Published on: 8th Mar 2015We announced our annual photoparadise landscape workshop on the social media a couple of days ago, and this made me think that it would be apt to write an article about it and show some of my photos taken at the last workshop.
Photoparadise.org is a collaboration between Francois Roux, Francois Rousseau and myself.We founded it in 2012 with the purpose to put back in photography a little bit of what we have received over the years from the photography fraternity in South Africa.
We started to write some articles for our website, and most of these articles are in the form of tutorials. Unfortunately, our busy lives makes it difficult to publish articles more frequently, but we do our best to add content in the time we have. We also decided to dedicate some time to workshops and had held one workshop each year since we started this. Although we do not want to incur any expense from the workshops, we do not actively seek any income either.
After our first workshop in 2012 (in the Richtersveld) we asked the delegates to fill in an evaluation form. One of the delegates remarked that he did not understand why we do not charge an appropriate rate for what we offer.Well, as long as we have delegates that see our workshops as a "bargain", we will continue to present them!
In 2013 we held our first workshop in Lady Grey. Lady Grey is in the "New England" areaof the Eastern Cape and we chose this town as our base because of the beautiful and diverse landscape opportunities in the vicinity. The time was also chosen because of the wonderful autumn colours in that area. We found it such a photogenic setting that we went back in 2014, this time extending it to its neighboring town, Barkly East. The 2013 and 2014 workshops were such a great success that this venue has become a tradition that we will continue in the 2015 workshop.
The 2014 workshop week coincided with a new moon,so we had great dark nights and therefore concentrated on star trail photography. This year we will have a full moon, and we plan to show the delegates how special a star trail photo under the light of the full moon could be. (You will find a number of full moon photos - including star trail photos - in my galleries.)
I am known as "Lucky Cloud Man" but the truth is that I select my landscape photo opportunities specifically to coincide with the times when the possibility of cloud formation is higher than normal. The end of April / beginning of Maysees the start of the first cold fronts, and in 2013 as well as 2014 we were "lucky" to have many great cloud-filled skies. On the way to the 2014 workshop I could not resist the temptation to stop and take a few landscape photos, as the first clouds already appeared just south of Bloemfontein. The biggest frustration when driving through a landscape with wonderful light and beautiful clouds, is being unable to find an interesting foreground subject! The extraordinary shapes of the trees in the photo called "Wind Blown" was just what I needed to lower the frustration levels and increase the caffeine levels. I enjoyed this scene so much that we eventually arrived about an hour late at our venue in Lady Grey. I also converted this specific photo to monochrome and cannot make up my mind whether the colour or monochrome is my favourite.
The article starts with a cinemagraph taken of a scene on "Soon se Plaas" just outside Lady Grey. I am looking forward to teaching the delegates of the 2015 workshop how to create cinemagraphs in Photoshop.
Visit the Photoparadise website [here] to see more details about the 2015 workshop.
(If you have read up to here and did not click on a photo yet, do so to see them in larger format and also to browse through the rest of this gallery)