Tag: Black and White photography

Flight – Five Images

Little Egret – Marievale.   Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Gauteng. I left in the power lines and pylons deliberately, as well as traces of the reeds and the trees, as I wanted to give a sense of the complex environment – not stereotypical, picture-postcard countryside – in which these birds live. Nikon D500, 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.  

Suckling warthog

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.

Warthog Games

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 […]

Zebra to the rescue

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.  

Girl on Sculpture, V&A Waterfront

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.

Zeitz MOCAA – The Tunnels

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 […]

Zeitz MOCAA – Four Images

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.  

On Hout Bay Beach

We went for a walk, one evening in Cape Town, along Hout Bay Beach. The sun was flaring out behind the mountain, the sea was calm, and a pale mist enveloped the walkers. Here are two images. For those who are interested, both were shot with the Leica D-Lux.

Photographing rhino

Photographing rhino, in my amateur experience, can be a challenge. Mostly the problem is finding them in the first place, and when you do see them they tend to be just standing around, galumphing great hulks, or snoozing in the shade of a tree, where the light is awful. If you’re a pro, you wait for the right moment – and waiting can mean a long, long time, before something interesting happens. When you’re not a pro, just someone like me, you’re either driving, with limited time at your disposal, or you’re on a game drive, which means someone else […]