Tag: nature photography

Whales, Walker Bay

We were in Cape Town last weekend, the Heritage Day long weekend, and on Sunday we took my mother out to Hermanus and Gansbaai to see the whales. On previous occasions we had seen them close in, near the Old Harbour, but not this time. We were lucky, however, to spot one or two far out, way across Walker Bay, so we drove round to Gansbaai, another 40 kilometres along the coast, in hope of a better view, and were just in time to see a pod of humpbacks quite close in, before they tired of us and slipped beneath […]

Not such good bird photos

Bird photography is one of the most challenging areas of photography, at least in my experience. Finding them in the first place – birds, I mean – and getting them to sit still, or hover in one place, just where you want them, is the damnedest business, never mind getting your images sharp and properly saturated. Nevertheless, we spent one idyllic morning between two bird hides on a farm in the Karkloof, hoping to see cranes, but seeing instead grey herons, spoonbills, ibis, and – away in the distance, perched on the topmost branches of a tree before launching into […]

News Roundup

So here’s a roundup of today’s news (just following a trend here: all sentences these days seem to begin with ‘so’). In South Africa, the bad news is good news. Attempts to frame the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and ‘capture’ the Treasury, have come unstuck. Large demonstrations against corruption and the abuse of power have brought out not only the unwashed masses but struggle stalwarts of the ANC and even captains of industry. Meanwhile, President Zuma has withdrawn his court attempt to stymie the release of a report on ‘state capture’ by the erstwhile Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, whose stature […]


The work I’ve been doing this year to improve my photo-processing and printing skills has been paying off, I think, in the form of images and prints that, to my mind at least, are beginning to go beyond just representation, to the beginnings of a way of seeing and a form of expression. Thus emboldened, I have begun to look back through old files of photos: here are some images from the Okavango Delta, where Rob and I began our honeymoon back in December 2o1o. In some cases, I’ve offered both colour and black-and-white versions of the same image – […]

Photographs and Signs

The eye picks up patterns everywhere; pattern, lines, composition are the basic elements of a halfway decent photograph, along with (especially in black and white images) form and texture. Look beyond pattern, however, and what you see is signs: not necessarily symbols, which are more potent, and harder to create, but the signs – literal, enigmatic, ambiguous, suggestive – that are littered everywhere. The world in that sense is coded, as much cleverer people have pointed out. In my photographs, I find I am increasingly trying to ‘see’ beyond pattern and form and the traditional elements, to the landscape of […]

Foggier – three images

Three black and white images of the morning fog on Seneca Lake in upstate New York. These might be my favourites, of the lake images…

Taughannock Falls State Park

With the Subaru resting after liposuction at the clinic – quietly parked at our cottage, with a nice view over Seneca Lake – the intrepid explorers (Hayley, Jono, me, Steve and Amelia) crammed into the Steve-and-Amelia Mazda for a day trip to Ithaca, with a stop-off en route at the Taughannock Falls State Park, supposedly to see the main waterfall, which was there, in the sense of a tall gash in the rock, but not much of a fall because there wasn’t much water. The foliage on the way, however, was more autumnal, and the climbing hills were really quite lovely, and on […]

Six Images – Watkins Glen State Park

The images here, a mix of black-and-white and colour photographs, were all taken in Watkins Glen State Park; for those of you who are interested in these things, I used a Nikon D90 and a Manfrotto tripod, and all of the photos were taken with the 10-24mm Nikon DX lens, which I am coming to love more and more, each time I use it. Not the most modern or advanced kit, but that’s hardly the point, is it? For the images where the water is blurred, I used a 2 second exposure. Images were processed in Lightroom 6, and in […]