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Monday, December 23, 2013
Rain of course means that the world turns violently green. To the point that on our second outing for the landscape shoot I felt bewildered searching for a composition. Breaking through the green to separate elements was monumentally difficult. Just driving through the bush left one feeling almost dazzled by the vibrant greens. Rain is a good thing for this part of the world. The animals need to and even more importantly, so does the ground. But wow, it’s almost an affront on the visual senses.
Rain also obviously meant that we spent more time indoors. This gave ample opportunity to even play a little with flash and some portraiture. Still, it was like releasing caged animals when we finally did manage to get out on drive. What a drive too. We had the most phenomenal sighting of a spotted hyena as it strolled casually towards the vehicle before stopping dead in its tracks, quizzical about the big green (more green) game viewer that blocked its path. It moved past us after eyeing out our small band of photographers, and ambled into the dense green of the bush.
Ah, but that rain. A group photo in the rain is definitely the most fitting way to remember the workshop. So, pouring wetness from the dark sky, we sloshed onto the Lodge’s driveway for a quick photo shoot. The three students, Chris, Anne and Richard held as motionless as possible (through fits of giggling) while I painted them with a small LED torch. I then rushed behind them and fired a strobe towards them, illuminating the rain as it fell. As I say, a firing reminder of the workshop, and of the personality of the little group.
Posted by Emil von Maltitz at 8:08 PM