Pretty Urban Rainbow

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It’s a pretty urban rainbow, spotted as we arrived home, and captured on my trusty Samsung Note 4 mobile phone.
Actually the light was pushing the phone to the limit. A bit of processing in Snapseed on the phone helped, though it’s still much noisier than I would have liked. It’s actually a good example of a picture that looks good on the mobile phone but not so good on the computer screen. Oh well – should have carried a camera! At least I got the shot!

Cloudy Day on the Beach

A cloudy day on the beach. Looking towards Umhlanga Rocks, with Durban behind me. Interesting light on the water with clouds in the sky. Not a great day to be on the beach unless it’s just going for a morning walk.
One tree under a cloudy sky

Just One Tree

Just One Tree and a Cloudy Sky

Just one tree rising into a cloudy sky

It’s just one tree. In a field. On a farm.

On a windy day, with rain definitely on its way, we decided to take a walk to a neighbouring village. Why? Just because we felt like it, and needed a bit of exercise. The route uses a public path through a nearby farmer’s fields with a number of tall trees providing a bit of protection from the wind for the herd of sheep in the field.

Now there is somehow something special about a tall old tree, which just begs to be photographed. The effect of the fluffy clouds and blue sky in the background just enhanced the picture. Processed in black and white to emphasise the shapes and cloud textures, it becomes a strong and fairly dramatic one tree picture.

Off the subject for the moment, I notice a number of colleagues producing good black and white photography suddenly. I wonder if it has something to do with a cold and windy winter, with no mitigating factors like snow to make for some interesting photography.

Oh! Yes, we did get home before it rained!

And here’s something to read:

[CBC_AMAZON asin=”0789211955″]Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time by Beth Moon[/CBC_AMAZON] results from her 14 year quest to photograph ancient trees across much of the world.

[CBC_AMAZON asin=”0470597755″]Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques[/CBC_AMAZON] Offers some useful tips on black and white photography in the age of digital photography.

And, of course, you can buy this photo on my photography site at



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