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We seldom get electric storms in the Western Cape, but usually on a few abnormally hot days in summer the big mushroom clouds form over the Cape mountains. On this day in January I decided to give chase and ended up somewhere between Touwsrivier and Calvinia. While there isn't a gallery for this specific area on my map, it's closest to the boland area.

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
Composite of 3x 30s exposures for more lightning

Somewhere between Touwsrivier and Calvinia, South Africa

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Warm sunrise light dapples the valleys of Excelsior in beautiful colours

5D II
Canon 24-70mm

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Blood-red dawn light lights up the Mnweni as a full moon sets over Lesotho. From right to left are the outer pinnacle, inner pinnacle, Uphonjwana and the rockeries

5D II, 24-70mm

Drakensberg, South Africa


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Morning light casts dramatic rays through Autumn haze hanging in the great depths of Blyde River Canyon

5D II
Canon 24-70mm
lee 0.6 soft grad
Pano of 6 shots

Blyde River Canyon, Mpumalanga, South Africa


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The colorful skies of a summer sunset hangs over one of the side falls at Augrabies

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Zeiss 18mm

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Long exposure blurs thunderclouds over the mountains of Excelsior and a dead Acacia tree standing in a dune street

5D II
24-70mm
Lee grad
Lee big stopper

Excelsior Farm, Namib Rand, Namibia

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The classic scene associated with the Drakensberg - Cascades of the Tugela river with the Amphitheater in the background. If you don't have this shot, then you can't say you've photographed the Drakensberg!

Royal Natal National Park, Northern Drakensberg

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
Lee grad
B+W Kaesemann polarizer

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Sunrise paints an amazing rainbow over the canola fields on an icy winter monring in the Overberg

5D II
Zeiss 18mm

Napier Area, Overberg, South Africa



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After shooting sunrise in Deadvlei on this morning, I arrived at a flooded Tsaucheb river crossing where everyone was impatiently waiting for the water to subside. After about two hours of waiting I decided to head back to the 4x2 parking lot, have lunch and wait for afternoon light to arrive. I had my lunch, a nap, some coffee and I got back in the car and headed back to the dune 45 area. There were heavy rains fast approaching from the East, so I decided to scout these pans just outside the 4x2 parking lot for a bit. The sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the scene in warm afternoon light for about two minutes. I folded out the tripod, put the camera on and attached the filter system as fast as I could with hands shaking from excitement. I got this shot and as I tried to compose one closer to the ground the light was gone...

Tsaucheb Valley Dunes, Namib Naukluft Park, Namibia

5D II
Zeiss 18mm
No filters

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I had visited Namibia twice on holiday prior to starting photography and it never really impressed me that much. The thing that triggered a desire to photograph the country of dunes and grass was a photo in a book by Jean du Plessis. The photo was of a large old Acacia tree on a grass slope that gently descended into a low lying valley where the grass ended against red stone hills.

Almost two and half years later I was standing in front of that tree waiting for the sun to rise. Watching the transition of light and color in a crystal clear sky as an ocean of grass swayed to a warm morning breeze is my fondest memory of Namibia. I experienced on that morning what Jean's photo had communicated to me. Hopefully my image of this scene will communicate that same message to viewers.

Linhof Technorama 617s
Schneider Kreuznach 90mm f/5.6
Velvia100

Kanaan Farm
Namibia

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