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.”
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. 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’. “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”.