• #501. Summer in Scotland pt. 2

#501. Summer in Scotland pt. 2

  There’s no point in complaining about the weather in Scotland. It is what it is. National hero, Billy Connolly joked once that he didn’t need to see cloud symbols on the TV weather chart; “I know what fucking clouds look like!”   Elsewhere in the world, cloudy weather often

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#482. Fuji’s X-Pros do seascapes

#482. Fuji’s X-Pros do seascapes

      It’s nearing the end of autumn – it’s been a fantastic summer down here on the Southern Tip (of Africa). The temperatures started to rise during October and by Christmas, we were all wondering where the seasonal winds had gone, as day after day passed in a

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# 368. The Skye bit

# 368. The Skye bit

  Lunch was sublime, Cape Town’s best; fresh tuna carpaccio followed by spaghetti vongole for Mrs P and swordfish pasta for me. Washed down with a couple of glasses of more than acceptable local rosé and then, a quick trip to the airport.     Lunch? I’d promised Mrs P

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  • #347. Misty sunrise at Theewaterskloof Dam
  • #347. Misty sunrise at Theewaterskloof Dam

#347. Misty sunrise at Theewaterskloof Dam

  Autumn has arrived in the Cape and our warm(ish), wet winter can’t be far behind.     Nestled deep in the Overberg, about thirty kilometres south of Franshhoek and within walking distance of Villiersdorp, Theewaterskloof Dam supplies a large percentage of Cape Town’s water and predictably at the end

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  • #292. The Police Station at Noup

#292. The Police Station at Noup

If you use Google Maps to find Noup, you might be lucky enough to see a tiny dot on the satellite view, about 15 kilometres north(ish) of Koignaas in the Northern Cape. Six hundred kilometres from Cape Town and even farther away from Johannesburg, the area is arid, semi-desert and

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  • #290. Hurry up and wait.

#290. Hurry up and wait.

Wait. Wait. Wait. Monday. I’ve been waiting a week for the weather and wind gods to deliver a still pre-dawn and waste no time in sending an SMS message to Bernie, my photo buddy in the next village. It’s still not 05:00, but he’s up and about already – as

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#277. Fighting off Otus envy.

#277. Fighting off Otus envy.

Zeiss’ 55mm Otus doesn’t stir me much. Of course, I want one; I’m a photographer after all. But I’ve got an ancient 50mm f1.4 manual focus AI Nikkor that delivers fantastic images and I still haven’t learned to get the best out of it yet. Besides which, it was a

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  • #266. Watery. On purpose.

#266. Watery. On purpose.

Full of them, the Internet is. Watery pictures. Soft, silky and even plastic looking. Golden brown falls, tannin-rich, ethereal. Even the ocean seems to respond well to a careful photographer. Yeah, I know it’s all pretty straightforward, but several years shooting the ocean and local streams has given me a

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#259. Sunday and a (quick) walk between the raindrops

#259. Sunday and a (quick) walk between the raindrops

Yesterday, we made our way south from Kyle of Lochalsh, through Oban and on to Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig and Kilberry, our home for the next week. Google advised us that the distance was around 170 miles and estimated travelling time at four hours. The first was correct(ish), the latter, hopeless. Even

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#246. Shooting the tide

#246. Shooting the tide

Full moon was last week, but the tides down here on the Southern Tip have been pretty impressive for the last few days. Yesterday afternoon, there were some big rollers coming in from the South Atlantic – time for some wave shots.     Our particular stretch of coast is

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