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Ghost rain hangs from a retreating storm cloud over the mountains of the Namib Rand as last light crawls up the highest peaks in the area. This specific shot was taken on Excelsior and it looks onto the plains of Dina.

The Namib Rand conservancy is a private nature reserve that is formed by a collection of consolidated farms that have been bought from farmers by people who use it simply to enjoy nature. Most of the fences on these farms have been taken down, allowing the wildlife of the area free movement between the desert wilderness and these farms that provide plentiful grazing after the summer rains.

In a world that is primarily just being destroyed and harvested for personal benefit, it's good to see nature conservation on such a scale being done completely privately.

5D II, 24-70mm, CPL filter, Lee 0.6 hard grad

Namib Rand, Namibia

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A slow winter flow cascades over the edge of Magwa Falls as a colorful sunrise paints the skies over Pondoland

5D II, 24-70mm

Wild Coast, South Africa

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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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Many years in search of properly green indigenous forests in my home country finally payed off this year when I found these forests in the Magoebaskloof area. Even upon being in the right area, it took lots of exploration to get to the few rare spots with lush undergrowth. After returning home I spent two weeks in bed battling malaria and tick fever. The effort that went into these shots has just made the location so much more special to me.



Magoebaskloof, Limpopo, South Africa

5D mk II, Zeiss 18mm, B+W CPL



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Sunlight slices rays of bright sunlight against the dark depths of Blyde River Canyon

This image is the perfect example of an important compositional lesson in landscapes that I always teach to clients. If there is not much interest in the sky then you don't need anything more than a sliver of sky to give the image a 'ceiling'. Interest doesn't necessarily refer to clouds as you often get great colour gradients even without clouds.


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Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

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Last light fades from the skies over Cape Town as autumn mist rolls into the harbor and an almost-full moon climbs into the sky

5D mk II, Zeiss 18mm, Lee 0.6 soft grad, 30 seconds at ISO200 + f/8

Shot from atop Table Mountain, Cape Town


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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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The flaming Namibian sun rises beyond the Orange River to cast first light on Kokerboom kloof in the Richtersveld

5D II
16-35mm mk II
HDR of 3 exposures

Richtersveld, South Africa



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Warm sunrise light dapples the valleys of Excelsior in beautiful colours

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Canon 24-70mm

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Water washes in all directions as waves batter the multi layer rocks of the Arniston coastline in warm dawn light. This specific cauldron in the coastline is very curteous to photographers as it absorbs the kinetic energy of the wave and softly pushes over the edge instead of crashing over in a dramatic display of camera wrecking water. Once the wave pulls away and the water flows back off the rock shelf it creates brilliant water cascades.

Arniston is just a few kilometers from the geographic confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans at the Southernmost tip of Africa, hence the title.

Arniston, Overberg, South Africa

5D mk II, Zeiss 18mm, Lee 0.6 soft Grad



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