The countryside through our readers’ eyes and lenses. Here are this month’s four winning entries in our photographic competition.
What an interesting, thought-provoking photograph taken on the Panorama Route in Mpumalanga. A creation, really, thanks to an imaginative artistic photographer. Is this just a clever shot taken late afternoon so that the light is golden and low enough to throw the shadows of people crossing a bridge onto a rockface? I think not. Instead we have an image that conjures up ideas of ancient rock art, or age-old depictions of the evolution of man. Wonderful.
Photographer Dale Hes
Camera Nikon D3100, 18-55mm lens at 55mm
Settings f/7.1 at 1/200, ISO 100
Talk about being at the right place at the right time, in this case on the Chobe River. But a shot like this can’t possibly rely just on luck. Well done to David for being so alert, and for cropping the image so well. With a 600mm lens it might have worked better to use a slightly greater depth of field, and the action would still have been frozen on a slightly slower speed. But that aside it’s a superb action shot. With great light. Poor fish looks completely stunned by the turn of events. Apparently another croc had snapped off a piece of this huge fish, so we can but hope that the fish was a goner at this stage.
Photographer David Owen
Camera Nikon D4, 600mm lens
Settings f/6.3 at 1/4000, ISO 500
The joy of a long lens and shallow depth of field. Here’s an image that perfectly captures the effects of using f2.8 with a long lens, when all you’ll get pin sharp is the object you focus on and nothing else. And because of this minimal depth of field (of focus), you’ll achieve wonderful blurred shapes of the objects in the image as they are placed further from the pink flower, behind and in front. A slightly tighter crop, and placing the central clump of flowers a little to the left, would have made magic. But it remains a beautiful ‘impressionistic’ image.
Photographer D Fitzgerald
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 70-200mm lens at 200mm
Settings f2.8 at 1/800, 1SO 200
The photographer aptly titled this Cape Recife in Battle Dress. It’s a landscape shot that would’ve been truly great if the waves had taken the eye from left to right instead of out of the frame, bottom left, and if there was something in the middle foreground, or in the sky, to finish it off. Perhaps a silhouetted bird scurrying home to safety, caught in the menacing metallic light. Imagine a fishing boat in the foreground, hurrying to shore. Nevertheless, a fine example of light capture that sets a tense mood.
Photographer Rod Green
Camera Canon 650D, lens 70-300
Settings f10 at 1/250, ISO100