This is an entry about my holiday. Now that may sound a bit personal, but I just have to show how beautiful our country is- and I’m sure the models wont mind too much about having their images on the blog- after all, most of them are family!
A year ago we booked the Whale trail, a 5-day hike in the Southern Cape of South Africa. This was a family affair, and of course hiking has changed- so it wasn’t your normal 5 days of food in your backpack. No, it was a leisurely stroll with light daypacks, as the heavy foodstuffs were transported from hut to hut by vehicle. So a hike it was, with hills and heat and energy bars, but it also meant steaks and red wine on evening three… just the type of hiking that I like!
The whale trail is run in the De Hoop nature reserve, on the most southern section of Africa. It starts walking through fynbos and then turns towards the coast where for three days you meander along the rocky shores.
Of course I took a camera along. My kit for the trip was a Nikon D300 with the 12-24 mm lens attached as the primary lens. I kept this in a bum bag that was always attached to my waist for quick and easy access- although I must say, it spent much of its time on my shoulder the photography was so good. The other lens was a 70-200 2.8 and a 1.4 converter. A polarizer and a graduated neutral density filter made up the rest of the accessories.
Oh yes, 6 batteries and 32GB of storage for all the photographs and especially the long exposures at night were more than enough to keep me happily photographing without worrying about running out of space and power.
Of course a tripod and gorilla pod were dragged along as well just to add weight to the “light daypack”!
And then of course, there was the photography. All the pointing, looking, wading, walking along caves and pools made for some excellent photography, especially in the travel genre. I am well aware that travel photographs sell better than good old wildlife photos, so I was constantly working on various angles and images that portray a healthy outdoor lifestyle-, which is exactly what, we were doing- so the images came freely. By the end of the hike, I had taken about 1200 images. Not bad for a nature and wildlife photographer strolling along the coast taking travel images!
Oh and the whales? Well once on the coast, we could almost see one at any one time. Southern rights were the only species spotted, but they were there in abundance and we witnessed them spy-hopping, tail sailing, tail flapping and of most impressive of all, breaching.
Want to know what all these terms mean?
Go walk the trail…, or make a call to Andy and Rob…!