Shadow World, Johannesburg | Urban Impressionism
Sharing a few random street scenes and informal portraits I shot in the Maboneng Precinct yesterday.   Location: Jeppestown, Johannesburg
Johannesburg | Visions in Colour #01
Sharing two random images, which will be included in a new collection “Johannesburg | Visions in Colour”.  I shot these in Johannesburg, in 2013; using fairly slow shutter speeds and focus blur. The use of strong colours against muted backgrounds and the movement blur adds a sense of urban energy. Exactly what I wanted.    Location: Jeppes Town and surrounding areas, Johannesburg Collection: Johannesburg | Visions in Colour
Gold Reef City, Johannesburg | Figments
Showing a couple of black and white images I shot at Gold Reef City while taking a group of Advanced Photography Students out on a Practical Shoot. Both images were shot with a Canon 90mm tilt and shift lens.  Location: Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa
Danie Bester’s fine art photography is featured in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa (Page 26-27). The beautiful hard-cover coffee table book feature over 300 SA Artists, mini-biographies and 1078 pieces of art. The central theme reads “a Visual Journey into the Thoughts, Emotions and Minds of 308 Artists”. The book will be available in book-stores at R295 soon. If you are interested in buying the book, Contact the Publishers at “Art and Artists in South Africa” or if you would like to place a postal order, contact Jenna Bester at 079 520-4436.     Name-list of Artists covered:    a) Joan Abrahams, Fiona Almeleh, Jean Abrie, Jen Adam, Darren Aiken, Fil Angelakis, Sally Arnold, Katharine Ambrose, Wendy Anziska, Beth Diane Armstrong, Heather Auer, b) Penny Baillie, Louise Barnard, Lerentia Basson, Natasha Barnes, Dawn Beadle, Jacqueline Bekker, Carl Becker, Richard Becker, Kirsten Beets, Christiane Behrmann, Marguerite Beneke, Brenda Berger, Caren Bestbier, Danie Bester, Daphne Bester, Stephanie Bester, Hilda Beukes, Janet Bester Spaun, Bowen Boshier, Dana Biddle, Chrissie Boltman, Joja Blom, Doret Bonthuys, Carla Bosch, Renee Bosman, Janet Botes, Cherylin Botha-Louw, Desiree Brand, Doris Brand, Anton Brink, Koos Bronkhorst, Roy Brooks, Anna-Mare Buys, Liesel Brune, Maretha Burger-Champion, Terenia […]
21 Oct 2014 in Press, by
Vantage Point, Johannesburg | Urban Photography
Trip down memory lane. I shot the following images end of 2012 while facilitating a practical photography class with Fine Art Photography Students. We gained vantage point by (illegally) getting onto the M1 for typical Birds Eye views. The sun was already fairly low and the directional lighting added an extra dimension to the scenery below.   Location: Newtown, Johannesburg
Haunting Shadows | Urban Impressionism
On Saturday I was driving back home from Johannesburg on Joe Slovo Drive, when I passed this scene. I couldn’t help to admire the elongated shadow casts against a bright orange wall. I immediately pulled off the road and thought to wait for an interesting person to walk into the scene. After waiting only a few minutes, this woman walked into the scene and I was fortunate to capture a few frames.    Why the image works?  The dark shadows, and the visual flow, created by the lines and the motion blur on the woman. I particularly like the contrast between foreground and background. Especially how the orderly lines in the foreground are juxtaposed against the chaotic shadow casts.    Location: Jeppestown, Johannesburg
Rafiek | Portrait Study
Some time ago, I was out teaching a practical photography class in Newtown when this interesting man walked past us.  I couldn’t resist asking him for a portrait and he jovially agreed. We learned his name was Rafiek. I had him turned towards a bright area to get some catch-light in his eyes. Selectively focusing on his eyes using the tilt function of my 90mm tilt-shift lens revealed his cheerful and amiable character.    Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Kalahari | Fine Art Landscape Photography
Minimalist Kalahari studies in black and white (split tone) studies of the harsh landscape near Kang in the Southern part of the Botswana. The pans are a few kilometres away from Phofu Game Ranch where we stayed for a long weekend in August 2013.   Location: Kang, Botswana (Southern Kalahari)
PiX Magazine, Top 10 Landscape Photography Tips
Danie Bester shares his top 10 Landscape Photography Tips in PiX magazine (October – November 2013) It is PiX Magazine’s 10th Birthday Issue and in this issue various professionals share their top 10 tips about specific genres. In this edition, I share my Top 10 Landscape Photography tips (Page 66-69).  The aspects covered are… Capturing Light and Shadow Shoot at Dawn and Dusk Shoot with Intent Have a clear Focal Point Foreground Interest Think about Lines Know your F/stops and Shutter Speeds Stability Filters you cannot do without Develop a solid Workflow   If you would like to read the full article make sure you get the October-November 2013 back issue from PiX About PiX magazine: PiX is South Africa’s leading photographic magazine. PiX magazine is aimed at the technophiles who insist on owning the latest gadgets, the professional and hobbyist photographer, and everybody who has an interest in the art of photography or even simply owns a camera, and uses it to preserve their precious memories.
01 Oct 2013 in Press, by
Pix Magazine, Guide to HDR Photography (Part 3)
Check out Danie Bester’s Guide to HDR Photography in PiX magazine (August – September 2013) A major drawback in photography is the camera’s lack of dynamic range. Dynamic range refers to a camera’s capacity to capture details throughout the tonal range; highlights, midtones, and shadows. In this edition, I share insights on how to shoot and create HDR images, which cover a much wider dynamic range. Some of the aspects covered in my article are: What is HDR? How to shoot HDR, including Stick to “good old methods” No need to HDR everything HDR software and Workflow Do not Overcook Conserve TIME Maintain a consistent STYLE Digital Workflow… You can read the full article by getting the August-September 2013 edition of PiX Magazine About PiX magazine: PiX is South Africa’s leading photographic magazine. PiX magazine is aimed at the technophiles who insist on owning the latest gadgets, the professional and hobbyist photographer, and everybody who has an interest in the art of photography or even simply owns a camera, and uses it to preserve their precious memories.
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PiX Magazine, Creative Landscape Photography (Part 2)
Check out Part 2 of Danie’s Essential Guide to Creative Landscape Photography, which featured in the PiX magazine (June – July 2013)   In this article, I focus on Creative Camera Settings and Gear that will help you to capture creative landscapes. Some of the aspects covered are: Creative Camera Settings including Dummy Settings like ISO, Aperture Priority etc… Creative blur, Best practice, Black and white.. Inside the Landscape Photographer’s Bag, including Lens choice, Filters, use of Flash, Torches etc…   If you would like to read the full article make sure you get the June – July 2013 back issue from PiX  About PiX magazine: PiX is South Africa’s leading photographic magazine. PiX magazine is aimed at the technophiles who insist on owning the latest gadgets, the professional and hobbyist photographer, and everybody who has an interest in the art of photography or even simply owns a camera, and uses it to preserve their precious memories.
05 Jun 2013 in Press, by
Pylons | Minimalist Photography Studies
Minimalist, Black and White Photographic Study, Pylons and Power Lines outside Duvha Power Station, near Emalahleni, South Africa, 2013 | Fine Art Photography by Danie Bester
PiX Magazine, Essential Guide to Landscape Photography (Part 1)
Part 1 of Danie’s Essential Guide to Landscape Photography is featured in the April-May 2013 edition of PiX Magazine   This is my first instalment on a series of articles about Landscape Photography. In this edition, I write about the importance of getting to the right locations and how to creatively use light for dramatic landscapes. Some of the aspects covered are: Location, location, location Scouting for Light and Subject Work the Light… Including back-lighting, side-lighting, flat lighting, dawn, dusk, overcast days etc…     You can read the full article by ordering the April-May 2013 back issue from PiX About PiX magazine: PiX is South Africa’s leading photographic magazine. PiX magazine is aimed at the technophiles who insist on owning the latest gadgets, the professional and hobbyist photographer, and everybody who has an interest in the art of photography or even simply owns a camera, and uses it to preserve their precious memories.
06 Apr 2013 in Press, by
Nkululeko | Portrait Study of a Homeless Man
Black and White studies of a homeless man just opposite Museum Africa in Newtown.  I couldn’t resist to take a series of pictures of this man who was uncomfortable with me photographing him. He kept on turning his face away every time I pointed the camera at him, but I persisted taking a few candid shots. Eventually I approached him and he shyly agreed I could take a formal portrait. His name is Nkululeko, which in Xhosa means “Freedom”.    Location: Newtown, Johannesburg
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