Getting out of my comfort zone

My go to lens is my Canon EF-S 18-200mm. I hardly use any the other lenses in my bag. Maybe I am just lazy or set in my ways. After I worked through my Advanced Module for Landscape and Travel Photography I decided that I need to start using different lenses. I have to get out of my comfort zone.

Our Flower Road Trip is ideal for doing just that. So on this trip I am going to try to use all my other lenses and not my go to lens.

I have enough lenses in my bag to choose from and they are all 100% suitable for landscape and flower photography. I have used my Canon EF-S 10-18 mm macro and Canon EF 50mm lenses for flower photography before. I however have not used my kit lens, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm for flower photography before.

Today I tested it and I am very happy with the result. The other positive about this is that my camera will be lighter and easier to handle.

Cape Honeysuckle
Money Tree Flower
Coral Aloe

I will try to keep you updated on how our days went. I must just remember to take some photos with my cellphone too…. When I have my boyfriend in my hand, all other technology is non existent for me. It is just the two of us and nature…

Wish me luck and please send us some positive vibes for the week ahead.

Have a wonderful weekend.

ūü§óBig Virtual Hug

Coreen

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 3

Yes Ruby is still in love with her sticks and upgraded to palm leaves. She enjoyed playing with the sticks and Palm leaves while my dad and I cleaned out our garden. ¬†She still enjoys playing with her ball but due to all the new dogs in our street I cannot go play with her out front. Now we must play in the garden and that is not so good on the grass. I also started taking her to the beach, but after a dog attacked her on one of our walks she is not very sociable. It will take a while for her to trust other dogs again… She is also very protective over me. I am not always sure if this is a good or bad thing….
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Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 2

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Every year I have visitors in my garden. This little Masked¬†Weaver¬†build a total of 3 nests with no success…. Maybe he will be more successful in the coming year….

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 1

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After my mother’s passing¬†and the start of my divorce proceedings I have not really been in the mood to blog¬†and¬†take photo’s. I had my moments when I got my spark back but then something would remind me of something that happened and I am back to square one. It was like everything was getting to much and I went into survival mode. I started focusing on myself, the boys,¬†¬†my dad and our home.

In the meanwhile my Canon 7D’s Dial button broke and I lost my AV and TV settings then the light sensor started giving me problems and that put extra stress on me… ¬†As soon as I move into a dark area or shady area the camera will not focus at all and when I press the shutter button nothing happend. I had to switch the camera off and on after every photo taken. When I was in bright light I had no problems… I had a few shoots over the past few months and with God’s help everything went smoothly. I learned a very big lesson that you must trust in God and ask Him to bless the shoot and to please make sure that everything works… He did not disappoint me… I am happy to say that God was looking out for me and a week ago I upgraded to my Canon 7D Mark II.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting all my work done in 2015 and hopefully I’ll be up to date soon.

Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part3

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town. ¬†We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets. I just love the old houses and the country feel to these little towns. It is sad though that the roads are in such bad shape.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind¬†Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the¬†famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large¬†collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle¬†of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of¬†the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his¬†companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when¬†the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas¬†from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town.¬†The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West”¬†was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria.¬†The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months. ¬†During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape¬†Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an¬†important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was¬†established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981¬†struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed¬†devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and¬†was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite¬†memorial.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part2

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town. ¬†We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets. I just love the old houses and the country feel to these little towns. It is sad though that the roads are in such bad shape.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind¬†Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the¬†famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large¬†collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle¬†of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of¬†the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his¬†companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when¬†the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas¬†from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town.¬†The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West”¬†was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria.¬†The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months. ¬†During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape¬†Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an¬†important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was¬†established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981¬†struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed¬†devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and¬†was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite¬†memorial.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part1

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town. ¬†We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind¬†Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the¬†famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large¬†collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle¬†of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of¬†the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his¬†companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when¬†the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas¬†from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town.¬†The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West”¬†was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria.¬†The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months. ¬†During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape¬†Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an¬†important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was¬†established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981¬†struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed¬†devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and¬†was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite¬†memorial.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 5

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful ¬†landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

I just love Aloe’s and the orange and yellow went so well with the background.

Worcester_8268 Worcester_8270 Worcester_8273 Worcester_8275 Worcester_8276 Worcester_8277 Worcester_8279 On our way home we decided to skip the toll road and took the detour through Du Toits Kloof Tunnel. This road is very picturistic but due to traffic we did not stop along the road. That will be a trip for another day. Worcester_8283 Worcester_8284 Worcester_8285

 

 

Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 4

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful ¬†landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 3

I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After I visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took me to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 2

I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took me to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 1

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful ¬†landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 4

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful ¬†landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 3

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful ¬†landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

 

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 2

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful ¬†landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

Hubby had to go and test some rifles and I said I want to go with. To be honest I was afraid of being alone in town with my camera gear. I have to think safety first in this new South Africa. I am a lady¬†with expensive gear ¬†and I am not very strong. That makes me a target. I know this is not what people want to hear but in this day and age one has to face the facts. Crime pays and insurance companies will always have a reason why they are not going to pay…

So off we went to a farm in the ¬†NUY Valley about 30 km from Worcester. My jaw dropped when I saw the Langeberg Mountains reflecting in the water… ¬†When we got to the shooting range I took my camera bag and camera and went exploring. ¬†My hands was freezing but I enjoyed every moment and got some stunning photo’s….

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 15

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Babiana, Bobbejaantjie

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Babiana, Bobbejaantjie

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Kraalbaai

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Kraalbaai

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Kraalbaai

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Kraalbaai

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Limonium, Sea-Pink, Papierblom

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Limonium, Sea-Pink, Papierblom

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Bontebok

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Bontebok

 

West Coast National Park 2014: Part 14

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 13

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Blue Wildebeest

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Blue Wildebeest

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Blue Wildebeest

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Common Eland

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Common Eland

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 12

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Fruits of the Sand Lily (Veltheimia capensis)

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Pelargonium longicaule, Malva

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Arctotis, Gousblom

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Lessertia rigida, Balloon Pea, Blaasertjie

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Cotula turbinata,Buttons, Knoppies, Kleingansdons

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Trachyandra revoluta,Veldkool

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Trachyandra revoluta, Veldkool

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Lamranthus aurantiacus, Vygie

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West Coast National Park 2014: Part 11

Every year between 1 August and 30 September I try to visit the West Coast National Park to capture the flowers, wildlife and landscapes.

 

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Osteospermum, Boneseed, Bietou

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Osteospermum, Boneseed, Bietou

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Indigofera, Indigo, Lewertjie

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Indigofera, Indigo, Lewertjie

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Dorontheanthus, Bokbaaivygie

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Romulea hirsuta, Pienk Froetang

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Nemesia affinis, Leeubekkie

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Diascia capensis,Cape Twinspur

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Rumex sagittatus

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