Tourism photo competition winner for April

2017-05-17 06:00
 Photo: tania sandbergCongratulating Clive Chase on his winning picture at our local lighthouse at Winklespruit Beach is Sapphire Coast Chairperson, Monique Botha.

Photo: tania sandbergCongratulating Clive Chase on his winning picture at our local lighthouse at Winklespruit Beach is Sapphire Coast Chairperson, Monique Botha.

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CLIVE Chase has won the South Coast Tourism Photo Competition again.

April’s theme was “Then and Now Along the Sapphire Coast” and photographers had to submit entries of an old photograph taken years ago somewhere along the Sapphire Coast and a new photograph of what it looks like these days.

“I scoured the internet looking up historical photo sites, Old South Coast, even images of railway stations, before I found a shot of the Greenpoint Lighthouse in Umkomaas. It was built in 1905, and it was actually fascinating reading the history behind it,” Chase said.

He added that it was not the easiest place to find, but thanks to some pleasant passers-by, who could see that he was lost, he was pointed in the right direction.

“Ignoring warning signs and threats of trespassing, I eventually came across it and met Raymond, the lighthouse keeper. I had a long chat with him, and apparently he has been doing this job for many years, and he was keen to allow me free rein to wander around,” Chase said.

Chase tried to capture a similar angle to the original, but the overgrown bush meant that the one shot he submitted “was about as close as I could get”.

The photographer eventually took the picture on April 21, with a Canon 5D Mk III, Aperture Priority at the settings of f10, 1/400 and an ISO 100.

He was undecided with regards to submitting this picture as he also found a great shot of the Toti lagoon, taken from the south bank.

“It showed the road and rail bridges, pre-Sweetwaters days, where there stood a hotel. Unfortunately, on the spot from where it was taken, now stands an upmarket apartment complex. I managed to get in by following a resident, but that is as far as I got. She assured me that all the residents on that side of the complex overlooking the lagoon were away for the long weekend, so I was unable to get the shot that I wanted.”

It proved to be his good luck, securing the Greenpoint Lighthouse picture.

Photographers are invited to submit their “most amazing photo along the Sapphire Coast” for the month of May on the Sapphire Coast Photo Competition Facebook page.

“Anything goes - as long as the photo is taken within the Sapphire Coast region.

“You can post as many entries as you like.

“Post your entries on the group and email to sctphotocomp@gmail. com

“R1 000 is up for grabs. Good luck,” Monique Botha of Sapphire Coast Tourism chairperson said.


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