My favorite Scapes... and why
I have been doing photography since 2006, full time since 2010, and have been to a lot of interesting places, photographed beautiful and interesting scenes, and collected many photographs that I am really proud of.
Below are 11 of my personal favorites from over the years. All these photos have a special place in my heart and I will explain why...
Blyde River Canyon
I visited the Blyde River Canyon a lot over the years and every time I go there I get different types of scenes. Sometimes one will get no clouds, sometimes there will be mist, in winter it will be green, in winter totally different, etc. On this particular day, things just worked out perfectly. The canyon was green, the dam was full, there were clouds, and the sun shined through the clouds at just the right moment to create perfect sun rays. Magical moments captured on camera.
Mission Rocks - KZN
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to photograph seascapes along the coast in the Isimangaliso Wetland Park in the north of KZN. After a lot of correspondence, the park gave me permission to be able to be at Mission rocks within the park before sunrise. On this particular morning, things worked out just perfectly for me. There were beautiful clouds, it was low tide and the colors from the rising sun were simply amazing.
The Namib Desert
Namibia is still one of my favorite destinations and will always be. The dunes along the coast, and in a lot of other places in Namibia can keep a photographer busy for hours. The patterns in the sand and the lines on the dunes will always fascinate me.
I have always been fascinated by the weather. Although I am extremely scared of lightning I simply love photographing it. It can be very difficult to photograph lightning and it takes a lot of practice to capture that perfect shot. This was just outside Lydenburg in Mpumalanga.
St. Helena Landscapes
I love traveling and in 2017 I had the privilege to be commissioned to photograph a new hotel on St. Helena Island. Part of the project was to capture photos of the beautiful landscapes of the island. The landscapes are simply amazing and it was a great experience to be able to capture them on camera.
In 2015 I went on a landscape photography trip to Ladakh which is situated in the Himalaya Mountain region in the north of India. The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful. The Shanti Stupa temple is situated near the town of Leh and I managed to get this photo on a late afternoon on that trip.
The perfect sunrise
The Longtom Pass is one of my favorite landscape photography destinations near my hometown of Lydenburg in Mpumalanga. I spent a lot of time there over the past years and always wished for the perfect sunrise. On this particular morning, everything worked in my favor. Low clouds in the valley below, high clouds above, a great looking sunrise, and beautiful plant life in the front. Perfect.
Rain in Namibia
It is not every day that one sees rain in the Brandberg area of Namibia. On one of my tours in Namibia, I was extremely lucky to be very near a quick thunderstorm in that area and I managed to capture this photo. A rainbow, great looking light in the middle of the photo, and great looking clouds.
I don't do a lot of photography in the Western Cape, but a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to spend 2 days at Cape Agulhas looking to capture new seascape photos. One late afternoon I managed to capture this photo of the famous wreck of the Meisho Maru. Cape Agulhas will definitely see me again in the future.
The mighty Himalayas
In 2017 I had the opportunity to go to Nepal to take photos in the Mount Everest Region. It was one of the toughest things I did in my life and the extreme hights and lack of oxygen play havoc with one's mind and body. This photo was taken at a height of approx. 5300 meters above sea level. To carry photography gear in freezing temperatures up steep mountains with far less oxygen than normal isn't fun, but to get a photo like this at sunrise will be something I will never forget.
Stars and city lights
Sometimes, mostly during winter, I will go out to photograph beautiful stars. From all my milky way photos over the years, this is one of my favorites. Photographed on the Longtom Pass between Lydenburg and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga at a height of 2200 meters above sea level. The city lights of Nelspruit shining through low-lying clouds in the distance.
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