Spiders to Spider-man

A few weeks back I had a lecture on photography and, to practice what we learned, we were sent outside to go and take some photographs. During that time I found a rather large and imposing spider, with a suitably large and imposing web, in one of the trees in the quad. It turned out to be quite a challenge to photograph a spider as it was in an awkward position, I only had the camera on my phone which wouldn’t auto-foucs on the spider, and I was a bit nervous about getting too close. I didn’t get a picture of it that day but I didn’t stop trying.

The spider was in the same quad where I went to eat my lunch so I got into the habit of keeping an eye on it and, occasionally, trying to take it’s photograph. Eventually I learned that my phone would actually hold it’s auto focus without taking the picture if you held down the camera button, which was a tip we were taught. That let me try a couple more times to get a picture and I did have a bit more success then, although I still didn’t know what kind of spider it was. Continue reading

Cape Town: My home

While I am generally against patriotism or any campaigns that try to promote pride in something that isn’t actually an achievement I still have an affection for my home city of Cape Town. So I’ve decided I will share a few of it’s most recent accolades, those that I am aware of at least. Also I have changed the site banner from the rotating default images to a picture of Cape Town available from the Wikimedia Commons. The image below is also available at Wikimedia Commons and shows Cape Town City Hall.

Cape Town City Hall Continue reading