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Howick Falls looking just a little bit meaner after a long drought. KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa

Howick Falls looking just a little bit meaner after a long drought. KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa

Found these in an antique shop in Howick and shot the 50mm f1.8 lens wide open for minimum depth of field.

Found these in an antique shop in Howick and shot the 50mm f1.8 lens wide open for minimum depth of field.

I took part in the Howick segment of the World Wide Photo Walk a few weeks back, led by friend Dave Mullin. What a lovely event it was and it was a new challenge for me – right out of my comfort zone and into some really different sorts of photography, shooting images  like the one on the right. This was shot on the Canon 5DsR and 50mm f1.8 lens wide open to minimise the depth of field and then after a basic edit in Lightroom, took it across to Nik Analogue Effects where I rather went to town…

I continued wandering around the “Falls Area” looking for images and, quite frankly, just enjoying the experience of shooting pics for the simple enjoyment of it – really getting into the little 50mm lens. (I decided to bring just the 50mm lens with me rather than a range of lenses  just to see what it would be like).

It was fun and I shot a bunch of pics, ending up at the Howick Falls, the second highest falls in South Africa after the Tugela Falls in the Drakensberg.  Alas, the 50 wasn’t wide enough to include the full drop – what to do. A vertorama (vertical panorama), that’s what. I shot 4 vertical images and stitched them together in Lightroom. For a slightly wider image I could have shot 5 or 6 images horizontally and then stitched these together.  And, for an even wider image, I could have shot a matrix of images, all overlapping horizontally and vertically.

Remember, that by doing this you will increase image size, sometimes drastically which is good and bad…. And, of course this technique does have its limitations – not all that suited to action photography for example…

Howick Falls looking just a little bit meaner after a long drought. KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa

Howick Falls looking just a little bit meaner after a long drought. KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa

Happy shooting.

Roger de la Harpe

1 Comment

  1. Michael Behr says:

    Lovely shot of the Howick falls. I lived at Midmar Dam for a few years back in the 1970s

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