This is the countryside through our readers’ eyes and camera lenses.
Each month we select four photographs submitted online to feature in the magazine and win some super prizes.
This months judge was award-winning wildlife and travel lensman Dale Morris. He was particularly moved by the simplicity of this shot (below), taken at the goathouse on Fairview Estate in Paarl. “It’s a shame the goat didn’t look through the window at the time the photo was taken,” he said. “That would have been the icing on the cake. It goes to prove you can find a great photo with almost any topic.”
Photographer Andrea Bagnall, Camps Bay
Camera Kodak DX6490
Lens Fixed Zoom
Settings f3.2 at 1/125
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Second went to Rob Smith for a flowing, zesty action shot of a surfer catching a tube at the Wedge Classic in Plettenberg Bay. Morris enjoyed the use of panning at a low shutter speed.
Photographer Rob Smith, Plettenberg Bay
Camera Nikon D3S
Lens Sigma 50-500mm
Settings f32 at 1/15, ISO 200
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Seyms Brugger took third with a magnificently focused wildlife snap of cheetah cubs in the Kgalagadi. Not how crisp the subjects are in comparison to background, helping the animals ‘pop’.
Photographer Seyms Brugger, Boksburg
Camera Canon EOS 1DX
Lens Canon, focal length 600mm
Settings f9 at 1/2000 sec, ISO 640
“Pleasant and very simple,” is how Morris captured our fourth image by Di Smith. This is an unusual angle for a Cape Town vista, and the uniform blue with glittery reflections makes for a highly engaging shot. Morris noted the possibility that “the sky could be cropped out so that the image becomes letterbox panorama-style, and the protruding cliff on the right impinges on the overall balance”.
Photographer Di Smith, Cape Town
Camera Canon G12
Lens Canon 6-30mm
Settings f4.5 at 1/1250 sec, ISO 80
How to Enter
Think you can do better? Have you got a couple travel pics of the countryside that you’d like to share with us? Then head over to our Image Club entry form and throw your hat in the ring. Who knows? You might just be our next winner.