Emmarentia Dam has always been a picturesque scene whether in summer, winter, autumn or spring. Not only is the dam itself calming and inviting but the botanical garden next to it is also something any photographer ought to take advantage of at least once or twice in their life. In autumn and winter, you get a chance to take stunning dew and fog photographs, if you arrive at the dam before sunrise. Sure it’s quite nippy but the outcome is so worth it.
Munro Drive, Houghton
At the top of Munro Drive in Houghton you get to see the Northern cityscape of Johannesburg. You won’t the able to see the Johannesburg skyline from this point but you can definitely indulge your lens and camera in some shots of Sandton and Randburg, as they are the most prominent areas you’ll see from there. Also a great spot for spring shots, so you can go then if you fear the cold.
Delta Park is the perfect place to shoot from if you’re looking for a juxtaposition spot of the manmade city versus the mother nature’s side of the city. You have the waterfall, small wildlife, birdlife then you have your Johannesburg buzz, views of the skyline, and geographical contours that blend the two quite seamlessly.
Here you can get some stunning shots of the autumn or winter sky that have a very cinema noir effect to them. The rocky environment itself turns the whole experience into an adventure of its own. So not only will it be a photography execution but also a mini hiking trip. From here you can also spot a beautiful shot of the Johannesburg skyline, there’s no getting over that beauty!
Inner City Johannesburg
Inner City areas such as Newtown, Braamfontein and Maboneng always have awesome graffiti, street art and street wear to photograph. It’s the perfect time to go photograph in these areas if you don’t want to capture an influx of people walking on the streets. The grey weather will definitely enhance your photographs in a unique manner not typically seen of those areas.
Northcliff Hill will definitely be chilly in autumn and winter however, you can also enjoy the afternoon sun while snapping some cityscapes on the top on the hill and possibly enjoying a hot chocolate or red wine. Although we don’t advice shooting and drinking – for your camera’s sake. You can shoot great cityscapes of Joburg and winter flower stills on the hill.
Walter Sisulu Gardens
Think of a scenic place in Johannesburg with a waterfall and stunning plant life. Walter Sisulu Gardens is a definitely must-visit once you’ve had enough of Emmarenia Dam. There is an abundance of plant life to explore and we’d recommend you go early for the dew and sunrise images. Or you could go for the late afternoon golden and sunset images. Absolutely breathtaking.
Hartbeesport Dam is a favourite for most photographers and photography students. It’s perfect for a day’s road trip to go with fellow photography friends and mates. You can explore photography from the dam, the partially deserted streets and even pass by the zoo and take in all the nature you can. You can even turn the venture into a weekend getaway!
Rietvlei Zoo Farm
Another awesome spot to go not only for the photography opportunities but also the potential road trip and/ or weekend getaway. The farm offers other fun activates above and beyond your photography execution so you can really take full advantage of this and capture some great shots you would have otherwise missed on your own.
Although Zoo Lake is more popular for braais and socialising, when you go there to observe and appreciate nature, there are some hidden gems worth capturing and exhibiting. As with most of these venues, it’s best to arrive before sunrise to capture the serenity of nature before the Johannesburg buzz begins.
By Cleopatra Shava [including photos]
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