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Monthly Archives: August 2014

And for all gear obsessed photographers, check out the entries attributed to “Guest Photographer” here.  Invariably they’re made with the lowest end Nikon DSLR and a superzoom travel lens.  And by a kid.  A kid channeling their inner David duChemin.  Seeing is key.  Oh, and shooting a crazy number of frames to catch the action.

That’s motion blur on the teeth.  Hyraxes may be small, but they chomp quickly.


Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Guest photographer.  Nikon D3100 Tamron 18-270 @ 270mm f/6.3

What, you only see a small rabbit sized animal?  Something that looks like a rodent.  No trunk.  No tusks.

Ok, well, you’re right — there is no elephant in the picture.  But there is a hyrax.  And the hyrax’s closest relative is the elephant.  Seriously.  Turns out their toenails are similar.


Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Olympus OMD EM5, Lumix 20mm @ f/2.8.

If you’ve been following along, you know I’m a sucker for patterns and texture. Sometimes with no traditional “subject.” Yeah, I know, I know. I’d fail the photo composition class. Good thing I’m already out of school, right?

I love the bright orange patches of lichen in what looks like a quilt on the side of the rock.


This shot by a different guest photographer.

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Olympus OMD EM5, 14-150mm @135mm f/22.

We’ll be back to Africa tomorrow, but I was at the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market in San Francisco this morning and saw this display at Capay Organic.  Orange and red cherry tomatoes.  Black mission figs.  And flower centerpiece.  One of the many reasons I love the Bay Area.


As far southwest as you can go in Africa.


Nikon D3100, Tamron 18-270 @65mm

(This shot from guest photographer.)