PhotoFriday – ‘Texture’

This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Texture’

The underwater realm is full of textures. In a place where you should look but not touch its frustration how many lovely looking textures there are. I like to use the lighting coming in from one side to bring out the textures where I can. Unusally for me I’ve chosen two black and white photos for this weeks theme. In the photo above I tried to bring out the texture of the sand as the gentle waves brushed over the dunes at the Grand Cayman Sandbar.

If you want to see more of my underwater photos from various places then check out the galleries in my Reef Beasties Gallery.

See all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Texture’ here.

Surreal landscapes, red dunes and microlighting – Namibia Part 3

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Our third major stop in our tour of Namibia was to see the famous red sand dunes at sossusvlei (Namib Rand Nature Reserve). We stayed inside the park at Sossusvlei Dune Lodge where we each had luxury eco rooms on stilts (see the sunset at the lodge photo right). Most of the fun was at Deadvlei where we took photos of the surreal dead camelthorn trees with the dunes behind them. Every time I see photos of them though I remember the seemingly endless walk through red sand to get there. I’m glad I wasn’t one of the few that decided to scale the ridge of the dune known as “big mamma”!

Some brave souls left their cameras here overnight for star trails whilst we drove 60k back to our lodge but I wasn’t brave enough. I kept thinking that some animals would knock over the camera. Plus those people then had to get up at 3:30am the next day to go get them while it was still very dark & photograph the dawn! This is the day I opted for a lie-in 😉 Instead I took Milky way static star photos before we left in the evening. Daniëlla was our kind light mistress for this one (ie. she painted the light onto the tree with her torch while Marsel and I took pictures).

Yet another excellent reason to go on the group photo trip with Marsel & Daniëlla is that they are the only trip that offers Microlighting over the dunes. The microlight pilot Klaus has to fly a long way to get there for them to offer this and it was so much fun! It’s a cross between a motorbike & a hand glider (but much less scary for me than a motor bike). The helmets had an intercom so you could tell Klaus which bits you wanted to see, go higher or lower or over the same dune again etc.



To see more images like this go to my Namibia Gallery on pbase.

We went with a company called Squiver, run by Marsel van Oosten & Daniëlla Sibbing. The trip covers thousands of miles across Namibia so much of the time was spent travelling between amazing places, I’ll be splitting the trip report over 5 posts. This is post 3. The index page for this series is here. Up next is the rocky landscape at Spitzkoppe.

Namibia – Ghost Town, Kolmanskop

The second post on our Namibia trip brings us to Kolmanskop where the desert is slowly taking over an abandoned diamond mining village.

The only disappointing part of this bit of the trip is I didn’t find any uncut diamonds lying around for me to collect (believe me I checked)! There was so much to see and photograph here I could have easily done with one more day so we would have had two more chances at seeing the buildings with the light coming in one way in the evening and the other in the morning. The other thing that would have been very handy was a shift lens (Mike had one and zipped around all the buildings taking amazing shots with lots of straight lines whilst the rest of us struggled to get nice compositions of the interiors with funky wide angle lens perspective).

I didn’t take many photos of the exteriors (just a couple with my iphone) because for the most part the light outside was very harsh. I expect I would have done if we’d had more time.

We had special permits to enter the place earlier and leave later than normal visitors to catch the nice light. The room that everyone wanted to see was the “blue room” (see the first image in the post) but it was hard to get to and you had to climb in through a window and try not to disturb the sand.

My favourite rooms were the ones with untouched sand (of course) but also those with nice colour walls and some good doorways. I also really liked the spooky empty hospital.

We went with a company called Squiver, run by Marsel van Oosten & Daniëlla Sibbing. The trip covers thousands of miles across Namibia so much of the time was spent travelling between amazing places, I’ll be splitting the trip report over 5 posts. This is post 2. The index page for this series is here. Up next are the beautiful red sand dunes in Namib Naukluft Park…