The Photographer

Taken at the second of 4 trail running events sponsored by Spur steak ranches this almost looks like a car ad.  There was a break in the runners and I looked next to me to notice another photographer silhouetted against the rising sun, I knew that I’d get this effect but didn’t know I had captured the bling on the car till I processed the image.

To find out more about these events and others visit: http://www.trailseries.co.za

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Swim ready

To be able to capture this image I was hanging over a balcony with my feet hooked under the railing, a precarious position to say the least but the resulting shot made it worthwhile.

The symmetrical lines  and contrasting colours make this image so effective, as well as absolutely no ripples or disturbances on the water, sort of like the calm before the storm.

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Running in progress

I wanted a clean background for these athletes running past, so I positioned myself on a high gravel road with no structures or formations on the other side, while still being able to see up and down the road, so as not to miss any opportunity.

I got some great images showing off the running form and they really stood out quite nicely against the bland background and blown out sky.

Running in progress

Ray of Sunshine

Not sure what that little farm in Franschoek did to deserve that slice of heaven on a cloudy and miserable day, but it sure did make for a unique visual experience.

The sun reflecting on a fine drizzle makes this unusual funnel of light, which only lasted for a short while, highlighting a small patch of land is this tapestry of wine farms. I was lucky enough to capture this image before having to move on down the trail.

Ray of Sunshine

Early morning swim start

A nice high contrast image, well balanced between light and shadow in addition to warmth and coolness. The nature of the shot lends itself immediately towards coolness because of the amount of shade, the predominance of wetsuits and the amount of water, but there is a glimmer of hope, the warmth of the creeping bright morning glow coming in on the right hand side.

Early morning swim start

Lonely tape

I really like using depth of field to highlight subjects, this time a lonely route marker tied to a branch. It was taken deep in the Franschoek mountains while on a trail run, and the solitary tape captured my attention because of its red standing out against a green and brown environment (the knowledge I was going in the right direction helped too).

Getting someone else from the other side of the ravine in frame was a real bonus, because there was no one else around and it made the background not quite so bland.

Lonely tape

Early morning bike start

A relatively early start to this bike race, which took place at the Phisantekraal farm during the Durbanville triathlon, and I’m a big fan of high contrast as seen here with the bright morning sun directly in front of the subject, giving the foreground subject lots of shadow.

The nice thing about a man on a bicycle is that its quite a distinctive shape and doesn’t need to much detail to make out what it is.

Early morning bike start