Sunday 23 March 2014

Cosmos Sunset Abstract

It's autumn in South Africa again. In the Highveld, where I live, this means it's cosmos time - millions of seeds come into bloom, often in great sweeping patches of white and pink. The challenge is always finding a meadow of a decent size in a decent setting (minimal hand-of-man elements around) and in decent light.

I went out with my friends +Felix Reinders ( and +Rudi van den Heever ( to a local patch that looked promising. Being mindful of mistakes I made last time, I also made sure to take along my 70-200mm lens for some abstract attempts.

The patch was good.
The location was good.
The light was good(ish).
The 70-200mm lens rocked!

Here's one of my attempts using this lens for some abstract floralscapes - using a very shallow depth-of-field (DOF)...I hope you like it. I wanted to isolate a single flower or cluster of flowers against the setting sun and the myriad of flowers behind and around it...

Nikon D3s
Nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 VR-II @ 200mm
f2.8  |  1/400 SS  |  ISO-400

Morkel Erasmus


  1. Once again stunning Morkel. You have captured the atmosphere and beauty of the flowers and setting perfectly. Johan van Eeden

  2. How's that dynamic range!

    1. I know, right? Thanks for popping in, Chad...

  3. Nice lens. F/2.8 on a 200 mm zoom that must come in handy

    1. Thanks for your comment Andrew. Yes, the 70-200mm f2.8 lens is an amazing tool.