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January 01, 2009

Camps Bay waves –  Flickr pic of the day

Today, on January 1 2009, we’re starting a new feature on our blog, the “Flickr Pic of the Day”, showcasing one picture per day from our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group.

This image was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Neil Alderney.

Neil says: “I flew from Europe to Cape Town for work, as I had an asignment that would keep me there for a week or so. Whilst I knew I would have little spare time, I was looking forward to meeting with “Panorama Paul”, a fellow amateur photographer on Flickr, who had promised to show me around. I had been looking at and commenting on his photos for quite a while on Flickr.

We managed to meet on my second day in Cape Town, after work. Paul had come over to my hotel near the V&A Waterfront, and was waiting there, having a nice cool drink. He was easy to spot, as he had given me his description, and he is quite distinctive by his height! Paul gave me the essential “cook’s tour” of Cape Town from his car. We drove up to the lookout on Lion’s Head, where I took in the magnificent view of the harbour, the city, and Robben Island in the distance, whilst I was madly snapping photos.

Paul’s photographic speciality is low sun shots, so we went back down on the other (western) side of the hills to see if we could find a good spot for photographing the sunset.

We ended up stopping at the magnificent rocks and rock pools of Camps Bay. We both took numerous images of the sunset over the rolling waves, and over the rocks. It was truly the most magnificent sunset I have ever tried to photograph!

This shot was taken when the sun was dim enough to allow a longer exposure, which makes the foam and spray of the waves look like an old lady’s hair!

It was taken with an ND filter and was a half-second exposure (hand-held). It was processed from RAW, with a little exposure blending from the same image, as the sky was blown out.

After dark, we drove back to the V&A Waterfront and had a wonderful meal, with cameras packed with memories.”

Do you have images of Cape Town you’d like to share with us? We’d love you to join the Cape Town. Live it. Love it. Flickr group!

Image © Neil Alderney 2008

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