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Early morning at the Boeremark (Farmer’s Market) Silverton, Pretoria

Early morning  at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Early morning at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:59 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/1600 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 25mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

A typical scene of people relaxing at the Boeremark (the Farmer’s Market) in Pretoria Road, Silverton, Pretoria.

You can see more images of the Boeremark in Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Did you see my photograph of the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 when these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image?

Moon Venus and Jupiter conjunction

Moon Venus and Jupiter conjunction.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Moon Venus and Jupiter conjunction. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-06-20 07:12 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 2.5 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

 

At last. Here is my image of the conjunction between the moon (the very bright object near the center), Venus (the bright star near the bottom) and Jupiter with two of it’s moons (the bright star top right, with one of it’s moons visible just below it and another fainter one just above it).

I took several photographs that evening, trying to get the perfect exposure of this unusual and special scene. Then after several exposures I decided that I would rather expose for Jupiter’s moons. Well, I knew that this would mean the planets and our moon would be severely over exposed I went ahead and took the shots anyway.

Also, I knew that trying to get shots in the can of Jupiter’s moons with a standard 18-55mm lens during dusk in the polluted Pretoria city sky while the moon was nearby and pretty bright would be a challenge… And that is exactly why I went ahead and did it. I loved the idea of the challenge.

I was happy with a few of my attempts I made and decided to process them. Naturally they required some post processing such as cropping of the original image to have the subjects stand out more, darkening the sky to create more contrast and a process to reduce the intensity of the light emitted by Jupiter, Venus and the Moon.

Even though I had taken images of the moon that were well exposed and look great on their own, I decided not to superimpose them into the photograph to replace the over exposed one because I felt that it would detract from the planes and Jupiter’s moons and the image would loose it’s charm, also, one would not be able to see the shaded half of the moon. This is the part of the moon that is not so intensely over exposed in this photograph. This part of the moon is not receiving light from the sun but is receiving sun light which is reflected from the the earth’s surface… Much as we receive moon light at night which is a reflection of the sun’s light to us.

You can see another image of the Moon and planetary conjunction as seen from Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Also go here to see my another photo which I took 20 days earlier of this same 2015 planetary and lunar conjunction.

Lord of the water at the Boeremark

Lord of the water at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Lord of the water at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:57 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/1250 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

Don’t think you can just stand around at the little stream at the Boeremark (Farmer’s Market) in Silverton, Pretoria, and not be approached by one of the locals; hoping to be fed a little tidbit. As all regulars know all to well, the geese are the lords of the water at the Boeremark.

I just love seeing the geese there, they add to the rural feel of the market.

You can see more images of the Boeremark in Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Watch out for my photograph of the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 when these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image.

Miniature 01

Miniature_01.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Miniature_01. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-06-28 02:46 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/4.8
Exposure time 1/125 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 116mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

When I saw this miniature scene at a friends house I could not stop myself… I simply had to photograph the scene. The miniature scene was compelling to me. I was drawn into the scene and this is what I saw.

I have posted another shot of this miniature scene and other photographs on my John Golden Photography website.

In a previous posting I said that I will post a photograph I made of a near conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 where these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image. Watch out for this in the next few days.

The long wait

The long wait.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

The long wait. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-06-25 12:12 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/400 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

One Saturday in July, at the drop of a hat, my wife and I decided to take a drive out to a small town (not much more than a large village actually) called Cullinan in the Gauteng Province. This is the spot where the famous, largest gem quality diamond with a weight of 3106ct in the rough was found. However, we did not take the opportunity to go into the museum to look up the history of the town. We decided to rather scout the place to see what interesting things we might come across.

Needless to say, we did have a few interesting experiences. I will discuss each one as I upload the image/s that I captured that afternoon.

This captivating scene was in the veld, close to the railway line, not far from the old railway station, where there are a number of interesting antique shops and a realy cool restaurant and pub which have taken over the old station building.

My wife was wandering how long she would have to wait to get a lift in this oooold scrapped DKW! ;-)

I have posted another shot of this DKW, and other photographs, on my John Golden Photography website.

Previously I said that I will post a photograph I made of a near conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 where these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image. Watch out for this in the next few days.

Venus Jupiter and the Moon Conjunction

Venus Jupiter and the Moon.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Venus Jupiter and the Moon. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-07-01 06:43 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias +1 step
Focal length 200mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

 

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Date Taken 2015-07-01 07:38 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/1000 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +1 step
Focal length 200mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

On July 1st 2015 there was a very unusual and spectacular view in the Pretoria night sky. A planetary conjunction.

Planetary conjunctions, sometimes called planetary alignments, are fairly common, but the one that took place on the evening of Wednesday 2015-07-01 Was pretty rare and not seen to often.

The 2 brightest planets, which are the third and fourth brightest objects in our skies – after the sun and moon, were in a spectacular conjunction. They were so close to each other that If you held the tip of your little finger out at arms length in front of you, between your eye and the 2 bright objects in the sky, they would be blocked from your view. Wow, I must admit that in my lifetime I have never had an opportunity to see that. Experiencing that was a humbling experience and just put so much into perspective for me again.

It was practically a full moon on the night so it was not an ideal night to be photographing stars or planets. However I knew that I could not let an opportunity like this slip by so I took up the challenge to get some photographs. Once I had captured a dozen or so photos I had a look at them on my PC then came to the conclusion that creating a composite photo would create great impact and help me to always retain the memory of my experience from that night.

  • Above is the result of that composite picture. It consists of a long exposure of Venus and Jupiter that were captured in a single image. You will notice one of Jupiter’s moons close to it, which was a bonus in this image. I was hoping to capture any of Jupiter’s moons, but did not expect to be successful because of the bright washed out sky due to the nearby full moon.
  • Inserted into this photo is an almost full moon which was a little too far away to include into the first photo. If I had done that the two planets would have formed tow small dots of light in the bottom left corner of the image and would not have been impressive at all. Also you will notice i had to shoot the moon at a very high shutter speed to preventing it from over exposing and washing out the black sky completely.

I have posted a version of this, and other photographs, on my John Golden Photography website.

Also go here to see my another photo which I took 20 days later of this same 2015 planetary and lunar conjunction.

My next post will be of a photograph I made of a near conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 where these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image.

Union Buildings panorama

Union Buildings. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserve

Union Buildings. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserve

 

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Date Taken 2014-09-20 03:41 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/125 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 45mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

I used my new Nikon D3200 to take this panorama of the Union Buildings in Pretoria/Tswane.

I really had a lot of fun at the Union Buildings… Not just taking photographs, but also meeting some of the foreign and local tourists that were there that day, having fun and taking in the history that is represented there.

The Union Buildings are the cake and the beautiful 15m high bronze statue of our former president, Nelson Mandela, is the cherry on top. While I was there people were constantly streaming past this bronze beauty, looking, pointing, photographing and mimicking the whole afternoon long. Just so amazing to see.

The symbolism of the buildings and statue are filled with deep and significant meaning for all South Africans and I felt so grateful and lucky to have had the opportunity to be there and to have that amazing experience. The entire occasion was made even more special by the fact that I was able to share it with my loving wife and youngest son.

To capture this grand occasion and place I took my 3 day old Nikon and captured some great images there and also created this panoramic photo. I stitched 8 vertical images together to create a photo that is over 100 mega pixels in siza… suitable to create a photo print that is metres wide!

I just love how I managed to capture the guy standing in the centre, holding his arms out, mimicking Nelson Mandela”s statue.

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Crab Apple Buds

Crab Apple Buds. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Crab Apple Buds. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-20 05:09 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/9
Exposure time 1/40 sec.
ISO speed ISO-400
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 70mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

Besides been blown away by the stunning deep red colour of the buds against the white sepals, I just love the sense of softness created by these buds against the hairy sepals – almost as if they are lying on cotton-wool.

Arum Lily Stamen

Arum Lily Stamen. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Arum Lily Stamen. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-20 04:51 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/9
Exposure time 1/160 sec.
ISO speed ISO-400
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I was taken by the amazing honeycomb type pattern formed by the pollen on this arum lily’s stamen. Also by how bright yet subtle the colour is with the soft white background of the petal.

Unknown Flower

Unknown Flower. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

Unknown Flower. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-25 12:56 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/4.5
Exposure time 1/40 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 48mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Hand Held

I loved this lone flower on the bush and decided to create a softened dreamy look of it with all other colours desaturated in the image to ensure that the flower is the main focus.


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