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The Astrophotographer Noob

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…

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Added by Kevin Richards on May 29, 2014 at 19:00 — No Comments

The little train who said I think I can....

The other night I was watching something on TV ,and then this idea came to me. Sometimes it feels as if we are like the little train that went up the hill. It is very steep and the load is heavy .Sometimes it even feels as if we are not moving on at all.Just like the little train,but the little train kept on saying I think I can,I think  I can.....Eventually  he made it to the top of the hill, BECAUSE he had a passion for what he was doing.I believe that if you set you mind to something and…

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Added by Susan Pretorius on May 7, 2014 at 16:37 — 4 Comments

The Coaches

I thought I would just quickly share another side of the Indoor Cricket we are busy photographing for PhatPhotos.

Behind the scenes, you can just see how much some of the coaches care for their teams and these two shots pretty much sum it up quite well.

PS - I don't think I have worked so hard, ever. But it is totally worth it!!…

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Added by Kevin Richards on April 29, 2014 at 12:45 — 6 Comments

The Photographer...?

It has been a hectic few months between work and life in general and I realised it has been a while since I posted a blog entry. I was away and unplugged for a short while and a few photography things have been stewing in my mind whilst my head was no longer filled with mundane things like work and making money.

Chief among the topics under furious debate, with myself, was at what point does one call themselves a photographer?

A simple question you may think, but in…

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Added by Kevin Richards on April 8, 2014 at 13:19 — 5 Comments

Photography Inspires

The last couple of months I went through a bout with Depression after failing health and immense stress factors. It amazes me that my camera and photos has become a very close friend. Photos are stories - each trying to say something about a specific moment in time. A Moment Captured to be remembered forever. And - when we look at these photo pictures - each of us see a different story, and that, because of who we are. Sometimes, when really low in depression, a photography magazine or just…

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Added by Deon M van Heerden on January 17, 2014 at 7:28 — 3 Comments

For the Birds

I tried my hand at taking a few shots of the birds in my garden this weekend and I have a few things to share;

 

To start with: RESPECT to anyone who does this on a larger scale. I am not the most patient person so lying on the grass waiting for something to come close enough for my measly 250mm lens to pick up decently was painful, both physically and mentally. Then, to finally have a LBJ close enough to me for a half decent shot only to have…

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Added by Kevin Richards on November 18, 2013 at 12:57 — 17 Comments

Photographic study of Spotted eagle owls at the nest - part 3

The Owl story continued – 2013

As a wildlife photographer that is absolutely fascinated by owls, I am fortunate to live in an area where these nocturnal birds are plentiful. I keep a detailed map in my office of all owl pairs in the area and at present I am aware of at least 10 Wood owl-, 7 Spotted eagle owl- and 3 Barn owl pairs in an 8 km radius from my home. Finding owl nests are not that easy, especially Wood owl nests as Wood owls are very secretive, but I am very pleased…

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Added by Pietman Muller on November 6, 2013 at 12:06 — 6 Comments

Playing with Light

Well, although I am not quite done with this particular project, I thought I would share the results so far. Specifically because it has kind of evolved into something new that I am exploring. If you follow the progression below you will see what I mean.

My brief for this project was fairly simple. The pictures could not have any discernible subject. Additionally, shapes, colours, textures, composition etc. had to come only from the manipulation of light. Nothing else. This…

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Added by Kevin Richards on October 13, 2013 at 8:37 — 1 Comment

Watching over us

On photographic safari in the southern parts of Botswana, near Kang. This was not exactly the best day of our lives. Me, and the wife walked a total of 17 kilometers in the Kalahari sun after getting lost. Then had to wait hours for somebody to pick us up. Needless to say, she wasn't very happy with my sense of direction and decision-making! Eventually, after the cavalry arrived, and on our way back to the tent camp, we were met with the most amazing sunset.…

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Added by Danie Bester on October 9, 2013 at 22:03 — 6 Comments

The Project Manager

Well, all has been said and done. I have completed the DPC beginners course (some weeks ago actually, but life seems to have gotten in the way of late) and I assume I can officially call myself an amateur photographer. This, however, posed a perplexing question. What exactly is an "Amateur Photographer"? I mean besides the obvious fact that there are preciously few souls willing to part with hard earned cash in exchange for any of my photographs. Well, make that none actually. Mom does…

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Added by Kevin Richards on September 30, 2013 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

Macro Photography Weekend at Old Joe's Kaia

Recently we had our very first macro weekend at Old Joe’s Kaia in Schoemanskloof, and it was amazing. I absolutely loved the experience and the location and the people. Old Joe’s Kaia is set in a beautiful part of the country and provides an abundance of subject matter for just about any type of photography. We were probably a little early in the year to get the best array of insects for that sort of macro, but the size of the property and diversity of areas within the grounds allowed us…

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Added by John Fox on September 27, 2013 at 10:50 — 11 Comments

Bird's eye view on Okavango Delta

I'm not a widlife photographer, therefore most of my images on the Okavango delta ,are a display of the beautiful landscape, as seen 150 m above the ground...enjoy!…

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Added by LEON PELSER on September 12, 2013 at 18:26 — 10 Comments

The Wallflower

For those who have already met me or read my last blog post, you would not be wrong in your placing me squarely in the “Type B” personality box. Although, this method of categorizing people is generally criticized as being too general, I am by no means a psychology buff, so I will refrain from starting a debate on the subject.

Having said that; I am well aware of the fact that I am an introverted individual who prefers one-on-one interaction and in general, will only speak my…

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Added by Kevin Richards on September 2, 2013 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

The Mad Scientist

When I was around 12 or 13 years old, just about to make my way into high school, I was sent for one of those career guidance tests that are supposed to help young people choose potential careers. What the tests showed was that I could do just about any job where I was left alone to get on with it. At the time, I was completely unimpressed with this, as I had no idea what I wanted to do and the hours of testing basically gave me no answer.

Fast forward 26 years and after…

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Added by Kevin Richards on August 26, 2013 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

The Photographer

I remember my first photography class with Danie Bester. I was beyond myself with excitement. This was a new era. New things to learn. Aperture, Shutter speed, focal length; a camera manual the size of my bible, there were lenses and HDR and things I think my mom said I should never get involved with. But I got involved, I got very involved, I actually got so involved that a single lens and build-in flash would not satisfy the passion for what light could do if captured correctly. Exposure…

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Added by Deon M van Heerden on August 20, 2013 at 20:41 — No Comments

Photo Printers and Framers

Can anyone please let me know who the best photo printers are in the West Rand and also photo framers? They need to have good quality and also produce good service.

Added by Jan du Toit on July 27, 2013 at 21:12 — 1 Comment

Rise of the Machines (Black & White)

Here's a few minimalistic shots I've shot at Duvha Park, Witbank (GPS... 25°56'36" S 29°14'35" E) when conducting a Photography Course there. These are all HDR Images, bracketing 5 Images at 1 stop apart. I used Photomatix to create the HDR Images and then Nik Silver Effex to convert to Black and White...…

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Added by Danie Bester on June 9, 2013 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

foto kompetisie

Ek mag nie deelneem nie...so kom ek breek die ys met n image van 'Mother and Child. Ek moet se om die model se kop te buig soos op die skildery, sal n ou die 7e nekwerwel moet ontwrig...met natuurlik aaklige gevolge vir haar...lol En dan is daar die f@#%* blommetjies wat die heeltyd uit die hare uitval...en hou ingedagte dat baby net regs wil kyk ipv links soos op die painting...maar nou ja...dis FOTOGRAFIE...enjoy!…

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Added by LEON PELSER on May 9, 2013 at 8:29 — 7 Comments

Fish Eagles - the love affair - continued

This year so far were pretty hectic with very little time for photography but I grabbed at the opportunity to spend time over the weekend with the fish eagles at the nearby Nandoni dam. Like the previous occasion we were desperate to get a couple of shots of the lone overwintering Osprey but he is very shy. My friend got one shot at 1000 mm but I did not even try as it was just too far for my trusted 500 mm Sigma.

The fish eagles made up for this loss and we had several…

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Added by Pietman Muller on April 4, 2013 at 5:30 — 2 Comments

Kyk na julle oe.

Dit is baie belangrik dat fotograwe na hulle oe moet kyk. Baie van ons spandeer  lang periodes tyd  buite in die son en dit kan  n negatiewe uit werking op jou oe  he. Volgens my oogarts begin  mense in Suid Afrika al 20 jaar voor mense in  Engeland bril dra . Die rede DIE SON .

http://www.columbiatribune.com

So sit maar die GOEIE sonbril op.

Added by Susan Pretorius on February 11, 2013 at 8:00 — 3 Comments

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