The impossible shot ??


This picture doesn’t look like much at first glance but it’s a testimony to how far digital photography has come and how it now surpasses film in many ways and for many purposes.

It came about when I was hurtling home down Inanda Road the other evening and saw a magnificent full moon rising through the skeletal  trees on the Camp Orchards Estate. Here was a massive photo opportunity but the conditions were so bad that I had little hope of getting a result.

It was getting dark, blowing a gale, I had a slow f/5.6 lens, I didn’t have a tripod with me and, to cap it all, the moon was rising pretty fast, as it does. I knew I’d need a pretty fast shutter speed to freeze the moon so the only thing to do was to wind the ISO up as far as possible, brace myself against a light pole for the shot, and see what happened.

It was taken at at 125th, f/5.6, ISO3200 and underexposed by 2.67 stops. I’m not kidding myself that it’s any good, but I am amazed that anything at all was recorded by the sensor.


Worldwide Photowalk

It was Scott Kelby’s third annual Worldwide Photo Walk on 24 July 2010 and I wasted no time in getting my name down for the Durban, South Africa, leg of the walk led by fellow camera club member Andrew Roos.

Our walk took place in Point Precinct Area which includes some of the beachfront and buildings ranging from the ultra-modern to the seriously distressed. The walk started and ended outside Moyo Restaurant at Ushaka Marine World and I noticed that restaurant had established a second instance of itself on the end of the adjacent pier.


I stuck a neutral density ND8 filter on the end of my 18-105mm lens and the 15-second exposure gave a misty effect on the waves that I liked, so I chose the shot as my entry for the Photowalk competition.

All my pictures taken on the walk:

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Shooting panoramas

I seem to be doing a fair bit on panoramas lately. One of the first articles I wrote concerned how to shoot them and I wrote that you had to shoot a series of overlapping pictures. The picture below shows what a series of images looked like before and after I had stitched them.


One of the problems with shooting a panorama  is remembering months down the line, which images are a sequence. Shooting a picture of your hand at either end of the sequence is a tip I picked up on another blog (can’t remember which one) and is a neat way of separating panos from each other and from other pictures shot on the day.

Click to view all my panorama posts.