Moonrise over Vrisgewaagd, Swartberg Mountains, Great Karoo – South Africa
For four consecutive days during early June 2014, at around 5 pm, I drove 25 kilometers along a winding, dusty road, from the town of Prince Albert to the Vrisgewaagd farm. The full, yellow moon appeared more intense and honey coloured than usual, due to its low angle above the earth’s atmosphere, just ten days away from the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere.
The solitude and tranquillity of the Karoo has to be experienced firsthand. The pastel hues and late lambent light reflecting off the Swartberg Mountains, create an enchanting and mysterious ‘moonscape’.
In my landscape, the farm fence to the left is illuminated by the softening sunlight, while the sandstone rocks in the foreground and the gravel road leading in from the right, all harmonize to create a visual journey for the eye to follow, hold, and then fully savour.
Camera: Phase One IQ280 and DF+
Lens: 55m prime, Schneider leaf shutter
Exposure: f12 @ 30seconds
Printer: Epson 9900 with Ultrachrome HDR Archival Inks
Paper: Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas 390gsm
Date: 11 June 2014