Father's day Shipwreck Tour

8th June 2010

Hi there

These two photographers went on a photographic workshop in the mountains somewhere. After a full day of photographing this and that, apertures and shutter speeds, white balance and ISO, they lay down for the night and went to sleep.

After a few hours, the one photographer (who uses a Canon camera) awoke and nudged his faithful friend, (who uses a Nikon camera) and said: “Look up to the sky and tell me what you see?”

He replied, “I see millions of stars.”

“What does that tell you?”

After pondered for a minute he said: “Astronomically“, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow ... What does it tell you?”

After a moment of silence...the other photographer answered:
“... Watson, you moron... someone has stolen our tent!”
Father’s day SHIPWRECK & LIGHTHOUSE TOUR/ WORKSHOP Special Promotion

This photograph was taken from inside what’s left of the boiler of the wreck of the Kakapo, with Chapman’s Peak in the background. The photograph was taken with a lens opening of f11 to ensure sharp focus throughout, ISO 400 and under exposed with one stop of light to ensure the silhouette came out pure black on the photograph. A Marumi Circular Polarizer was fitted to the lens to give a punchy blue sky. No Photoshop editing was done.

On Sunday 20 June 2010 it is Father’s Day, and we have Gift Vouchers available for our “famous” Shipwreck and Lighthouse tour on the 4th of July 2010 at a reduced rate of only R850 per dad, including entry into Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve, a ride up to Cape Point lighthouse in the funicular, drinks and a picnic lunch. Partners can join for a reduced rate of only R650
NORMAL PRICE R1200 | FATHER’S DAY PROMOTION R850 & partners save R200

Meet at our premises in Capri Village, where we depart for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve in my Land Rover. After a 45 minute walk along the one of the most pristine beaches in South Africa, we photograph the wreck of the Thomas T Tucker.
We visit Cape Point, and after a picnic lunch, we photograph the tallest lighthouse in the country, that did not work for four years after they completed it. We end a fun and awesome day with a leisurely walk to the wreck of the Kakapo on Noordhoek beach.

My idea of a leisurely walk...!!! This tour includes a lot of walking and climbing, and a certain level of fitness is required.


16 July 2010: “Motion of the Ocean” Photographic Workshop on Bloubergstrand
20 August 2010: “Motion of the Ocean” Workshop in Simons Town
Learn how to take seascape photographs with a slow shutter speed, to record motion blur in the moving waves. You will also learn about shutter speed and aperture priority, and what shutter speed gives the “wow” factor when creating motion blur in water.

This photograph taken with a lens opening f22 and a shutter speed of 2/5 seconds. I had my trusty Marumi Circular Polarizer fitted to my lens to help obtain a slow shutter speed. The photograph was converted to B&W using Adobe Lightroom

4 September 2010: “Buildings and Architecture” in Kalk Bay
Spend a morning in Kalk Bay walking the quant streets of this character filled fishing village, learning more about photographing buildings and architecture.

Photograph taken on f7.1 with a shutter speed of 1/200 second. The ISO was set to 400 as it was a cloudy day.

27 October 2010: “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” at the V&A Waterfront
Just because the sun went under and it is now dark, doesn’t mean you have to pack your camera away. Learn how to take photographs at night without using a flash, what ISO to use and how to capture light trails at night.

Photograph taken on a 30 second exposure, while the foreground was ‘painted’ using a torch with a blue filter attached

Our photographic workshops are between 4 to 5 hours long and include all workshop notes. The workshops include a theory session, where I tell you how... and then a practical session, where I show you how...
The cost is R250 per person, and all levels of photographers are welcome. Booking is essential.

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Capture light trails
The techniques you need to capture light trails aren’t much different from those you use for general night time shooting. You’ll want a longer exposure though, between 10 to 30 seconds. Set your ISO to 100, and select an aperture of about f22 (to get longer, stronger steaks). Red tail-lights work better closer to the lens, so set up your tripod on the relevant side of the road, and then use a remote release to begin the exposure as the cars enters the frame.

This photograph was taken on the “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” Photographic Workshop at the V&A Waterfront with a 10 second exposure.

Book for one personal photocoach session on any WEDNESDAY from now till the end of July 2010, and receive a second session for FREE.

The way I see it...
The original lighthouse on Cape Point has a drama of its own. It was built in 1860 at a height of 249m above sea level after years of deliberation of where the best location for this lighthouse should be. The revolving beam of light was visible for 58km out at sea, on a good day, that is. You see, the problem was the light was frequently obscured by low fog, mist and cloud. One of the most prominent shipwrecks after its installation was the Portuguese liner Lusitania. A site for a second lighthouse was chosen much closer to the tip of Cape Point, at a height of 87, above the water (pictured below)

Symbolically there are two ways of looking at this:
Sometimes in our lives we also get things wrong, even if we did plan it very well. Learn from it, and try it again. I always say:”Everybody makes mistakes, and that is OK, as long as you learn from it”
If no one is noticing your light, if it is almost always covered by fog, mist or clouds, maybe it is time to make a move so that everybody can see your light shining bright.

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Keep those cameras snapping, till next time.

Peter Haarhoff       

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