Category: Road Trip

"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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Fine Art Print. My tribute to Dire Straits. It achieved a Top Ten (6/168) in the DPChallenge August Free Study.

Communiqué © Harvey Grohmann All Rights Reserved

“Communiqué” © Harvey Grohmann. All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DG | Hand Held

If you want to learn how to shoot images like this please Contact Me for affordable and fun hands on practical tuition with your camera in your time at your leisure in your home town or you wish to order a copy of the print please Contact Me.

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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Mr. and Mrs. BSK © Harvey Grohmann 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Mr. and Mrs. BSK © Harvey Grohmann 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Of all the more common raptors I see on my travels the Black Shouldered Kite (BSK) has always eluded me photographically. They are often to be seen doing a trapeze act on telephone wires alongside our highways (where it’s both illegal and dangerous to stop) and rural roads, in the vicinity of maize and other crops, seeking a meal. On the rural roads I get within a dozen feet and they fly off. Finally after a lot of hunting and multiple visits to Rietvlei I discovered a nest, albeit with the aid of another photographers f/4 prime poking out the passenger door of his SUV 🙂

He had taken a lot of images of the nest over a period of a few days. This time he was kind enough to leave early and I drove my vehicle into his vantage point off the road. This is one reason a decent SUV/4×4 or OSV (Open Safari Vehicle) is well worth the running costs or hire fee. Height and off road capability. A normal sedan doesn’t cut it 🙂

Mr. and Mrs. BSK II © Harvey Grohmann 2013. All Rights Reserved.

Mr. and Mrs. BSK II © Harvey Grohmann 2013. 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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View Midrand to Marievale Bird Sanctuary Provincial Nature Reserve, Nigel, South Africa in a larger map

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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After a recent trip to Sodwana I took a detour to reconnoitre the quaint village of Lüneburg (place of the moon) which lies nestled in the northern Drakensberg and is the original settlement of German Lutheran missionaries who in 1854 named the community after their home-town in Germany. The views, the buildings, the landscapes sublime and take one back to a simpler time and a slower pace. Today it is the site of the oldest German school in northern KwaZulu Natal and lies virtually on the border with Mpumalanga; Deutsche Schule Lüneburg. Its closest neighbour is the city of Paulpietersburg. There are a number of B and B’s, Self Catering establishments. Attractions; fishing, trails, cycling, birding, wetlands, mountain passes, clear night skies for star gazing. Take a week to explore and make sure you are in a 4×4 / SUV.

Northern Berg Vista

Rolling hills and mountains. Northern Berg Vista, KZN © Harvey Grohmann

I “relied” on my Garmin Nuvi and despite telling it to avoid dirt where possible it took us on mostly that. Never again! I had not planned on such a massive detour. Needless to say I have restocked the 4×4 with real maps. From Piet Retief (R543) it took us to Lüneburg then over some very challenging dirt road mountain passes to the exit just south east of Wakkerstroom on the Utrecht Rd.

4 hours (don’t believe the Google map estimate of 2.5 hours) of really poor roads both badly potholed tar and mostly dirt and logging trucks vying for space on narrow bridges with broken or no railings. Don’t let this put you off. It’s doable. In daylight.


View Driving directions to Lüneburg from Piet Retief in a larger map

Here is a link to German Societies and Institutions in 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!

ALL IMAGES ON THIS SITE ARE © Harvey Grohmann. Read more for Terms and Conditions:
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