SOUTH AFRICA: MOSSEL BAY

The small town of Mossel Bay is absolutely magical. It’s right by the harbor, and has endless charm.

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Only about 130,000 people live here, and it wasn’t uncommon to see tractors parked around town, and the restaurants to be built right on the water.

This small city played a huge role in my development as a still photographer with Africa Media. My first breakthrough came a few days after we started our photography course. We went down to The Point Beach in Mossel Bay to shoot a sunset. Simple enough, but I tend to struggle with nature photography because I’m never sure what to focus on, or how to capture the magnificence of the outdoors in a single photograph. It can be very overwhelming. I was getting frustrated after about half an hour of shooting when none of my pictures were what I wanted.

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I could feel tears of frustration and feelings of inadequacy creeping in, and I realized I needed to chill out. I put my camera down, stood with my eyes closed, and listened: waves crashing, wind singing, seagulls crying; I looked: the colors in the waves, tiny life bustling in tide pools; I felt: the wind playing with my hair, cooling down after a warm day, faint sea spray on my skin. Ok, cool, I was fine again. Even if I’m never a great photographer, this experience and being this close to nature was certainly reward enough. It was the Original Design mindset.

Just a few minutes later, the sun painted everything with fire and I managed to snap a beautiful photo of a fisherman trying to catch one last fish before everything went dark. This ended up being one of my favorite photos I took in South Africa.

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Another highlight from Mossel Bay is going out with White Shark Africa. Seal Island in the bay is a popular hunting spot for young Great White sharks, making it a great spot for cage diving.

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Seal Island

The crew spent about an hour trying to attract the sharkies, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be on this particular day.

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Trying to attract sharks

We did get a chance to see two humpback whales swimming nearby, breaching and showing off.

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Fellow photographer Maddie McGinn

We were also treated to the most delicious rays of sun I have ever seen, cementing in my mind that Mossel Bay is indeed magical.

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3 thoughts on “SOUTH AFRICA: MOSSEL BAY

  1. Wow amazing photos and nice story to it also very emotions shared. Thank you very much. I find the photos very very very good. Thk u for sharing. Light from Switzerland, Tanya

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