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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.