Disrespect

My official botanical name is Avonia papyracea and I’m South African by nature. I’m very insignificant, true but also beautiful if I may say so myself. I’m so insignificant that even that lot of Wikipedia is unknown with my existence but locals do if they see me; they named me ‘goose manure’….. Talking about respect … 😉

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Aviona papyracea is a very small member of the Aviona genus. Its flowers have a diameter of approx. 2-3 mm. This hdr-image is a fusion of 2 shots with my Sigma 70-300mm macro lens. Not the best lens for macro-shooting but fitting within my modest budget. Picture enhanced with a combination of Photomatix, Photoshop, Topaz and PhotoSuite8. 

 

Ice Parlour

One can hardly image that a small village as where I live has its own ‘Ice Parlour’ but it’s true and there is more to it but that you can read at the own website of Don Gelato (yes; Italians are known for their superb ice creams). Anyway you can find me there virtually every Saturday afternoon savouring an ‘Apfelstrudel’ with vanilla ice cream and a capucino.

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Sunrise on the beach

Shot during an early morning hike along a non-touristic beach near Quoin Point somewhere between Hermanus and Cape Aghulas in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, South Africa. The sea mist start to move in. HDR-fusion of 2 images with shutter times of 5 and 7 seconds, apertures of 22 and 32 and ISO 100. Processed in Photomatix Pro, Topaz and Photoshop.

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Still Moving or is it moving still? 5 of 5 (last = best?)

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Still moving or is it moving still? 4 of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Still moving or is it moving still? 3 of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Still moving or is it moving still? 2 of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results. Photoshop has many shortcomings!!!

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Still moving or is it moving still? 1of 5

Recently I made some bracketed pictures of a still on the verandah table but between the shots I moved the cup with spoon and only once two of the berries. I made several HDR versions by combining (mixing) Photoshop with Photomatix Pro, Perfect Suite and Topaz. This is one of the results.

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Grape Harvest

With the grape harvest in South Africa about to begin I thought it was a good idea to ‘dive’ into my archive and re-process some harvest pictures of last year. Photo shooting at Springfontein Winery in Stanford, South Africa. Original RAW-images reprocessed with Topaz (Photoshop plug-in) in ‘opalotype’