in the right place at the right time……..with the camera :-)

Yesterdays post was all about the missed opportunities that can happen when you dont “always take the camera”. I guess the just of that post was really about the ‘chance”, “unlikely to be repeated” missed opportunities. You know the ones where you just happen to be “in the right place at the right time” – hopefully with camera in hand, because otherwise its going to be a case of being in the right place at the wrong time. Never fear though, sooner or later though, that will be fixed when it all falls into place at the right time.  But, I guess even those opportunities fall into different categories of  “repeatedness”. The “missed opportunity” of photographing the clock turning over on New Years Eve of the New Millenium would be an example of one that would be very unlikely to be fixed in anybodys lifetime. Unless you happen to be immortal like McCloud of Highlander fame. 🙂

So todays post is really about actively looking for the opportunity to photograph a special moment. Winter in Cape Town often presents such opportunities, one of them being low cloud cover. I’ve always wanted to try and find a spot to photograph from, that was above the cloud. A few weeks ago, the opportunity arrived. My intial intention was to shoot the setting sun disappearing behind the low cloud from above it. The spot I had chosen was on Signal Hill, a hill that runs paralell to the City Centre and seperates it from the Atlantic Seaboard.  Approximately 600m above mean sea level it was high enough to get a dect view over the Cloud. My selected vantage point was at a narrow point on the hill which allowed me to have a view of both sides of the hill, the City side and the Seabord side. What follows are some images of the Seaside with the Cloud cover in the distance, and of the the Cloud literally covering the city centre. As the sun had set, the city lights had just come on and were diffused into a myriad of colours by the clouds.

So notwithstanding the “missed opportunities” of yesterdays post, I had managed to create a situation where I just happened to be “in the right place at the right time.”  The journey continues………….


Canon 7d, 18-200mm f3.5/5.6 lens, ISO 100, f16, 20sec, FL-32mm


Canon 7d, 18-200mm f3.5/5.6 lens, ISO 100, f16, 30sec, FL-40mm


Canon 7d, 18-200mm f3.5/5.6 lens, ISO 100, f16, 30sec, FL-18mm