Interior Spaces | Colour Studies #01
A collection of impressionistic and minimalistic photographic studies of interior spaces in Monochrome | Fine Art Photography by Danie Bester
Interior Spaces | Monochrome Studies # 01
A collection of impressionistic and minimalistic photographic studies of interior spaces in Monochrome | Fine Art Photography by Danie Bester
Danie Bester Kalahari Photos Published in DEKAT
Danie Bester has been attributed for his contribution in the DEKAT Magazine. A couple of his Fine Art photos of the Kalahari has been used in an article about South African writer, Karin Brynard's latest book, "Tuisland". The black and white photos are scenes from Kolmanskop and Botswana, in Danie's dramatic photography style. DEKAT, is an award-winning, upmarket lifestyle magazine that has become entrenched in South African art culture. The Magazine is currently on sale in shops nationwide.
Danie Bester’s “Silent Concrete” on display at Decorex Johannesburg, 2016
One of Danie Bester’s signature prints, Silent Concrete is on display at Decorex Johannesburg at Décor Identity’s stand.   The delightful, contemporary stand, forms part of the 100% Design South Africa initiative. The initiative encourages and feature work by South African designers and artists only. Elisha Annandale, the owner of Decor Identity, chose Danie’s print as one of the main attractions of her display. The limited edition, framed print of the Gautrain Bridge, is almost 2 meters wide and makes a striking visual statement. It comes from Danie’s fine art architectural series, Silent Concrete. The silent concrete collection depicts concrete structures, fly-overs, and bridges in an almost post-apocalyptic way. This timeless, black and white, panoramic artwork will look beautiful in most modern, or eclectic interiors. Danie hopes to add another few studies to the collection within the next year. Feel free to contact Danie for a personal viewing.    (Update 06 September 2016) Below is a short video clip by Decorex, interviewing Elisha and showing off the Decor Identity stand at the 2016 show. Danie’s print is visible behind Elisha during her insightful interview.  
Johannesburg | Visions in Colour #02
I haven’t been posting new work for ages! I almost feel like George RR Martin on delaying the 6th edition of my favourite book series! But today, I hope to catch up a little, by posting more than a few urban shots from Johannesburg. These consist of random street photos, portraits, and abstracts, I’ve made over the past two years.  I hope to add a few more impressions to this collection over the winter. Who knows, I might just post again before Spring!   Location: Johannesburg, South Africa Collection: Johannesburg | Visions in Colour
Duplicity | Urban Impressionism
Last month I went out to Johannesburg with a small group of DPC students to teach visual composition. As soon as we got together, I saw these two religious women approaching us. I realised they might just walk by one of my favourite spots; a red coloured wall, which was only a block away. I immediately indicated to my students to follow me, and I followed them from the other side of the road. I wanted to stay unobtrusive, but it was pretty difficult with a group of people following me! I hoped they wouldn’t turn away at the street corner ahead, and as they crossed the street, I knew they are going to pass that red wall. We were fortunate indeed!   While following them, I made a decision to use a slow shutter speed in order to create an impressionistic image. On the trot, I switched to Aperture Priority, knowing that I would have little time to make exposure decisions. It was a bright morning, so I stopped down the lens to f/16. With my ISO at 50, I knew the shutter speed would be really slow. I hoped that the movement blur of their white robes against the red wall, […]
Klippiesbaai | Fine Art Seascapes
Our final day out towards Betty’s Baai we stopped over at Klippiesbaai. The wind was fairly strong and the medium to dark dark clouds allowed me to capture really long exposures of the ancient rock formations.   Location: Klippiesbaai, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015    
Scarborough Beach | Fine Art Seascapes
Collection of 3 fine art seascape photographs I shot on a very windy day. The wind was so fierce that I could not use my ND filters for ultra long exposures, but the clouds were absolutely fantastic at sunset time and the results were really dramatic!    Location: Scarborough Beach, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Hangklip Impressionist | Fine Art Seascapes
I created a series of impressionist photographs of waves in the vicinity of Hangklip.  Location: Hangklip, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Llandudno Beach | Fine Art Seascapes
Spend the morning out with Nolan Lister, who introduced me to Llandudno Beach. The skies were quite drab and overcast, but with little drama in the clouds, but perfectly suited very long exposures. The rock formations exposed at lo tide allowed me to follow a minimalist approach.    Location: Llandudno Beach, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015   
Shadow World II, Johannesburg | Urban Photography
Continuing my project, titled Shadow World, a series of high-contrast, minimalist street scenes of Johannesburg. I shot these street scenes from the M31. Shooting from a high vantage point allows me to capture street life below without commotion. The directional winter sun create intense shadows, which can be used as secondary, or even primary subjects for interesting compositions.    Location: Jeppestown, Johannesburg
Pine Trees, Kaapsche Hoop | Impressionist
From my Image Archives. Pines photographed near Kaapsche Hoop on a Foggy day in 2012 created through camera movement and slow shutter speed.   Location: Kaapsche Hoop, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
River Rapids, Crocodile River | Figments
This past weekend I presented a Food Photography Workshop at Old Joe’s Kaia. Arriving a day earlier, I had the opportunity to take a few time exposures of some river rapids, alongside the Crocodile River   Location: Old Joe’s Kaia, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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 […]
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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
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.
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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.
02 Aug 2013 in Press, by
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.
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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
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