Fiery sunsets, blazing sunrises, wildlife and vast wilderness areas make Africa a visually exciting continent, especially for the photographer, whether amateur or professional. So get up early and you'll be enthralled with Nature's surprises.
The above photo was taken as the sun arose in Damaraland, Namibia last month. I awoke while still dark, and was playing around with different settings on my Canon SX10 IS. I was trying to get the early sunlight spreading its fire through the tops of the dry grass seed heads and got this!
This is unadjusted and not photoshopped. Taken on Sunset setting which tends to heighten red and yellow colours and deepen contrasts. I'll post later, a series of the same scene taken on different settings and focal lengths giving a range of effects.
Just spent 2 weeks in Namibia in the Damaraland - Brandberg Mountain region, then 2 weeks on a 4WD trip through Botswana. Keep checking this site for great landscape and wildlife pics, along with stories of my surviving a head on smash, elephant encounters of the close up kind, playing hide and seek with 4 lions in the dark, and chasing up an elephant poaching incident.
It's been an exciting 4 weeks!