Thursday, January 12, 2012

Location! Location! Location!

Now that I am doing a 365 project, I am finding myself getting very bored and taking photographs around my house, and am starting to think of more exciting places in the Grahamstown district that I can venture to. What this has led to is me putting together a hitlist in my mind of places to shoot from. This is what I have come up with so far (and bear in mind that I am writing them down as I think of them). Let me know if you can think of somewhere that I have missed!

  1. Botantical gardens. Who doesn't love the bot gardens? Of course, this would mean more plants and flowers, but it would certainly be more interesting ones than what I can find in my backyard.
  2. Grey Dam. It is a wonderful feature in Grahamstown, and if I can get someone to come with me who is willing to take a swing into the dam as well, it would certainly make for some good action shots. But even on my own, it would make for a great landscape if I am willing to take a bit of a walk.
  3. Toposcope. Though I have heard that this is not the ideal spot for star gazing (thanks to the city lights), it would be a great place to get some scenic shots of the town, during the day and at night. What would be even better is getting the sunrise or sunset from the Toposcope, but that would take advance planning, a skill that I am not particularly good at.
  4. Monument. Both inside and out. I imagine that the tiles in the monument, though not allowing for particularly good lighting, could provide a good backdrop for portraits. I also know that there are some pretty views from the monument that I would like to capture.
  5. High Street. And by this I do not necessarily mean the activity of High street, that that should also be something that I should consider. What I mean is the highlights of High street - the statues, the cathedral, the High Street that is often forgotten in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
  6. The hill above the sports department. This is something that was recommended to me this afternoon, and it sounds gorgeous. Apparently there was a fire there that has led to greenery growing from the ashes so to speak, and it certainly sounds like an interesting photo opportunity.
  7. The golf course. More action shots, more greenery, more scenery. Hopefully these pictures would also involve either sunrises and sunsets or a Piddle on a walk. We will have to see.
  8. Studio. One of the places that I am most looking forward to shooting in. I intend to put a large portion of my salary towards this next month. Grant, if you are reading, you can't say I didn't warn you!


  1. There is a pretty crazy stone railway bridge along the highlands road out of GHT; there is a bit of a bend to the track as well if I recall rightly. I forget how far down, but it's quite a cool spot. :)

    At the right time of year, the sunset hits the train tracks just outside Addo (June/July maybe? - taken on slide film so no embedded date) and it looks awesome reflected in the rails.

    Oh, and on one of your more recent posts, when you do get that flash, get a sto-fen omnibounce and an off camera cord with it. And if you don't have one, a shutter release cable. :)

  2. Thanks for the advice, James! Will certainly look into it. Not sure if the bridge that you are talking about is the 'Ghost' bridge that Taz was informing me of over the weekend. The one she was telling me about is on the road to Port Alfred and I will definitely be making a trip there with her one weekend. If this is a different one though, I will need to find it!!

    I will also definitely be looking into getting one of the sto-fen omnibounce. I hadn't heard of it until now, but reading up on it just a little bit, I know it's something I'm going to want!

    Thanks again :)