Street Photography - A picture is worth a thousand words

Published on: 18th Mar 2018

The expression "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." appeared in a 1911 newspaper article discussing journalism and publicity. It referred to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image or that an image of a subject conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a description does.

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The Fujifilm X-T2 camera features for travel photography

Published on: 18th Jul 2016

On my recent trip to China, I was privileged to test the new Fujifilm X-T2 (pre-production model) camera. When I received the camera I was told that there will most likely be firmware updates every couple of weeks, but being away and without a PC I had to live with the firmware I received with the camera. I was brave enough to leave my X-T1 at home (but like always did take my X-E2 backup body along). I was lucky enough not to experience any serious issues with the installed firmware.

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Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Published on: 17th May 2016

Tswaing is an impact meteorite crater in South Africa situated just over 35 kilometres north-west of Pretoria. It is estimated that it was fromed when a meteorite slammed into the earth’s crust about 220 000 years ago. It was a stony type meteorite between 30 and 50 meters in diameter. The impact formed a huge crater, 1.4 km in diameter and 200 m deep. This crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world.

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The Sweet-potato seller

Published on: 8th May 2016

It was late in the afternoon (or early evening) after sunset but with enough light to continue with handheld street photography - as long as one uses a wide aperture. We were visiting Dafen Art Village in Shenzhen and were very reluctant to leave. We were all very tired but on a photography high!

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Shenzhen Street photography using the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2

Published on: 18th Apr 2016

This is the second article in a series about my lens usage on a specific trip to Shenzhen in China. In the first article, I gave an overview of the distribution and end the article showing the photos taken with the Fujinon 27mm pancake lens.

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A Technical look at my photography in Shenzhen

Published on: 18th Mar 2016

Last year (2016), in preparation for my trip in May to China, I decided to analyse the photos I took on previous trips so that I can consolidate and optimise my lenses for this trip.

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Morocco on a shoestring

Published on: 18th Jan 2016

Last year in July (2015) I had the opportunity to attend the GPU biennial photography congress in Morocco. The heading of this article does not refer to the amount of money the trip cost me, but rather about my battery usage! Let me explain.

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The Blue and Black Dress

Published on: 3rd Mar 2015

The question "Is That Dress White and Gold or Blue and Black?" went viral on the internet in the past couple of days. SAfm asked my opinion in a 3 minute life interview on this question.

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Fujifilm X-T1 camera review

Published on: 5th Dec 2014

In 2013 I was privileged to be invited to form part of the judging congress of the China 15th International Photographic Art Exhibition. My fellow judges were from all parts of the globe and were a very diverse group of distinguished photographers. Although most of our time was taken up judging the 153 000 photographs, we did get some time for photography. One thing I noticed on these photography outings, was that I was the only person with huge photo gear (Nikon D700 with 14-24, 24-120 and 70-200 lenses). Most of them were using smaller cameras and two of the four fellow judges in the Visual Arts category were using the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. This obviously created some debate and they tried their best to convince me that they nowadays prefer these over their professional medium format gear - even for commercial jobs. One judge (from the UK) is a professional model photographer with Hasselblad equipment, and he showed me some of his photos asking me to tell him which were taken with the Hasselblad and which were taken with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. Based on the image quality and tonal range I could not find any obvious differences, but in some cases, the shallow depth of field was a giveaway for the medium format sensor! (In my research I later found out that Fuji manufactures the Hasselblad H series cameras and all Hasselblad lenses).

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Kliptown Photography Project Exhibition

Published on: 4th Aug 2014

We received an invite to attend the opening ceremony of the Kliptown Photography Project Exhibition in Soweto, South Africa. The opening ceremony took place on 31 July 2014 at 19:30. The invite did not include details to confirm attendance, so we decided to just pitch-up without any prior arrangement.

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SAC Beautiful Country Exhibition

Published on: 10th Jun 2014

The "SAC Beautiful Country" photography exhibition grew from an idea I put forward to Miss Guo Jing, Art Director of Shangtuf Image and Art Club in China, in November 2013. The idea was simply to invite her and a group of photographers to South Africa to show them why we are proudly South Africans. Miss Guo Jing immediately responded with "Only if we do an exhibition together in South Africa". This changed the whole purpose of the invitation: from showing around a few Chinese photographers in South Africa to share the way photographers of South Africa and China experience their respective countries and how they choose to show it to the world through photography.

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Nikon DF - First Impressions

Published on: 3rd Jan 2014

When the Nikon DF was locally announced on 5 November 2013, I requested to evaluate it and received one of the Nikon demo models on 9 December. The first impression is that it is very different from all previous digital SLR Nikon cameras. It actually looks and feels very much like a film camera when one uses it. If you follow some camera forums on the Internet, you will be aware that this camera has split the typical Nikon followers into two camps, namely those who want it because of the nostalgia around a retro looking camera, and those who do not want it, because of its looks! For the past month, the Nikon DF forum has been the most popular forum on

I mentioned on Facebook that I was going to test it, and received responses such as "Why test it? You know it will be good". Currently I own a Nikon D700, so testing the Nikon DF will be beneficial in helping me to make up my mind whether or not this will be my next replacement /upgrade body.

I agree with the "You know it will be good" remark on Facebook as it is based on the 16 megapixel sensor used in the Nikon D4, but there is more to a camera than just the sensor.

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2013 Yixian Photography Festival

Published on: 22nd Dec 2013

In 2013, the 15th China International Photographic Art Exhibition took place in Lishui City in China's Zhejiang Province and I was invited to be a judge at the judging conference. The judging conference took place at the end of August. This was my first visit to China and I was totally overwhelmed by the hospitality and friendliness of this land and its people. During this visit I definitely made lifelong friends.

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