The Amazing Sunset at the Lodge

As promised in an earlier posting: some sunset pictures shot at the Stanford River Lodge (Stanford, South Africa) and from a canoe in the adjacent Klein Rivier (= Little River). The camera settings adjusted to sunset/dawn. No photoshopping except for some cropping, grayscale and the copyright lines.

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Pirate of the Klein Rivier and other things in and around the village

Our village is one of those rural places in South Africa without any tourist traps. That alone makes it an intriguing place for the curious, exploration minded, traveler. And if you are one of those sheep following the mainstream … well we’re fine with it but, please, do visit all those famous attractions. Here we move (or not) in rural pace and take our time for it. A paddle in the Klein Rivier which flows over in one of the most amazing lagoons in this part of the world; watch birds (there are a few hundred different species); take a hike to one of the numerous waterfalls; ride one horseback through the vineyards or in the ‘veld’; enjoy the majestic views all around; chilling a sunset (and for the early birds the sunrise); have lunch or dinner out- or indoors or take a picnic where-ever; enjoy a wine tasting; read a book; etc. etc. Just enjoy Quality of Village Life.

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The Favorit Imaginary

Time to evaluate the interest in my images and imaginaries since I started this blog 4 months ago. According to the WordPress statistics the imaginary ‘Romancing the flower’ is the absolute topper. It was one of the first postings and also one of my favorites; already designated for online poster sales later this year. The most favorite pictures are those of the recent fires that blazed around this village. Especially the helicopter with the bucket flying into the red as a David versus Goliath scored high. The next posting, BTW, is that of an imaginary of this helicopter. The third place goes to an imaginary of my first photo  model; Karuna with a hat the queen of Holland is jealous of.

Back to ‘Romancing the Flower’. This imaginary consists of flower elements and Clarissa (one of the dolls of the Stanford Hotel) against a mixed background of the sunset and elements of nearby Papiesvlei (farm community). Added with a moon and ‘Brigitte the Butterfly’ of Fabrikk Gassenschau; a unique outdoor theatre spectacle in Switzerland.

With the WordPress statistics at hand I also realized that the number of ‘likes’ does not tell anything about the real interest. The likes are only from other WordPress users who are logged in. The real interest goes beyond that.

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Sunsets and the ‘Image Building Industry’

A sunset is one of the more popular subjects within the ‘image building industry’. I use this expression on purpose for most of the famous contemporary pictured sunsets have gone extensively through photo-processing software. This sunset is a genuine one made in RAW from our front door. And yes, maybe one day I’ll become famous too, so I added (photoshopped) a bird to it (and the copyright notice). Fun!!!

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Sunsets and the 'Image Building Industry'

A sunset is one of the more popular subjects within the ‘image building industry’. I use this expression on purpose for most of the famous contemporary pictured sunsets have gone extensively through photo-processing software. This sunset is a genuine one made in RAW from our front door. And yes, maybe one day I’ll become famous too, so I added (photoshopped) a bird to it (and the copyright notice). Fun!!!

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Early morning landscapes

Love to make pictures with sunset and sunrise. Last week Friday morning I went with the bearing in mind that everybody was still asleep. In the village yes but outside in the rural part of Stanford farmers and their workers begin their day as soon as the first light appear at the horizon. It was a bit drizzling at the acres where they just harvested but that gave some of the pictures an extra dimension. Did not have to use Photoshop for colour adjustments except for changing one picture into B&W and some ‘cutting edge technology’…… All pictures made with my Sony A77 VQ camera and I only used the Sigma 70-300 zoom. I adjusted the camera to landscape photography.

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