hide & seek

the story behind my photo series, hide & seek:

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Once upon a time, in a land not far from the middle of nowhere, there stood a farm of peculiar tales. Rumour had it, that some of the townsfolk had witnessed the farmer’s cows playing Hide & Seek in the long reeds that hugged his property.

Hide & Seek? My cows?” the famer replied, bewilderment in his voice. “Who ever heard of such a thing?”

Slowly the small crowd of people who came to inquire at the farmer’s doorstep began turning away, taking the farmer at his word. “What a silly thing indeed. Perhaps I didn’t have my glasses on that day” said one of the witnesses. “What a silly thing indeed” croaked another.

I too began to turn, but as I did I caught the farmer’s eye. He looked at me, winked, and closed the door.

imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

·    Camera: Nikon D850

·    Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

·    Tripod: N/A

·    Filter Used: N/A

·    ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 1/160th sec Aperture: f5.6 Zoom: 70mm

tusks & trunks

the story behind my photo, tusks & trunks:

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The challenge of shooting at a location that has already been well photographed by others, is finding an image to call your own, not settling for the easy frame, but working the land, finding the unique, crafting the uncaptured, and telling an untold story.

As I stepped carefully around Theewaterskloof Dam, cautious of not leaving footprints where an image might exist, I was stopped instantly by this  captivating branch, or in my mind, ancient elephant Tusks.

The lonely trunks I had seen, but the dramatic elephant tusks I had not. Though they just lay there, they were all but silent. Listening carefully, I heard them whisper, “where has all the water gone?”

There was a pause. The wind quieted.

“Please … bring it back.”

imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

·    Camera: Nikon D850

·    Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

·    Tripod: Manfroto

·    Filter Used: N/A

·    ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 1/20th sec Aperture: f13 Zoom: 24mm

into the heavens

the story behind my photo, into the heavens:

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Majestic. adj

     beautiful, powerful, or causing great admiration and respect

I stood still as the wind whirled around me, rain drops tapping me on my face. The silent mountains towered before me. Majestic. Mysterious. They beckoned me. 

The great waterfall, nestled in their heart, cascaded downward; untamed, alive, free.

Clouds dancing above, the ancient mountains stretched their hands Into the Heavens.

I pressed the shutter.

imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

·    Camera: Nikon D850

·    Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

·    Tripod: Manfroto

·    Filter Used: Lee Filter - 0.9 ND soft grad

·    ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 1/20th sec Aperture: f11 Zoom: 38mm pano

painted fields

the story behind my photo, painted fields:

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Across the Cape, there’s known to be,

A gnome with paints, who’s hard to see,

Each year around the mid July,

He starts his work in fields, no lie.

Dancing, prancing, palette in hand,

The little artist smears the land,

Plants of green now turned to yellow,

“Come with me, let’s find this fellow!”

Into the car, we drove for hours,

Off to fields of vibrant flowers,

“But Sir, when will you come to slow?”,

I whispered, “oh the land will glow”.

And lo, reflecting in my eye,

‘Twas not just land, but painted sky.

imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

·    Camera: Nikon D850

·    Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

·    Tripod: Manfroto

·    Filter Used: Lee Filter - 0.9 ND soft grad

·    ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 1/15th sec Aperture: f11 focus stacked Zoom: 36mm

hanging on

the story behind my photo, hanging on:

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The majority of my work can be classified as “landscape photography”, and as a result, I am often referred to as a “landscape photographer”. Though the title is accurate in nature, I prefer going by “light chaser”, “capturer of the wild”, “epic explorer of the most epic locations” etc. You get the picture 😊.

You see, while the result of my work is images of landscapes, its exploring new locations and being involved in a creative process that fuels my passion and relentless drive to discover the next shot (or to me, the next masterpiece 😊)!

Having never adventured to South Africa’s west coast, it was time to explore. To the Batmobile! After a few hours of travel through somewhat arid terrain, my family and I came to a small fishing town that lays next to the Atlantic Ocean. We walked around for some time, past old buildings (some of which were deserted), next to a flock of vibrant flamingos, along a windy beach, and eventually, over to a group of derelict fishing docks. One in particular caught my eye.

It was beautiful. The character. The missing boards in the middle of the jetty. Who once built and worked along this old dock? I’m sure if it could talk, the stories it would tell! Did I mention referring to myself as a light chaser? I had found my subject, but what would truly make this shot was the right light. Over the next two hours I stood, not moving from my easel (tripod), waiting for the colours to splash upon my canvas. But would mother nature cooperate? She appeared stubborn, unyielding to my cries. The clouds too dense, the sun almost set for the night, I wasn’t going to get the colour I had hoped for. “Just one more shot,” I called to my wife (for the 10th time) who waited patiently with my 11-month-old son.

Unexpectedly, and to my utmost excitement, the sky erupted with colour, smearing also on to the waves in front of me. I clicked my remote shutter release, held my breath and waited. 76 seconds later it was done. I checked the image on my camera. Got it. And like that, the sun was gone.

A few hours of driving. A few hours of exploring. A few hours of waiting. All for a moment. This is, landscape photography.

imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

·    Camera: Nikon D850

·    Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

·    Tripod: Manfroto

·    Filter Used: Lee Filter - little stopper & 0.6 ND hard grad

·    ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 76 sec Aperture: f16 Zoom: 30mm

seascape

the story behind my photo, seascape:

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My wife’s Ouma and Oupa lived in Stilbaai for over 25 years. Come Christmas (Kersfees in Afrikaans), their house becomes the holiday home for visiting family from around the country. This would be my first Christmas with my South African family, my second in South Africa.

Each year, members of the family (typically the cousins) pick one morning of their holiday to rise early and walk to the neighbouring town of Jongensfontein, about 10 km down the coast. This year, I was able to join.

Once again I was stunned by the beauty of the country, the rugged coastline, the powerful Indian Ocean, the untamed wild that I so desperately wanted to photograph. But alas, I was one of eight on the hike, and didn’t want to hold the group back any more than I already was (I was at the back taking photos…naturally). I’d have to return. And so I did …

…at 4:30 a.m. a few days later. Guided by headlamp, I made my way along the coast. It was dark and raining lightly. I had about a 45-minute walk ahead of me to get where I had seen these beautiful rock walls jetting out into the ocean. I trudged along, most of the time only looking a few metres ahead to where my headlamp shined. Rocks. Sand. Grass. Eyes. Wait a minute! Eyes?! Eyes?! And spots! And claws! It’s a LEOPARD! RUNNNN!!!! ….

Okay. So it wasn’t a leopard. It was a Serval. Close enough 😊. Regardless of what it was, it ain’t found in Toronto! Needless to say, the rest of my walk was accompanied with two rather large rocks in either hand. All this for a photo.

Finally I arrived at my destination. Set the tripod down. Locked in on my subject, sat down on a rock and waited for the light. But wait!!! Something just ran past my head on the ledge above! The Serval was back! I was being stalked by an African wild cat!!! Oh wait. That’s an otter.

 imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

  • Camera: Nikon D850

  • Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

  • Tripod: Manfroto

  • Filter Used: Lee Filter - little stopper

  • ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 20 sec Aperture: f11 Zoom: 46mm

majestic peaks

the story behind my photo, majestic peaks:

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If you read my brief bio on the “the artist” tab, you will see that I’m from Toronto, Canada, now living in South Africa. I’m a kid in a candy shop here, spoiled by the wild and rugged landscapes that surround me and the resulting photo opportunities!

Majestic Peaks was taken in the Du Toitskloof Pass, between Paarl and Worcester. I’d driven through this pass countless times, always mesmerized by the giant rock walls that tower above the highway below. I remember driving through the pass for my first time thinking I had just stepped into a scene from The Lord of the Rings. I knew there was an image here that I had to get … and so many times I returned, always leaving my house well before sunrise to give me enough time to explore the terrain, frame my shot and wait for the magic.

On this particular morning the Western Cape had just experienced a massive snowfall. “Massive” of course being relative to South Africa (a mere dusting compared to a Canadian snow dump :) ). I waited in my car for the torrential rains to pause and allow me to have even 30 seconds to capture the shot I’d come for. FINALLY, after about 15 minutes of waiting (it felt much longer!) there was a gap. I jumped out of the car (camera already dialled in to the correct settings), ran through the bush, scaled some rocks, dropped the tripod into place and SNAP. Wind whipping, rain picking up again, clouds dancing, snow shimmering, Majestic Peaks was born.

imagine | explore | create

Andrew

technical:

  • Camera: Nikon D850

  • Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8

  • Tripod: Manfroto

  • Filter Used: Lee Filter - 0.9 ND soft grad

  • ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 1/40th sec Aperture: f11 Zoom: 24mm