Thursday, May 24, 2012

Images In Africa

I was born and raised in South Africa. Just in case you didn't already know. I've lived in Canada for almost 20 years, but there's definitely some African still in me ... I don't think that anyone who is out of Africa ever loses it ...

"It" ... that psychic tug ... when you scent rain on dry ground ... hear a certain type of bird call ... it pulls you back, squeezes the breath out of your lungs ...

Images in Africa Wildlife Safaris & Photography workshops
That's how we get to today's topic: "Images in Africa"

Gavin Slabbert, a great friend who also attended the New York Institute of Photography, offers visitors to southern Africa an incredible opportunity - to view the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo) as well as numerous other species in their wild state, in their native habitat, in a photo-oriented trip that also includes photography workshops! 

The packages are designed for small groups, and cater to photographers' non-photog partners and families, too - anyone who has an interest in African wildlife will appreciate these tours!

When I look at Gav's Images In Africa website, I feel "it". I feel that tug on my heart, that breathless excitement ... the sensation I get every time I think about the possibility of returning to Africa. 

And when I consider combining such a journey with my passion for photography, I'm transported!

The temptation is almost irresistible ... Gav's prices are incredible (I challenge you to shop around and compare - you won't find another company that offers the quality content that Gavin's packages do, for a price that comes anywhere close!) ... if I hadn't just spent almost a month on Maui, I'd be scheduling one of these trips!

If you can possibly swing it, I urge you to DO it! Who knows how long these introductory prices will last?

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Andrew, met his lady, Heather, on eHarmony ... it was the very last day of his membership when he decided to have one more look ... and the rest is history!

While we were in Maui a few weeks ago, Heather and Andrew accepted my offer of a "romance" shoot.

I was delighted that they did, because they didn't get engagement photos done prior to their wedding ... and I need the practice! (I'm ashamed to admit that I'm responsible for the rather dodgy set of photos taken at their registry office nuptials, so I owe them something for sure!)

They chose sunset on one of the best beaches on the island as their location, Big Beach at Makena, in South Maui.

Here are a few of my fav's from this outing ... they, and many more, may be viewed in higher resolution here:

Friday, May 18, 2012

Two Greys and a Haflinger

It feels like its been a long week ... so I took myself for a little drive, hoping to find something that caught my photographer's eye ...

I was only out about half an hour ... but came across some horses that I had to stop for ... twice! For me, there's nothing as relaxing and peaceful to watch as fat, happy horses, grazing in a green meadow ...

This chap was resting up after hard morning's grazing, napping in the occasional pool of spring sunlight that spilled across his paddock. I'm not sure how "correct" this perspective and composition is, but I just love this picture:

Then, as I started driving away, I saw this handsome lad, ambling over to his friend's paddock to see what was going on ... he got sidetracked by some particularly tasty spring grass just inside the gate:

Not to be outdone, the last of the trio finally lifted his head, wondering about that clicking sound that human was making:
Of course, there are more photos on my smugmug page!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Ho'okipa, Honokowai, & Kanaha

Getting a bit behind here ... but I think I can be forgiven since I am on holiday! Here are just a few of the photos that I've processed so far ... hundreds more to go still ... you'll have to visit my smugmug page over the next days to see what else gets uploaded!  ;-)

A couple of days ago, I got to shoot windsurfing at Ho'okipa beside Jimmie Hepp for a couple of hours. He's a north shore legend ... he's The Guy who is there whenever the action's happening ... published regularly ...

Jimmie Hepp In Action (at Kanaha)
Early this morning we headed up to West Maui, where we stopped at Honokowai for a last snorkel before returning the gear to Maui Dive Shop. We actually discovered this little area by chance ... and loved it so much we're actually considering staying here when we next visit Maui! (I know, my processing of panoramic images needs help, but this at least gives you an idea of the view from the park at Honokowai. I'm not sure why the image isn't reproducing at 1000px on the long side ... it's showing up so much smaller than the other photos, which are 700px on the long side! Shrug?!)

Then around midday at Kanaha, I met up with Nicole Sanchez, an established and popular wedding and event photographer on Maui. What a lovely lady ... we didn't get to spend much time together but I've been following her for a while on FB, and its great to have met the person behind the page!

Nicole Sanchez in action at Kanaha

Kanaha was amazing today, just so beautiful it was almost unreal. Aside from the stand-up paddleboard race (called Olukai) that we went to see, there was also kiteboarding action and lots of other stuff to feast our eyes and lenses on!

Men's SUP Race Winner

Andrea Moeller, Ladies' SUP Race Winner

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Supermoon / Cinco de Mayo

Whatever you call it, it's always a challenge to capture the moon ... here are my two best shots from the evening ... taken as the moon rose over Haleakala (a 10,000ft+ dormant volcano on the island of Maui), from about 30ft above sea level!

The photos aren't as impressive as some others I've seen, but I've posted the full-res versions on my smugmug page if you'd like to see them there.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Maui No Ka Oi

We've been on the island for about 10 days now ... it has been a wonderful whirl of a week because we had some of our family and close friends with us to help celebrate Paul's 50th birthday! Most have now headed home, and soon it'll just be the two of us winding down and enjoying a relaxing holiday at our favourite destination.

I haven't had a great many opportunities to take my camera out, but a few of my photos are below. More can be seen on my Smugmug site - windsurfing at Ho'okipa, the Old Lahaina Luau, some classic Maui sunsets - some are also on my Facebook page.

A Little Whimsy ...

A Surprise Pod Of Late-Season Humpback Whales

Waiting For A Wave - Big Beach, Makena State Park

Old Lahaina Luau
Oh, by the way, Maui no ka oi means "Maui is the best"!