A sense of scale

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There was much fan­fare when the pass was opened on 10 Jan­uary 1888. A parliamentarian from Cape Town – a cer­tain Colonel F Schermbrucker – made the of­fi­cial open­ing re­marks: “Ten thou­sand trav­ellers,” he said, “will in fu­ture feast their eyes on this beau­ti­ful pic­ture.” More than a cen­tury later and many more peo­ple than that have come from all over the world to drive, run and cy­cle the pass. “I’m al­ways hum­bled when I stand on one of the switch­backs and look at the cars crawl­ing up or tip­toe­ing down in first gear,” says Sam. “We are so small and the moun­tain is so big.”

HOW? Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 24 – 70 mm lens, shut­ter speed 1/125 sec­ond, aper­ture f4.5, ISO 500.

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