Capturing Light - Karoo National Botanical Gardens

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Capturing Light - Karoo National Botanical Gardens

My camera has taught me to see and today my photography is about capturing light.  That’s what happened in the very beginning when Alhazen invented the first pin-hole camera, light would enter the tiny hole, turn itself upside down and the image would be captured and projected onto the other side of the box as a negative which would then be printed using chemical formulas to develop the image in a darkroom on paper.  And so a memory was made.

Playing with available light and capturing movement first thing in the early morning adds interest. I tried using electric light, slow shutter speeds, large aperture and I experimented with ISO and Kelvin. 

Later, in the afternoon I went outside and made some photos in our beautiful Karoo National Botanical Garden. It’s autumn which isn’t the ideal time there, lots of preparations are being made for the spring and summer blooms, when this  semi-dessert  comes alive with colour.

I shot some images straight into the setting sun, in others I focused on the seeds themselves and the rim lights as the sun just kissed the fading flowers and seed pods of these strange desert plants, that star as the subject and focal point.
It’s only when one makes the effort to pick up a camera, get to a location, any spot will do, when you open your eyes, see the beauty around you that nature comes alive, and be sure you’ll see something that catches your breath even if it’s only a weed.  Nature is designed to please us, to calm us and to awaken creativity in us, awesomeness personified.

My Pinhole photograph comes courtesy of the  NIK COLLECTION’s black and white pre-sets for the digital darkroom.

“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”

— Aaron Siskind

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