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Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route

Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route

Where and when to go, in order to take the best possible shots of Cape Town and Garden Route
Boddy-Evans; Ewart-Smith
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Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route

Authors: Marion Boddy-Evans and Cameron Ewart-Smith
Struik Publishers
Cape Town, 2007
ISBN: 9-781770-074514
Soft cover, 12x15 cm, 208 pages, throughout colour photos


Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route
Dieser überaus nützliche Ratgeber verhilft Ihnen ohne Zeitverlust zu den besten Voraussetzungen, Ihr Traumfoto um Kapstadt und entlang der Gartenroute zu schießen. Die besten Standorte zu den besten Zeiten mit den besten Einstellungen!


Description:

Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route shows the reader exactly where to go, and when, in order to take the best possible shots during a visit to the Mother City and Garden Route.

Picture Perfect Cope Town and Garden Route takes you on a tour of the visual highlights and shows you exactly where to go, and when, to take the best possible shots during your visit to the Mother City and Garden Route:

• 50 locations for spectacular photos

• Details on the what, where, when and how of every photo

• A to Z of photo tips to improve your photography

• Comprehensive listings of annual festivals and events

• Loaded with contact details

And you don't have to be a photographer to appreciate the beauty of the scenic locations!


About the authors:

Cameron Ewart-Smith is a photojournalist whose photographs and travel features appear regularly in numerous South African and international magazines, including Drive Out, Getaway, Nature, National Geographic, Africa Geographic, Africa Birds and Birding, and BBC Wildlife.

Marion Boddy-Evans is a co-author of the bestselling 1001 Places to See Before You Dieplaces to go, things to do in Southern Africa and writes the painting portal on About.com, one of the world’s 10 largest websites. Away from her desk Marion has a knack for making great pictures, either with her trusty Canon or with paint on canvas.


Introduction:

Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route is the combination of two of the philosophies of that famous landscape photographer, Ansel Adams: 'A good photograph is knowing where to stand' and 'You don't take a photo, you make it'.

Exactly what constitutes a good photograph is a matter of opinion and much debate. Whether you prefer every flower petal to be in sharp focus, or blurred subjects conveying a sense of motion; whether you want to take the classic postcard photo or find a new angle on an old favourite, Picture Perfect Cape Town and Garden Route makes it much simpler.

As the practicalities are specified for you - where to go, what time of day to be there and how to take the shot - you can put your creative energy into capturing the scene before you, and making good photographs.

Passionate as we are about our craft, we would not be able to achieve what we do without the love and support of our families and friends. Thank you for understanding the need to be up before dawn or wait for the sun to go down, and for sudden changes in plans because the weather has turned sunny. We dedicate this book to Alistair, Justine and James.


Example: Blaauwberg Beach

The mountain makes Cape Town; without it the city would be just another conglomeration at the sea. But the flat-topped, often cloud-covered formation gives the city a profile instantly recognised across the world. Some three kilometres long and 1 086 metres high, the 'table' is the northern edge of a range of mountains that stretches down the Cape Peninsula.

It is flanked on the left by the triangular Devil's Peak (1 000 metres) and on the right by Lion's Head (669 metres) and Signal Hill. The highest point is Maclear's Beacon, at 1 086 metres, but don't be impressed by anyone who tells you they have climbed this - it is not even 20 metres higher than the cable car station! Sir Thomas Maclear was the man who did the first trigonometrical survey back in 1865.

How to get the shot:

For a great shot of the 'Mountain' you need to work on the fringes of the day, when the sky has a little life in it and the light hitting the slopes is less hazy and harsh. In summer, early morning shots work best, while in winter a sunset or sunrise shot works well.

Add in some foreground detail using breaking waves, rocks, birds or children on the beach, playing in the water. You can get a great effect by using a slow shutter speed (from 1/4 of a second to several seconds, using a tripod), allowing the water to blur into a mystical pool. Alternatively use a fast shutter speed (1/125 of a second or faster) to freeze dramatic spray bursts as waves break in the foreground.

How to get there:

Take the N1 out of the city centre, turn north at Exit 4 (Paarden Eiland / Milnerton) onto the R27 (Marine Drive) which winds through Milnerton. Turn left onto the M14 (Otto du Plessis Drive) which runs along the Blaauwberg seafront. Allow at least 20 minutes to drive from the city centre to Blaauwberg, plus another 15 minutes to park your car and walk along the beach to decide whether you would like a rocky foreground or a sandy one.

One of the best spots is the last parking turn-off on Blaauwberg beachfront, on the left-hand side (heading away from town), before you reach a tall block of flats (you will know the one). From here it is a short walk from the car and there are rocks that can be used to compose an interesting foreground.

Useful stuff:

• Cape Town Tourism in Blaauwberg, 021-557-8600, www.blaauwberg.net
• Check what the mountain looks like before you head across to the beach with this web cam, www.blaauwberg.net/tourisminfo/ webcam.asp
• Reward your early morning start with breakfast afterwards at Ons Huisie ('Our Small Home') in a restored fisherman's cottage on the beach, 021-554-1553.

More moods:

• When the southeaster has not blown the air pollution away, or when there is a mountain fire, expect to see fierce sunsets.
• If you can only get to Blaauwberg during the day, move along the beach until there are some rocks in the foreground to add interest to what will otherwise be a boring, flat shot.
• On a tour of Robben Island (see page 82), sit on the left-hand side of the bus for a photo of Table Mountain [with a rusty wreck in the foreground.]


Content:

TOP 10
1 TABLE MOUNTAIN
2 CITY BOWL
3 TOWNSHIP LIFE
4 CAPE POINT
5 V&A WATERFRONT
6 BO-KAAP
7 CHAPMAN'S PEAK DRIVE
8 AFRICAN PENGUINS
9 KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN
10 LION'S HEAD

GREATER CAPE TOWN
11 CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
12 COMPANY GARDENS
13 STREET PERFORMERS
14 TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
15 TOPLESS TOUR BUS
16 THE CABLE CAR
17 ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL
18 RHODES MEMORIAL
19 BEACH HUTS AT ST JAMES
20 CAPE FUR SEALS
21 THETWELVEAPOSTLES
22 CAPE TOWN FROM THE AIR
23 ROBBEN ISLAND
24 GROOT CONSTANTS
25 CHACMA BABOONS
26 KALK BAY FISHING HARBOUR

SLIGHTLY FURTHER OUT
27 SPRING FLOWERS
28 GOATTOWER ATFAIRVIEW
29 AFRIKAANS LANGUAGE MONUMENT
30 PAARL ROCK
31 CHEETAHS
32 HUGUENOT MEMORIAL
33 GREATWHITESHARKS
34 AUTUMN FOLIAGE IN THE
HEX RIVERVALLEY
35 OVERBERG WHEAT FIELDS
36 BLUE CRANES
37 WHALES AT HERMANUS
38 CAPE DUTCH ARCHITECTURE
39 L'AGULHAS LIGHTHOUSE

GARDEN ROUTE/LITTLE KAROO
40 POST OFFICE TREE
41 OUTENIQUACHOOTJOE
42 KNYSNA LAGOON HEADS
43 INDIGENOUS FOREST AT KNYSNA
44 AFRICAN CURIO MARKET
45 BUNGYJUMPING
46 SUSPENSION BRIDGE
47 SURFERS AT J-BAY
48 WINDMILL
49 OSTRICHES
50 LITTLE KAROO

PHOTOGRAPHIC TIPS

A ALWAYS BE READY FOR CANDID SHOTS
B CARRY SPARE BATTERIES
C GET CLOSER
D DOWNLOAD AND BACKUP OFTEN
E COMPOSE EXTREMELY CAREFULLY
F USE FILL-IN FLASH DURING THE DAY
G ADD GRADUATED FILTERS
H GET THE HORIZON STRAIGHT
I CHANGE THE ISO
J KNOW HOW TO ADJUST COLOUR BALANCE
KKEEPTHESENSORCLEAN
L KEEP A FILTER ON YOUR LENS TO PROTECT IT
M MULTIPLE EXPOSURES CAN BE CREATIVE
N DON'T PACK YOUR CAMERA AWAY AT NIGHT
0 THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
P PRODUCE PANORAMAS
Q SHOOT DIFFERENT AND QUIRKY ANGLES
R DON'T ALWAYS RELY ON AUTO
SHOW TO STITCH PHOTOS
TATTACH A TRIPOD
U UTILISE SLOW SHUTTERSTO ENHANCE MOTION
V SHOOT NOW, VIEW LATER
W WATCH OUT FOR REFLECTIONS FROM
Y OUR FLASH
X BE CAREFUL: YOU AND YOUR EQUIPMENT ARE A TARGET
Y THE YELLOWS OF THE GOLDEN HOUR
Z ZOOM INTO THE DETAILS WITH MACRO MODE

GLOSSARY OF COMMONLY USED PHOTOGRAPHIC TERMS
RESOURCES
USEFUL CONTACTS
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
ANNUAL EVENTS
SOUTH AFRICANISMSTOP 10
1 TABLE MOUNTAIN
2 CITY BOWL
3 TOWNSHIP LIFE
4 CAPE POINT
5 V&A WATERFRONT
6 BO-KAAP
7 CHAPMAN'S PEAK DRIVE
8 AFRICAN PENGUINS
9 KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN
10 LION'S HEAD

GREATER CAPE TOWN
11 CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
12 COMPANY GARDENS
13 STREET PERFORMERS
14 TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
15 TOPLESS TOUR BUS
16 THE CABLE CAR
17 ST GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL
18 RHODES MEMORIAL
19 BEACH HUTS AT ST JAMES
20 CAPE FUR SEALS
21 THETWELVEAPOSTLES
22 CAPE TOWN FROM THE AIR
23 ROBBEN ISLAND
24 GROOT CONSTANTS
25 CHACMA BABOONS
26 KALK BAY FISHING HARBOUR

SLIGHTLY FURTHER OUT
27 SPRING FLOWERS
28 GOATTOWER ATFAIRVIEW
29 AFRIKAANS LANGUAGE MONUMENT
30 PAARL ROCK
31 CHEETAHS
32 HUGUENOT MEMORIAL
33 GREATWHITESHARKS
34 AUTUMN FOLIAGE IN THE
HEX RIVERVALLEY
35 OVERBERG WHEAT FIELDS
36 BLUE CRANES
37 WHALES AT HERMANUS
38 CAPE DUTCH ARCHITECTURE
39 L'AGULHAS LIGHTHOUSE

GARDEN ROUTE/LITTLE KAROO
40 POST OFFICE TREE
41 OUTENIQUACHOOTJOE
42 KNYSNA LAGOON HEADS
43 INDIGENOUS FOREST AT KNYSNA
44 AFRICAN CURIO MARKET
45 BUNGYJUMPING
46 SUSPENSION BRIDGE
47 SURFERS AT J-BAY
48 WINDMILL
49 OSTRICHES
50 LITTLE KAROO

PHOTOGRAPHIC TIPS

A ALWAYS BE READY FOR CANDID SHOTS
B CARRY SPARE BATTERIES
C GET CLOSER
D DOWNLOAD AND BACKUP OFTEN
E COMPOSE EXTREMELY CAREFULLY
F USE FILL-IN FLASH DURING THE DAY
G ADD GRADUATED FILTERS
H GET THE HORIZON STRAIGHT
I CHANGE THE ISO
J KNOW HOW TO ADJUST COLOUR BALANCE
KKEEPTHESENSORCLEAN
L KEEP A FILTER ON YOUR LENS TO PROTECT IT
M MULTIPLE EXPOSURES CAN BE CREATIVE
N DON'T PACK YOUR CAMERA AWAY AT NIGHT
0 THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
P PRODUCE PANORAMAS
Q SHOOT DIFFERENT AND QUIRKY ANGLES
R DON'T ALWAYS RELY ON AUTO
SHOW TO STITCH PHOTOS
TATTACH A TRIPOD
U UTILISE SLOW SHUTTERSTO ENHANCE MOTION
V SHOOT NOW, VIEW LATER
W WATCH OUT FOR REFLECTIONS FROM
Y OUR FLASH
X BE CAREFUL: YOU AND YOUR EQUIPMENT ARE A TARGET
Y THE YELLOWS OF THE GOLDEN HOUR
Z ZOOM INTO THE DETAILS WITH MACRO MODE

GLOSSARY OF COMMONLY USED PHOTOGRAPHIC TERMS
RESOURCES
USEFUL CONTACTS
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
ANNUAL EVENTS
SOUTH AFRICANISMS