December 8, 2016

Chasing Sunsets: Sunset Beach

The first of many expeditions! If you google photos of “Table Mountain” then you most probably have come across a photograph like this one!

Sunset at Sunset Beach

The famous view of Table Mountain from Sunset Beach.

I googled where this place was and set it as my first destination on my “Chasing Sunsets” series! This was just a two days before my first exam but I was feeling unproductive and seriously distracted so I just took my camera kit and set off. I took the following for this shoot:

  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II
  • Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (for the timelapse)
  • Fotopro DIGI-3400 Tripod (1.2m)
  • Power Bank (my Samsung is basically a landline)

Some of the stuff I used…

I kind of misjudged how long it would take me to drive there and I also forgot that I’d need time to set up and scout for pictures. I got to the place about 30 minutes before sunset and quickly set up my phone on the tripod for the timelapse. Here’s the final result!

That dude running around in the timelapse is me! I was all over the place trying to look for the best shot. I soon got bored after a few shots of Table Mountain and the sunset and started challenging myself to get creative and not take the basic pictures everyone else takes. Because I love getting close to everything I point my camera at I ended up with pictures like this:

Sunset Beach (Table View)

Close up pictures of a rock on the beach.

and this:

Sunset at Sunset Beach

Ok this isn’t so creative everyone has a pic like this if they’ve ever set foot on a beach. I soon ran out of ideas and started looking around when I saw a few couples and lone rangers walking along the beach.

Sunset Beach (Table View)

Cigarette on the beach. Took this at ISO 4000

After about 600 pictures on the timelapse I decided to head home, I was really cold and didn’t have any warm clothing. While reviewing my pictures back home I realised that I needed to work on my creativity and also research on landscape photography. Anyways, this was quite a fun experience from which I learnt the following:

  • Arrive early.
  • Bring a mate to help out with stuf. I couldn’t walk around much because I had the phone doing the timelapse and also had a lot of equipment.
  • I kinda suck at landscape photography, need to work on that.