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Life seen through lens

A true Englishman, born and bred in England, has a keen ability to immortalise the Free State’s beauty on film.

Dave Ross (60), a professional photographer, now makes his home in Kroonstad.

“I started taking photographs eight years ago. When I was returning from Johannesburg on the Parys road one evening, I saw so many beautiful things as the sun was setting. Right then I decided I wanted to capture the beauty of nature. The next day I bought myself a camera.”

He especially enjoys taking photographs of landscapes and farm scenes.

Ian Plant, a world-renowned photographer, is Dave’s big inspiration.

His portfolio is filled with striking photographs taken, amongst others, in South America, Iceland and Namibia.

Dave has all his books and finds his tutorials helpful.

“I haven’t followed any photography courses, but each time I upgrade my camera, I complete the introduction course for the new model. I taught myself through practise. I also read every photography book I can get my hands on.”

His camera of choice is his Nikon D7100, but he also uses a Sigma 10-20 mm, Sigma 30 mm, Nikon 50 mm, and a Nikon 55-200 mm.

“It is very important to use good lenses, and to use the right lens for what you are shooting.”

He is not keen on using a cell phone to take photographs, but admits that modern smartphones can take great pictures.

His advice to aspiring photographers is to practise, practise, practise.

“Always remember that you must be there to get the shot. You need to commit to cold, dark mornings and late evenings; to hours spent editing on your computer.

“Follow other photographers’ work and see what they are doing and how they get it done. Personally, I don’t like camera clubs because I find it too distracting to get a decent shot.”

Dave prefers silence when he photographs nature.

He loves animals, and has six dogs, nine cats and two pigs. He also enjoys exercising and working on old cars.

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