearance thereof, from time to time I have to take a break from what another photo blogger calls the work that pays the bills, and process an image.
Here, as a foretaste of an upcoming posting, is just one image, of a pair of zebra in the Marakele National Park, more for my own relief than anyone else’s.
I hope you enjoy the image anyway.
Nikon D500, Nikon 70-300mm zoom, processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.
Here are two final images from our visit a couple of weeks ago to Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront: a young girl climbing on a metal sculpture near to the Zeitz-Museum of Contemporary Art Africa.
Rob thinks the girl is lost in the image; I think the image of the girl is subtle. Decide for yourself.
Leica D-Lux, processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.
Below ground, at the Zeitz-MOCAA in Cape Town, run what they call ‘the tunnels’ – passages underneath the structure that housed the wheels and chutes that controlled the grain elevator. Spaced out at intervals along the passageways are low benches or tables, stacked high with prints of artwork, with an open invitation to everyone to take one.
With Rob and me, that made two, which are hanging now in her workroom, here in Johannesburg.
The tunnels make for some interesting images. With their almost monochromatic tones, most would look good in colour or in black and white, so I’ve done these in both.
Again, shot with the Leica D-Lux, processed in Lightroom and in Silver Efex Pro or Colour Efex.
Here are four rather different images of the fantastic Zeitz MOCAA at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town: two are in colour, two are in black and white; three are essentially abstract, while the fourth, showing a film projected onto a wall in the Dust House, has the puzzling air of a non-sequitur or riddle.
All were shot on the Leica D-Lux and processed in Lightroom, before the finishing touches were applied either in Silver Efex Pro or Colour Efex.
Here is an image, of Cape Town harbour, looking towards the old Customs House and the red Clock Tower and the open sea beyond, that gives me pleasure. The composition is simple, conventional, but to my eye satisfying in its calm regularity. But it is the light that excites – the cloudiness in the sky, the lyrical reflections, remind me of a watercolour, while the quay and the yacht and the buildings across the water have the precision of a photograph.
To my eye, anyway – you may see it differently!
Shot with the Leica D-Lux.