Category: Travel

Visiting Jinxi Ancient Water Town In China (锦溪古镇)

Published on: 28th Nov 2017

Jinxi is one of the lesser known water towns in China. It is less than 100 km northwest of Shanghai, part of Suzhou City, making it one of the most accessible water towns to visit. It is next to the Chenmudang water body which flows into Dianshan Lake.

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Jacarandas in Johannesburg

Published on: 5th Nov 2017

Pretoria is known as the Jacaranda City with more than 40,000 Jacarandas in the streets and parks. The Pretorians call October the Jacaranda Month and with good reason. Johannesburg is just as impressive, with the Jacarandas in full bloom a little bit later. On 4 November Xiaoyi and I took to the streets on an early morning photo shoot to capture the purple streets of Johannesburg.

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Shennan Road in 2 Seconds

Published on: 31st Oct 2017

Shennan Road is one of the longest roads in Shenzhen, so my article's title may be a bit misleading. I am actually referring to a very small piece of the road - around the Shenzhen Book City (深圳书城) in the Luohu district.

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Shenzhen at Night

Published on: 30th Jul 2017

In December I will again take a group of photographers to China, this time specifically to Shenzhen and surroundings. To make sure I am not missing some great photo opportunities I am working through my old photographs to remind me of the places I visited. I found quite a number of night photos and decided to share them in this article.

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I was lucky not to have clouds

Published on: 23rd Jul 2017

In my previous article, I talked about the visit to Wepener and the cloudless skies. Sometimes I yearn for a cloudless sky but am afraid to outer the words.

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But there are no clouds

Published on: 17th Jul 2017

On our way back from the PSSA bosberaad we took the scenic route from Lady Grey using the R392 via Herschel, turning left after Sterkspruit onto the R726 towards Zastron and then right onto the R26 towards Bethlehem via Wepener, Hobhouse, Lady Brand, Fiksburg and Fouriesburg. This is a very beautiful part of the Free State and South Africa. As photographer one can easily spend one or two weeks to explore this area.

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Photoparadise in Shenzhen for Christmas 2017

Published on: 9th Jul 2017

We are planning a photographic tour of Shenzhen for the 2017 Christmas! Shenzhen is one of the youngest cities in the world. Up until 1979 the original village was inhabited by about 30,000 people but in less than 40 years it grew to a population of about 19 million people. This extraordinary growth is the result of the Chines Government’s 1980 establishment of the Shenzhen as China’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

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A Slow Afternoon in Lychee Park

Published on: 12th Jun 2017

On my last visit to Shenzhen I had some time to myself in the afternoons.

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It is about the journey, not the destination

Published on: 3rd Jun 2017

On the weekend on 26-29 May 2017 PSSA had a "bosberaad" to prioritise what is important and to create some tangible plans for the short to medium term for PSSA and its members. This session took place in Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape and we were to be there of the Friday by 20:00.

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Happy (Chinese) New Year 2017!

Published on: 28th Jan 2017

On my flight back from Hong Kong to Johannesburg on 1 January 2017 I already wrote this article (in my mind) but realty was waiting for me on my arrival and I never got the opportunity to put pen to paper; I started work on 3 January and also had to pack all my belongings to move to a new house on 14 January - really a hectic time. Luckily, Chinese New Year came on 28 January, giving me the perfect opportunity to start the year new again.

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The Zoo Lake Picnic

Published on: 11th Sep 2016

Late afternoon of Friday, like most other afternoons, we went for a brisk walk. We decided to walk around Zoo Lake, as we also wanted to buy some fruit and fish at the deli in Parkview, next to Zoo Lake.

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Morocco on a Shoestring - Erratum

Published on: 30th Aug 2016

Some time ago I wrote an article for the Fujilove and the Myfujifilm websites about my trip to Morocco and the challenges I faced with regards my camera's battery life. In the mean time I have learned that I made (at least) one wrong assumption. Here is the updated article. (I also added a few more photos to this article's gallery.)

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A Tree Paradise

Published on: 29th Aug 2016

The past weekend we went on an impromptu Pilansberg National Park camping outing and because of the close proximity also visited Sun City. We left Sun City just before sunset (too late if you asked me...).

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Infrared in Shenzhen

Published on: 19th May 2016

Although the heading does not sounds like it, this is actually a continuation of my series of articles about the focal lengths used in Shenzhen in 2015. In this case I concentrates on the 14mm and 35mm lenses as used in my infrared photos.

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Dafen Art Village in Shenzhen

Published on: 12th May 2016

This is the fifth article in the series of my focal length usage analysis of photos taken Shenzhen photography in November 2015. This essay on Dafen highlights my use of the Fujinon XF35mm F1.4 and Fujinon XF56mm F1.2 lenses for street photography. Dafen is an art producing village in Shenzhen and is most likely the world's largest single geographical area where copies of famous paintings are created to be sold world wide to customers such as hotel groups, corporates and individuals. It is estimated that by 2007 about 60% of the world's art replicas originated in Dafen.

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The Sweet Potato seller

Published on: 8th May 2016

This is the fourth article in the series of my focal length analysis as used in my Shenzhen photography in November 2015.

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Shenzhen street photography with a 35mm lens

Published on: 2nd May 2016

This is part three of my lens analysis photo series taken in Shenzhen in November 2015. This is my favourite focal length and although all 20 photos in this article represent street photography, I actually use this lens also very successfully in my landscape photos. In a future article I will share with you my Shenzhen in Infrared photos, and there I've used the this lens with great effect on landscape scenes.

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Shenzhen Street photography using the Fujinon XF56mmF1.2 R lens

Published on: 27th Apr 2016

This is the second instalment of my of articles about my lens usage in Shenzhen. In the first article I gave a breakdown of the distribution of the lens focal lengths and then ended up showing you some photos taken with the 27 mm lens.

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A Technical look at my photography in Shenzhen

Published on: 24th Apr 2016

My next trip to China is less than 7 weeks away and as usual am I doing my best to make the remaining time feel as short as possible. I decided to publish a set of articles to explain what focal lengths I used and why. Some time ago a presented a talk about my photographs in Shenzhen, so I decided to use the photos of that presentation for these articles.

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Photoparadise 2016 - Visiting Fujian province in China

Published on: 18th Mar 2016

This year's visit to China will be a bit different. With the help of some Chinese photography friends I've put together a photography visit with the sole purpose to go photograph some of the most beautiful landscape sceneries in China - the Xiapu Kelp farms and fishing villages. And I want you to join me.

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Montagu Pass in Infrared

Published on: 3rd Jan 2016

When I travel, I like to create my own little private "projects". On a recent visit to George, we decided to beat the sun to the top of Montagu Pass and we almost loose the challenge because of the number of distractions (photo opportunities) on the way up.

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Hongcun in Seconds

Published on: 18th Nov 2015

This was my third visit to Hongcun, so I started to get familiar with the place, and this is one of the triggers for creativity. I was back in Yixian county to attend their tenth photo festival.

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Visiting Yi County

Published on: 26th Oct 2015

I will be visiting the 10th anniversary Yi County Photo Festival from 1 to 5 November 2015. Eben Human, former editor at "Die Bruger" will join me (and exhibit) at the festival. As this is his first visit to Yixian I promised him some information to whet his appetite - this is almost too late!

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The 2015 Photoparadise Workshop

Published on: 8th Mar 2015

We 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.

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Getting your ducks (and geese) in a row

Published on: 5th Feb 2015

In November 2014 ten photographers joined me on a photo trip to China. This was not your normal travel trip, as all the activities were organised and joined by local photographers from the photography clubs of the towns we visited.

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Taizhou in Infra red

Published on: 25th Jan 2015

When I travel I often take photos in infra red to show a new view to ordinary subjects.

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