Stellenryk Park #8

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 10-18 mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/13
• Exposure Time: 1/25 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-100
• Focal Length: 18 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Stellenryk Park #7

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 10-18 mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/13
• Exposure Time: 1/25 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-100
• Focal Length: 18 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Stellenryk Park #6

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 10-18 mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/13
• Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-100
• Focal Length: 10 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Stellenryk Park #5

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/16
• Exposure Time: 1/25 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-100
• Focal Length: 45 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.
If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.
Have a Blessed day
Coreen

Stellenryk Park #4

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/18
• Exposure Time: 1/125 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-100
• Focal Length: 18 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.
If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.
Have a Blessed day
Coreen

Stellenryk Park #3

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/13
• Exposure Time: 1/100 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-100
• Focal Length: 20 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Stellenryk Park #2

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/16
• Exposure Time: 1/25 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-200
• Focal Length: 55 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.
If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.
Have a Blessed day
Coreen

Stellenryk Park #1

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town

• Location: Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town, South Africa
• Date Taken: 2021-11-26
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
• Lens: Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM
• Exposure Program: Manual
• F-Stop: f/13
• Exposure Time: 1/160 sec
• ISO Speed: ISO-200
• Focal Length: 18 mm
• Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
• Tripod: Zomei Tripod with Ball Head

Thank you with all my heart for stopping by and having a look at my photo.

If you like what you see please press the like button, share and leave a comment. I read all my comments and try to answer them all.

Have a Blessed day

Coreen

Botterblom Nature Reserve – 25 October 2021

I got up at 5:10am this morning, full of energy and super excited about my visit to Botterblom Nature Reserve.

I arrived at the Reserve around 5:45. I went straight to the pond and started shooting.

Today I used the following gear.

  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 10-18mm 1:4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS STM
  • Canon Zoom Lens EF 70-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 IS II USM
  • Zomei Tripod
  • Hähnel Remote Shutter Release
  • Kenko SMART Circular Polarizer Filter 67mm
  • Prinz Circular Polarizer Filter 58mm

Today can also be classified as a Recce mission. I did not get the photos I visualized. I completely forgot about the ND Filters I bought and if I did use them I think I would be closer to what I wanted. I also realized that I need to be at the reserve as soon as it starts getting light. That is approximately 30 minutes before sunrise.

I started out with my 70-300mm, using my tripod, remote shutter release, and Kenko Circular polarizer. I had to move to so far back and the photo I visualized did not work out. I did take some photos.

Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm Lens, ISO 100, f/11, 2 sec, 70mm
Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm Lens, ISO 100, f/11, 2 sec, 70mm
Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm Lens, ISO 100, f/11, 2 sec, 70mm

I switched to my 10-18mm lens, tripod, remote shutter release, and Kenko Circular polarizer. There were no clouds and the sky was very boring and bright. I noticed that with the Circular Polarizer on this lens there is a blue gradient in the middle of the photo and the sides are still blown out. I turned the polarizer but then the sky got blown out completely and the water is too dark. I tried changing my settings but I just could not get it right. It was super frustrating and I wanted to pack up there and then and go home. But I did not give up. I took some photos and changed lenses again.

Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 10-18mm Lens, ISO 100, f/8, 1/10 sec, 11mm
Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 10-18mm Lens, ISO 160, f/8, 1/15 sec, 14mm

Up next was my 18-55mm lens, my tripod, remote shutter release, and Prinz Circular Polarizer. I am used to this lens and polarizer and the photos came out better than the previous ones, but the good light has gone and was becoming very harsh. I will be using this lens on my next visit. The only negative I have with this lens is that I will not be able to do any birding with it. It is a macro lens too and this makes it much easier for photographing flowers.

Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm Lens, ISO 160, f/8, 1/5 sec, 43mm
Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm Lens, ISO 100, f/16, 1/2 sec, 18mm

I switched back to my 70-300mm and started walking around to see what other compositions I can find. I found a few compositions that I will try to capture in proper light next time.

Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm Lens, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/8 sec, 267mm
Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm Lens, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/80 sec, 300mm
Botterblom Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town (2021-10-25)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 70-300mm Lens, ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, 300mm

I will post some more of the photos taken on this visit to Botterblom Nature Reserve over the next few weeks.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post and joining me while I explore and discover new Parks and Nature Reserves.

Till next time, keep safe and keep exploring.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

Stellenryk Park – Second Recce visit on 21 October 2021

As you know I am busy with a new Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project and I am looking to photograph as many as possible within a 100km radius from my home.

Stellenryk Park is 6.3km from my home. We had our first recce visit on Sunday ,17 October 2021, and had to cut it short due to rain.

This morning I woke up early and saw the wind blowing through my window and I did not want to get out of bed to go on a recce in the cold wind. I tried to fall go to sleep again but I could not. I kept hearing the words of Thomas Heaton, “You have to be in it to win it.”

So I got out of bed, got dressed and Willow and I went to Stellenryk Park for a recce visit. It was cold and windy and I was very happy to wear my buff to help me keep warm.

We walked 1.06 km from the car to the end of the pathway and back to the car. I did not have the appropriate shoes on and could not wander from the pathway because it was really muddy. I think I am going to leave my water boots in the car from now on for times like these. The whole purpose of recce’s is to get to know the surroundings and learn from your mistakes.

I did spotted a few compositions I would like to photograph in the future. My next visit will be without Willow and I will be using my Tripod, my 70-300mm lens and 18-55mm lens. I want to be there at sunrise and maybe even a sunset. I am curious to see what type of light I will get at sunset.

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Arum Lily, Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Arum Lily, Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Willow, Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Willow, Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Willow sniffing, Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-21)
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Not a happy girl, she did not want to get back in the car.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post and joining me while I explore and discover new Parks and Nature Reserves.

Till next time, keep safe and keep exploring.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

Stellenryk Park – Recce visit on 17 October 2021

As you know I am busy with a new Parks and Nature Reserve Photography Project and I am looking to photograph as many as possible within a 100km radius from my home.

On Thursday I drove past this little woodland on route to Stodels Garden Centre. I never really thought about taking photos there in the past, but after watching all those Landscape and Woodland photography videos I am more aware of my surroundings.

When I got home I looked on Google Maps to see if I can identify it. There are pathways and I assumed it is a park or nature reserve. The notice boards are faded but according to Google Maps it is called Stellenryk Park and it is part of the Kuils River Corridor project.

Stellenryk Park is 6.3km from my home. I asked Morné if he would please accompany me for my recce visit. I was not sure if it is safe and I wanted to take the photos with my camera.

On our way there the light was awesome and it broke through a clear patch in the clouds and it looked absolutely gorgeous. When we got to the park the light died down, but I reminded myself that this is just a recce visit.

As soon as I got my camera out it started raining. I took a few photos in the rain just to see the density of the little woodland and if it will be possible to get the shot I have in mind. It started coming down real hard and we opted to rather go home. I have to go for my second vaccination tomorrow and do not want to get sick now.

I will go back one morning during the week with Willow and do a proper recce of the park and see if I can get more compositions from different angles. I also want to see what wildlife and wildflowers I can spot. I will be visiting this park at least once a month to document the changes.

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/11,1/20sec, 27mm
Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/9,1/8sec, 38mm
Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/13,1/8sec, 38mm
Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/13,1/8sec, 40mm

With this last photo the rain came down hard and I got a few waterdrops on my lens. I only realized this when I got to the car.

Stellenryk Park, Stellenryk, Cape Town (2021-10-17)
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, Canon 18-55mm lens, ISO 100, f/13,1/8sec, 18mm

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post and joining me while I explore and discover new Parks and Nature Reserves.

Till next time, keep safe and keep exploring.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

Wordless Wednesday: 12 August 2020

Exploring South Africa: Richmond

How do I start this post. Editing these photo’s was very emotional and it took me 4 years to get the guts to do it.

These photo’s were all taken one week after my mother passed away while on holiday….

My parents went to visit my mothers friend and sister while I went to support my sons in their different sports. Armand had his National Air Rifle Competition in Hartebeespoort and Lian my youngest had his first Badminton Tournament in Rustenburg. 

Well on our way to Gauteng my mom said that she would like to go to Richmond because every time we just stop at the garage for coffee and a bathroom break and then we are on our way again.  I told her that we can go there on our way back home….

But due to a aneurysm she passed away on  10 October 2015.  My dad and I stayed in Gauteng to arrange for her cremation and to finalize everything before we head home. I am not going to lie losing my mom broke me but I had to be strong for my dad.

As we approached Richmond I told my dad that in honor of my mom I would like to go there as promised. She would have loved it.  I took some photo’s and we were on our way again.

Thank you for visiting Richmond with us.

 

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Views from Yzerfontein Harbour

Travelling back in time today…

Since I started going through the folders on my computer and external harddrives I came across a lot of photo’s  that I havent edited  yet dating back to 2015.

Today I am sharing a few photo’s form our visit to Yzerfontein Harbour on the West Coast.

It was a cloudy Saturday morning in November 2016 when we decided to go to Yzerfontein for the day.  We went to the harbour were I took some photo’s. When we took a strole on the beach I had to put away my camera. The wind was not that friendly and I did not want to harm my camera and lens.

On our way back home we stop at a pub and restaurant for a bite to eat and a cold beverage…

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Thank you for taking the time to look at my blog. Feel free to leave some comments.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Exploring Cape Town: Bo Kaap

It took me a few years of promising myself that I am going to explore the Bo Kaap in Cape Town. At long last I was able to do it in May 2019.

We spend about an hour walking around and I took some photo’s. I must say it was very busy and you had to keep a eye on the traffic too.

We visited Atlas the spice shop on Waal Street.

I would like to go to the Bo Kaap again early morning when it is not so busy so that I can take some more photos of the colorful historical buildings. I also think we missed a few streets and hidden gems…

So photographing the Bo Kaap is back on my Photography Bucket List….

Here is some interesting facts of the Bo Kaap that I got from the internet…. For more information please visit Cape Town Travel

The earliest development in the Bo Kaap area was undertaken in the 1760s by Jan de Waal. Subsequently, the area became known as Waalendorp. It has also been known as the Malay Quarter, the Slamse Buurt, and Scotcheskloof. Translated from Afrikaans, Bo Kaap means ‘Above the Cape’.
Part of the Bo Kaap’s charm is the mix of Cape Dutch and Cape Georgian architectural styles. You can actually visit one of the oldest buildings in the Bo Kaap because it has been turned into a museum. The Bo Kaap Museum, which showcases local Islamic culture and heritage, was built by Jan de Waal in 1768, and is the oldest house in the area still in its original form.

Random photos of a March Lily

Hi everyone,

Just some photo’s I took of the March Lilies in our garden when it bloomed in March 2019. I took it over a period of two weeks.

This year it was beautiful and kept blooming for a while. Looking forward to see them again in 2020….

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Seaguls

I am not going to say much today. Here are some random photos of seagulls taken at Table View during our visit there in March 2019.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

Round and Round it goes to nowhere…

While walking I spotted this piece of seabamboo on the beach. I saw a great photo in my mindseye but when the waves came it looked 100 better than I imagined.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Hope you aren’t too dizzy…

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney