In this week’s challenge it is as if Ben (while clearly enjoying a landscape) steers us away from merely placing our current favourite photo (which may for instance be of a landscape) in favour of a narrow focus. Indeed he calls us up not to be narrow-minded in narrowing our focus…
I have no qualms in linking a landscape with this theme. On the farm Muldersbank, in the Volmoed area close to Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa; I tiptoed with my camera out of the house as everybody (but my body) was still sleeping. It was still dark and quite cold being the middle of winter, but then the early photographer gets the early image. I was not to be disappointed – in fact I was quite exhilarated. Even before the sunrise I could see the massive expanse of clouds hanging in an almost perfect 180 degree line across the sky. As the sun rose it is as if the world was squashed into the narrow line between the horizon and the clouds.
When it became lighter the focus changed from contrasted orange and black hues to detail pinned into the ruler-like image across the sky. I felt alive and blessed to experience the coldness on my skin, the sound of the birds in my ears and viewing the majestic expanse of beautiful narrowness. Which one do you prefer?
My previous contributions:
An inconvenient partnership (Buffalo and Tickbird)
opposing democracy – democratizing opponents (Parliament and a cathedral)
Look up to my lens Table Mountain (Table mountain and cable car)
a study in ice and snow (Photos from the coldest place in South Africa)
in the middle of Africa with a chacma baboon on top (what is stated with a twist)