Like pearls on a necklace, perhaps lightbulbs on a chandelier, or maybe even lights above a Carousel at a Carnival, dewdrops on a spiders web can conjure up so many different images when you zoom in on the detail….. Detail is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of dewdrops on a spiders web are my response to the prompt…

…..the journey continues………..



Travel Theme : Night

Ailsa whose blog “wheres my backpack” hosts a weekly travel theme prompt, has identified this weeks theme as “night”. It’s such a diverse topic that I guess everybody who posts here, will have a few options each :-). I’ve chosen some night images of Cape Town for my post.

Nestled below the slopes of Table Mountain the City Centre gently follows the progressively shallower contours,  increasing in urban density as it makes its way towards the waters edge at the harbour or at the sea depending where in the City you are. The Mountain is not always lit up at night, though when it is, it creates a wonderful illuminated backdrop to the City lights.

Signal Hill is adjacent to Table Mountain, and a perfect vantage point for getting an overview of the City and its proximity and its context with the Mountain. I was out there not too long ago at night, with an illuminated mountain, illuminated city, and starry sky, camera in hand, to try and capture the moment. Some of these images are my submission for this weeks Travel theme “night”.

…………….the journey continues………………..

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