Category: Land/Seascape

"Find your soul" © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

“Find your soul” © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

Shot details: Nikon D90 | Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 | 06:23
ISO-800 | f/8 | 1/2000s | EV -0.3 | Program Mode: AP | AF-S | Bean Bag
Post Processing in part with Topaz Labs
Location: Lake Panic @ KNP, MP, South Africa.

See if you can find your soul in this image, as well as a few animals 🙂

Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

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From a recent trip to the beautiful Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the Free State, RSA

Golden Gate Nature Reserve © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

Golden Gate Highlands National Park © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

Golden Gate Highlands National Park © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

Golden Gate Highlands National Park © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

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Red-Knobbed Coot © Harvey Grohmann

Red-Knobbed Coot © Harvey Grohmann

I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a winter visit to Marievale Bird Sanctuary with friends, colleagues, birders and photographers. Up at 4am & a 5am departure from Midrand we arrived at the gate at 5h50. The trek up the reserve to the old bridge (built in the 1880’s) was mostly dark but on arrival in partial light saw us step out into -8.5° C temperature. Some of the wetland waterways were thinly or partially frozen over but it didn’t deter the Red-Knobbed Coots who were swimming away merrily and feeding before the sun had even shown itself, nor the Cape Shovellers or Red-Billed Teals from flying in. All in all we spotted over 50 species of birds, from African Rail, African Snipe, Purple Gallinule, Little Swamp Warblers, African Marsh Harrier and Greater Flamingoes. Water and Yellow Mongoose were seen as were a Mountain Reed-buck pair. With the arrival of AMD (Acid Mine Drainage) and the massive influx of invasive reeds clogging the waterways the numbers of birds is decreasing, due de-oxygenation and algae and increase of contaminants thus a lack of fish and insects.
Despite this Marievale is still a wonderful place to visit. Get there if you can! Especially in summer and as a group.

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Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

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Thank you Mother Earth for presenting me a palette to take images like this:

Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

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Pilanesberg Solitary Hill, Tree and Moon

“Pilanesberg Solitary Hill, Tree and Moon” © Harvey Grohmann 2013, All Rights Reserved

Shot details: Nikon D90 | Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX HSM OS @105mm
ISO-1000 | f/10 | 1/400s | EV -0.7 | Hand Held
Post Processing in part with Topaz Labs (Simplify 4)
Location: @ Pilanesberg NR, South Africa.

Gear I use: Bodies: Nikon D-SLR’s / Lenses: Nikon, Sigma, Tokina, Vivitar
Filters: Hoya UV & Polarizing / Flash: Nikon Speed-lights / Bag: Lowe Pro
Tripods & Heads: Manfrotto / Grips, Triggers, Timers, Batteries etc: BandH
Editing Plug-in: Topaz Labs Noise Reduction, HDR, B&W Conversion & more!

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