Somewhere on the Olifantsbos Shipwreck Trail my wife, Geraldine, knelt and started shooting kelp on the beach, it was drizzling and we nearly cancelled the photowalk.
This is how it starts, vision, I have never been able to see like she does, I doubt I ever will.
When I got to Cap Méchant two things crossed my mind, keep the camera dry and how am I going to photograph this? Oh and keep the camera dry, obviously.
The awesome power of the Indian Ocean is difficult to capture as a photograph, the movement of the water difficult to show, the only way I could think of capturing it was using video.
I was a few thousand kilometers off my usual shooting grounds for 11 days. It was a very enlightening trip and I will return,
I did no shoot as much as I wanted but I got great memories never the less. I will be posting them as I post-process.
This is not far from my father-in-law’s house in Stain Paul on Reunion Island, the beach is an unusual black color, near surreal. on the far left you can see “Le Port”.
On this trip, I decided to go light, in fact, very light. We left with 2 SONY ALPHA Mirrorless cameras (NEX-6 & 6000), 4 lenses, a Mefoto tripod, a Western Digital 1TB Wireless hard drive and an Ipad Mini 2. It was an experiment in minimalism, one I do not regret. I mostly shot with the Alpha 6000 and the 10-18mm f/4 lens. What I need to learn is to shoot far more often with my tripod.
There is one irritation though, the final results are only visible back at home, the advantage of not spending time post-processing whilst on holiday is worth it.
I am still experimenting and learning Photoshop manual blending, this one’s alignment is a little out, I was not able to fix it. I do better next time.
Randomly chosen by Mark Straw from my Blue collection (Unedited and Unpublished).
On the Olifantsbos Shipwreck Trail you will find the Thomas T Tucker or rather what is left of it, it has been there rusting since 1942.
Shipwrecks are difficult to shoot mostly because the ship is scattered about and giving the right feel to it can be daunting. However, the weather was dark and favorable that day, showing the Cape of Storm’s (Cape of Good Hope) somber mood.