Photos taken with my Samsung mobile phone
Used the pano option in camera; not the sharpest / clear photos but I just drool over the view.
Just to recap: On Tuesday morning, 24 March 2015 I woke up before sunrise and headed alone up the hill to the top of Mt. Thesiger (Port St John’s – South Africa) at around this spot GPS: -31.603330, 29.527454. I spent the night before having a scrumptious seafood feast and filter coffee plus hot chocolate at @amapondobackers. I was photofit!
I set up my Canon South Africa camera (6D & Canon EF 17–40mm lens) and tripod in anticipation of the forthcoming sunrise. The river lodges were some 300 m or more below and I could faintly see their lights through the mist or low clouds.
It was calm, peaceful and dead quiet except for the medium-size predatory birds that were circling the mountain and squawking at each other. Every so often they would fly fairly close and it was amazing to hear their wings “woof – woofing” through the air.
The view across to Mt Sullivan on the other side of the river was glorious to say the least for about three minutes or less at one point of the sunrise. The sun then “disappeared” but not completely, although there was no more golden light forcing through the somewhat thick clouds.
The accompanying photo is a self-shot image using the camera’s 10 second timer.
If I’m looking a little tense and you wonder why I wasn’t doing some classic pose / holding a flashlight, then wonder no more. I sprinted 15 metres across rocks to get to my posing position, all the while trying not to trip and end up 300 metres down to the left. The “woof-woofing” birds flying around me were big enough for me to suspect they might be brave enough to try pecking my eyes out while I’m alive! Community of Port St Johns, Wild Coast
Settings F11, ISO 320 & 1/8 sec (-2 exp. comp.)
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“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative place where no one else has ever been” ~ Alan Alda
It’s a fairly long drive from Durban to Port St John’s but you know you are there when you take the multiple bends a few kilometres out of town and on one of the downhill slopes get your first view of the river to the left. Sadly, as you go over the river bridge out of town and head towards Durban, the view from the bridge is the last time you will see the river.
On this trip, I usually stop on the freeway at Umgababa where I purchase avocado pears and other fruit. The prices have steadily increased so I stopped on the side of the Port St John’s bridge and bought avocado pears and guavas at a steal. Their prices are too good and reasonable.
The accompanying photo surprised me somewhat as it was taken out of my LDV window when I stopped alongside the bridge railing. Although I use my Samsung note 4 mobile phone to capture the scene in pano mode, it turned out really clear compared to what I expected. The sky was a little blown out and I had to do some work on it to hopefully improve the look. PS – don’t mentioned the curved bridge wink emoticon
Can’t wait to head back there to Amapondo Backpackers for my filter coffee and prawn & calamari feast.
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