Today I shot a Springbok

No… not one of those South African rugby players but a real Springbok; just 500 meters from our house here in Stanford, South Africa. It’s more of a snapshot. In my left hand I had the leech to keep our dog in control and in the other hand the camera.

Images in one impression

Remember me going to the Graduation Ceremony of the pre-primary school in a nearby location (township) in South Africa? Well here is what I distilled from the few hundred pictures I made. It’s about children and the joy people have despite severe poverty. And also about a community leader as one of the many who …

Flower portraits

Virtually every day I picture flowers in our garden. Me and Yvonne are privileged to live in an area with a year-round floral display. Most of the pictures are erased while they are still on the memory-stick of the camera; some of the others by second thought on my iMac. Flowers are natural art; especially …

The Swing and some more pictures of ‘township’ Die Kop

Yesterday afternoon we went to the graduation ceremony of the pre-primary school in the location (‘township’) near our village. It’s a privately funded school and supported by all parents and others of the little community named Die Kop (= the Head). It’s also one of the best pre-primary schools in South Africa and seemingly the …

First assignments…

Starting from scratch is what I like. When I started this blog (see ‘About’ page) and this ‘new career’ at the age of 61 I never thought to make a lot of money out of it. Let’s see where it all leads to, was more the idea. Yvonne, as always supportive, wasn’t sure about it either; neither …

Graphics in Black & White and in F/C

I’m not a graphic designer neither do I have the ambition to become one. But I love graphics for it can add a dimension to a picture.   The first image (imaginary) is that of the small ‘location’ (also named ‘township’) “Die KOP” just outside our village. South Africa is a Black & White country …

African passports

Passport masks in Africa were used before the modern day passport was invented, to identify which tribe or country people belonged to when moving across Africa. All the different tribes and countries identified themselves with their own special colors and symbols often incorporating birds and animals. Mens and womans masks differed. Most masks originate from …

Thought about reflection

If I look to myself in the mirror I don’t see myself upside down neither do I see somebody else upside down when he/she looks into a mirror. But standing at one side of a pond I see everything reflected upside down at the other side. Never thought about that, strangely enough….

A Sunday afternoon on the beach

For tourists having road trips in South Africa we always say that the ‘real South Africa begins >100 kilometers beyond Cape Town’. Not that the Mother City does not offer something but it has become too much of a tourist trap. And so is Hermanus in a way but at the outskirts of Hermanus in …

The Great Flower Shooting Party

Virtually every day you can see me in our small garden shooting. I merely shoot flowers and every now and than also a bird. My weapon-of-mass-imagination is a Sony A77VQ with a few lenses. This camera suits me well and it does everything I want. I shoot in RAW-format (Sony’s JPEG needs some quality improvements) …