South Africa’s Autumn Colours: Pure Inspiration for Photographers!

As the weather conditions change around South Africa, so too do the opportunities for photography fanatics searching for shots with a difference. Be it the lighting, the quality of air or the temporary colours, opportunity abounds.

Take the Western Cape for instance. Areas like Stellenbosch and Worcester, with their abundance of oak trees, put on quite a show when the colours turn. But the spectacle isn’t unique to the Cape. The whole country is on display. Visit the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg (Gauteng), for example, and you’ll be surrounded by a forest of golden trees.

Hougaard Malan's 'Winter is coming' is shot at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosh. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Hougaard Malan’s ‘Winter is coming’ is shot at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in Stellenbosh. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

The altered landscape also makes for brilliant backdrops for wildlife shots as well as portraiture. In fact, some of the most perfect wedding photography is done in autumn.

Autumn in South Africa can be a wedding photographer's dream. Photo credit: Szerdi and Andy, Knot Just Pics via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

Autumn in South Africa can be a wedding photographer’s dream. Photo credit: Szerdi and Andy, Knot Just Pics via www.whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com

If you’d like a little inspiration, check out some of South Africa’s local talent: Colin Peterson Jones, Marius Coetzee or Hougaard Malan. After all, they spend time in situ and have figured out the perfect angles, compositions and conditions. You can read Capture Earth’s ‘10 Questions for South Africa’s Top 10 Landscape Photographers’ for more insights.

South Africa becomes even more of a visual feast in autumn. Photo credit: Melanie-Ann Ferriss via www.southafrica.net

South Africa becomes even more of a visual feast in autumn. Photo credit: Melanie-Ann Ferris via www.southafrica.net

If you’re not keen on having to search for prime locations yourself however, or you want to brush up on your camera skills or learn some new ones, think about booking in for a photographic tour. There are lots you can do across the country whether you’re into safari shoots, urban shoots or landscape shoots. Here are a few you might want to consider:

Hougaard Malan's 'Eastern Freestate Autumn' capturing the iconic Poplar tree in the Stormberg District, Eastern Cape Highlands. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Hougaard Malan’s ‘Eastern Freestate Autumn’ capturing the iconic Poplar tree in the Stormberg District, Eastern Cape Highlands. Photo credit: www.hougaardmalan.com

Of course, many professional South African photographers run their own tours as well, like David Rogers.

Candelabra flowers flowering en masse after good autumn rains on the Knersvlakte in Namaqualand with Gifberg beyond, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo credit: www.colinpatersonjones.com

Candelabra flowers flowering en masse after good autumn rains on the Knersvlakte in Namaqualand with Gifberg beyond, Northern Cape, South Africa. Photo credit: www.colinpatersonjones.co.za

So, whether you’re more like Canadian photographer Dani Lew or Australian photographer Simon Phelps who caught some of South Africa’s beauty solo, or you choose to join a local pro or tour company, pack up your gear and head to this magnificent visual playground. Like the ‘clunk’ of an old-school SLR shutter capturing a moment in time forever, it should be a split second decision.

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“The Search” by Nicholas Whittall depicts a young  male lion looking for the rest of its pride. Photo credit: www.nicholaswhittall.com

“The Search” by Nicholas Whittall depicts a young male lion looking for the rest of its pride. Photo credit: www.nicholaswhittall.com