I have recently moved to the town of Mtunzini. It’s a small coastal town along the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The town is well known for the Umlalazi Nature Reserve (part of KZN Wildlife) with lots of coastal forest, mangrove swamps and the Umlalazi River. The birding in the area is prolific with unique species such as the Palm Nut Vulture.
But before I could start capturing these beautiful places, I discovered this dilapidated railway station. The broken up building and train grabbed my attention so I took the time to walk around.
I wanted to capture the essence of the place and so decided to focus on black & white images. The cloudy, overcast conditions also helped create the mood. I used my Canon 7D with EF-S 17-85 Lens. I kept the ISO on 320 for most of the images and then messed around with depth of field to create different effects. I also tried to capture the place from different angles, often lying on the ground close to the railway lines.
Moving to a new town means discovering everything for the first time and seeing it through fresh ideas. I am looking forward to discovering the essence of Mtunzini as a town and its surrounding areas.
Hope you will enjoy the collection.