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Erlo Brown Photography
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2012 has come and gone and what a great year it was, however I think this year will be even better.

Here is a short story of something that happened to me during the first week of the year, it astounded me, I hope you enjoy it.

Lauren and I were taking photographs one evening in the dunes close to the Nahoon River in East London. It was a fun evening out with my wife, even though I didn’t manage to get any photos  that I would call outstanding. As the clock struck eleven we decided to call it a night. It was with a shock that I discovered that my lens cap was missing. We searched all over, but it was nowhere to be found. A lens cap is an inexpensive piece of equipment that can be replaced, but without it a camera lens is very vulnerable, especially if you are shooting outside. I was disappointed at loosing it, especially because I would not be able to get a new one any time soon, it being the holiday season, with most shops being closed for at least two more days.  There was nothing I could do, I would have to go without it until I could buy a new one.

The following day was one of the windiest days I have ever seen in my life, keep in mind I grew up on the Eastern Cape Coast, a place known for its wind. We drove around marvelling at the destructive force of the wind. The same wind left 2000 homes damaged and one person dead, trees blocked the roads and many roofs and signboards where blown to smithereens. Needless to say, I didn’t have much luck getting any photos.  The day after was equally windy and by the afternoon I could not sit at home any more, I wanted to get out and do something. I decided to photograph the wind in the dunes. It has always been something that fascinated me, how wind could move tons of sand in a single day, how dunes that were there the day before could disappear in a day. However, photographing this is another story, sand can be detrimental for any camera and lens. To protect my camera I place a polarizer on my lens and wrapped my camera in plastic to keep it from getting sand in.

Armed with only my off-road goggles and a wrapped up camera, Zeta (my border collie) and I took off for the dunes. What I found there I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams! After walking for about ten minutes in the dunes I came across something that made my world stand still for a moment. There in the sand lay the same lens cap that I lost two days earlier, far from where we could have lost it. The chances of me finding it was probably less than finding a needle in a haystack, for this was a lens cap in a dune field that stretches for kilometres. It had been blown by the wind far from where we were when we lost it. The fact that it had not been buried by sand or blown into the woods is very significant, but the fact that I actually came across it after two days of wind, left me speechless.

Call it a coincidence,  call it what you will, I believe it happened for a reason. Not just so I would have a lens cap again, but maybe to restore my faith in the things I count as lost.

That evening Lauren and I went back to the beach, this time closer to the reef, armed with new concepts and looking forward to being creative. We managed to get some impressive photographs …without loosing anything this time.  Here are a couple of photographs we managed to get:

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