Cape Town 7s Rugby Weekend

A week before our trip to Cape Town, I jotted down some ideas for images that I wanted to make. I wanted to step outside of my comfort zone and the images in the list would necessitate me using a wider angle lens and a change of subject matter.

The images on my list:

  • Shots of my friends in their dress-ups. A tradition at 7s tournaments is for the crowd to dress up.
  • Shots of strangers in their outfits. I wanted to keep my 28mm lens on my camera as much as possible so I would have to get close to the subject which I don’t really feel comfortable doing.
  • Images of people outside the stadium and in the streets around.
  • Scenery shots with strong foreground interest.
  • Candid portraits with my 85mm lens. I rarely make portraits of men and I wanted to focus on that specifically.
  • Architectural shots of the amazingly beautiful Cape Town stadium.

With an emphasis on using my 28mm as much as possible, I reduced the amount of gear I took. So with my D700 and 3 primes (28mm, 50mm and 85mm) in my bag, we set off.

Friday

These are the noteworthy shots I took over the four days that we were there.

The view from the roof garden of our apartment in De Waterkant, Cape Town. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/11, ISO 400
The view from the roof garden of our apartment in De Waterkant, Cape Town. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/11, ISO 400
Tony toasting the sunset. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/13, ISO 400
Tony toasting the sunset. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/13, ISO 400
Feet up. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/11, ISO 400
Feet up. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/11, ISO 400
Bubbly. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/3.2, ISO 400
Bubbly. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/3.2, ISO 400
Neal. Nikon D700, 85mm, f/2.2, ISO 400
Neal. Nikon D700, 85mm, f/2.2, ISO 400
Cheers. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/2.0, ISO 3200
Cheers. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/2.0, ISO 3200

Saturday

Taking it in. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/4.5, ISO 200
Taking it in. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/4.5, ISO 200
Walking to the rugby. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
Walking to the rugby. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
Still walking to the rugby. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
Still walking to the rugby. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/5.6, ISO 200
Enter the fairy. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/8, ISO 200
Enter the fairy. Nikon D700, 28mm, f/8, ISO 200
Holding hands. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.5, ISO 200
Holding hands. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.5, ISO 200
Guardian on her break. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/1.8, ISO 800
Guardian on her break. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/1.8, ISO 800

“Guardian on her break” is my favourite shot of the weekend. It’s shot with my 50mm which is my most used focal length. Would it have been as successful a shot if I was using the 28mm at the time?

By the late afternoon Mandy and I were getting a bit bored with the rugby. We decided to take a stroll back to the apartment in the good light. I kept the 50mm on the camera.

Top of the stairs. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.5, ISO 800
Top of the stairs. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.5, ISO 800
Stop. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.0, ISO 800
Ginger. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/1.8, ISO 800
Photowalk. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/1.8, ISO 800

Sunday

Hangover cure. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.5, ISO 200
Hangover cure. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/2.5, ISO 200
Lunch break. Hangover cure. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/4.8, ISO 200
Long day. Hangover cure. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/4.8, ISO 400
Long day. Hangover cure. Nikon D700, 50mm, f/4.8, ISO 400

A few things I learnt:

  • I’m very comfortable shooting the 50mm focal length.
  • I’m happy with my new Nikkor 28mm f/1.8 and I’m happy with the shots I took with it.
  • Architectural shots of stadiums need to be wider than 28mm.
  • I enjoyed setting goals for myself, writing them down and then trying to make the shots.