New Zealand. Forests and rivers.

Torn between hunting trout and chasing light. The Hutt river, North Island, New Zealand. 


Sunset on Milnerton beach, Cape Town,  South Africa. What a place to live.

f5.6 1.6″ iso200 @14mm (ND1000+ND8)

Playing around, harbours and 10 stop mountains

So the day was spent relaxing and moving around different areas of Hout Bay, Cape Town. We started with a boat ride out to Duiker island so my daughter could see the seals. It’s a fun ride, the sea calm and none of the usual icy cold wind.

After that we wondered around the harbour. I was amazed to find 4 sunken trawlers lying in shallow water along the piers. This is a small harbour, and I could not figure out why these hulks were just left there, like drowned reminders of some past.

From there I took advantage of Chapman’s peak drive to find a piece of escarpment to photograph. I’ve just bought a Cambriox ND1000 filter to add to my bag, so was keen to try it out. 

I found that even 10 stops were too little, but then again it was midday. So I stacked a little (yes I know…bad bad bad) – CPL+ND1000+ND8 = 2+10+3 stops = 48s @iso200, f14. I’m rather pleased with the result. Looking in Lightroom6, there was no colour cast, and only slight vignetting from the stacking, which was easily fixed in post. 

The full scene taken with a Huawei P9, just to show the vista. I want/need a 10 or 12 mm wide angle!!!

Till next time


There’s more to an island than it’s isolation.

Living in Cape Town means being within a short ferry ride to Robben Island. This historical island was home to the imprisoned Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners, a trio of decommissioned World War II 9inch naval guns as well as a handful of ship wrecks that litter it’s coast. 

Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles peak out over a fog bank Cape Town.  (f18 20mm 60″ ISO200)

Hartlaubs gulls take to the air. ( f10 14mm 1/200 ISO200)

Trees on the horizon, clouds in the sky.

(f18 14mm 10″ ISO200)

One of the wrecks, facing towards the sea from which it came. (f18 28mm 20″ ISO 200)

As the Sun sets, the moon becomes visible. (f16 14mm 15″ ISO200)

Stars above. The Southern Cross above what’s left of a fishing trawler. (f3.5 14mm 33″ ISO200)

The journey back to the mainland aboard the ferry, the Susan Kruger.
All in all, an interesting time spent on the island. Till next time. Cheers.

Sun, sea, but no clouds

So, my 14-42mm is still at the repair centre. Rather irritating, but makes one think a bit more when looking for scenes to capture.

Went down to the seashore at Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, this evening hoping to get some images of the sunset. The beach is quite a popular one, so a lot of people around, making a clean people free image a challenge. Eventually I managed an ok picture, but I find it funny that even when people see you are trying to take a picture, they will either walk in front or just stand in the way. Strange. 

Could have done with some clouds in the sunset, but we can’t always have what we want. 

2″ @ 40mm f5.6 ISO200
Till next time.

Waves on the rocks.

Waves breaking over the rocks. Revisiting images taken at Cape Hangklip last weekend. I like something about this one. Not sure what it is, but it just works for me.

A side note. My Olympus 14-42mm f3.5-5.6EZ lens has had to be sent to the shop. Suddenly stopped zooming, and would not engage with the camera. For those who do not use Olympus, this is a collapsible pancake lens that extends when powered up. A great little lens, compact and portable. Now I wait, 3-4 weeks! Only the 40-150 left in the arsenal for the time being. 

Cape Hangclip and Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Sunday saw a early start, driving out to Cape Hangklip, on the far side on False Bay, South Africa.

We left home at 4am to get there before the sunrise, driving along the coast road. This is possibly the most scenic road in false bay, where one is able to see right across to Cape Point on a clear day. Also a great place to whale watch in the August/September whale season. Awesome place to take photos, of waves and rocks and plenty of opportunities to explore along the route as well. I would say this is one the sunset side of the bay – that is best light at sunset.

Cape Hangkip sits at the East end of False Bay, just outside Pringle Bay. This is where the land end turns towards the east. So sunrise becomes the best light of day, although I will be checking out sunsets on this stretch as well in the future.

The Cape Hangklip lighthouse

Unfortunately the skies at sunrise were not very interesting, with just a smudge of cloud. The waves however were not disappointing!

After the sun was well above the horizon, focus switched to the waves!! I love these in Black&White.

Rene taking an image of the waves breaking over the rocks
Waves and rocks
Incoming waves striking the rocks.

From there it was off to Kogelberg Nature Reserve to take images of the river as it meanders through the mountains. Got there midday, so not the best in terms of light, but such as beautiful environment cannot be overlooked.

In the flow


Into the Kogelberg Reserve. Such beautiful mountain waiting to be explored

That’s it for now – time to plan the next outing. More to learn, more to see, more to shoot.