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Photo of the Week: Cape Town Changing Houses

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  • Oct. 12, 2020 - 12:56 PM

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Photo of the Week: Cape Town Changing Houses

Photo by Gordon Kilgore

By GORDON KILGORE, Special to the NTH

You are looking at the old changing houses on the beach at Muizenberg near Cape Town, South Africa.

I had been wanting to photograph this beach for about 10 years, and I finally was able to go there at sunrise Oct. 27, 2015, with my very capable local photo guide, Jamie Stafford. The first picture was taken at 6:03 a.m., shortly after the sun had cleared the horizon.

We spent about 15 minutes taking a variety of compositions with the sun to my back and side. As we began our walk back to the van, Jamie asked if I wanted a picture from our angle looking back. While it looked OK, I thought that I had the best pictures already, but since there was no hurry, I set up my tripod and decided to “grab” a final shot.

Little did I know at the time but that last shot looking back, taken 15 minutes after we first began, would become my favorite. Many years ago, a photographer gave me a very good bit of advice: “Always look behind you.”

Technical information:

Taken with an Olympus mirrorless E-M1 body. I used a tripod with an electronic shutter release and a longer lens — a Lumix 35-100 f/2.8 set for ¼ sec and f/22. A long exposure was used to soften the waves in the surf and allowed everything from the houses to the mountains in the distance to be in focus.