‘SH’ at Seabreeze, Bree Street, Cape Town

I couldn’t resist sharing this one shot, taken from our table outside on the pavement at a great seafood restaurant, Seabreeze on Bree Street close to the Bo-Kaap area in Cape Town: a sash window propped up with an empty bottle of good Cape bubbly, the couple in conversation inside, and ‘SH’ telling us all…

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66, Cape Vidal

No, 66 Cape Vidal is not an address. 66 is the age I turned yesterday; Cape Vidal, or somewhere like it – open skies, wide open spaces, carefree and at ease like the geezer with his fishing rod – is where I should have been on my birthday. Needless to say, I wasn’t. Just another…

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Hippos of St Lucia

There are more than just hippos in the St Lucia wetlands – try crocs, for instance. Between them, the hippos and the crocs make swimming a little … unhygienic, shall we say. In any case, not good for your health. Rob and I visited in 2012, and though we saw more than a few crocs…

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Brussels in Black-and-White

Brussels in colour, as I wrote in my post last week, says something about the city’s vibrancy, diversity, liveliness, charm. Brussels in Black-and-White offers an alternative view, a different kind of feeling, depending of course on the subject matter, composition and that kind of thing. Here is a different view of the Grand Place from…

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Colourful Brussels

Me: I was in Brussels last week, as you know from my last post, on a four day visit, arriving on Saturday, late afternoon, and leaving at sparrowfart on Wednesday morning. That meant a day-and-a-bit of sightseeing, followed by two eleven hour days of meetings and discussions focused on the EU Youth Guarantee, and the…

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Bird photographer at dawn

I will be in Brussels when this post appears, traveling for a few days on business. To keep the customers satisfied, I have scheduled this post in my absence: a photograph of a solitary photographer, reflected through the reeds, in the mirror-like waters of the vlei at Marievale – a mirror of myself, in a…

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Sandton – corporate heaven, human hell?

Interviewer: Sandton – corporate heaven, human hell? That’s a bit over the top, isn’t it? Me: It is. And the hyperbole is intentional. Sandton – the business centre that migrated north from the old, downtown Johannesburg CBD, screams excess in every aspect. It is a place where corporate offices jostle to make a bigger, louder,…

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Dusk, Kalk Bay – the follow-on

Interviewer: Last time we spoke, you ducked out of answering questions about this image. Perhaps this time you’d oblige? (Click on images to enlarge) Me: Ok. Ambient light. Interviewer: Ambient light? Me: Yup. I don’t have a controlled light environment where I work, so the ambient light has a big effect on how I perceive…

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Dusk, Kalk Bay

Interviewer: Dusk at Kalk Bay – tell me about this image. (PS click on the image to enlarge). Me: No. Not right now, anyway. Rob and I are getting packed and heading out shortly to spend the long weekend – it’s the Youth Day weekend, here in South Africa – in the Magaliesberg. Interviewer: Ah!…

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Kalk Bay Fishing Harbour

Interviewer: You were going to talk about working in black-and-white. But these images are in colour. Me: How perceptive of you! Some images will work both in colour and in black-and-white, and some insist on being processed and shown in one or the other. These photographs would have worked ok in B&W I think, but…

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Exposure Compensation (when photography is a beach)

Interviewer: So what’s with the title of your post? Me: I guess it’s a play on the fact that photographing on the beach can be a tricky business. It’s like photographing snow. You have all that glare and reflected light from the sand and the water, and you can’t rely on the rear display on…

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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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