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Photo Writing is the web version of the Photo Writing mini-magazine produced by Limephoto and Emil von Maltitz since 2010. As of 2015 it is now completely online. Feel free to browse through the articles and please leave comments in the comments section if you would like to engage with us.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thoughts on the Nikon Df - updated (28th February 2014)


It took them 4 years (and that's official according to marketing literature) and was announced in a volcanic eruption of leaks and teasers. Thus the Nikon Df was introduced to the world and there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Therein lies the problem with pushing the camera in tempting advertisements without actually giving specifics as to price and features. Nikon touted 'pure photography' and the feel of the retro camera with the teaser campaigns that they ran for the Nikon Df. It had Nikon users around the world promising kidneys and taking on bank loans in preparation for the new camera. There were even people on forums talking about how they had sold some of their pro level gear off in anticipation of buying this new camera that would take us all back to the glory days of the Nikon FM. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Shooting Distance



Arguably, the first thing that novice photographers attempt to ‘fix’ in their images is the issue of flatness. The way we perceive our world is three-dimensionally. The problem that first time photographers soon discover is that images are not three-dimensional, hence our interpretation of the two-dimensional is often one of flatness. The complaint tends to go along the lines of ‘this doesn’t do justice to what we saw’, or ‘it looked a lot bigger in real-life’ or simply, ‘it looked very different when we saw it’.

Friday, February 14, 2014

video


The Namibia workshop in November is approaching. There are four spaces left. If you are interested in joining, watch this video (includes timelapse and stills) to get a taste of locations we will be visiting. A higher higher resolutiion copy is available on Vimeo at this link: https://vimeo.com/86612883

Monday, February 10, 2014

Cathedral Peak Masterclass - 8th May 2014

Join me for a three night landscape masterclass in the stunning setting of the Cathedral Peak section of the Drakensberg this May.
A photographer at the top of Mike's Pass photographing the last light of day
This landscape oriented photography workshop takes place between the 8th and 11th May at Didima Camp - one of Ezemvelo Wildlife’s premier camps. The workshop caters to photographers who have a little more than basic photography skills and are wanting to hone their landscape abilities. In particular the workshop concentrates on landscape composition, use of filters, HDR blending and star trails (if weather permits).

Friday, February 7, 2014

Photographing the Mara


Two of the Maasai staff at the Encounter Mara camp in the Naboisho Conservancy

Last week I spent a fews days in Kenya’s Mara province on the border of the famous Maasai Mara National Park. The Mara is of course famous for the incredible animal migrations, particularly wildebeest and zebra, that cross the plains annually moving between the highlands and lowlands for seasonal grazing. I wasn’t there for the migration though. It’s too early in the year for that. I was there to photograph the relatively new ‘Encounter Mara’ tented camp in the Naboisho Conservancy.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Namibia Landscape Workshop - 4 spaces left



The Namibia Landscape Photography Workshop (Composing the Dunes) is taking place from the 1st of November until the 12th of November 2014. The workshop begins and ends in Windhoek Namibia. Unlike other Namibia tours and workshops we focus on landscape photography and concentrate on spending as much time as possible in the certain locations, rather than trying to cram in as much as possible. To this end we usually spend at least two days in each prime location (other workshops often do a whistle stop at the best sites, and charge on to the next). This means that not only do photographers multiple opportunities to capture these incredible locations, but can do so after learning from initial shoot images (image crit sessions are strong focus on the workshop).