Golden Gate landscapes, Free State

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Older posts, Shoots in short

My wife NIcky and I braved -5 degrees weather to do some winter landscapes around Clarens, Fouriesburg and in Golden Gate national park in July, during the World Cup. It was not only freezing in the mornings and evenings, but the wind chill made it worse. Fortunately we had invested in suitable clothing.

The days were fantastically blue and the footage we got was marvellous. I shot on the Sony EX-1 and was again just blown away by the clarity and dynamic range of the camera. Its ability to retain highlights and shadow detail is mindblowing. I edited a quick 3 minute visual essay on the park which can be viewed here:

A clip from the Highlands movie


This being my first visit here, I was hard pressed to leave. The place is so awesomely photogenic, we spent literally hours driving a few kilometers at a time, stopping, shooting, having a picnic out in the wild, and only returning to camp after the best light had gone. Here, we were in the good hands of park manager John Martiens, a long-standing friend of one of my clients in Cape Town. John showed us around and gave us excellent tips for out-of-the-way shooting locations.

Dawn patrol for the best light

Out in the sticks like a facawe bird

At the entrance to Golden Gate

Farm lake near Wepener

Our view from camp

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