A landscape #photo holiday in #CapeTown part 1

It is known as one of the Worlds destination holiday spots and I was lucky to spend 8 days along its coastline. Cape Town, South Africa, is synonymous with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and offers stunning photographic opportunities for the sunrise and sunset lover.

This is a must see destination if you plan to visit South Africa. With sunlight from 5am to 9pm you are guarenteed to find a good spot to read a book. If you, like me, spend your free time thinking about the perfect landscape photo this has to be on your bucket list.

Just don’t plan on swimming, unless you like freezing cold water. Get too close to the rocks and you will know what I am talking about. The chances of you slipping along the seaweed is incredibly high.

I strongly suggest you bring along a sturdy tripod, lens cleaner and a remote trigger.

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Corner of Sea Point. Shot with my 50mm at 1/8000 and f1,6. I wanted to freeze the wave to capture its reflection in the water.

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Also shot with my 50mm at 1/8000 and f1,6 at about 9am. Surprisingly the light was soft enough to shoot. From 11am to 3pm I would advise you kick back and enjoy the beach the light is too hard.

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Sunset shot at 1/6000 at f1.4 with the 50mm

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What I had been waiting for: a shot over Bantry Bay, one of the richest bays along the Cape Coast, with the sunset. 1/8000 at f1,4 with my 50mm.

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With tripod set up and the sun setting it was time to play. 50mm with 5 sec delay at f22 to capture the water movement in motion. This was one of about 20 shots, I was looking for an image that would capture the white smokey effect from the water but still would leave detail in the pool below

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The seaweed and mussels along the rocks really punched with colour. Add in the reds of the cloud this was a great moment. Shot 10s F22 with the 50mm

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What stood out here was the purple reflection in the water. The silhouetted rocks break the minimalist scene, jut enough to make it interesting for me. Shot 2 sec f22

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This was a much longer time exposure, 30 sec at f22.

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These pics say it all – 10 Days of Mourning in photos

My fav pics from the 10 Days of Mourning for former South African President Nelson Mandela.

The Announcement - Luc Reymond stands with his mother Kate and sister Mia. Luc left his school blazer as a memoir hoping it will keep the President warm in the afterlife. Kate said the boy wanted to leave behind something he loved wearing.

The Announcement – Luc Reymond stands with his mother Kate and sister Mia. Luc left his school blazer as a memoir hoping it will keep the President warm in the afterlife. Kate said the boy wanted to leave behind something he loved wearing.

The Announcement - Sandile Shangase, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, stands with Christopher Strong, a pupil at St Johns college, commemorate the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa on December 06.

The Announcement – Sandile Shangase, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, stands with Christopher Strong, a pupil at St Johns college, commemorate the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa on December 06.

The Day of Prayer - Markham Moodley stands and prays outside the home of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Sunday 07 December. Markham says he met with Mandela in his home in 2011 in Qunu, in the Eastern Province. He says the visit was unforgettable and he was privileged to have met the man. He brought his wife Michelle and two daughters Racquel 8 and Nikeziah 4. "No words can prepare you for when you met him. Mandela laughed with you, all he said to me was welcome but that was enough. That he took the time to speak to me and ask me questions was enough." I had to bring my children to see what this all means, to remember the day he died and how much he means to the country.

The Day of Prayer – Markham Moodley stands and prays outside the home of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Sunday 07 December. Markham says he met with Mandela in his home in 2011 in Qunu, in the Eastern Province. He says the visit was unforgettable and he was privileged to have met the man. He brought his wife Michelle and two daughters Racquel 8 and Nikeziah 4. “No words can prepare you for when you met him. Mandela laughed with you, all he said to me was welcome but that was enough. That he took the time to speak to me and ask me questions was enough.” I had to bring my children to see what this all means, to remember the day he died and how much he means to the country.

The day of celebration – The official state memorial service was held on December 10 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The day of celebration – The official state memorial service was held on December 10 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Nokwazi Hlubi camped overnight in order to save her place. Her tent was removed from the stadium entrance by police on security sweep at 4 am. "I knew I had to come and stay overnight, I just didn't trust my alarm clock," says Hlubi. The South African born Hlubi came back to South Africa after completing a master’s degree in International Relations; she currently is unemployed but makes money by selling clothing imported from the United States bought during discount sales.

Nokwazi Hlubi camped overnight in order to save her place. Her tent was removed from the stadium entrance by police on security sweep at 4 am. “I knew I had to come and stay overnight, I just didn’t trust my alarm clock,” says Hlubi. The South African born Hlubi came back to South Africa after completing a master’s degree in International Relations; she currently is unemployed but makes money by selling clothing imported from the United States bought during discount sales.

The queues to see the Lying in State – About 100,000 people were able to visit the body of Mandela, which lay in State for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Thousands more were turned away as queues stretched as long as 1km at park-and-ride stations close to the venue. At the L.C De Villiers Sports Ground, one of three park-and-ride stations in Pretoria, over 16 thousand people queued on Thursday 12 December.

The queues to see the Lying in State – About 100,000 people were able to visit the body of Mandela, which lay in State for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Thousands more were turned away as queues stretched as long as 1km at park-and-ride stations close to the venue. At the L.C De Villiers Sports Ground, one of three park-and-ride stations in Pretoria, over 16 thousand people queued on Thursday 12 December.

Carmen Sinevici (left) and Emaneul Chuwa hold hands as they sing farewell to the former president outside his house in Houghton. “It’s amazing; our hands just came together so easily. It just seemed right,”says Sinevici. “He was a great man and that’s why we are here. I had no time to see him at the Union Buildings so this is my goodbye,” says Chuwa Sinevici also came to the house to say goodbye. The anaesthetist was working the whole week and was unable to celebrate until that day.  “These whole few days we’ve been mourning have been sad. But all these moments shared here today gave me hope that the country is a united nation,” says Sinevici.

Carmen Sinevici (left) and Emaneul Chuwa hold hands as they sing farewell to the former president outside his house in Houghton. “It’s amazing; our hands just came together so easily. It just seemed right,”says Sinevici.
“He was a great man and that’s why we are here. I had no time to see him at the Union Buildings so this is my goodbye,” says Chuwa
Sinevici also came to the house to say goodbye. The anaesthetist was working the whole week and was unable to celebrate until that day.
“These whole few days we’ve been mourning have been sad. But all these moments shared here today gave me hope that the country is a united nation,” says Sinevici.

 

 

 

These pics say it all – Nelson #MandelaMemorial Service #madiba

My top photographs from the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service.

Hundreds of people queued outside the FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, at 4am in order to claim a seat at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service.

Hundreds of people queued outside the FNB Stadium, in Johannesburg, at 4am in order to claim a seat at the Nelson Mandela Memorial Service.

The service is held in honor of Mandela who passed away on 5 December 2013, a few days before. Over 91 heads of state were expected to attend the event.

The service is held in honor of Mandela who passed away on 5 December 2013, a few days before. Over 91 heads of state were expected to attend the event.

The front of the queue at 04h50.

The front of the queue at 04h50.

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Nokwazi Hlubi camped overnight in order to save her place. Her tent was removed from the stadium entrance by police on sercurity sweep at 4am.  "I knew I had to come and stay overnight, I just didn't trust my alarm clock," says Hlubi.

Nokwazi Hlubi camped overnight in order to save her place. Her tent was removed from the stadium entrance by police on sercurity sweep at 4am. “I knew I had to come and stay overnight, I just didn’t trust my alarm clock,” says Hlubi.

South African born Hlubi came back to South Africa after completing a masters degree in International Relations , she currently is unemployed but makes money by selling clothing imported from the United States bought during discount sales.

South African born Hlubi came back to South Africa after completing a masters degree in International Relations , she currently is unemployed but makes money by selling clothing imported from the United States bought during discount sales.

Celebrations began early in the morning with people dancing and chanting struggle songs.

Celebrations began early in the morning with people dancing and chanting struggle songs.

Others made use of their cell phones.

Others made use of their cell phones.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 06h30.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 06h30.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 06h30.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 06h30.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 06h30.

The gates to the stadium were opened at 06h30.

The FNB Stadium, before the ceremony.

The FNB Stadium, before the ceremony.

The media station. Reporters will stand over a small marker to cover regular live broadcasts.

The media station. Reporters will stand over a small marker to cover regular live broadcasts.

Celebrators dancing on the staircase leading to the lower stands of the stadium.

Celebrators dancing on the staircase leading to the lower stands of the stadium.

Reporters writing articles and look at their footage just beyond the crowds.

Reporters writing articles and look at their footage just beyond the crowds.

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The rain did not stop hundreds of civilians from walking over two kilometers from the road blocks to come to the stadium.

The rain did not stop hundreds of civilians from walking over two kilometers from the road blocks to come to the stadium.

I made front page for CNBC Africa as well as for Forbes Africa’s Facebook page

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These pic say it all – #RIPNELSONMANDELA

Yesterday, 05 December 2013, South Africans and the world said goodbye to a legend, Nelson Mandela.

I was outside his house early this morning to see hundreds of people dressed in pajamas,suits and cycling shorts all wanted to pay their respects to the former South African president.

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Trendsmap from this morning

Sandile Shangase, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, stands with Christopher Strong, a pupil at St Johns college, commeorate the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sandile Shangase, a law student at the University of the Witwatersrand, stands with Christopher Strong, a pupil at St Johns college, to commemorate the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Flowers and candles placed outside his house

Nelson Mandela Houghton

Luc Reymond stands with his mother Kate and sister Mia. Luc left his school blazer as a memoir hoping it will keep the passed President warm in the afterlife. Kate said the boy wanted to leave behind something he loved wearing. Hundreds of South Africans have placed flowers and candles outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela to commemorate the death in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Luc Reymond stands with his mother Kate and sister Mia. Luc left his school blazer as a memoir hoping it will keep the passed President warm in the afterlife. Kate said the boy wanted to leave behind something he loved wearing. Hundreds of South Africans have placed flowers and candles outside the house of former South African President Nelson Mandela to commemorate the death in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The blazer on the pile of  flowers.

The blazer on the pile of flowers.

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