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JANUARY 2014 IMAGES –Reflections, river bed tapestries, road signs, a guest photographer, using a 100 mm macro on the river

Sunday, 02 February 2014 06:11


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The Smalblaar River Western Cape Province

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The bridge above Branksome Eastern Cape Highlands

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Dead tree in Birkhall Dam Eastern Cape Highlands

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Mark Yelland on Banana Dam near Dordrecht

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Owl Dam Highland Lodge Eastern Cape

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Bokspruit River Eastern Cape Highlands

Riverbed tapestries

Riverbed tapestries are something most anglers enjoy, varying as they do from river to river, some dark and sombre, others dancing with light and colour. The pictures here I have taken over the years in streams in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape Highlands and they make me realise I have not photographed nearly as many riverbeds as I should have. That’s often because cameras didn’t come to mind at the time, or if they did, it was too much hassle to sling the backpack off to haul out a camera. I have made shooting more riverbed patinas my chief New Year’s resolution. (You have to be hard on yourself choosing New Year’s resolutions, you know!)


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423 tapestry of a riverbed

453 tapestry of a riverbed

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Road signs

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On the road to the Lindesfarne bridge

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On the road up the Sterkspruit Valley

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Kraai River Pass

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Between Beaufort West and Aberdeen

Guest photographer Darryl Lampert’s images

Darryl submitted these lovely images on my request. I have long been an admirer of his camera work on fly waters. In fact I think I may just have been responsible – at least in part – for stimulating his interest in fly fishing photography.

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Click reels

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Decision, decisions

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Still life with reel and net

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The Rise

Using a 100 mm macro lens on rivers

I used just one lens on the stream the other day, a Canon 100 mm macro. It sounds a strange choice, but it has merit. Firstly I was able to shoot the Choroterpes mayflies we saw and I also got a few very useable close-up pictures of trout. The 100 mm macro also makes a marvellous general purpose lens when you are little way off your subject.  Here are some of the 100 mm images from the day:

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Trout at hand

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Trout close up

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Choroterpes Mayfly


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