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ZAN­DER WRITES: I took this photo near Fouries­burg in the Free State when we stayed there on our way to the coast. I had al­ready taken the ob­vi­ous photo of the sand­stone cliffs out­side town when I came upon this wa­ter trough. There were no an­i­mals to dis­turb the sur­face of the wa­ter – not even a breeze – and it re­flected the sky like a mir­ror.

TOAST SAYS: You can never go wrong with a nice photo of a wa­ter trough… Zan­der’s skill was to no­tice this un­usual scene in a land­scape full of other, more ob­vi­ous vis­tas. The dra­matic moun­tains of the East­ern Free State are made for land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, but the chal­lenge is to re­turn from the veld with some­thing dif­fer­ent. Zan­der used an aper­ture of f8, which was wide enough to en­sure that ev­ery­thing, from the trough to the moun­tains, is in fo­cus. Aside from the re­flec­tion in the wa­ter, the tex­ture of the stonework also catches the eye – the sand­stone shows ev­ery mark left by the chisel when it was mined in the area decades ago. This de­tail gives the photo char­ac­ter and adds a lit­tle his­tory to the frame, too.

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