First paying gig – shoot the sunset at Madaket! Not too shabby. This here is an HDR (3 exposure of same frame) processed photo from one of the frames of the timelapse
Excited to share my timelapse / my-trip-to-south-africa video from last month. All timelapses were a compilation of thousands of still images that are sped up within a sequence, making it appear as a seamless video over a long period of time. enjoy
Canon 550D with 18-55mm lens
GoPro Hero3 Black Edition
“Dungtitled (In A Major)” – Stars of the Lid
After our departure from Cape Town, we headed north for our next endeavor, a 9 day stay in Kruger National Park. Kruger sits 6.5 hours east of JoBurg, so a trip from Cape Town to Kruger in one day would be quite a haul and a little ridiculous. The Lion Park is just outside of Johannesburg and contains 5 families of White Lion, with packs of wild dogs, cheetahs, giraffes, impala, meerkat, and zebras. We got to stay in powered safari huts feet away from roaming giraffes and ostriches – not quite the true African safari we were expecting, but a good warm up for Kruger.
Hard to describe our afternoon inside District 6 of the Cape Town townships. One of the most influential environments I’ve ever been to, this area of the townships that we visited is only the tip of the iceberg. Of the 3.5 million people living in Cape Town, just under 500,000 of these black post-Apartheid Africans live in a space that is insanely too small. Regardless of these living conditions and extreme poverty, the children, men, and women of the township we visited were beyond excited to see us. They enjoyed the little things while we, a small group of extremely white photographers and filmmakers, laughed in their presence and played their games.
It was hard to tell whether or not the township dogs were fast asleep, hungry, and deprived, or lying dead and motionless on the cold ground. Whatever life they had left in them, it wasn’t a good one. They limped around slowly, always poking their noses to the sky in attempt to pick up an unfamiliar scent of something to eat. One of my most favorite photos from our township visit is the shot of the brown and black dog lying down eyes closed in the foreground, and behind him is a scene from the rest of the street. There is a young boy, who was wandering around just as aimlessly as the other kids, standing about 25 feet behind the dog. Across the street from him is a small group of sketchy looking older men. I probably snapped this photo about 10 times, playing around with the aperture and ISO settings so that I could get that depth of field I was looking for. I ended up settling with a small f/stop shot which results in a more focused perspective on the dog, and brings less attention to the boy and small group of township men. I remember calling over to Cory after taking these photos and telling him “I think I just took the best picture I’ve ever taken”.
Walking through the townships in Cape Town was one of the craziest things I’ve ever experienced and something I hope to repeat. We only spent about 2 hours inside the gated “community”, but that time seemed to stretch on. It was like going through a portal in time and ending up in some far away land where people exist with literally nothing. These people have next-to-none when it comes to the material things, but I’ve learned that they have an endless capacity for love and compassion towards others.