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30 Days of Africa – Day 7

Namibia is not all desert and dunes. It has a vast coast line with spectacular flamingo, pelican and seal populations. There are so many flamingoes that it is difficult to isolate them, but the fog this morning helped, and it created a magical, mysterious mood.
Witness and capture the surreal beauty of Namibia yourself – join us for 15 full days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!

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30 Days of Africa – Day 6

The magnificent dead trees in Namibia’s Sossusvlei region draw beautiful graphical lines against the red walls of neighbouring towering dunes. A surreal combination of elements, so typical of Namibia.
Witness and capture the surreal beauty of Namibia yourself – join us for 15 full days of adventure packed photography in Namibia!

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30 Days of Africa – Day 5

The perfect light for the perfect landscape. A breathtaking scene in Namibia’s world famous Sossusvlei region as the last light of day touches a lone tree, behind which towers a giant ochre coloured sand dune.
Join us 2016 in Namibia, and I will take you to this exact spot so that you can experience and capture the magic yourself!

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30 Days of Africa – Day 4

This is what makes Namibia, Africa, so amazing – it is the combination of freely roaming wild animals, such as this herd of Zebras, with the most unique, almost surreal landscape I have seen anywhere in the world. Can you believe that I took this image from the road side?!
Are you interested in visiting and photographing Namibia? I am offering a two week adventure packed photography tour of Namibia in 2016. Please feel free to
visit here to find out more. I can assure you that you will have an unforgettable adventure!

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30 Days of Africa – Day 3

Namibia is a vast, extremely sparsely populated country. The impression of wide, open spaces is like none I have experienced anywhere else. A country of harsh and unforgiving deserts and arid lands, and yet it is breathtakingly beautiful. It truly is a landscape photographer’s dream. Our third image from a Africa shows the sun breaking through a cloud bank to illuminate the vast golden grass lands of Namibia’s Namib Rand Region. I rushed up the highest peak in the area, in a frantic dash to catch this short lived magical moment.For an idea of how high I was and for a sense of scale, note the tiny white spot on the bottom left, which is my guide’s car :).
Are you interested in visiting and photographing Namibia one day? I am offering a two week adventure packed photography tour of Namibia in 2016. Please feel free to
visit here to find out more. It would be great if you could join us and I can assure you that you will have an unforgettable adventure!

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30 Days of Africa – Day 2

Today’s image also comes to you from Namibia’s amazing Fish River Canyon.  The sheer scale is breath taking: It features a gigantic ravine, as much as 160 km (100 miles) long, 27 km (17 miles) wide and almost 550 meters (1800 feet) deep in some places. Besides the many opportunities for wide angle and pano images of this truly grand landscape there are also endless possibilities for abstracts of the light interacting with the multifaceted and richly textured canyon walls, as was the case here. Would you be interested in visiting and photographing Namibia one day? I am offering a two week adventure packed photography tour of Namibia in 2016. Please feel free to visit here to find out more. It would be great if you could join us and I can assure you that you will have an unforgettable adventure!

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30 Days of Africa – Day 1

I am excited to share with you, over the next 30 days, a collection of images I have taken in Africa, namely in Namibia and South Africa. These are spectacularly beautiful countries and they should be on any traveller’s or photographer’s bucket list. We begin with the Fish River Canyon in Namibia, the second largest canyon in the world, after the Grand Canyon. This particular morning, the entire landscape was lit in incredibly warm, glowing light.  Join us in Namibia!

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Canada, wild, majestic and beautiful.

Canada is one of the few, if not only, developed countries in the world that boasts enormous swathes of truly wild and virtually untouched lands. We have, in our backyard, untold natural beauty and riches, and we have the privilege of being able to enjoy these lands without the worries of crime, violence or absence of medical assistance. As somebody who grew up in South Africa, the Canadian people’s freedom to explore the vast wilderness within the confines of a safe, first world country, is particularly apparent – never take this for granted!  Here I would like to share with you some of my images which I feel portray the majestic beauty of this vast land. I have visited only a tiny fraction of this beautiful land, but  I have already seen so much. Canadians, nothing is keeping you back – EXPLORE this vast Beauty that Surrounds You!

 

The splendour and majesty of Canada’s west is well known, but nothing prepares you for that moment you step out on the ledge and first witness a scene of such breathtaking beauty, beyond anything you could ever have dreamt:

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I will never forget the moment in Yoho National Park’s Opabin Plateau, when I saw this landscape unfold before my eyes. I was breathless, I could not have imagined that such beauty exists.

 

The Canadian Rockies are jaw dropping beautiful, but it is the backcountry that will reveal  untold riches:

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Even though I have seen several images of the view from the “Nublet” in Assiniboine Provincial park, it did not diminish the awe and wonder that overcame me as I first approached the edge. Come witness the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with us!

 

But nothing prepares you for the untamed wilderness of Canada’s Yukon. No other area combines the sublime beauty of a kaleidoscope of peak autumn tundra against such wild, jagged mountain peaks:

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The Yukon is wild, unforgiving, but it will reward you with moments of awe and wonder:

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We had to endure several snowstorms during our backpacking expedition in the Tombstone Mountains, but when beauty shone through, it was mesmerizing. Join us, and we will venture much deeper into the Yukon’s wilderness!

 

Canada’s East harbours unmatched treasures as well. The intense, peak autumn foliage has few equals in the world, and with the right light, unspeakable beauty comes to life:

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I have never seen autumn foliage which glows as intensely, as that which can be witnessed in Algonquin’s Provincial Park.

 

Algonquin is not all grand landscapes. Under the right light, even the most inconspicuous grove of trees turns into the exceptional:

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A short lived moment of heavenly beauty graces this grove of trees many an autumn morning in Algonquin Provincial Park.  I will take you there!

 

Canada’s greatest treasure is its  water. Abundant, plentiful, it forms an integral part of Canada’s wilderness.

There is no interplay more powerful than that between light and  water. You don’t have to venture far to find a body of water, and all you need to do is wait for the magic to happen!

 

Immense Beauty awaits you. Get up, pack your bags, explore. You will never look back!

 

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Surreal Namibia – Days 1 – 7

I just wrapped up our two week “Surreal Namibia” photography workshop, which ran from May 31st to June 14th, 2015, in Namibia, Africa. What an amazing experience, and I am happy to say that the participants loved it! I had a wonderful group of keen, dedicated and talented photographers, with a thirst for adventure, a great sense of humor and camaraderie, and impressive stamina which served them well during our jam packed two week long photography tour.

Here I give an overview of days 1 – 7 of our 14 day photography tour. I will be offering this tour in 2016, so if you like what you see, and you are thinking of joining us in 2016, please feel free to E-mail me at cgfischer@hotmail.com and I will put you on the list for 2016!

Our tour began in Windhoek, where we spent our first night in Namibia. We started things off with a celebratory welcome dinner, where we had the chance to get to know one another and to get excited about the two weeks of adventure, intense photography, and exploration that lay head.  We had a long day ahead of us, with our first destination the majestic Fish River Canyon, the little know second largest canyon in the world.

The long drive was worth it. Our accommodation was spectacularly located, right on the edge of the canyon, and I was looking forward to seeing my group’s reaction when we reached our lodge.

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 Our spectacularly located accommodation, right on the rim of the canyon. All we had to do was step outside of our room to capture the beauty!

We spent two nights at the Fish River capturing the warm light of the rising and setting sun as it painted the fissures and crevasses of the canyon in beautiful light.

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My eager group of workshop participants hard at work capturing the sun’s first rays on the canyon’s crevasses and fissures. We were right at the edge – with no sign of civilization. A wonderful experience!

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Intense light illuminates a ridge of Namibia’s Fish River Canyon, while rain showers fall over distant mountain ranges. A rather strong cold front had brought with it strong winds and cloud cover but, fortunately for us, this also resulted in some very special light.

After two nights at the canyon, it was time to bid farewell and to move on to our next location, Namibia’s Namib Rand. A truly unique landscape, it is one of my favourite locations in Namibia, and it needs to be seen to be believed! We spent two nights at a beautiful lodge at the base of towering mountains, in the middle of sublimely beautiful natural surroundings. We had the whole lodge to ourselves – what an amazing stay

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 Namibia’s Namib Rand is characterized by so-called  Island Mountains, surrounded by fields of golden grass. A truly unique landscape, just waiting to be captured! I took this image in 2013, when I first scouted the area.

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Amazing, almost unbelievable light, clothes Namibia’ s Namib Rand region around sunrise. The colors here need to be seen to be believed, but they really come to life with the right photographic technique.

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Some of my workshop participants, eagerly capturing the movements of a huge herd of 40 or more wild Oryx buck, which were coming right towards us!

After two nights in the wonderful Namib Rand, it was time for us to move on to our third destination, the world’s largest dunes, in the world famous Sossusvlei region.

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An example of the many endless Namibian vistas which we enjoyed during our travels. There are only 2.5 million inhabitants in Namibia – it has one of the lowest population densities in the world.

At Sossusvlei, we stayed at a beautiful and luxurious eco lodge, right within the park boundaries, which allowed us to visit the dunes well before sunrise and after sunset.

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Sossusvlei is characterized by towering red dunes, the world’s largest. For a sense of scale, note the trees at the base of the dunes. In the soft early morning or late afternoon light, the dune field becomes a land of shapes, patterns and textures. 

One of the highlights, besides the dunes, is a small area called Deadvlei, which is a small stand of dead trees, surrounded by towering sand dunes. At sunrise, these trees draw beautiful graphical shapes against the red dunes, which themselves are colored by the warm morning light. We would leave the lodge about 1.5 hours before sunrise and make our way down the approximately 60 km long road to the Deadvlei. We then climbed a nearby dune, before sunrise, from which we could capture the first rays of the sun painting the dune fields in beautiful warm light. As the light of the rising sun began to creep down the dune faces, we would run down the dune to the “Deadvlei”, to prepare our compositions of trees against the red dune faces.

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Martha runs down the side of a dune she climbed to photograph the surrounding field of dunes as it was clothed in the warm light of the rising sun.

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Martha reached the dead trees at the bottom as the sun began to creep down the dune face. This gave her enough time to set up for her compositions of the trees silhouetted against the illuminated dune face.

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And voila! An example of the Deadvlei’s graphical trees silhouetted against the red dune faces.

This completes my review of days 1 – 7  of our recently completed “Surreal Namibia” photography tour. Please keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming review of days 8-15!

Are you interested in joining me for a workshop in 2015? Please feel free to browse a list of my workshops here!

Spectacular South Africa

In this series of posts I would like to share with you a collection of images I have captured in South Africa’s spectacular Cape Peninsula, truly one of the world’s most beautiful, dramatic and breath taking coast lines. I hope my images from this incredible part of the world will encourage you to come visit! In fact, I am offering a two week photography workshop in the Cape Peninsula which will include all the locations I will be describing in the next series of posts. I hope you enjoy!

In our first post, I will share with you images from Cape Point Nature Reserve, my favourite place on earth. Cape Point lies at one of the southern most located tips of the Cape Peninsula. A land of extremes, Cape Point Nature Reserve  harbors within a small area not only an amazing diversity of plant species, collectively known as “fynbos” (finebush), but also a landscape of gentle coastlines and plains and, in stark contrast, rugged coastal mountains bordering a wild ocean, as pictured below.

While, barely a stone’s throw away, Africa’s wild animals feed on gently sloping plains covered in fields of blossoming wildflowers.

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During the months of December and January, strong winds are not uncommon at Cape Point, and this is when you will find humid ocean air condensing into clouds as it climbs up the coastal mountains and then is blown inland over the adjoining gentle plains. (You can see these clouds in the background of the top most image as well as the image below).

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As the sun rises over the ocean it pierces through the clouds and colors the plains on the backside of the coastal mountains in spectacular light

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The quality of light changes rapidly, but it remains dramatic for quite a while.

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The views from the cliff faces of the coastal mountains are breathtaking, and you will even be able to photograph sea birds from above as they glide over the churning ocean waters.

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Or you can capture them as they fly over the far, vast ocean.

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The gentler coast line on the other side of Cape Point Nature Reserve is beautiful in its own special way,

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and this is where you will be able to see ostrich grazing on the beach, something which to this day still fascinates me

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It is also an area where the opportunities to photograph sea birds and other sea life are the most abundant.

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I hope you have enjoyed this first, short post describing one of the treasures of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, the Cape Point Nature Reserve. We will be visiting this amazing area during the first two days of our two week photography tour of the Cape Peninsula.

Over the next series of posts I will be sharing with you the seemingly inexhaustible beauty that is spread throughout this unique South African province.