Cape St Francis photos

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On March 29, 2010 I took some Dreamscape/Seascape photos at Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape that I’m really proud of. I knew it was going to be full moon and I had planned the shoot as taught by Hougaard Malan on one of his courses. I used a Nikon D90 with an 18-200mm lens at 18mm. Shutter speeds were between 25 and 30 seconds to get the smokey effect. ISO was 200. I tried to create angles towards the brilliant full moon and took the photos with a Manfrotto tripod and very importantly from within the water.

The photo with the patterns was created by exposing when the wave pulled back. The pinkish photo was created with the in-camera raw functionality and the rest were edited with Photoshop Lightroom (a tool that has now become as important as my camera). The light towards the right of the moon on some of the photos belongs to a fishing boat. I think it enhances the composition of the photos in which it appears. The rocky photo has, somewhat unexpectedly, great composition. The rocks kind of point away from the moon.

This was a great experience for me. It always happens to me, but when I take an awesome photo I immediately know it. Needless to say I couldn’t wait to get home to start processing the photos! Ironically I showed the photos to many people, but many of them had (I felt) underwhelming responses to the photos. I think it is because non-photographers don’t always know when one photo is technically more difficult to take than another. Still I am definitely going to print the photos to sell in the Red Apple and other shops.

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