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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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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Fraumunster and Grossmunster in Black-and-White

These half-dozen black-and-white images are of the Fraumunster and Grossm√ľnster 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 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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Black and White Landscapes – Plains of Camdeboo and Valley of Desolation

Set against the vast and empty Plains of Camdeboo, abutted by the Valley of Desolation and surrounding mountains, the small Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet seems dwarfed, vulnerable, a fragile human outpost, more so when storm clouds gather. Yet there is a beauty in the landscape, something stark and wonderful. Storm Clouds over Graaff-Reinet Valley of…

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End of the Road, Paternoster

The moon above the last row of cottages – Paternoster, Cape West Coast

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The Moorish Keep, Olvera

The Moorish Keep in Olvera, Andalucia stands on a high promontory across the way from the Iglesia de la Encarnacion. I like the black-and-white images, but the image in colour works best in colour. I hope you enjoy!

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Olvera, Spain – the Iglesia de la Encarnation

Olvera, one of the ‘white towns‘ or pueblos blancos of Andalucia, is dominated, as you will have seen in my earlier post, by a massive church-on-a-hill, the Iglesia de la Encarnacion.¬† The building itself is in need of some maintenance, but its setting is magnificent, and its brooding presence over the white town below it…

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Men of Olvera

We drove up the steep hill into Olvera, one of the ‘white towns‘ or pueblos blancos of Andalucia; parked, climbed higher, to the monumental bulk of the Iglesia de la Encarnacion from where we could look across to the Moorish Keep on a rocky outcrop opposite; looked out over the roofs into the streets below…

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Ronda – Scenes in Black & White

As with the other pueblos blancos we visited, Ronda, with its cobbled narrow streets, its whitewashed walls, its tiled roofs, its plazas and churches, its sun-soaked vistas, lends itself both to colour photography and to black and white. Partly it’s a matter of taste and preference; more importantly, it’s a choice of expression. These images,…

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Doors, Ronda, Old Town

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