Pelican low key

My guide to capturing low key nature photographs

I recently made a trip down to Durban and had some time on a Saturday morning to get out to the Botanic Gardens, one of my favourite places to visit when I am in Durban (see the previous post on the other places to see when in Durban: I’m coming home…part 2 of 2).  It was a clear, sunny morning, creating light that lend itself perfectly to shooting, unlike most of my previous visits that were mostly cloudy and on one occasion raining.  The large patches of shade on the small pond created by the trees that surround it and shooting indoors in the orchid nursery allowed me to try my hand at some low key shots of the birds on the pond and some of the orchids, resulting in some of the pictures in this post.  I got a number of questions on how I achieved these dramatic shots and so I will try to explain some of the technique behind the photos. Continue reading “My guide to capturing low key nature photographs”

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I’m coming home…part 2 of 2

The second part of my post on my home town  was going to be on the things one should do when visiting Durban.  After all, while I may still call Durban home, very soon its not going to be my home town anymore.  I’m going to be one of the Vaalies (if indeed I haven’t already become one) who only visits during school holidays to make the roads busier, fill up the malls and make visiting the beach impossible.  As soon as I was done writing part 1 of 2, I edited the feature image and wanted to dive right in and have this post done immediately.  Then I got to planning and thinking about it and I came to a rather disheartening conclusion. Continue reading “I’m coming home…part 2 of 2”

Shoot for the moon…

My how to guide on capturing the moon

I have always held a fascination with the moon…in fact mankind has been captivated by the moon for probably as long as we have existed.  Our closest celestial companion, waxing and waning to a precise rhythm to mark the passing of time.  A love affair that ebbs and flows like the very tides that arise from the captivating  dance around the sun.  Perhaps it is the very fact that we are ourselves 70% water inexplicably draws us to it increasing as the moon itself magically grows larger in sky.  Perhaps millennia of evolution have led us to await the full moon for the best night time hunting and look around during the new moon with fear in our diurnal eyes.  Continue reading “Shoot for the moon…”