Archive for May, 2014

May 31, 2014

Between the black

I’m not sure whether it was a protea, but any time there’s a perfect flower wedged between black velvet chairs on a backlit, piano-key glass wall, I’m interested. After the trip to South Africa I have proteas on the brain, but this was taken in a hotel lobby in Chicago.
Between the black
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May 29, 2014

Alone, save for a giraffe

It’s weird to get out of the car when you’re in the bush. This happens rarely, or very infrequently, and it feels like that moment where you realize you forgot a towel when exiting the shower. You’re in the open. It’s somewhat uncomfortable. You wonder if you’re being watched, and by whom.

So, you can imagine how I felt walking about a mile through Weenen, a park without predatory animals, mostly alone. I kept turning around as the campsite got further and further away, until it was just a dot. I remember taking out my second camera to shoot a 360-degree video, because I was literally alone in the wilderness for a few minutes. Then I turned around and saw this giraffe staring at me over the brush line. In another park it could have been a lion, and I would never have been standing there in the open.
Alone, save for a giragge
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May 27, 2014

For the rain or the sun

It was one of those mixed days where downpour and sunburn were equally likely. Sometimes it rained whilst sunny. This, I’m informed, is called a Monkey’s Wedding. There were four weddings that day, one being quite volatile. Just as it started, it stopped. The thick drops slapped at the wipers, spread across the windscreen and sizzled into the sky in minutes. It happened so quickly I wondered if the same recycled drops might fall on us again. In the very next valley, this man came strolling over the hill with his umbrella at the ready, another storm rolling up behind him.For the sun or the rain
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May 26, 2014

Craggy road through Weenen

When you roll through the bush in a small car there’s a good chance you bottom out on a road like this. It only happened once.
Craggy road through Weenen
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May 25, 2014

Someone in the grass

Right up the road they’ve got wireless internet.
Someone in the grass
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May 19, 2014

Bell Park Dam – rain in the distance

This is a friend’s backyard. I was introduced to him at the supermarket in the day and by dusk arrived here. I’m guessing on the exact place – because we drove this in the twilight and returned in the black. Night in the hilly countryside being what it is, I’ve done my best to retrace the steps and Bell Park looks right. Here we were a few thousand feet up over a drop-off with a couple handfuls of kids running about. To get here you travel down a dirt road off a dirt road and on the way back you roll past people carrying their belongings in the rain. They pop up around corners for a brief moment in the headlights, and it’s amazing how they fly almost standstill into nothing behind you. I remember feeling less than settled that night after the spectacular view and the winding, dipping drive home.
Bell Park Dam - rain in the distance
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May 18, 2014

Two doors in Bo Kaap

My only regret about Bo Kaap is I didn’t spend a couple of hours there. I got maybe eight minutes, and I was stopped and complained at for shooting by a local for half of that time. With all the irregularities of the space there are hundreds of composition opportunities. Any pair of doors was awesome simply for the stark differences in color. Green against red worked fine by me.
Two doors in Bo Kaap
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May 15, 2014

Refracted sky

While it’s a bad idea, I shot this whilst driving. Sorry. I actually went around the block to get it, shot it out the window over my shoulder and never stopped. I think I was going 30 or 35. This wasn’t a case of being lazy, it was just a situation where there was a forest preserve on the other side of the street and no parking. A light storm was building up over the backside of this building, but to the east it was all blue skies.
Refracted sky
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May 13, 2014

The painting and the staircase

I don’t post many of my iPhone shots, but this came from my phone. Most of the time I find phone cameras significantly lacking, but they can work for you at times. A tool is merely a means to an end, if there is an end.
The painting and the staircase\
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May 11, 2014

Skirting the surface

What is it to know?
Skirting the surface
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