the story behind my photo, majestic peaks:
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.
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Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Sigma Art 24mm-70mm f2.8
Filter Used: Lee Filter - 0.9 ND soft grad
ISO: 64 Shutter Speed: 1/40th sec Aperture: f11 Zoom: 24mm