Fire

I spent so much time having fun today that there’s suddenly barely enough time to squeeze a post in before I turn into a pumpkin (or something).

So here’s a quota photo of a fire that I recently attended.

Just enough light to bring some colour in the leaves, and yes, a bit unbalanced perhaps, but I loved the light on the earth on the right hand side, and so I just couldn’t crop it out.

Bigger on black here (and this really is one of those images that works really well in this format).

Given that each of those plants was 5m (15ft) high, seeing this up close was quite an experience.

Karoo Roadtrip photos

Finally finished the edit on these and got them up onto Flickr. Yay me.

Matjiesfontein – Sutherland – Rietfontein – Barrydale

Weather was good, family was happy, views were forever, fun was had.

The whole set can be found here. Or why not just slideshow here?

Reviews still to follow, because I know you want to know what I thought, right?

The long drive home

If all has gone according to plan, we should slip gently over the 1,500 km mark today on our way back to Cape Town. Plenty of driving, plenty of sights… I guess.

I’m writing this a week ago, so I’ve no idea how our road trip went.

We’re straight out partying this evening, but tomorrow will likely bring a plethora (or more) of photos uploaded to Flickr.

Thanks for your patience.

Several (or more) reasons why my photos of the hike aren’t great

Here we go. It’s excuse time. Or, if you prefer, “valid reason time”.

The photos I took on the hike aren’t as good as I would like them to be. There are several reasons for this.

Me: I’m not a great ‘togger.
The new camera: Yes, it’s fancier than the old one, but I’m still getting used to it.
The light: Blindingly bright, start to finish.
The timing: This wasn’t a photography session, it was a hike. People weren’t there for me to take photos, they were there to walk up the mountain. There was (understandably) no time to stop and compose.
The brief: That said, I did have to try and get some usable photos of the pack walking up the mountain.
The brief (pt 2): I also needed to get some point-and-shoot shots to show Mrs 6000 where we were and where we went.

Those will do for the moment, right?

All said and done, there are a few shots I like (and a few more that I might add later), and that’s without including the ones documenting the climb for the Cub pack.

I really enjoyed the hike, but there will be better days to go out and take photos. And one those days, the photos will naturally also be better.

Pomp

Yesterday’s trip (which was to Arniston – and more specifically the cave there) went very well. Thank you for asking.

On the way back, we stopped to take this shot of a local windpump.

This might not be the best image you’ll ever see of a local windpump, but I like it for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, this was one of the images I had in mind when I bought my new filters for the camera. It’s nice to have got it (and now I have something to improve upon). And secondly, because of reasons, I had to do quite a lot of editing on this image. It’s certainly not perfect (I can see the join marks), but it’s actually pretty good – especially for me. Maybe sometime, I’ll share the unedited version and you can see the improvements. That’s sometime is not today though, because today is about heading home to Cape Town.

More images from the last couple of days here.