alive for 365

In 1998 I had the great opportunity to visit Madagascar to photograph stock images for a travel agent.  This guitar player in one of the markets in Antananarivo caught my eye, especially with the bold colors.  This photo from the archives is this week’s entry for the Alive for 365 project.

Antananarivo, Madagascar  //  Jan ’98
Nikon F90;  Nikon 80-200mm f2.8 AF-D
81A warming filter;  Fuji Sensia 100


My entry this week for the Alive for 365 project, is another one from the archives:
A typical London taxi photographed by panning the camera. Doing so with a wide-angle lens creates additional distortion during panning, and only the centre of the photograph is left sharp.

Date: March ’93
Pentax Z-1;  Pentax-FA 28-80mm f3.5-4.7  (zoomed to 28mm)
Hyper Program mode;   -1 EV compensation;   Fuji RDP 100 transparency film

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Green Point Lighthouse is the oldest Lighthouse in South Africa.  I liked this juxtaposition of the older colorful lighthouse, against the drab blocky modern building. The tight composition reduced the urban landscape to geometric patterns.  This was shot on slide film (Fuji RDP 100) at sunset, hence the bold golden colors.

This photo is my entry this week in the Alive for 365 project.

Nikon F90x; Nikon 80-200mm f2.8D // Cape Town, South Africa; ca. 1998

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This alien-looking Quiver Tree is indigenous to the arid regions of southern Africa.  This photograph was taken in the Namib Desert in Namibia.  Apparently the tree only blossoms after 20 or 30 years and can grow to 300 years old.  The nest seen in the tree is built by a community of Sociable Weaver birds.  It is quite unusual for any animal species to herd in large numbers in arid regions.  The large nests is an adaption by the birds, helping then keep cool during the heat of the day, and warmer during the cold nights.

This photo is my entry this week in the Alive for 365 project.
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This dramatic image of lightning directly behind this old building, is this week’s entry for the alive for 365 project.  It has appeared before in this article on how to photograph lightning. The frame is from the porch I was standing under, sheltering against the rain.  The yellow color cast is from the artificial light, possibly Tungsten.  More details about the photograph .. and the ‘how to’, in the linked article.


I took this photo of the Hotel du Louvre during a trip to Paris in 1993.  I carefully propped  my camera against a hand-railing  to steady it during the slow exposure of 1/4 second.  As I took my first frame, a bus drove past. I cursed my luck and took the photograph again. (This was pre-digital, and I was poor enough that every frame of transparency film that I shot was expensive.)  Anyway, I cursed my luck, thinking the bus would spoil the image I was after. However, when I saw the results, the ‘accident’ looked far better than the intended shot.

This favorite photo of mine, is this week’s entry for the Alive for 365 project.

[ Pentax Z-1; Pentax-FA 28-80mm f3.5-4.7 / Fujichrome RD 100 ]
[ Paris, France / April '93 ]


alive for 365 – week 17

April 29, 2010

Enticing this horse closer with some feed in my left hand, I used my camera auto-everything with my other hand. Using a wide-angle zoom setting created this intriguingly distorted portrait. This image is my entry for the Alive for 365 project this week.

This was one of the first images I took with my then-new Pentax Z-1 / PZ-1 camera. I had dropped my beloved Pentax Super-A onto hard concrete from my camera bag and utterly destroyed it. What better way to console yourself by replacing a good camera with something spectacular. In fact, I’d still rate the Pentax Z-1 / PZ-1 as one of the best cameras I’ve ever used.

[ Pentax Z-1; Pentax-FA 28-80mm f3.5-4.7 / Fujichrome RDP 100 / 81A warming filter ]
[ Hermanus, South Africa / Sept '92 ]

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alive for 365 – week 16

April 23, 2010

All elements in the frame stripped to a minimum – my preferred approach to landscape photography.
The colors are saturated with a polarizer filter.
This image is my entry  for the Alive for 365 project this week.

[ Pentax Z-1; Pentax-FA 28-80mm f3.5-4.7 / Fujichrome RDP 100 / polarizer filter ]
[ Waenhuiskrans, South Africa / Sept '92 ]


alive for 365 – week 15

April 15, 2010

Still digging into the archives, this landscape is my entry this week for the Alive for 365 project.

When I saw the shadow side of this hill, I noticed how the triangular dark shape divided the yellow grass from the blue sky.  By framing the edge of the hill to the very edge of the frame, I was able to reduce this landscape to basic geometric shapes.  I darkened the sky, by over-saturating it with a polarizing filter.  This also helped darken the winter-dried grass, which was side-lit by the sun. Saturating the colors like this helped simplify the image for more impact.

[ Pentax Super-A; Pentax-A 24-50mm f4  /  Fujichrome RDP 100 ]
[ Zululand, South Africa  /  circa '89  ]

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This blue sky, super-saturated with a polarizing filter, combined with a brightly colored barn, makes for a striking landscape.  This photograph then is my choice this week for the Alive for 365 project.