Category: Photography

Voortrekker Monument at Sunset

Voortrekker Monument at Sunset

Photo 9 the 2016 Collection

With the coming Pretoria wide-angle photowalkI thought it would be wise to scout the area and make sure everything was accessible, that there is enough subject matter to shoot and that we can get the sunset!

It would have been nice to have clouds as clouds make for better sunsets but this image of the monument speaks for itself, I think we are going to have loads of fun.
I am also practicing my Photoshop skills with a tablet, it is so much easier that a mouse.
Layering 6 images manually is not the easiest thing in the world though.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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Kimberley Hole Tented Camp

Kimberley Hole Tented Camp

Photo 8 the 2016 Collection

As you walk into the “village” in Santarama Miniland the first thing presented to you it a replica of what the Kimberley Hole was like during the rush, tented camp and all.
Petty most of it is falling apart.

Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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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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