Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sossusvlei Sand Dunes

- Sony A7r, Leica 90 Summicron, ~f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 200
I am at the end of my landscape photography adventure through Namibia with +Andy Biggs and +Joshua Holko.  I had a wonderful time with great weather and fantastic company.  In about half a day I'll start my 35 hour journey home but I'm sure the time will fly by editing the images I've made on this trip.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Why Kolmanskop?

- Alpa STC, IQ 180, 23 HR, ~f/13, 4s, ISO 35
We have wrapped up our day of photographing the Namibian ghost town of Kolmanskop and tomorrow we say goodbye to L├╝deritz and make our way to Sossusvlei, the area of gigantic red sand dunes.  But first, why Kolmanskop?  Why come to the middle of nowhere to photograph a ghost town, after all ghost towns exist in many places.

In the time I've spent here I think I've started to understand why and its a combination of several things.  The most obvious of course is that the desert is slowly taking this place over and there is something so appealing about making images with and decaying structures.  One thing I noticed about Kolmanskop was the quality of the construction.  These people had money and they spent it in building well constructed buildings.  They even had electricity here when much of the world was still lit with gas lamps and had the first x-ray machine in southern Africa in the hospital.  Then within about 45 years the town was abandoned.  What makes Kolmanskop special is the money they spent in the construction, the fancy wallpaper, the hand painted edging on the walls and the bright colors.  This combined with the desert reclaiming the town is what IMO makes this place appealing to many types of photographers.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Aloe Dichotoma

Aloe Dichotoma - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/11,  1/4s, ISO 35
The Aloe Dichotoma or Quiver tree is indigenous only to a small part of south western Africa.  Our first shooting session in Namibia was a Quiver Tree forest.  These trees are somewhat challenging to compose but this was a warm up exercise as we make our way to the first major subject tomorrow, Kolmapskop.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Dome

Dome - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 23 HR, ~f/13, 1/8s, ISO 35
We visited the Reichstag building's dome yesterday morning and managed to be one of the first people in.  The overcast skies made it challenging to get interesting photographs.  Even though we were first to get there, framing shots without people in them was a challenge.  For this image I made 5 captures over a span of a minute and then used Photoshop blend the shots to remove the people.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Memorial

Memorial - Alpa STC, IQ 180,  23 HR,  f/11, 1/8s, ISO 35
One of the places we visited this morning was the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.  The memorial is made up of concrete slabs of increasing height the deeper you go in.  The floor also rises and falls making the place a bit uneasy and a little claustrophobic.  I'm guessing this was intentional by the designer, perhaps to give people a very very small taste of the horror that these people went through.

Friday, April 04, 2014

Tables and Chairs

Tables and Chairs - Sony RX10, ~26.4mm equiv., f/5.6, 1/40s, ISO 125
My buddy +Vincent Mo and I arrived in Berlin today and spent the day just doing tourist stuff.  Along the way we stopped off at the Chapel of Reconciliation near the Berlin Wall Memorial.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fall Color, Fence and Crepuscular Rays

Fall Color, Fence and Crepuscular Rays - Alpa STC, IQ 180, 32 HR, ~f/13, 1/4s, ISO 35

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More Signs of Spring

Flowering Cactii over Garrapatta Beach - 5D3, 17 TS-E, f/13, 1/80s, ISO 100
I was supposed to go shooting at the coast yesterday morning but we got rained out.  Too bad it wasn't scheduled for today as its a beautiful morning for photography.  This image was taken almost exactly a year ago at one of my favorite places for coastal photography Garrapatta State Beach.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Springtime


Some flowers to celebrate spring.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lupine and Ravine Falls

Lupine and Ravine Falls - Leica S2, 30mm Elmarit-S, f/22, 6s, ISO 160
My physio-therapist asked me yesterday if I had any concrete goals related to my recovery and ability to walk.  I didn't really have to think about it, the thing that came to mind right away was being able to hike again so that I could make images like this.  I stated my goal more specifically and said I would like to be able to do the skyline to the sea trail (though starting from Big Basin as to do it in one day), though really I would just love to be able to return to the Table Mountain area (where this image was made) and hike / walk around for a few hours making images.  I know I'll get here, just have to keep at it.