We did it, and yes, I made it! After going to bed at 2:30am the previous night, I was up at 5:50am – even before the alarm went off! It was still almost dark when I left and drove through the quiet, sleeping village to pick Herman van Bon up for our photography-stroll through the village. We were both armed with our digital cameras, herman with his Sony A77VQ with a Sony DT 2.8/16-55 mm lens, mine is a Canon EOS 400 D with Canon 18-55 mm lens. No tripods. (You can read more about how this two-some came about, here: Two photographers on the prowl)
From seven until ten we were out “shooting early birds”! We had so much fun and laughed so much. We first went to Stanford South and what struck us both were how lively and full of people the streets were with men and women going to work, children off to school and dogs doing what dogs do (barking somewhat furiously at us at times). There were chickens scratching here and there on the street verges, cocks crowing, some fought. At the spaza-shop a cat was sitting on the corner of the street, while another one went inside the shop inspecting the goods.
Our next stop was the Willem Appel Dam, halfway back to the village. There we photographed reeds, trees and a reflection. There were some water fowl – cormorants, moorhens, ibises – and weavers and warblers in the reeds.
After a while we headed back into the centre of the village which by then had also “woken up”. People were out walking their dogs, riding their bicycles, doing their business. Our local green team were busy sweeping along the streets, and the normal gang of loiterers were outside the shops trying their luck with the shopppers. Our friend, Beatrice Pook, was up and offered us coffee.
This was NOT a competition. Both Herman and I did it for the joy of photography. It’s interesting to see the differences between the two of us in the way look at and interpret things. We hope that you would enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking/making them.
Herman van Bon’s photos:
Annalize Mouton’s photos with some extras of Herman and “some early birds” thrown in: