The Twelve Apostles

The Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay  

Last time I showed you a favourite spot of mine at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Here is another Cape Town favourite, about 10 minutes from home in the other direction. When leaving home, the important decision making process goes something like this:

  • lazy afternoon? go to Kirstenbosch with a book
  • sundowner time? go and sit right on top of this rock with a glass of wine
  • bad weather? stay in and watch Barney Stinson do his thing

If you were a therapist, unless you were being tactful, you would probably say that this post is a slightly sad case of wish fulfillment. You see, we had planned to go and sit here yesterday evening after work to watch the sun go down and let the stress of the week wash off. We had popcorn, chips, gin, tonic, basically all the ingredients of a healthy meal, but the weather didn't come to the party. The wind has been howling at gale force the last few days, so even standing here was quite tricky. I know, because we tried! But our endurance lasted about five minutes. Never mind, there's always next week, and neeeext week (which is what we call the one after that in Cape Town, you know, the neeeeext one).

This view is of the Twelve Apostles, which is that range of buttresses looming over Camps Bay below. I've tried to count all twelve, but I'm not really getting it. It's just after sunset, which is when you get that beautiful period of 'blue hour' when all the colors soften and richen. This is a three exposure HDR, taken on a tripod, and I was able to use the HDR technique to get a good exposure on both the foreground rocks and the sky. That's Venus up in the sky, by the way. The image was a little softer off the camera than it ought to be, which puzzled me immensely, until I found I had done enough traveling with my lens that the front element was unscrewing itself. A whole day of puzzling and testing and googling, but the solution took 2 secs. In this case, I think the softness suits the soft light and tones.

If you turn 90 degrees from this view it's just sea all the way to Rio de Janeiro, and another 90 degrees is an equally beautiful view of Clifton and Lion's Head, but I'm keeping that for a future post. Stay tuned!