Sun­rise on Verneuk­pan, a mon­i­tor lizard on the move and a hyena strik­ing a pose… Did your photo make the cut this month?

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JOU­BERT TULLEKEN

@jou­bert_­tulleken Canon EOS 80D Canon 18 – 135 mm lens

JOU­BERT WRITES: My wife and I were trav­el­ling from Kathu to Cape Town and we de­cided to camp on Verneuk­pan for a night. We were the only peo­ple there and we pitched our tent in the mid­dle of the pan. I got up at 4.40 am to set up my tri­pod for a sun­rise photo. There’s noth­ing at all on the pan so I de­cided to in­clude the ve­hi­cle tracks to make it in­ter­est­ing. I was grate­ful for the clouds in the sky, which added some colour. When the sky was at its pink­est (around 5.20 am, just be­fore sun­rise) I set the self-timer and stood in the frame. My shut­ter speed was 1/4 sec­ond, aper­ture f14 and ISO 100. When I got home, I used Adobe Light­room to ad­just the white bal­ance and con­trast.

TOAST SAYS: Nat­u­ral light is the one thing you can’t con­trol. The best you can do is to put your­self in the right po­si­tion so that when the light changes you can press the shut­ter but­ton. Jou­bert’s de­ci­sion to get up early was the right one. Verneuk­pan is as de­serted as it gets and it’s hard to cap­ture the vast­ness. Jou­bert tried to do so by cre­at­ing lines to lead your eye into the photo (the jeep track) and by pos­ing in the frame to give a sense of scale. Note how his body rises above the hori­zon. He also spread out his arms, which makes the sil­hou­ette so much stronger. We’re on In­sta­gram! Fol­low us and our sis­ter mag Weg for travel and wildlife pics from all over: Search for @go­magsa and @mensese­lense

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