Tag Archive: Port Elizabeth

Jumping Spider Macro

This jumping spider macro is a really close up shot of a spider from the Salticidae family. This family resides in the spider order Araneae. and belong to the class Arachnida.
The shot was taken with a Tamron 90mm Macro lens with a Raynox DCR250 attached to it. The problem with this combination is that the depth-of-field is so small that you have to really make sure to take the shot in focus. This shot was taken at f16 to get as much depth-of-field as possible with this lens combination.

Jumping spider macro

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

Common Hottentot Skipper

The Common Hottentot Skipper is from the family Hesperiidae and sub-family Hesperiinae. This skipper is also know as Gegenes niso niso.  They are relatively small butterflies with the male being about 29-33mm and the female 29-35mm – not much bigger.  Hottentot Skipper’s are very c0mmon and widespread through South Africa. Their  habitats are forest areas, wetlands, flatlands, hill tops, parks, gardens, mountains and along the coast.  They fly all year round in the warmer areas, but will peak around the October – March time. Their larval food is Pennisetum claudestinum (kikuyu grass) , Ehrharta (Common names for this genus include veldtgras) and Cynodon (commonly known as Bermuda Grass or Dog’s Tooth Grass). Most of this information was supplied from Steve Woodhalls book “Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa

Common Hottentot Skipper

An Orange Sunset

A picture of a sunset taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  I tried my hand at framing this picture and feel the result came out relatively well.  To do such framing was actually quite easy and produces pretty good results.  In order to do this I search around on Google for tutorials showing how to create frames under The Gimp. Gimp is a very good graphics package usually used in place on Photoshop as is it open source and doesn’t cost anything to use. Goto gimp.org to download the program for nothing.

Orange Sunset

Super Moon 2012

Yet another Super Perigee Moon was here to grace us with its beauty. The day, 5 May 2012. A moon that is more brighter than the average moon and also closer to earth. The moon rose at 16:56 and was approximately 357,016 Kilometers away from earth at the time. This picture is of the moon at 99.9% of being full.  The completely full moon occured at 05:35 on 6 May 2012. I also captured the 2011 Super Moon to be seen here. This Super moon image was taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

2012 Super Moon

And this picture taken on 6 May 2012

2012 Moon

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

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

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

The Brown Hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon Albiventris) is a species of bird in the Halcyonidae family and is distinguished from other red billed kingfishers by its brownish colored head, with black streaks. Its habitat is non-aquatic, thornveld, coastal forests and is also common to gardens and parks. The adults size is about 19 to 20 cm. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. This picture was taken in a nearby bush in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Afrikaans name for this is Bruinkopvisvanger.

Brown Hooded Kingfisher