Landscapes and Sunsets

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Ufumene Game Lodge

A favorite destination for our family is the Ufumene Game Lodge. Ufumene is located in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) on the Cradock side of the Olifantshoek pass. The lodge is very family orientated, whether the kids go horse riding and the adults go for a long tranquil walk, its a place to relax and get yourself recharged.
The following photos are a collection of some of my favorites from the area surrounding the lodge:

Mother and Child. Newly born giraffe. Such serene animals.

Giraffe mommy and baby


This is a macro shot of a Lavender flower. I shot this with a 500mm Sigma lens with a 25mm extension tube attached so I could get in really close.

Lavender macro


On receiving my new Canon 7D mark II, the first thing that went through my mind was; how much noise am I going to get with a starscape. This was a 30 second exposure with an ISO of 4000.  I was truly impressed by the minimal noise that I got in this shot.

Starscape at Ufumene


This is an Hadeda Ibis, a pretty common bird in the Eastern Cape.

Hadeda ibis


One of the landscape picture I took of the surrounding area around Ufumene Lodge

Mountains At Ufunmene


One of the many birds of prey in the area.



A beautiful sunset at Ufumene. Everyday has a unique sunset.

Sunset at Ufumene


One of the great animals to see when visiting Ufumene, is the Sable Antelope. They are magnificent animals.

Sable Antelope


The Cape Sparrow is one of the many birds you will encounter at the lodge. Ufumene is a birders’ paradise.

Cape sparrow


Another landscape over the small dam outside the lodge. It can really produce some stunning effects

Sunrise at Ufumene


Road to tranquility.  Another landscape shot with touch of HDR

Mountains At Ufunmene


Another shot off the dam. Love the clouds.

Dam at Ufumene

Schoenmakerskop Seascape Sunset

Skoenmakerskop is a small coastal community in the Eastern Cape outside of Port Elizabeth.  It’s a great place to photograph amazing sunsets and seascapes. This shot was a combination of three photographs merged together and then made into an HDR photograph with a great little program called AutoHDR. This program is completely free, but if you make money using it or just feel generous, please donate something to the author for his effort. The camera that was used is a Canon 7D, with a Sigma 10-20mm lens attached.  Also, to get the effect of the water, a big-stopped was also used.

Schoenmakerskop Sunset

Schoenmakerskop Sunset

2014 Super Moon

Here is another Super Perigee Moon for 12 July 2014. A moon that is more brighter than the average moon and also closer to earth. This moon was superimposed onto a stary background to liven it up a little. Another Super Moon will also occur on the 10 August and 9 September this year. This Super moon image was taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

2014 SuperMoon

Red Tide – Blue Bioluminescence

A few of us photogs heard that the red tide was causing a beautiful display of blue luminescence in the water along the Port Elizabeth and Eastern Cape coast-line.  The opportunity was immediately snapped up to try out some long exposure shots of the water and surrounding area. Having not really done any long exposures before, I needed a little help from some fellow photogs and here are two of my favorites coming from this shoot.
The first picture is deliberately under-exposed in order to bring out the colours better.

Maitlands Red Tide Bioluminescence

This second photo was taken with a colder white balance to bring out the blues of the luminescence.

Maitlands Red Tide Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. In this case, the plankton.

A red tide is the common name for an algal bloom involving large concentrations of red or brown-coloured microorganisms, caused by a few species of dinoflagellates . Red tides are events in which estuarine, marine, or fresh water algae accumulate rapidly in the water column, resulting in coloration of the surface water.

These algae, known as phytoplankton, are single-celled protists, plant-like organisms that can form dense, visible patches near the water’s surface. Certain species of phytoplanktondinoflagellates, contain photosynthetic pigments that vary in color from green to brown to red. In this case, mainly blue

When the algae are present in high concentrations, the water appears to be discolored or murky, varying in color from purple to almost pink, normally being red or green. Not all algal blooms are dense enough to cause water discoloration, and not all discolored waters associated with algal blooms are red. Additionally, red tides are not typically associated with tidal movement of water, hence the term algal bloom.

Some red tides are associated with the production of natural toxins, depletion of dissolved oxygen or other harmful effects, and are generally described as harmful algal blooms. During Red Tides, it is often advisable NOT to eat various shellfish (filter feeders such as mussels and oysters) as these may contain toxins that might harm us.  Some of the symptoms of red tide poisoning are headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and pain. Other more severe problems may develop depending on the toxins, like difficulty swallowing, sense of throat constriction, speech incoherence or complete loss of speech and even paralysis.
Some of this information supplied by Wikipedia

Lady’s Slipper Sunset Photograpy Outing

Our photography club outing for this month was a trip to Lady Slipper to try and get a shot of the sunset. Unfortunately the weather did not play fair and was really cloudy and miserable! I only got one decent shot on this trip and I am really proud of it.

Lady Slipper Sunset

The second picture is a shot I took a year ago when the weather was a little better.

Lady Slipper Sunset


If you get the opportunity to visit Lady’s Slipper, don’t turn it down.  It is really an awesome place.
Both these photos were taken with a Canon 7D camera using 3 photos merged in LuminanceHDR software to give the dynamic effects.

Awesome Sunsets

A recent outing of our Facebook group, the Port Elizabeth Camera Club, called for a sunset shoot out at a place called Seaview. This was a chance to test some HDR style photos of sunsets as well as trying to do some layering in GIMP. The following four photos are my results of the outing.

Just another Sunset


Fire in the Sky
Sunset Image Seaview
Yellow Sunset
Sunset Image Seaview
Brighter Sunset
Yellow Sunset SeaviewSunset Watcher

Sunset Image Seaview with Kira

Addo Sunset

Addo Sunset

A Sunset HDR Outing to Maitlands

A group of us decided to go and shoot a few sunset photos out at a place called Maitlands, outside Port Elizabeth (South Africa), but to our disappointment, the clouds came over and was completely overcast and the sun was gone! The light was not to bad, so we did some HDR shots instead and these were the best of my shots for the day.  These were merged together in picturenaut and completed with The Gimp.
This one is a picture of the dunes in the fading light:

Maitlands dunes

This is a picture of the river flowing back into the sea



Portal Into Space – Out of Bounds

Yet another one of my out-of-bounds editing attempts.  All this was done in the latest version of The Gimp 2.8. There are many tutorials on the web on this subject, but mainly for Photoshop. If you Google around you can find some really fine ones for The GimpOut of Bounds Editing is fun and a little challenging for some, but at the end of the day, worth the time and effort put in.  The inner picture was taken at a Model Train Club in Port Elizabeth South Africa. Enjoy.

Out of bounds Train