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Joe Lategan is a speaker at the 2016 PSSA National Congress

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : PSSA 2016 National Congress 
The 2016 PSSA National Congress is almost here. Anybody, whether you are a PSSA member or not and who is interested in photography is most welcome. Experience a select variety of local, highly qualified professional guest speakers, which includes Joe Lategan, lined up for a feast of outstanding lectures, covering the most exciting genres of photography. This Congress promises to be full of excitement and lots of fun and should not be missed! will be one of the speakers at the Congress. Read m...
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Swartberg pass

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, June 29, 2014, In : Swartberg pass 

Photographing Swartberg pass

The spectacular  Swartberg Pass on the R328 run through the Swartberg mountain range (black mountain in English) which runs roughly east-west along the northern edge of the semi-arid area called the Little Karoo in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

The Swartberg is amongst the best exposed fold mountain chains in the world, and the pass slices through magnificently scenic geological formations. To the north of the range lies the other large semi-arid ar...


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Hexriver valley De Doorns Landscape

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Sunday, June 29, 2014, In : Hexriver valley Landscapes 

Photographing Hexriver Valley De Doorns


The Hexriver Valley in De Doorns is one of those photographic hotspots that like the Namaqualand flower season must be planned well in advance to be able to capture just at the right time. It was also one o f my photographic target locations for this year. I say planned because one can also only plan to a certain degree depending on one’s work commitments and the weather. Being a professional photographer however makes this easier as one can at the d...


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Why should limited edition improve the value or quality of Photos

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, March 9, 2014, In : Limited edition or not? 
The ethics of limited editions.

Guy Tal exactly describes my feelings without exception so why try to re write my feelings. Please read.

"Some time ago, I referred to photography as a field “fraught with cognitive dissonance.” One such example, in my mind, is the strange practice of limiting print editions. Try as I might, I cannot reconcile the notion of edition limits with what to me are some of the most compelling and advantageous reasons to pursue photography as art, or art via photogra...

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Making money from your outdoor photography

Posted by Joe Lategan on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Serious to Professional workshops material 

How to make money from photography is most probably the least explored photographic subject in the world as every one with a camera thinks you cant make money with your hobby.On the other hand serious photographers commonly wrestle with the question whether they should pack up their day job? This coaching session helps photographers with a strategy to pay back some of the equipment bills. It is not teaching you to use your camera or how to edit  but an overview of photography as a business.

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Printing on Premium Canvas

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Framing options 

Canvas – Premium

Whether the application is photographic portraiture or fine art reproduction, Water-resistant Matte Canvas for Epson will satisfy even the most demanding professional by providing both the finest image quality as well as a vehicle for enhanced artistic creativity.

Made from a durable blend of 65% Polyester and 35% Cotton, this unique, heavyweight, quality canvas utilises a tight weave that is ideal for photographic and fine art reproductions.

  • Standard sizes: A4 ...

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Print on Perspex - Acrylic glass

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Framing options 

Acrylic Glass – Perspex.

Reverse printing onto Perspex gives images a high gloss finish and an almost 3 dimensional look. Four layers of ink are printed on the reverse of 2mm thick Perspex and when the white ink option is turned off with Perspex printing, it allows the white areas in the design/image to be transparent. It is a more affordable way to display images than the diasec method.

Hanging mechanisms are attached to our Perspex prints for easy hanging.

  • Standard sizes: A4 –...

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Diasec

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, In : Framing options 

Probably the most impressive way and most popular to  display colourful images is as diasec in my Kleinmond photographic gallery.  There various options to frame a diasec. All my images are available in diasec.

DIASEC® is a patented frameless archival photographic mounting procedure that originated in Europe four decades ago. The Dutch company that owns the patent has only awarded 9 licences to perform the procedure in the last two decades, with the most recent being awarded to our framers he...


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Printing on metal

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Framing options 


Print on Metal -aluminium

This print of a wild fig tree species on the oldest and first main route out of Cape Town by early settlers in the Caledon area onto aluminium is a relatively new way of displaying fine art and other images. It works particularly well when the images are carefully selected to compliment the photo. It particularly enhances the artistic feel of images captured specifically with this method in mind as an end product.

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Curries and open sandwiches

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Fine art photography Gallery menu 
Our specials for this season in the Gallery in Harbour road Kleinmond include amongst others, Beef and  chicken curries prepared by myself for lunch time. My prawn, avo and pesto, mozzarella, and pesto, chicken and wholegrain mustard  open sandwiches are still a very popular alternative options. Both meals can be nicely complimented with Waverley Hills organic white wines. 
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Artography

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, February 6, 2014, In : Joe Lategan General 

As far as I'm concerned, "Artography" is a Photographic technique and form of rastering where no filters have been used and only light frequencies ( spectrum)  visible to the  human eye altered. This range allows interior decorators to use a wider variety of styles to frame the photographs/art to fit in with the taste fluctuations of clients. Subtle colours allow for larger colour variety when selecting boards and frame types. Colour ranges (within the photos) can also be altered for differen...


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One venue many places

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, December 1, 2013, In : Fine art photography Gallery Kleinmond 

A piece of all the corners of South Africa on display at Joe Lategan gallery in Kleinmond.

Although based in the Western Cape the gallery in Kleinmond, sitting down and having a bite to eat or sip on a tea, Joe Lategan’s images on display will allow you to travel to all the beautiful corners of South Africa almost as if visiting all the National Parks in one setting. 


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Gallery and organic eatery at Harbour road gallery

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, December 1, 2013, In : Fine art photography Gallery Kleinmond 

Gallery and organic eatery at Harbour road Kleinmond

The gallery provides an ultimate setting for an eatery and we have a menu that consists of healthier options including various organic foods. Our cleaning is done with eco friendly chemicals and we support various conservation efforts.

A variety of health breads, organic butter, organic teas and coffees, cheese platter, a healthy salad, free range chicken sandwich, prawn and avo sandwich, beef sandwich, mozzarella and pesto sandwich and o...


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Multi media and document design at Gallery

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, December 1, 2013, In : Fine art photography Gallery Kleinmond 

Multi media and document management solutions also available at Joe Lategan photographic gallery at Harbour road Kleinmond .

The other services offered at the gallery are professional printing, web design and hosting, document design, audio video presentations, binding, laminating, business cards, brochures amongst others.

I will also do photographic, workshops and tutoring at this beautiful setting throughout the year.


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Gallery opening

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, December 1, 2013, In : Fine art photography Gallery Kleinmond 

Gallery in Harbour road Kleinmond Western Cape now open.

A more rustic place to open my gallery I wouldn't have easily found. Harbour road in Kleinmond is a small picturesque tourist development located in the heart of what is regarded as the world’s greatest biodiversity the Kogelberg biosphere. A wide variety of my images are on display covering wildlife of South Africa’s more scenic areas as well as a few surprises such as; The Kalahari , Overberg and strand, Seascapes, Macro images o...


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Photographing elephants in Kruger Park

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, October 6, 2013, In : Kruger National Park July 2013 

On my first day of my photographic workshop / safari in The Kruger National park I took a casual drive to get my mind in one with the bush. I spotted a heard of elephant on the opposite side of the Sable dam and locked or embedded that in  my mind’s eye  as it was breathtaking to  view the elephants from such a low vantage  point right in front of me across a dam but also in full view of the camera or the telephoto lenses.  A few days later at my   photographic seminars in the Kruger  Natio...
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The Guinea fowl groom- Kruger Photographic workshop

Posted by Joe Lategan on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, In : Kruger National Park July 2013 


Right next to the road and close to a herd of elephant I saw a group of guinea fowl grooming in front of me and their relaxed manner was due to the cool temperatures  and overcast conditions that were fast disappearing as the sun was starting to break  through the clouds after light rain the morning. I sat and observed them for a while and noticed a certain behaviour that I could never capture before. Not that I'm a specialist on fowl but it intrigued me. Every  now and then one individual wo...


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Mopani's In the Kruger Park

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : Kruger National Park July 2013 

Photographing Mopani trees in the Kruger Park.


The coloured Mopani’s are without a doubt one of the most beautiful backgrounds one get  during winter with the wildlife as main subject matter in The Kruger National Park. Or if you are lucky and work hard enough on their own as they are definitely beautiful enough to compare with the mega predators on photos or landscapes elsewhere.

To me the most beautiful sight throughout my July 2013  trip was the wonderful fall colours the Mopani tre...


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Shutterspeed

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Shutterspeed 


Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is a measurement of the time the shutter is open, shown in seconds or fractions of a second: 1 s, 1/2 s, 1/4 s … 1/250 s, 1/ 500 s, etc. The faster the shutter speed, the shorter the time the image sensor is exposed to light; the slower the shutter speed, the longer the time the image sensor is exposed to light.

If you are photographing a subject that is in motion, you will get different effects at different shutter speeds. Fast ...


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Kruger National Park Photo session - March 2013

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Kruger National park Photoshoot March 2013 
I spend some time at a low water bridge north of Letaba camp watching and photographing birds catch fish and the interaction between them. What was interesting and pretty to watch was that each bird has his own little fishing spot just like fishermen around a dam or river would do. They each have selected habitat or fishing spots.


The small black lily-trotter, the smallest bird of the lot was going for the smallest fish in the shallowest piece of the flow or he was last in the food chain of sm...

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Lesotho Highlands Water Commission photographic commission March 2013

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Lesotho Highlands Water Commission PhotoShoot 
I was once again commissioned by the Lesotho highlands water commission to capture images of the development mainly for banner sized images for shows and at the same time  gather images of cultural, historical and other interesting subject during the week of the 15th to the 20th of March to do this. The brief was to get “wow” shots of LHWC structural objects. The most impressive are always the dam walls as the water project has been one of the most challenging in the engineering world. In...

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The roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus)

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : Wildlife 
The roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) is a savanna antelope found in West, Central, East and Southern Africa.
Roan antelope are one of the largest species of antelope. They measure 190–240 cm (75–94 in) from the head to the base of tail and the tail measures 37–48 cm (15–19 in). The body mass of males is 242–300 kg (530–660 lb) and of females is 223–280 kg (490–620 lb). The shoulder of this species is typically around 130–140 cm (51–55 in).[2][3][4] Named for their roan c...
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The nyala (Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii)

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : Wildlife 
The nyala (Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii), also called inyala,[3] is a spiral-horned antelope native to southern Africa. It is a species of the family Bovidae and genus Nyala, also considered to be in the genus Tragelaphus. It was first described in 1849 by George French Angas. The body length is 135–195 cm (53–77 in), and it weighs 55–140 kg (120–310 lb). The coat is rusty or rufous brown in females and juveniles, but grows a dark brown or slate grey, often tinged with blue, i...
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The sable antelope (Hippotragus niger)

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : Wildlife 
The sable antelope (Hippotragus niger) is an antelope which inhabits wooded savannah in East Africa south of Kenya, and in Southern Africa.The sable antelope is a large species. It ranges from 117 to 143 cm (46 to 56 in) tall at the shoulder and measures 190 to 255 cm (75 to 100 in) long, not counting a tail of 37–76 cm (15–30 in). Sable antelope can weigh from 150 to 270 kg (330 to 600 lb). As its name implies, the giant sable antelope is slightly larger than other races, but it does not...
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The Lechwe, or Southern Lechwe, (Kobus leche)

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, April 11, 2013, In : Wildlife 
The lechwe, or southern lechwe, (Kobus leche) is an antelope found in Botswana, Zambia, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeastern Namibia, and eastern Angola, especially in the Okavango Delta, Kafue Flats and Bangweulu Swamps.
Lechwe stand 90 to 100 cm (35 to 39 in) at the shoulder and weigh from 70 to 120 kg (150 to 260 lb). They are golden brown with white bellies. Males are darker in colour, but general hue varies depending on subspecies. The long, spiral-structured horns ...
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Kruger National Park Exclusive Photo Workshop by Joe Lategan

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, In : Kruger National Park Photo Workshop by Joe Lategan 
I have observed that there are many serious and advanced photographers in the area. Both types one day   become professionals. I want to therefore invite you to join me on a close, personal, unique and exclusive practical informal workshop in the Kruger National Park between the 16th of July and the 21st of July especially for photographers of the Phalaborwa and surrounding areas!
Dates
16th to 18th July 2013
Or 19to 21st July 2013
Where
Mopani rest camp
Included in the price
Accommoda...

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Understanding focal lengh

Posted by www.nikonusa.com on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Focal Length 
Article by www.nikonusa.com
 
Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a photographic lens. It is not a measurement of the actual length of a lens, but a calculation of an optical distance from the point where light rays converge to form a sharp image of an object to the digital sensor or 35mm film at the focal plane in the camera.
The focal length tells us the angle of view—how much of the scene will be captured—and the magnification—how lar...

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Understanding Aperture

Posted by www.nikonusa.com on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Aperture 
Article by www.nikonusa.com
 
Aperture refers to the opening of a lens's diaphragm through which light passes. It is calibrated in f/stops and is generally written as numbers such as 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11 and 16. The lower f/stops give more exposure because they represent the larger apertures, while the higher f/stops give less exposure because they represent smaller apertures. This may seem a little contradictory at first but will become clearer as you take pictures at varying f/stops. Be...

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Understanding ISO Sensitivity

Posted by www.nikonusa.com on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : ISO 
Article by www.nikonusa.com
 
Photography is built on the three pillars of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and sensitivity. Shutter and aperture are controls for adjusting how much light comes into the camera. How much light is needed is determined by the sensitivity of the medium used. That was as true for glass plates as it is for film and now digital sensors. Over the years that sensitivity has been expressed in various ways, most recently as ASA and now ISO. The "normal" range of ISO is a...

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Complete Artists statement

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Complete Artist statement 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My calling is to create FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS of the moments I captured on camera, overwhelmingly to celebrate life, the most valuable privilege to share with the world now and with the generations to come. I want to leave behind split seconds and sometimes minutes of my blessed life on this most beautiful planet and universe. I am a creationist to the core and grow in faith with every image I capture. The images on display took years..even decades, thousands of kilometres, m...

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Photographs are meant to share

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Photographs are meant to share 
Photography can help us reclaim and remember our identities as part of the natural world. To me capturing an image is an uncontrolable act of love, forcing me to travel, stop, look, and look again, to feel whatever it is that Im seeing, and perhaps even to assimilate some aspect of the scene into the core of my being. It is a way of saying; wait lets pay attention- I saw this, this moment, had this experience and it was important to me and it just might be important to you, the viewer, if you...

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Collaging

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Collage 
With regards to composition, I sometimes collage multiple captures into a single image from time to time. These images will be labelled as collages. The goal of the collages is to expand the field of view represented in the image far beyond what a single capture can show, even when the photograph is created with the widest lens available. These collages have the added benefit of representing time as well as space. Because the different images that compose the final work are taken over a span ...
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Cloning of photos

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Cloning images 
I also clone elements that I deem unnecessary or not aesthetically pleasing. These elements are rarely “trash” (empty cans and other litter as I can easily remove these prior to taking the photographs. Rather these elements are either natural features that I can modify in the original scene or elements that I did not “see” when I took the original captures. These for example include branches or twigs intruding into the borders of the image, patterns on textures that are incomplete or ...

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Why do I work or edit images.

Posted by Joe Lategan on Monday, January 28, 2013, In : Photo editing/ retouching 
I need to work on my photographs after I have captured the image to satisfy my creativity. For me, the creative aspect of photography starts mostly after the image had been recorded by the camera.There are exceptions during moments that are so perfect that nothing can alter or improve the moment that was captured. Otherwise it is then after the image have been captured that I’m able to infuse the image with the emotional content that I experienced while being at the location where I took th...

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Photography and conservation

Posted by Joe Lategan on Saturday, January 26, 2013, In : Photography and conservation 

My goal is to create FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHS that reminds people that we are loosing the memory of what makes nature natural. The animals and Indigenous plants make way for parking lots and office blocks. Clean blue skies are being choked by unwelcome molecules produced by man. Hearts that were beating in the chests of species for eons are going silent every day... for good.The natural world disappears as we humans live our modern lives that demand more and more resources to built homes and toys...

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New Naledi Sun fine art images for front of house and restaurant.

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : Naledi Sun Fine art decor 
Naledi Sun Restaurant images.
 I have the privilege to redecorate Naledi Sun Casino's restaurant and front of 
house with some of my new images depicting the culture and scenery of the Basotho's and their 
territory .The hotel is  part of the Sun International group situated in the 
historical village of Thaba Nchu on the N8 between Lesotho 
(Maseru) and Bloemfontein and a very nice stopover as far as I'm concerned. Capturing
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History of the Town of Thaba Nchu

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, October 11, 2012, In : Naledi Sun Fine art decor 
Naledi Sun as I said is situated a midst one of the most historically important towns in South Africa as far as I'm concerned. Moroka II, chief of the Boo-Seleka section of the Barolong tribe, migrated here in 1833. A decade earlier his clan was driven from their land of origin, over the Vaal, by Mzilikazi, and sojourned at Motlhanapitse, in what is now the western Free State. Upon reaching an agreement with king Moshoeshoe I, they settled at Thaba 'Nchu, where their numbers were augmented by...

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Painting with the wind

Posted by Joe Lategan on Saturday, September 22, 2012, In : 2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari. 

 Namaqualand 2012 photo safari.
Painting with the wind.
Most photographers pack up or don't attempt to take photos when the wind comes up. Professionals use this to their advantage. It took me days to capture this image. When I lay on my back and watched these flowers being blown erratically in the wind with the sun behind them the hairs on their stems stood out for me. (the white streaks) I also had to get the flower when it was right in front of the sun. Took a few hundred images and three da...

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Tortoise in Flowers Namaqualand

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : 2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari. 
A skilpad "tortoise" at Skilpad in Namaqualand. ... and the the experience if you r that close up to animals and even plants is a spiritual experience to say the least. That's why I love photography. It forces me closer to creation every day more and more! If you could look close you can see the flowers and sun reflecting in its eyes....I saw myself as well through his eyes. Awesome!!
 


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Namaqua 2012 photo safari- flowers that don't sleep.

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : 2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari. 

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Namaqua 2012 fine art photo safari.-White flowers

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : 2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari. 
Specific species of flowers can be found on specific places. These white flowers were only prolific underneath dry thorn trees and not in the open between the daisies.
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Namaqualand 2012 photo fine art safari

Posted by Joe Lategan on Sunday, September 16, 2012, In : 2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari. 
Single gazanie.
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2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari- the photographers tips.

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : 2012 Namaqualand fine art photographic safari. 
Namaqualand 2012 Fine art photo safari.                                                                                                                       This year’s Namaqualand fine art photography workshop (Joe and Hardus Lategan) was once again the highlight of our annual photographic program. Kamieskroon, Vanrynsdorp, Nieuwoudville, Garies, Namaqua Nartional Park, Leliesfontein, Springbok, Bitterfontein, Skilpad Wildflower gardens, Karkams were some of th eplaces we visited.The tran...

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Otterskloof shoot 1

Posted by Joe Lategan on Friday, August 17, 2012, In : Otterskloof Game reserve shoot 
I had two days to capture some of the facilities at Otterskloof game reserve near Philippolis bordering the Vanderkloof dam in the Free State province of South Africa. Many Rhino, large herds of roan antelope and Sable antelope greet you within the first 3 kilometers upon entering the gate. As far as I'm concerned the most beautiful  Game reserve in the Free State and one of the most beautiful in the Country. It has a wonderful biodiversity and landscapes uncommon to the Free State. 

 
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Kalahari landscapes

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Top selling images 
These two images have been top sellers for some time. "Urikaruus" clouds and "The Last ranger".

 
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Desert landscapes

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Cape floral 2

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Cape floral and general flowers

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, In : Top selling images 
Here are some of the 2012 images sold.




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Photo editing

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, In : Photo editing/ retouching 
Most images can never look at its best when they are uploaded or displayed straight from the camera. Certain light conditions cannot be measured by any camera yet. The following image was taken straight into the sun. The suns exposure or the area above the horison for that matter was approx 5 stops more than below the horizon on the road and next to the road. The only way to balance out the light is to cut the image in two and then to edit the bottom part below the horizon. The top half did n...
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Windmill Casino Fun day shoot.

Posted by Joe Lategan on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, In : Windmill Casino Fun day shoot 
It was great fun doing the "day of fun"  photographic shoot for the Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein Free State. The brief was to capture some images that represent a days fun for the family at the Casino.Yasheen Sookdeo the General manager and Lee Anne the marketing manager allowed smooth logistics for me to be able to concentrate on the task at hand. Flair tenders, fire jugglers, magicians, dancers, marimba band, traditional dancers, food, gambling and other activities that were entertaining...
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Lesotho Highlands Water Project

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, In : Lesotho Highlands Water Project 
LHWP are sponsoring the  Lesotho section in my new photo book "Rods Pots and Pictures" and I had the opportunity to enter Lesotho for three days with Jan Oberholtzer of Sunflower tours again. The commission was to get two images. One of a dam in the background and one of a trout dish with the Katse dam in the background to add to the book. We stayed in the Katse village and the trout was organised by the Katse Orion lodge. We had the privilege to see a Basotho wearing a traditional Ndebele Be...

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Head On - Gemsbok fight

Posted by Joe Lategan on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Stories behind Fine art Images from my Platinum collection 
Head on
The Gemsbok or Oryx in Southern Africa is a fierce opponent to even lion and it is said that they can hit a small rock thrown at it's head spot on with the horns everytime. When threatened they move their backs into bushes and kill even lion attempting to prey on it. When two male Gemsbok fight it is thus a match that remind one of a toe to toe boxing match between Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano.To get the two antelope in the same image when they connect each other is extremely difficult...

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October 2011.

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Image of the month 
This image was captured in the middle of the Karoo on a desolate station. I captured images for about 1 hour racing to finish due to the fact that it was dangerous on the railroad tracks. Truth be told I never saw a train along this tracks besides the wrecks of the train crash the month before a few kilometers up the track that made head news.The bright colours of paint used around the station is a juxtaposition with the rest of The country as far as I'm concerned . Here there's almost no tra...
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The story behind the making of "The Last Ranger"

Posted by Joe Lategan on Thursday, November 10, 2011, In : Stories behind Fine art Images from my Platinum collection 
Description of last ranger.
I wanted to do a portrait of a camelthorn tree but it is always difficult to get a single tree or a situation where the background and foreground does not detract from it. At this specific point in the dunes and central part of the Kgalagadi
Transfrontier park the opportunity was there including the backround that enhanced the message of the Camelthorn I tried to bring across. The Camelthorn is the major reason for the abundant micro habitats along the desert riverbe...

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Happy Valley

Posted by Joe Lategan on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, In : Divine intervention 

Over the past few months between the end of April and mid August I have for the first time traveled a circle route from Cape Town Bloemfontein, Upington/Kalahari through Pofadder Springbok and back to the Cape with no photograph in my mind and allowed serendipity to take charge. Like travel photographers do but with the difference in that Fine art photographers have a more selective image in mind. Only the best conditions of light, colour, patterns, aesthetics, ambiance and awe must be presen...

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Old stations of the Karoo

Posted by Joe Lategan on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, In : Stories behind Fine art Images from my Platinum collection 

A few miles further this station has always intrigued me as well.I have never seen a train at the station and always thought it was very aesthetic. But time or the rush to get the trip behind me prevented me from stopping and capturing its essence. The bright colours caught my eye first of course as well as the vintage look. It must also be of the oldest stations in the country and no doubt seen some pretty classy dresses and suites of travelers that used it on the way to the North and back. ...

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Stories behind the Platinum collection images

Posted by Joe Lategan on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, In : Stories behind Fine art Images from my Platinum collection 

This house next to the N1 is one of the last close to Leeu Gamka and I have always been marveling at its Ambiance when I travel through the Karoo. There's something special in it. The white paint that have not been eroded away is bright white with the pastel red and bright reds of the roof. When I finally decided to photograph it I stood on the veranda and saw life as the owner saw it for a few minutes with the vehicles racing by on the N1. I could see the dog lying on the stoep and for a whi...

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Overview of the first six months of 2011

Posted by Joe Lategan on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, In : First six months overview-2011. 
The last few years Fine art Images in the platinum gallery such as "The last ranger" that won various awards, Urikaruus cloud , Sossusvlei collection amongsts others sold well and investments increased favorably. They also  represent me well on office and home walls across the globe. This year was good to me and the latter halve of the year allowed me to create a few additional images that will without doubt overtake these giants of the past. As a matter of fact I have created the most additi...

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New venture By Joe

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Tuesday, March 23, 2010,
Catfshjoeproductions.com and fishingfanatics.net from Canada joined hands and is in the process of launcing fishingmedia.net a intercontinental fishing media website.Watch the space.
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Joe Lategan in General

Posted by Hardus Lategan on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, In : Joe Lategan General 
As a extreme lover of "life" especially the outdoors, Joe  has captured some of the most beautiful fine art landscapes and wildlife images in Southern Africa on camera.

Specialising in fine art photography of wildlife, seascapes and landscapes as well as fishing, travel and adventure photography .Film productions of  travel, fishing, wildlife, and adventure, animals and pet photos amongst others as well as specialized wedding photography.

“With more than 30 TV broadcasts and award winning...


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About Me


Joe Lategan I am a extreme lover of the "creation", and hater of destruction thereof. Photography allows me to share in a deeper dimension than words with fellow men/women, my feelings in this regard. I am a inspirational speaker on the sustainability of the environment and and creation. On the other hand I present, consult and drive Cost leadership programs (including Disaster/ emergency preparedness and systems analysis,risk and ethics) for corporations