Capture Namibia: Photography Tips from Roy van der Merwe


Born and raised in Namibia, Roy van der Merwe has had the great privilege of being exposed to the beauty of the Namibian landscapes all his life. Does he ever tire of taking photos of the same place? Never. We asked Roy to share in what is a pretty emotional experience for him – capturing Namibia…

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Photo by Roy van Merwe

 

Tell us about your most unforgettable moment while shooting in Namibia. 

Many people feel I am too emotionally attached to the images I shoot, but this is not the case. It is rather that I form an attachment to the environment and for that brief moment in time where the light reveals the exceptional beauty. When pondering my most unforgettable moment, my mind is flooded with this majestic country’s immense diversity and awe inspiring pristine landscapes. I would therefore choose the occasions I have taken my sons of the beaten track and seen their amazement at the raw beauty of Namibia.

My mind is flooded with this majestic country’s immense diversity and awe inspiring pristine landscapes

 

How does Namibia compare to other places you’ve photographed?

Namibia is a harsh country, however its safety is what facilitates many excursions into remote areas.

 

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Photo by Roy van Merwe


Which photos shot in Namibia are you most proud of?

I would not really be able to name only a few... I have been luckier with some, for example the way the cloud bank positioned it’s self perfectly in the image with the full moon rise over the Spitzkoppe, or the way the mist bank only rolled in partially and a bit of water still remained in the depression in the granite slab in the image overlooking the vast vistas from the Brandberg. However all these are not my own doing, I was just fortunate to be there and trust I did nature justice in my portrayal.

 

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Photo by Roy van Merwe


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Photo by Roy van Merwe


What is your equipment of choice for your Namibian expeditions?

A good pair of boots, sturdy tripod and set of hard and soft ND grads. Redged makes an awesome lightweight but extremely sturdy and durable tripod and Lee have the best filters.

 

A photographer friend is desperate to capture the best of Namibia. What top 3 tips would you give them? 

#1: When it comes to landscape photography, the same always applies. Escape the crowds, venture where few dare and be patient.

#2: Spend as much time scouting as possible, identify a scene then setup and wait. If you chase after too many images you will miss the magic.

#3: Where exactly I recommend going depends on what you would like to photograph. Koakoveld, Dameraland and the Namib Naukluft Park are all firm favorites.

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Photo by Roy van Merwe


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About Roy van der Merwe

"I am a survivor (cancer), however when it comes to the wilderness this is where I feel alive, where every sound, smell and vista feeds my soul. Being born and raised in Namibia, my fascination for this majestic land was nurtured at a young age. My passion still lies deep within Namibia’s remote, pristine wilderness areas and it’s from these places, within the fleeting moments of twilight I attempt to capture nature’s splendor, and share parts of my expeditions."

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