Scouting/Exploring for compositions ~ 24 November 2021

I have been getting a lot of inspiration from different landscape photographers over the past few months. Listening to what works for them and what don’t. Learning from their mistakes and their workflow.

As you all know I love lists and making notes and if something interest me I write it down and will try it. If it works great then I will incorporate it into my workflow, if not I will scratch it off the list and move on to the next one.

Keep in mind that I do not wish to be them or like any of them. I am Coreen Kuhn, and I am busy developing my own style of landscape photography and is busy exploring what type of landscape photography suits me best. So far I love them all, but over time I will get something that stands out. Till then I will have fun trying out all of them.

Our visit to Sonstraal Dam was one with a hidden agenda this morning. I always walk and look around and never document what I see. I keep telling myself that I want to take a photo of that tree or rock but never get to do it.

After watching a few of Simon Baxter’s videos on Woodland photography and how he goes to one place over and over again, treating every outing as if it is only a scouting or exploring trip. This way you have no expectations and if you get an image it is great if not you are busy gathering information on a possible image for the future. Simon has a Snickerdoodle called Meg, and she accompanies him on all his outings. Exactly like I envisioned Willow and myself, the day I adopted her. No outing is ever a waste of time. It is time spend in nature with your best friend, getting some exercise and taking in the scenes….

I decided that from now on, I am going to treat every outing with Willow as a scouting trip. Sonstraal Dam is not woodland, but it has the most beautiful trees, and if I get the perfect composition, I will get some stunning photos in the right conditions.

Today Willow was so good. When I told her to wait while I took photos with my phone, she stood still. If Willow keeps it up, I can take her along when I go on shoots. The ideal scenario would be; if I can take her off her leash. While I take photos, she can run around and explore.

I took a few photos with my phone this morning on our walk. Remember these photos are to help me prepare for my next photo shoot at Sonstraal Dam and Vygeboom Dam.

Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sontraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Willow at Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Willow at Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Sonstraal Dam Park, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Willow at Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Willow at Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Willow at Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
Vygeboom Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)
On Route back to Sonstraal Dam, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa (2021-11-24)

Well that is it for now friends. Thank you for all your support and that you take time out of your busy day to have a look at my photos.

Have a lovely day and please keep safe.

🤗 Big Virtual Thank you Hug🤗

Coreen

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