Category: Photography

Santarama Miniland

Santarama Miniland

Photo 7 the 2016 Collection

I love the derelict because it makes for good photography, but today I found myself ashamed of the derelict, I found myself shameful of being South African.
You may think it is the politics of the last few days and you would be wrong in many ways.
I was organizing a photo-walk with a challenge, 50mm shallow depth of field, I wanted everyone to have an opportunity to get it right with little effort so the rest was up to creativity.
What a better place to do such a walk than a miniland full of historical building models?
This is a tourist attraction on the famed red bus tour after all, though I was told that it had gone down I thought of it as it need a coat of pain, was I wrong!
The pace is a mess, it has not been maintained in so long it is literally falling apart, with an non-refundable entrance fee of R35 it is grand theft, no less.
Johannesburg Tourism owe to look into this and Santarama should just close it or refurbish it.
It is a petty because it is a good concept.
This is one of the better looking models.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Understanding depth of field

This is the first short tutorial in a series of posts aimed at helping you to understand your camera better, getting more control over your photos and getting off the auto mode.
I will try to make these as simple as possible, should you wish to try to do some of these techniques every tutorial finishes with exercises you can do at home with minimal equipment.
This post tackles the subject of Depth of Field

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King of the wall

King of the Wall

Photo 6 the 2016 Collection

In a continuation of my “from my garden” series is this one of my many resident geckos.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Bee Harvest

Bee Harvest

Photo 4 the 2016 Collection

I have been trying to get a bee in flight for about 4 days now, luckily I do not have to travel past my garden.
I found that Macro lenses are not good for this, they are too short and the depth of field is just not working out unless I put the ring flash. Imagine a bee being blasted by a ring flash! Poor bee…
So I changed my tactics, and dusted off my 100-400mm to eventually, with an enormous amount of patience and self control, catch this.
A little blur but very acceptable don’t you think?

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Grey Lourie (Corythaixoides concolor)

Photo 3 the 2016 Collection

Here is the most unimpressed and aptly named “grey go-away-bird” or better known as the “grey lourie” (Corythaixoides concolor) I ever had the chance to shoot.
This particular bird has recently appeared, far more prominent in the past 2 years, in my back yard. Though very noisy, a welcome addition.

On another note, I am getting to grips with the Canon EOS 70D, the focusing system seems a little different to what I am used to, add to that the fact I had not shot in a long while and you have a bunch of silly mistakes.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Brown Veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

Brown Veined White Butterfly (Belenois aurota)

Photo 2 the 2016 Collection

As a great many living on the South African highveld (or high plateau), I often move to my patio to enjoy the fresh air.
My house is located in the south part of Johannesburg near a natural reserve and that means there is a buzzing wildlife around me.
I see from the 2 legged to the 8, from insects to reptiles going past birds and mammals, all day long every day.
There are no large predators, I live in a built up area after all, but buzzing never the less.
I will be posting some of these creatures in a new category “From my Garden
Today’s is the commonly seen “brown veined white butterfly” (Belenois aurota).

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Ducks on a pond

Ducks on a pond

Photo 1 the 2016 Collection

It has been months since I posted anything, I was working on a large project and it took all my time, working and spare.
My contract has now ended, the project has a life of its own and I have some time off. Well not quiet that simple as I am looking for the next job now but it is quieter.
If you are wondering what I was doing go here Minibus taxi industry pilots card payments. My team built the cash to card switch and the Point-of-Sale software on top of the custom built device developed by the company I was working for.
I am proud of the final package the team put together, it has now taken a life of its own and no longer needs me, my job is done.

Onto today’s photo, fellow Joburg Photowalker Sandor Oroszi thought it was about time for us to do a Lensbaby photowalk, so we did.
Next few photos, I will post are going to be Lensbaby or as I call it, the art of purposely degrading a perfectly good sensor…

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Johannesburg City Hall

Johannesburg City Hall

Photo 78 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

Do I love a good dark sky…
I am not going to bore you with the history of the Johannesburg City Hall, for that click this link.
I am still learning to use digital blending, very counter intuitive but I like the results.
The alignment is not perfect but I am relatively happy with the results.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2015

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Surreal Sunrise

Surreal Sunrise

Photo 76 of 356 of the 2015 Collection

Surreal Sunrise shot by Geraldine at the Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk 2015 in Melville.
You can see Sandton business district in the horizon.

Photograph by Geraldine Parent © 2015

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