The last two years have been hectic, difficult and extremely busy, but fortunately two opportunities came up in August to spend time with, and photograph fish eagles. I decided to share some of the shots as well as insights gained from this in this blog. The first opportunity came on the 9th of August while on a business trip to Hectorspruit in Mpumalanga. I made a quick visit to a farm dam to check on a fish eagle that my son in law and I have watched previously. I saw the bird…Continue
Hi all! I have a Elinchrom BX500 Ri studio light for sale. No Umbrella or carrier bag but the light and tripod stand are in excellent condition. Used rarely and now looking for a good home for this equipment.Continue
Added by Pieter Jacobs on February 2, 2017 at 8:37 — No Comments
I would like to share some information regarding Sumi-ink art.
Sumi is strongly influenced by ZEN BUDDHISM.
It was done by Chinese and Japanese monks.Ink wash painting focus on essentials.
Everyday useless detail is dismissed in order to catch the essence of the subject.
There is no room for hesitation in Sumi-e that way it usually takes several attempts to catch the essence of the subjects
It can be achieved by being relaxed at the same time very…Continue
I have 7 nights accommodation in the southern part of Kgalagardi Transfrontier Park booked and paid for and I am not able to use it.
The dates are: arriving 23rd January 2016 departing 30th January 2016.
I paid R8938.00 for the seven nights.
All accommodation is in chalets or permanent tents for two people (i.e. no camping)
Night 1 Twee Rivieren Rest Camp
Night 2 + 3 Mata Mata Rest Camp
Night 4 +…Continue
Added by Chris Jones on January 20, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments
Myself and my wife (Vanessa) have a small photographic studio, we only operate on Saturday afternoons. We have been given notice to vacate the premises but we have bookings up to the end of April which we have to honour.
We require either the use of an existing studio or us of some space to set up our equipment, we are prepared to compensate for the use of a studio or the space that can be offered us. we normally shoot between noon and 17:00 on Saturday…Continue
On Sunday 2 August 2015, i finally claimed my price as photographer of the year 2014. After some theoretical coaching in Museum Africa by Danie, we went on a photo shoot adventure...doing some birdeye shots from the highway (take note: against the law for pedestrians to be on the highway!!!). I share with you some images of my 'price shoot' in New Town...and best of luck to all the photographers in line for 'Photographer of the year 2015".…Continue
It has been 16 or so months of firsts since picking up a camera with any intent at all back in 2013. In fact, being so new to photography means that just about all the work I do is pretty much a first. This was made imminently clear, in the…Continue
Added by Kevin Richards on March 21, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments
As a wildlife and nature photographer one sometimes has to make do with what you are presented with as wild animals cannot be manipulated like studio items. This can very easily lead to despondence and a feeling of hopelessness if things do not go your way. (I am referring to real wildlife not the canned type). This fact does however not mean that a shot cannot be planned or that a photographer cannot go out with a certain idea or project in mind. As is the case…Continue
Portrait Bootcamp 30 January 2015…Continue
We were in Lesotho over the Christmas holidays. Everyone who hears that says "but why Lesotho?" and now you know. The sunset surprised us one evening after a storm. It was my one year old son who alerted me to it. So having noted the time and position I set up in preparation the next day. So luckily…Continue
I've always been a fan of Minimalist Black and White Photography. In the past I've been using a combination of HDR Techniques, Nik Silver Effex Pro 2, and obviously Dodging and Burning. Recently, my friend Nolan Lister introduced me to Luminosity Masks, which John Onderstall a.k.a the Fox has been telling me about for some time. The concept behind LM's is that you break up the complete dynamic range in your image across numerous channels. Most people use a total of 18 - 21 different…Continue
In 2011 I took the big step, ditched my little point-and-shoot for a camera with manual controls. It was not DSLR, it was instead a little second hand Canon G11, but for me this was a big step towards the major leagues! Around this time, trying to get my head around the difference between a snapshot and a good photograph, I read everything I could find on the subject matter.
Somewhere, someone wise wrote, "If you want to improve your photography overnight, instead of showing…Continue
By now, everybody knows that Rolene Strauss from SA is the new miss World! So much more reason for me to share this pic with PC members (windgat ne!...lol). Done with Sony on self- timer, f 5 @ 1/25 sec, iso 200...And i call it : "Touching miss World!"…Continue
I actually wanted to call this blog entry "Why I now hate DPC", which is completely tongue-in-cheek, but I feared it may create the wrong impression.
Anyway, now that I have your attention;
Since attending the basic DPC course last year, it has almost been an obsession for me to post my two weekly shots for critique. I needed to get my fix.
In the beginning, it was all about experimenting and fiddling and ..... well ..... fun. And besides, all…Continue
After almost 5 hours of shooting in Arts on Main in JHB, one has quite a few images to edit...so , when Danie asks you to post some pics, it's difficult to choose a few that will give credit to the magnificent outing that "SIX GUNS SHOOTING" is all about! Therefore, I have decided to post 3 'POSTCARDS'...compiling 6 images on each...not to bore anybody!!…Continue
I recently had the privilege of being asked to do a photo-booth type shoot for a combined 18th and 21st birthday party.
Naturally, I had grand ideas about what to do on on the shoot, and being and ex boy-scout I have a tendency to over prepare, so I started planning and getting advice early on on how to handle this particular shoot. It was a little nerve wracking as it would be my fist shoot with my new lights outside of my lounge...... anyway.
The best advice I…Continue
People often neglect the Moon since they take it for granted.
However the Moon is full of amazing features to photograph.
Although the Moon is fairly big and bright in the night sky, you will either need a very big and expensive telephoto lens for your camera, or a telescope to capture a lot of surface detail.
The method I use is eyepiece projection, i.e. I point a telescope at the Moon and take a photo with my camera through the eyepiece of the…Continue
No, this is not some sort of nod to THAT book, nor the upcoming movie actually, but rather a bit of self-reflection on my photography.
When I have a look at my work, well when I say “work”, I mean the progression of my photography since the time I attended DPC in September 2013, I have noticed something quite interesting in that although I have a pretty balanced distribution of colour versus mono shots, I by far prefer the black and whites. By a substantial margin no…Continue
Last night was the May new moon and I took the opportunity to do a dry run of a milky way shot. I will be in a much better suited location (i.e. much darker) for the June new moon, but I decided I needed a practice run.
The images below were shot from my garden at 2am, 29 May 2014.
I live quite far South of Johannesburg, but the light pollution was still so bad I could not shoot anywhere near the horizon as I had planned and ended up literally shooting vertical…Continue
Added by Kevin Richards on May 29, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments