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
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
Unexpected fortune | Sandton Architectural Photography
Yesterday I went out to Sandton to continue with one of my latest projects on minimalist, long exposure architectural photography. Long exposure architectural photography depends on finding a good balance between blue skies and white clouds. Typically, you need about 65% blue skies and 35% white clouds with fair winds. The stronger the wind blows, the more impressive the white streaks are. Leaving home early afternoon, the clouds were just perfect and I looked forward to creating some really long exposure shots of specific Sandton buildings. My bad, as the weather changed completely within a half an hour! As I was still driving towards Sandton, I saw how the blue skies made way for mostly flat, white skies.    I met with Graige, one of my students, who has since become a photography buddy, at the Capital Hill building, just off Grayston Avenue. I contemplated, or rather complained that it wasn’t the perfect day I hoped for! We nevertheless decided to give it a try after I briefly instructed Graig on long exposure photography. After making just a few long exposures, I realised the bright overcast conditions weren’t working. The skies were just too drab and grey for minimalist architectural photography.   […]
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, […]
Ballito Bay| Fine Art Seascapes
I’ve spend a few days with the family, attending a wedding at Ballito Bay. The skies were quite dramatic over the period and allowed me to create really long exposure fine art seascapes.    Location: Ballito Bay, Dolphin Coast, Kwazulu Natal Collection: Seascapes 2015
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   
Cape Point | Fine Art Seascapes
Sharing a few fine art seascapes I have captured near Cape Point over False Bay.     Location: Cape Point, Western Cape  Collection: Seascapes 2015
Noordhoek Beach | Fine Art Seascapes
Here are a few long exposure, minimalist fine art seascapes I captured at Noordhoek Beach at low-tide.    Location: Noordhoek Beach, Kommetjie, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015    
Misty Cliffs | Fine Art Seascapes
Captured a series of very dramatic images in dense fog at Misty Cliffs on my second day out.    Location: Misty Cliffs, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Long Beach, Impressionist | Fine Art Seascapes
Sharing a few of my favourite impressionist seascapes I shot at Long Beach over the past few years.   Location: Long Beach, Kommetjie, Western Cape Collection: Seascapes 2015
Gautrain Bridge| Silent Concrete Collection
My latest image from the Silent Concrete Series, a panoramic fine art photograph of the Gautrain Bridge crossing the N1 Highway, near Centurion.   Location: Gautrain Bridge, Centurion
M1 Highway shot from below | Silent Concrete Collection
Sharing two photographs of the M1 Highway shot from below while out in Newtown, Johannesburg. These images form part of my latest photography project “Silent Concrete” where I depict very active and busy concrete structures like bridges and flyovers, in a quiet and almost silent manner.    Location: M1 Highway, Newtown Johannesburg
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
Celestial Forms, Sandton | Fine Art Architecture Photography
Sharing two fine art architecture images I created in Sandton. The first image is a long exposure of over 4 minutes of the RMB Building, titled “Cherub“. The second image is a low vantage point of the Sandton Office Towers, titled “Isosceles”   Location: RMB Building in Sandton and Sandton Office Tower
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
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
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