Monthly Archive: April 2012

A Rose from Addo

Every year without fail, the Addo Rose & Garden Show will be hosted. As the name suggests, this takes place in a small town called Addo, in the Eastern Cape. This is usually hosted in or around the October time of the year. It’s a great outing for the entire family where one can look at and purchase many different kinds and types of roses and other flowers such as Orchids.
I noticed this particular rose because of its stunning colour. I used Gimp to remove the colour from the background just to enhance the rose some more.

Addo Orange Rose

Out of Bounds Malachite Sunbird

I have been trying to be more creative with my photography of late and try different things.  I belong to a camera club in Port Elizabeth South Africa and we post most of the pics we take on a Facebook group page for others to see and to criticize just to improve our overall composition of the photos.  On going through the pictures here, I noticed a beautiful picture of a horse and carriage exiting through a frame.  I did some searching around and found out that this type of editing is called ‘out of bounds‘.  I decided to try one of my own and at the end of the day I was more than satisfied with my results. Most of the tutorials for this type of editing are for Photoshop, but this one I did in Gimp.
The bird in the picture is a Malachite SunbirdNectarinia famosa.  This particular one has not got all it’s normal colours yet, usually is a metallic green colour with a longish black tail.  The female is a lot more dull and pale with a bit of mottling on the breast and has a white outer tail.  They make a tseep-tseep sound when calling, but their song is series of twittering notes.
Their diet mainly consists of bugs (insects), spiders and nectar. Malachites are quite plentiful in South Africa and the Eastern Cape.

Malachite Sunbird

Fork Tailed Drongo

The Fork-tailed Drongo is a type of small passerine bird. Its scientific name is Dicrurus adsimilis and is also known as the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo. They are members of the family Dicruridae.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is common and widespread in South Africa and mostly south of the Sahara. These insect-eating birds are usually found in open forests or bush. The females lay two to four eggs are laid in a cup nest in a fork high in a tree.
These are aggressive birds with no fear and will attack much larger species, including birds of prey especially if their nest or young are threatened.
The male is mainly glossy black, although the wings are duller. It is large-headed and has the forked tail which gives the species its name. The female is similar but less glossy. The bill is black and heavy, and the eye is red.
The Fork-tailed Drongo is approx. 25 cm long. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, just like a shrike. It flycatches or take prey from the ground and is attracted to bush fires.
Forked Tail Drongo

Storm Approaching Koffylaagte Game Lodge

Once again, I have been playing around with the HDR effect. This picture was taken out at Koffylaagte Game Lodge in the Eastern Cape. There was a storm approaching, but completely fizzled out to a drizzle on getting there. We enjoyed the game drives, the quad biking and also the delicious food that they had on offer. The kids also enjoyed a swim in the pool and had fun on the horses. All in all, this place was a magnificent place to stay for the weekend and a good time had by all.

There are a number of programs you can use to do HDR, namely : Photomatix (paid for), Picturenaut and a few other free ones. Also search Google for HDR Tutorials and start learning this fun technique.

Storm Approaching Koffylaagte