It’s been really stormy this past few days and, as I usually don’t take my camera to work, a little more iPhoenography has taken place since my last post. Here are two pictures taken yesterday morning on my phone. I was walking back on to campus from town and the black skies were ominous.
iPhoneography is what happens when, for some silly reason, I haven’t bothered to take a camera out with me. Then, of course, I immediately see a composition I want to photograph and have to rely on my phone to do the job. Here’s five pictures from the past few months taken in this way. The first is a mid-winter self portrait of my shadow with bike: it’s taken by the toposcope on Mountain Drive. The second is a picture of the cathedral in Turku, Finland that I grabbed one cold May evening. The third is shot from the little bridge in the Botanic Gardens on my way to work: I often stop to admire this patch of jungle. The fourth is dark, it’s an after sunset shot of Grahamstown that really stretches the capability of the camera. The last one uses the panorama function to capture the big landscape that we live in: it’s taken looking west into the sunset along Mountain Drive.
When I return home to Grahamstown from my regular trips to Sweden I come from 58 North to 32 South. That’s almost exactly a quarter of the way around the world. To take photos at dawn and sunset here in South Africa you have to be quick as the sun and moon rise and fall much more rapidly than in Sweden.
This set was taken one morning last week over a twenty minute period. It’s easy to see the light changing as the sun came up. I was keen to catch the frosty mist down below me in Belmont Valley. The cold air was spilling over the edge of the plateau to my east and north as it often does on cold, still winter mornings. The grass in the foreground was catching the sunlight really nicely, it was soaking wet with very cold dew.