Tuesday, December 31, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #44



Part 1/2

This Gorilla is in an enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo and he has got to be one of the saddest looking animals at a zoo that I have ever seen. He looked so lonely and extremely depressed. Maybe that is how all Gorillas look, I don’t know, and maybe there is a reason he can’t have a mate in the enclosure with him, but I just felt extremely sorry for him. He did, however, love posing for the camera and occasionally it felt like he was looking right through the camera at me.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-gorilla-portrait-eating-grass-zoo-image34110147
 Aperture:                           f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                   1/125s
ISO:                                   800

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-gorilla-portrait-sitting-grass-zoo-image34111971
Aperture:                          f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                 1/200s
ISO:                                  800

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-gorilla-portrait-sitting-grass-zoo-image34112014

Aperture:                           f/5
Shutter Speed:                  1/250s
ISO:                                  320

Monday, December 30, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #43



A warthog has a face that only a mother could love, but somehow I can’t help but be fond of these ugly little things.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158725025/stock-photo-a-portrait-of-a-warthog-in-the-african-bush.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-40
Aperture:                           f/8
Shutter Speed:                  1/125s
ISO:                                  100

Sunday, December 29, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #42



The sun was beginning to set at the Lonehill Park in Johannesburg while I was out on my “camera testing” outing and this poor little Beagle sat on the sidelines and watched the other dogs swimming in the dam. 

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158723504/stock-photo-a-curious-looking-beagle-sitting-on-the-grass-staring-into-the-water.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-55
Aperture:                          f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                 1/1600s
ISO:                                 2000

Saturday, December 28, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #41



Crested Cranes are beautiful birds and I was pleasantly surprised after taking this shot at the way the feathers and crest came out.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158742617/stock-photo-a-portrait-of-a-crested-crane.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-4
Aperture:                           f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                  1/200s
ISO:                                  100

Friday, December 27, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #40



Thank goodness that this tarantula was behind glass because if it wasn’t I wouldn’t have been there long enough to take a picture. Their thick hairy legs freak me out, but when there is something between them and me I am happy to have a look.

http://www.123rf.com/photo_22185418_a-hairy-tarantula-coming-out-of-his-hiding-place.html

Aperture:                           f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                  1/15s
ISO:                                  800

Thursday, December 26, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #39



I had my first visit to Robben Island in Cape Town in May of 2013. It was something I had always wanted to experience and while I thought it was very overrated, I was glad I stepped foot on the island. The ferry trip to the Island was awfully long and got extremely seasick but after a short while on the island I was back to normal. The reason I felt it was overrated was that it felt like a very rushed tour. I had no time to explore the cells that had interesting artifacts hidden inside. No time to stop and take a decent amount of pictures. I had a total of about 6 or 7 seconds at Nelson Mandela’s cell and then had to move on to give others their 6 or 7 seconds. But overall I’m glad I got to experience Robben Island for myself and it’s one other thing to cross off my bucket list.

http://www.canstockphoto.com/robben-island-welcome-sign-1-15198377.html
Aperture:                            f/8
Shutter Speed:                  1/800s
ISO:                                  100
http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-26519983-robben-island-welcome-sign-2.php?st=7580ab4

Aperture:                           f/13
Shutter Speed:                  1/125s
ISO:                                  100
http://www.canstockphoto.com/robben-island-lime-quarry-15198414.html
Aperture:                           f/9
Shutter Speed:                  1/400s
ISO:                                  100
http://www.canstockphoto.com/robert-sobukwe-house-15198431.html
Aperture:                          f/9
Shutter Speed:                 1/400s
ISO:                                 100

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #38

Merry Christmas everybody!


I spent a weekend visiting a conservationist friend of mine in the Pilanesburg area. She took my girlfriend and I on an afternoon drive and we found a dragonfly right next to the road and she stopped the vehicle. I spent the next 10 minutes trying to get as close to the little guy as possible. I walked away after getting 2 really cool shots. My personal favorite is the shot taken head on.

http://www.123rf.com/photo_22185408_side-view-of-a-red-dragonfly-perched-on-a-branch-against-a-blue-sky-background.html

Aperture:                            f/7,1
Shutter Speed:                   1/200s
ISO:                                   100

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-157261994/stock-photo-front-view-of-a-red-dragonfly-perched-on-a-branch-against-a-blue-sky-background.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-78
 Aperture:                           f/9
Shutter Speed:                   1/200s
ISO:                                   100

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #37



To me, buffalo is one of the least exciting members of the big five. Don’t get me wrong, they are great to see, especially when you have seen the other four and you just need to see buffalo before you head home so you can tell everyone back home that you managed to see all five of the big five. Other than that, they are generally pretty boring animals. Like cows on a farm really.

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-26445709-buffalo-chewing.php?st=7580ab4
Aperture:                            f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                   1/400s
ISO:                                   320

Monday, December 23, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #36



One of my favorite photography techniques is to create panoramas. This particular shot of the Ithala Game Reserve was taken from the top of a hill. This image was made up of 8 shots, stitched together in Photoshop.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158720240/stock-photo-a-panorama-of-the-hills-of-ithala-game-reserve-in-kwa-zulu-natal.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-66
Aperture:                           f/11
Shutter Speed:                  1/125s
ISO:                                  100

Sunday, December 22, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #35


During my holiday in Cape Town, I went to the Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront and this stingray was swimming around and came up close to the glass. He reached the surface of the water, creating a reflection. The blue sky just added an extra element of interest to the shot. 

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-27623576-stingray-underside-through-glass.php?st=7580ab4

Aperture:                          f/4
Shutter Speed:                 1/80s
ISO:                                 1600

Saturday, December 21, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #34



Does anyone remember Rafiki from the Lion King? The Mandrill is the real-life version of Rafiki and while this female is much smaller and slightly less colorful, it’s still a beautiful animal. This was the first time I had seen a real mandrill and the colors are absolutely amazing. I liked this shot because it looked up at the sky, which illuminated its face and colors.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158735285/stock-photo-a-portrait-of-a-mandrill.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-32
Aperture:                          f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                 1/80s
ISO:                                 800

Friday, December 20, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #33



It was a lazy Sunday afternoon and I was sitting in the Lonehill Park in Johannesburg watching the dogs swim around in the dam. I wanted to try and freeze the water drops in mid air when the dog shook himself dry. I waited for him to come out of the water and I was quite pleased with the results.

www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-26446102-cross-breed-dog-exits-the-water.php?st=7580ab4
Aperture:                          f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                 1/1600s
ISO:                                 320

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-26446133-wet-cross-breed-dog-shakes-himself-dry-1.php?st=7580ab4
Aperture:                           f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                  1/1000s
ISO:                                  400

http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-26446159-wet-cross-breed-dog-shakes-himself-dry-2.php
Aperture:                           f/5,6
Shutter Speed:                  1/1328s
ISO:                                  400

Thursday, December 19, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #32



While on our morning game drive in the Kruger National Park, our driver stopped the vehicle to look for tracks near the dung. While we were waiting I spotted a little Swainson’s Spur Fowl hiding in the dung, almost camouflaged.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158725070/stock-photo-a-swainsons-spur-fowl-sitting-in-animal-dung.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-33
Aperture:                          f/7,1
Shutter Speed:                1/500s
ISO:                                   800

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #31



Sometimes an elephant will refuse to show it’s face and you are left with only one option as a photographer. Photograph its ass.

http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-158725004/stock-photo-an-elephant-s-behind-in-the-setting-of-the-african-bush.html?src=YNj-Q28NLWAuzZME7dZfjw-1-41

Aperture:                             f/8
Shutter Speed:                    1/200s
ISO:                                   100

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

365 Days of Photography - Day #30



After a visit to the bathroom at a lodge in the Kruger National Park, I heard a tapping noise on the window. I turned around to find this Yellow Billed Hornbill, or rather, this “peeping tom” staring back at me cheekily.

http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-peeping-tom-cheeky-yellow-billed-hornbill-bathroom-window-image32338037
Aperture:                         f/5,6
Shutter Speed:               1/200s
ISO:                                   800