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  • Purple Rain

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    The jacarandas in Johannesburg are a sight to see, the northern suburbs of the city turn purple with these majestic trees.
    This, from end of October the the firs few weeks of November, is the season.
    We call it purple rain season and you can see why.
    Interesting fact: The Jacaranda is not native to South Africa or Africa for that matter, even if our capital city Pretoria is widely known for it. The tree is native of Central and South America.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
    Settings: 160sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 40mm
    35mm focal length: 64mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No, the road was stable enough.
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 5 November 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Saturday, 5 November 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 285

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  • Cape Town 180 degrees

    Cape Town 180 degrees

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    This is the last image (See what I just did? I called it an image, just for the purists!), from my Cape Town trip.
    This image stretches from Green Point on the left to Table Mountain on the right and the City of Cape Town in the middle, clearly seen is the table-cloth running down Table Mountain one of the “new” 7 wonders of nature.

    I had everything planned and it showed. Well not everything, the clouds and the freezing cold wind that made me wish I had a beanie were far from planned.
    The point I am trying to make is, planning helps, more so when you have limited time at a location.
    When travelling, take your tripod, camera and a couple of lenses and plan what you will be shooting. Check the weather, sunrise and sunset times, how long to get there, where to shoot from, will you need a beanie?
    I take my 24mm pancake everywhere, it is often accompanied by the 10-18mm and when I can a 24-105 or equivalent.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Settings: 10sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 18mm
    35mm focal length: 29mm
    Number of photos: 5
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 8 September 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Friday, 16 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 297

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  • From Green Point to Boubergstrand

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    What gets more complicated than an HDR?
    In my books, a blue hour panoramic scene with moving clouds, the conditions keep changing by the second. In this case, I was very conservative and decided that a 2 photo panoramic would do, since each was 30 seconds I really did not know if it was going to work.
    It did!

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Settings: 30sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 16mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 8 September 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Wednesday, 14 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 228

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  • Cape Town by night

    Cape Town by night

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    Lately, I have been attracted to night lights, I was down in the fair city of Cape Town and planned to shoot for the top of Signal Hill, which as this photo and the next 2 will profess, I did. This was not without some challenges. Little di I know it was going to be freezing up there, I had a jacket but nothing to cover my ears, this resulted in an unpleasant experience.
    The results were worth it, though.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 70D
    Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    Settings: 30sec, f/8, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 16mm
    Number of photos: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 8 September 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Sunday, 11 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 299

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  • Offices Deserted

    Offices Deserted

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    Randomly chosen by fellow photographer Russel Harris from my Blue collection.
    Before 1Fox – The Sheds was hip and filled with good food there was just the derelict abandoned buildings of 14 Alexander Street.
    Today, it has been recycled and houses a food market, a micro brewery and much more.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/13sec, f/9, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 10mm
    35mm focal length: 15mm
    Number of photos: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Photomatix Pro, Color EFX Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Saturday, 10 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 222

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  • Sunday at the train station

    Sunday at the train station

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    Randomly chosen by fellow UK photographer Kim Brown from my Blue collection.
    Sunrises and sunset alike are funny things, one day they will be the most beautiful thing on earth, the next plain as can be.
    On this day it was just a vaguely interesting sunrise behind a lot of clouds.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Sony Alpha 6000 (ILCE-6000)
    Lens: Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS
    Settings: 1/3sec, f/11, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    35mm focal length: 24mm
    Number of photos: 3
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 18 January 2014

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016

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    Friday, 9 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 213

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  • Abstract Illuminated

    Abstract Illuminated

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    When it comes to abstract art I am completely out of my depth, I just go “Wot?”, as you can imagine creating it is not forte.
    But my wife, Geraldine, is natural at it, she will find the oddest, simplest, most out there things to photograph, things I would not even consider and illuminate them.
    Though I edited this image, she shot it and her inspiration and creativity sits behind it.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: SONY Alpha NEX-6
    Lens: SONY E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
    Middle Settings: 1/1000 sec, f/4.5, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 32mm
    35mm focal length: 48mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: No
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 18 January 2015

    Photograph by Geraldine Parent © 2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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    Friday, 2 September 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 170

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  • Anglo-Boer War Memorial

    Anglo-Boer War Memorial

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    South Africa has built a rich and varied history in its short existence.
    Unfortunately, a lot of the South African history is a dark one, this memorial remembers one of these dark times, the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, a time of holocaust a time of concentration camps.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
    Middle Settings: 1/30 sec, f/18, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 24mm
    35mm focal length: 24mm
    Number of photos used: 1
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC
    Taken: 10 April 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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    Wednesday, 31 August 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 265

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  • Joburg sunset

    Joburg Sunset

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    Johannesburg’s air is always crisp after a good rain, that Saturday I was on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre Tower and, unexpectedly, it rained.
    Johannesburg suddenly came alive as the sunset shown across web roads and roofs, a sight I had never had the pleasure of noticing before, one I will need to experience again.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
    Middle Settings: 1/25 sec, f/18, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 16mm
    35mm focal length: 16mm
    Number of photos used: 7
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro
    Taken: 20 August 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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    Tuesday, 30 August 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 231

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  • The rain cometh

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    It is Saturday evening and a few photographers have come together on the 50th floor of the Carlton Center and the weather is not playing nice.
    Once a renowned and hip tourist attraction the “Top of Africa” is now a desert of derelict shops and restaurants.
    It still holds one unique aspect, it is the highest publicly accessible point of Johannesburg City Center, that makes it attractive to any photographers.
    This was the west view as we arrived.

    Photograph Information

    Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
    Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
    Middle Settings: 1/25 sec, f/18, ISO 100
    Focal Length: 31mm
    35mm focal length: 31mm
    Number of photos used: 7
    Filter: No
    Flash: No
    Tripod: Yes
    Software: Photoshop Ligthroom CC, Photoshop CC, Photomatix Pro, Google Nik Color Efex Pro
    Taken: 20 August 2016

    Photograph by Pascal Parent © 2016 (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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    Saturday, 27 August 2016 • Daily Photo • Views: 238

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