Jonkershoek is a nature / mountain reserve in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Besides offering breath taking scenery and a place to find yourself for a bit, it also provides the ideal playground for the multitude of mountain bikers, trail runners, Sunday strollers, scenic drivers and, of course, hikers who all frequent it throughout the year.
So, we have a group of friends who are keen on the great outdoors, an ideal playground provided by nature, and some good weather.
LET’S GO ALONG FOR THE RIDE, ERR, I MEAN HIKE!
Spending time in the mountains is a great way to get to know yourself – and your companions – better, as well as providing a plethora of photographic opportunities.
But you have to be prepared 😉
WHY CAPTURE IT IN 16 X 9?
It is an – actually the – aspect ratio that has become the most common in television and film broadcast, as well as computer screen (that thing you’re viewing this on) dimensions.
But, more importantly, 16 x 9 provides for a more cinematic viewing experience.
LATE AFTERNOON // EARLY EVENING
The climb up the valley was classic slowly but surely stuff, and allowed for the realisation that you can do worse than getting to know your own back yard.
“Preconception, hinders the enjoyment of discovery”
THE VISTA FROM THE RIDGE OVERLOOKING BOTH FALSE BAY (BELOW) AND THE JONKERSHOEK VALLEY (ABOVE).
Setting up camp under the last rays of light animating the wisps of cloud high above.
Heading out early, before sunrise, when camping out is a good idea if you want to get the best light. It is also essential to do so if you have a bit of ground to cover to a specific location before you can start shooting.
But most importantly, it is simply the most spectacular time of day in the mountains.
A campsite is always interesting: people have and use different gear, do things the same or in ways you never thought of – so you always learn.
Obeservation, as with photography, is key 😉
The mighty Simonsberg peak/s in the distance as seen from our campsite high in the Jonkershoek Mountains (below).
Once everyone has had breakfast, it’s time to get going on the second half of our journey.
All good things have to come to an end, at least until the (very soon) next time.
“From tireless effort, the sweetest reward”