CathyWithers-Clarke
CathyWithers-Clarke

Namaqualand Springbok



A Springbok ram keeps watch amongst a carpet of spring daisies as a storm rolls across Namaqualand, South Africa

A Springbok ram keeps watch amongst a carpet of spring daisies as a storm rolls across Namaqualand, South Africa
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48 Comments | Report
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 December 01, 2014
Love this... Congrats ")
kasper Platinum
 
kasper December 01, 2014
congratulations. What a wonderful picture.The colors and the composition are beautiful.
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan December 01, 2014
Awesome beauty. Congrats on the feature.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta December 01, 2014
Nice shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
Bonnie_D
 
Bonnie_D December 01, 2014
Beautiful
pranaynaiduveera
 
pranaynaiduveera December 01, 2014
Awesome wide angle shot.. congrats on the feature
itsnickelwell
 
itsnickelwell December 01, 2014
absolutely beautiful! congrats on the feature
Bannekh
 
Bannekh December 01, 2014
Great shot
Naresh_Sonone
 
Naresh_Sonone December 01, 2014
Superb And Congrats
mfayne
 
mfayne December 01, 2014
Amazing
scottnmandy
 
scottnmandy December 01, 2014
Stunning! Congrats on the feature!
robhansen
 
robhansen December 01, 2014
Gr8 POV Congrats!!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman December 01, 2014
Stunning. Great feature.
sashac
 
sashac December 01, 2014
This is truly paradise!!!
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 01, 2014
wonderful picture, love the orange flowers !!!!
darnellwright
 
darnellwright December 01, 2014
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique.
CathyWithers-Clarke
 
CathyWithers-Clarke December 01, 2014
Thank you very much everybody - it is an incredible place to see when the flowers are out - miles of rolling hills carpeted with colour, and some gorgeous wildlife to go with the view !
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 December 08, 2014
Awesome shot - great POV! Congrats on being featured!
sreesriyakm
 
sreesriyakm December 09, 2014
amazing!!
BrianpSlade
 
BrianpSlade December 16, 2014
An excellent all round piece of work.....well done and congrats....Brian
john-paulflavell
 
john-paulflavell December 18, 2014
Fantastic!
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography December 24, 2014
This is so unique and beautiful! love your perspective! If your interested i have a photo challenge "African Animals" you can find it on my profile under challenges then "created" i would love to see your lovely work there :)
apluhaq
 
apluhaq January 03, 2015
Superb !
fernandoamato
 
fernandoamato January 07, 2015
Beautiful capture
Voted Digital photographer 1
KatieMcKinneyPhotography
 
KatieMcKinneyPhotography January 10, 2015
Congrats! This wonderful photo is one of the Top contenders in the "African Animals" photo challenge! :)
CloeStJean
 
CloeStJean February 09, 2015
Came here just to tell you how I love this picture!
cmorisset PRO+
 
cmorisset February 28, 2015
Stunning beauty, perfect composition and amazing colour... it's perfect! Congrats ( : Love it!
jmakaapix
 
jmakaapix March 01, 2015
Awesome! Very Beautiful.
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta March 25, 2015
My previous comment refers. Congratulations on being the Amateur Winner.
Forfarlass
 
Forfarlass March 26, 2015
Congratulations .Its a beautiful image.
anastasiakachalkova
 
anastasiakachalkova April 27, 2015
fantastic!!!
BrunoHeeb PRO
 
BrunoHeeb May 19, 2015
absolutely amazing shot,love your style
haha_best
 
haha_best May 31, 2015
:thumbsup:
MiFleurDesign
 
MiFleurDesign June 07, 2015
Wow this is so colorful!
rodney60
 
rodney60 June 08, 2015
Love it. the composition is fantastic.
anitaselvog
 
anitaselvog July 22, 2015
This is such an awesome photo! The colors are magnificent and the phototure just calls out to you! GREAT JOB!
marlenekamfer
 
marlenekamfer August 30, 2015
Congratulations on your photo Namaqualand Springbok being selected as a finalist. The springbok with the Namaqualand Daisies are beautiful.
sivakumarkulandhaivel
 
sivakumarkulandhaivel September 02, 2015
Lovely phototure.....
Sonya_Oli4
 
Sonya_Oli4 October 20, 2016
Makes me happy to look at this photo. Well done.
annaudalova
 
annaudalova November 20, 2016
What a wonderful picture! Such a pleasure for the eyes. Well captured!
p_eileenbaltz Platinum
 
p_eileenbaltz March 14, 2017
Beautiful work! Voted in 'we love animals' contest.
Fred4Photos
 
Fred4Photos March 14, 2017
Beautiful photo and also great description of your photo baggage and pro cess. Gives confidence to the many who have to look for good images as opposed to those who go on workshops and trips where everything is set up.Write a comment
tashka
 
tashka March 27, 2017
omg beautiful! is this orange poppy?
Aeri
 
Aeri September 24, 2017
Brilliant shot.... Congratulations
Merlz Platinum
 
Merlz October 19, 2017
Beautiful colour
edandaniphone PRO+
 
edandaniphone December 02, 2017
Awesome.
RamonZabala PRO+
 
RamonZabala November 03, 2018
Just great. Very oníric photo
Trudie
 
Trudie January 06, 2020
Magnificent capture!
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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in the Namaqua National Park, South Africa. We were on our way home from a long winter road trip and stopped off there for a couple of hours to break the journey. The seasons were just changing, so the weather was very unpredictable. Namaqua is famous for it's spectacular open spaces covered in wild flowers in the Spring, but as you can see even the tail end of Winter has great beauty !
Time
This was the middle of the afternoon, but a storm was racing in and things were getting very grey indeed - it started to rain not long after we took this.
Lighting
The light was fading to a very flat grey quickly as the rain moved in.
Equipment
This was shot on a Nikon D3200 with a Sigma 18-250mm lens. No other equipment was involved.
Inspiration
The light was very flat and getting darker, but the daisies were looking more dramatic by the minute in contrast with the stormy skies. I loved the fact that this magnificent Springbok was almost incidental to the scene, and although he was supposed to be the subject of the picture, he was totally eclipsed by this huge carpet of orange.
Editing
I'm not a technical whizz when it comes to the ins and outs of post-processing but there really wasn't much to be done to this photo as the drama was all there in the colour contrast, so it just needed a little cropping and clarity added.
In my camera bag
My camera bag has become my handbag as I never leave home without it, so I am always in possession of my Nikon D3200 and Sigma 18-250mm and 18-300mm lenses, a waterproof Canon Powershot as I live by the ocean and never know when I might find a great rockpool and a small Canon Legria video camera.
Feedback
For an amateur like myself, as with all shots of this nature where you have a moving subject, it really is just a case of having your camera ready and keeping your eyes open. It also helps a lot if you 'tune out' the things that you aren't planning to use as the subject of a picture. Once I had marveled at the beauty of the flowers and taken the shots of them that I wanted, I made a point of not focusing on them at all so that I would be more likely to spot everything else that was on the landscape.

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