December 10, 2016

Chasing Sunsets: Queens Beach

The next hot spot in Cape Town for sunsets is the Sea Point Promenade. The only problem is that this is promenade is more than 4km along the Sea Point coast and I needed to choose the best spot to view the sunset from. After the last sunset I realised I needed to work on my planning so I spent some time watching lectures and video podcasts. One of the most useful videos I wactched was a B&H lecture on “Tips and Techniques for Travel Photography” by Lester Lefkowitz. Lester is an photographer with over 20 years experience as well as a Master Degree in Optics Engineering (I find that pretty cool). More about him on this bio on his page.

Sunset from Queens Beach

I used Google Earth to get a closer look at the promenade and decided to use a small secluded beach called Queens Beach located at the very edge of the promenade. This place was quite rocky with little pools of water and using this tool for tracking the sun, I knew the sun sould set over the rocky beach which would make pleasing photos with the reflection of the colourful sky in the little pools of water and long exposures of the water hitting the rocks. This is sort of what I had in mind.

Sunset from Ocean Beach


This was actually the first picture I took using reflections in my composition. I should do this more often.

Sunset from Queens Beach

A long exposure of the water hitting the rocks on Queens Beach.

There were so many different things I could photograph on this beach but once again I was a bit late (I blame traffic and I finished work late). When I got a nearby carpark I took a short walk around to get a feel of the place. It also makes a good spot for some street photography so this is defintely added to my future expeditions.

Sunset from Queens Beach

Sunset from Queens Beach

Just playing around with some composition techniques here. (Rule of Odds, Rule of Thirds :D)

I spent a LOT of time composing the two pictures above and sadly didn’t have much time to take explore other pictures but it was worth it; I absolutely love them! There wasn’t much activity on the water so this made the timelapse a bit boring so maybe next time I’ll take that into account when planning the next sunset.


Lessons learnt
  • Taking a good picture requires a LOT of time and thinking!
  • Arrive well in advance. Next time it’s gotta be at least an hour before sunset.
  • Take a friend or two along for more flexibility and opportunities to experiment.
  • Take more pictures! (which means arrive earlier)
  • Try look for a spot with interesting activity for the timelapse (moving ships perhaps?)

I aso didn’t use much gear for this shoot but this is what I used.

  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (for the timelapse) with a power bank
  • Fotopro DIGI-3400 Tripod (1.2m)

See you next time!