More new photos from Cape Town 2015 – Jay Caboz

Photo Excursion to Cape Town 2015 – Jay Caboz

Taken from my recent trip to Cape Town 2015. Thanks to my family for being so patient when I scream stop from the car!

I seem to be in the Mother City quite alot this year – here is a link to some older photos

Day Trip to Cape Point Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, 2015

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Scarborough, 2015. A delayed exposure using a ND Filter

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Cape Point, 2015

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Cape Point Reserve, 2015

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Panoramic taken while on the way into the reserve

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Cape Town’s Bantry Bay and Sea Point, 2015

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Snuck in some beach shots while everyone else was making supper.

 

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View of the ocean from the flat in Sea Point, a perfect place for sundowners

 

 

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The crips clear sea of Camps Bay,2015

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View of the Twelve Apostles and Camps Bay below.

Hike to the top of Lions Head, 2015

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Hike to the top of Lions Head

 

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Trip to Stellenbosch for some WINE, 2015

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WINE, 2015

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The Stellenbosch wine region, 2015

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New photos from Cape Town 2015 – Jay Caboz

Photo Excursion to Cape Town 2015 – Jay Caboz

Taken from my recent trips to Cape Town 2015. These were taken in February this year in between shoots with Brimstone.

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Bantry Bay, 2015

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Sea Point, 2015

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Sea Point, 2015

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Sea Point, 2015

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I just had to include this series of shots.

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A windy day on Table Mountain

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The view from the top of the cable way

 

 

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In summer, you can catch the cable way to watch the sunset from the top of Table Mountain.

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After watching the sunset, I drive around to Signal Hill to get this panoramic.

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A windy day on Table Mountain, 2015. Delayed exposures of the fynbos blowing in the gusts.

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A windy day on Table Mountain, 2015. Delayed exposures of the fynbos blowing in the gusts.

 

 

Which ones are better colour or B&W? Abroad rural KwaZulu-Natal

On assignment for Forbes I got the chance to shoot some landscapes. But I can’t decide which are better the black and white versions or the colour?

These are photos from the Valley of a Thousand Hills, a mountainous countryside littered with rondavels (Southern African-styled huts) and roaming cows. It is in rural KwaZulu-Natal between Pietermartizburg and Durban.

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A landscape #photo holiday in #CapeTown part 3

The final part of my Cape Town trip. I went and bought myself an adjustable ND filter for Christmas from my favourite photographic shop ORMS direct. (I order my stuff from these guys in Joburg, they are brilliant when it comes to customer service and have the best prices)

Ever notice how polarized glasses eliminate the glare? Well the filter works like that, except with an adjustable filter you can determine how much glare you want to eliminate.

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This means that not only can I shoot during hard light, generally avoided by landscape photographers, but you can also darken your exposure allowing you to shoot delayed images to capture waves. Shot at 4 sec at f22. (usually you would only be able to push an exposure to 1/100)

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You would obviously need a tripod to stabalise the camera. 4 sec at f22

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The power of an ND filter is seen during golden hour. Polarized lenses allow greater colour. 15 sec at f 22 with 35mm.

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13 sec at f22 at 24mm. This is Clifton beach, arguably the most famous of Cape Town’s beaches.

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My last sunset before leaving back to Johannesburg. 1/4 at f4 with 75mm

A landscape #photo holiday in #CapeTown part 2

For part 1 click here!

Following a great few days on the beach we traveled to the interior of Cape Town. Here there are many nature reserves perfect for hiking and camping as well as the origins of South Africa’s wine farms in Stellenbosch.

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Before the arrival of my ND filter, we took a brief trip to the Helderberg Mountains. A Protea strewn nature reserve full of colour. 50mm 1/5000 at f1,4

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Stellenbosch wine lands. 50mm 1/8000 f1,6. I find when I go to wine lands I look out for this type of photo. A down the line shot with the vineyards in the background.

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4 sec at f22. On this particular day there were large swells hitting the rocks. I needed to find a means of comparing the scale of the waves, which is why I took this shot with the people sitting on the rocks.

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Near close to dark a couple stood on the rocks giving me a chance to get a silhouette. A very photojourn sort of shot (sometimes you can’t avoid thinking of work with you are on holiday). 1/800 at f1,4

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This was the last photo I took form this angle a day later. I had to wait for about an hour to get the right amount of white, with the rosey reflection in the water. 6 second at f22

Someone asked me to demonstrate the difference between a slow shutter speed and a fast. This was shot at 1/60 at f,16.

Someone asked me to demonstrate the difference between a slow shutter speed and a fast. This was shot at 1/60 at f,16.  Compare this to the above shot and you can also see the effects of depth of field. In this shot the ships in the background are blurry, whereas the foreground is sharp. Compare this to the above shot.

A walk in the clouds in the Magaliesberg

Just when you think Johannesburg can get boring it throws you something interesting to do. Over the festive season we snuck out the city to the Magaliesberg Mountains, an hour and a half drive toward Hekpoort, for a day hike at Rustig Hiking trail.

Despite some overcast and rainy weather the hike was completely refreshing and offered some fun photographic opportunities.These were taken along Route 2, a 5km trail that wound around the mountain range. For most of the trip we were lost in the clouds totally isolating us from the outside world.

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Hiking on a rainy day in the Magaliesberg Mountains. I came across this wild fig tree growing on the side of a cliff. I was attracted to the contrast of the roots and the rockface as well as the way the tree disappeared in the cloud line. I shot upwards along the root line.  Shot at 1/1600 at F1.6 with 50mm

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A lonely Protea flower on the hillside. Shot at 1/1600 at F1.4 with 50mm

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Shot with my ND filter, I really wanted to make the reds, yellows and green pop out on the rock face. The rainy weather added more colour to the image as well as helped to darken the highlights. Shot at 1/1000 at F1.4 with 50mm

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Rain drops in action. Some flowers grown into the rock face capture raindrops. Shot at 1/640 at f1.4 50mm

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Wild fig tree roots along the rocks. Shot at 1/160 at f4.0 with 24mm zoom. The wider angle helped show the volume of roots along this part of the face.

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I liked the verticle lines made with the roots in this shot. Also the varied colours of the roots. Shot at 1/100 at f2.8 with 50mm

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Shot at 1/125 at f1.4. Water droplets on the veld grass.

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Shot at 1/1600 at f1.4 with 50mm. This photo summed up the whole days hiking experience. The low level cloud enveloping the surrounding views. The lone tree is a protea indigenous to South Africa. Shot at 1/1600 at f1.4 with 50mm.

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.