Tuesday, June 28, 2016

“Almal wil’n Huisie by die see hê ….. “

On this memorable trip along the West Coast, I was the guest of the most inspiring and formidable FULL SPECTRUM Ladies who asked PETER HAARHOFF to be the tour leader. His vast knowledge of the area took us to the best locations and combined with his patient advice he was ready for all eventualities and encouraged us to experiment in unexpected directions. We had a marvelous time and so enjoyed his wicked sense of humor.
From Paternoster to Lambert’s Bay, we explored the area in dense, cold mist or spectacular light and I soon stopped counting the highlights as every shoot was a photographic delight. Culminating with the “snoek run”, a frantic race out to sea followed by the hard, smelly work of the “fish mongers” in the harbor, my Afrikaans vocabulary leapt forward with some choice explicit!!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Last Saturday I joined the outing of the Helderberg Club and besides meeting good old friends, I made new ones on the edge of the water while watching the sun set over the sea.

As always with this kind of subject perseverance is required and as we sat on boulders, watching the wind blowing offshore and creating lovely fans of spray off the tips of the waves I shot, changing my shutter speeds to achieve different results.

I find it exhilarating to freeze the raw power of the wave as it burst with force on the rocks and capturing every droplet suspended in the air. The light was beautiful and sitting at a low angle, I could see through the water made translucent in the backlight bringing out striking emerald greens. Later on the intriguing colours appearing after the sunset invite slow shutter speeds and a gentle panning motion to give a painting quality to the water.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


We celebrated Guy’s retirement spending a few days on the West Coast. Sadly the infamous dense fog rolling in from the sea enveloped us for most of our stay and was more conducive to reading than photography, but braving the icy wind I ventured out to make the most of a little clearing in the weather. I can’t control what will happen when shooting the sea, but I observe the movement of the water between the rocks and using slow shutter speeds, wait for the right moments to capture the silky, wispy pattern of the waves. Of course, the last night was clear and to my delight, a soft pink light transformed the atmosphere of the beach. I enjoy photographing seascapes as they will not only produce beautiful images, but it is a relaxing way to spend my time!

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Since preparing a collection of “Evocative Images” for the CTPS Congress and a few workshops on this topic, I have been totally immersed in Macro Photography for the last 3 months and having clarified my thoughts, I feel able to get to the results I want to achieve much more easily. I am so familiar with my concepts and techniques and I attribute this to staying focused in the macro world without other distractions for a long time. Playing with abstracts, simplifying and allowing colours to be an emotional and rich element in my designs, I patiently distil the subjects until the eloquent natural light bring harmony into my photographs.