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Andy Rouse / 14 items

N 107 B 5.0K C 33 E Oct 30, 2016 F Aug 11, 2017
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Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

When a sunrise is this good you can't expect to be alone...

Tags:   Bamburgh castle lights starburst Northumberland beach sand sea pools reflections sun sunrise early morning clouds colours blue red orange yellow Red October photographer tog tripod long exposure LE Andy Rouse Canon EOS 5D MkIII EF17-40mm f/4L

N 909 B 59.0K C 90 E Sep 8, 2016 F Jul 20, 2017
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Lake Garda, Italy

I've previously uploaded an image from this location last October but came across a series of images on the hard drive I'd taken to form a panorama but never got around to stitching them... well here it is. A three frame stitched image in a 3:1 ratio.

Only had about 25 minutes at this spot as had to dash back into town to meet up with Mrs R for our evening meal and it's a surprisingly long walk back from here... the two blurred paddle boarders crossing the lake clearly knew the fastest route!

Tags:   Italy Lake Garda lake Malcesine town harbour lamps promenade Via Lungolago evening dusk blue hour castle illumination mountains Monte Baldo paddle boarders blurred panorama stitched Andy Rouse Canon EOS 5D MkIII EF70-300mm f4-5.6L

N 93 B 5.7K C 23 E Jan 22, 2014 F Jul 4, 2016
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Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town and Table Mountain has been on our travel list for as long as we've had a travel list and so we decided to bite the bullet and go for my 50th. I was just getting back into photography but had been struggling with my Canon 20D and was hanging on for the new 7DII, which took forever to get released and only came out after our trip. After much deliberating and the final word from Mrs R (just buy the bloody thing!) I ended up with the 5DIII instead... lucky me!

Now, a place like Cape Town is not the best strategy to test out a brand new camera like the 5D as you can't easily go back and reshoot when you don't know it's full capabilities. However, the ever resourceful Mrs R had secretly pre-booked a half day photography course for us with a local professional photographer named James Gradwell.

This is one of the locations he took us to. Bloubergstrand is a suburb of Cape Town along the shores of Table Bay and about 15km due north of the city centre. We were hoping for the classic sunset shot over table mountain but the conditions weren't in our favour, however, these kite surfers more than made up for it. Although, ideal for kites, tripods don't fare too well in these conditions... one of many lessons learnt that day!

Tags:   Cape Town South Africa Table Mountain sunset sea kites surf surfers kite surfing windy waves photography course tour professional James Gradwell Canon 5D 5DIII 24-105mm

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Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

Another location from the James Gradwell photography tour. The Bo-Kaap is an area of Cape Town, formerly known as the Malay Quarter. It is a former township, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city centre and is an historical centre of Cape Malay culture in Cape Town. Bo-Kaap is traditionally a multicultural area. The area is known for its brightly coloured homes and cobble stoned streets.

Here we were shooting the architecture and abstract forms of the buildings in the neighbouring streets. This is simply a candid shot while walking around the area. I've had to heavily crop it due to parked cars along the full length of the image with a bit of cloning out to boot.

Tags:   Bo-Kaap Cape Town South Africa township Signal Hill houses buildings street painted bright colours architecture abstract candid photography course tour professional James Gradwell Canon 5D 5DIII 24-105mm

N 29 B 3.7K C 15 E Jan 22, 2014 F Jul 6, 2016
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Robben Island Museum, South Africa

Robben Island needs no introduction with regards to the significance of its place in South Africa’s and indeed the world’s history. As “home” to one of the world’s most famous prisoners, statesmen and leader’s in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly the most well known island-prison on the planet.

Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of the 27 years of his incarceration imprisoned on Robben Island. He was sent to prison on the Island in 1964 and was the 466th prisoner to arrive that year. He was given the prison number 46664. Thirty-eight years later, Mandela gave his number to a global HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaign as a reminder of the sacrifices he made for a cause he believed in.

It is a very humbling experience to stand outside his actual cell and try and imagine the inner strength and belief he maintained throughout this time. Conditions must have been far, far worse than the now refurbished, tourist considerate prison/museum conveys. The very hardship and dreary existence he must have endured has been painted over for the worldwide tourist market.

I hope my image goes some way to convey a little of the realities of his prison existence in the harshness and barren look of his cell. His release and subsequent rise to power is well documented and his place in history assured, but above all else, Nelson Mandela will be held up as a symbol of the Triumph of the Human Spirit over adversity.

Tags:   Robben Island museum Cape Town South Africa Nelson Mandela prison prisoner 46664 cell solitary despair hardship bleak bleakness raw bare desolate barren dreary dismal hope spirit human spirit triumph adversity vision visionary power Canon EOS 5D MkIII


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