Tag Archive: Canon 7D

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. ┬áIt 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.

Despatch Train Station in HDR

I have been playing around with HDR recently and went out on a photo shoot with an Eastern Cape Photography group to a small town known as Despatch. Despatch is located a few kilometers outside Port Elizabeth and just around the corner from another small town called Uitenhage. This picture is of the train station and was taken with a Canon 7D camera.Despatch Train Station

Another picture of Despatch Train Station, but this time taken from the overhead bridge. I was lucky enough to have caught the train coming in.

Despatch Train Station

Close-up of the track selector or Junction box in HDR

Juction Lever

Steppe Buzzard of Addo Elephant Park

This Bird of Prey picture of a Steppe Buzzard (Buteo Vulpinus) was taken in the Addo Elephant National Park outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Steppe Buzzard has their distribution is in Eastern Europe and Siberia, Southern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly east, central and South Africa. In South Africa they are widespread from the south coast to the Western Cape. Steppe Buzzards are one of the most common raptors of South Africa. This raptor mainly hunts from a perch and searches the ground below for food. Their diet can consist of insects, beetles, small rodents, lizards and grasshoppers. Sometimes even the weaver bird will make a good meal. They live mainly in the open grasslands and woodland areas.
Addo Elephant National Park is the home of the Big 7 which includes the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhinoceros the buffalo and now recently added, the whale and the shark (The Great White Shark).

Steppe Buzzard

White Crab Spider on a Pink Flower

Crab Spiders are from the family Thomisidae which consists of six sub families; Thomisinae, Bominae, Stiphropodinae, Stephanopinae, Strophiinae and Dietinae. Crab Spiders will live in and up trees, under bark, on or under rocks and stones, on flowers and leaves and on grass. Crab Spiders are great at ambushing their prey and don’t spin webs. They will sit patiently waiting for their prey to come to them and will then pounce on it. Their venom is potent to insects and it can kill a honey bee within seconds of the bee being bitten.

White Crab Spider

Collection of Landscape and HDR Photos

This is a collection of landscape and HDR photos from a local Port Elizabeth photographer, Hendrik Frier. I will be adding more pictures to the set as I get them in. Hope you enjoy them. Here is a photo of Hogsback in the snow to start off with.

Hogsback HDR

Despatch Railway

Despatch Railways

Just Married Building

Just Married Building HDR

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway to Heaven HDR

Fishermen at New Brighten pier in Port Elizabeth doing their Sunday morning fishing.


Photograph of a wall at the old ice rink in Port Elizabeth showing that religion can be found in all places.

Religion Everywhere

Happy man in a sad place.
A colourful wall at the old ice rink in Port Elizabeth.

Happy Man in a Sad Place

Mygalomorph Spider

Mygalomorph spiders are from a group including more than 2,600 described species, classified into over 300 genera and 15 families. Mygalomorphs include tarantulas (also called baboon spiders) and trapdoor spiders, but many other distinctive taxonomic groups exist. Most Mygalomorphs are relatively large, long-lived (15 to 30 years), ground dwelling spiders – the largest spiders in the world are in fact mygalomorphs. They have very long spinnerets and make messy silky webs. This particular spider is a diplurid, a sheet web spider and the genus is Allothele. She was found hiding under a rock at Koffylaagte Game Lodge.

Mygalomorph Spider

Directions to Koffylaagte

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Orange Breasted Sunbird

The Orange-breasted Sunbird, Anthobaphes violacea, in this case the female, is the only member of the bird genus Anthobaphes although it is sometimes placed in the genus Nectarinia. This sunbird is endemic to the fynbos habitat of southern South Africa, but also occurs in parks and gardens. As with other sunbirds the bill is long and decurved, that of the male being longer than that of the female. The bill, legs and feet are black. The eye is dark brown. The head, throat and mantle of the male are bright metallic green. The rest of the upperparts are olive green. The upper breast is metallic violet and the lower breast is bright orange, fading to paler orange and yellow on the belly. The tail is long and blackish, with elongated central tail feathers, which extend some way, belong the other feathers. The female has olive-greenish grey upperparts and olive yellowish underparts, paler on the belly. The wings and tail is blackish. The juvenile resembles the female. The call is a twangy, weak ssharaynk or sskrang, often repeated several times. The Orange-breasted Sunbird subsists on flower nectar, insects and spiders. It breeds typically in May. The male defends its territory aggressively, attacking and chasing intruders. This photo was taken in Schoemakers Kop outside Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Orange Breasted Sunbird

Euphorbia Millii Splendens

Also known as the Christ Thorn or the Crown of Thorns, the Euphorbia Millii Spendens is a slow growing shrub with very spiny branches. The branches are a silvery grey color with brilliant red flowers which come out mainly in the winter. It is a succulent climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems. The straight, slender spines can grow up to 3 cm long. The sap from this plant is also moderately poisonous. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once governor of Reunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821

Euphorbia Millii Splendens