Road Trip

Miss Moss // Road Trip

last week my husband and i decided to go on a spontaneous road trip from Durban to Cape Town. he had just bought a new car from a dealer up country, so we put it through a 1800km journey on some serious gravel roads and epic mountain passes to see what it could do.

instead of doing my usual iPhone photography along the way i decided i wanted to test out a camera that i have had my eye on in the past while. i’ve been wanting to get a mirrorless camera that’s small enough to keep in my handbag, but that has the functionality & flexibility of a DSLR for a variety of uses. i’m not a professional photographer, so spending a bundle on a high-end camera is not a priority for me. but i do LOVE taking photos, and i also love editing and sharing them as quickly as i get the shot. so i wanted something that was compact with good lenses and that allowed me to edit and share the images almost immediately if i wanted to. like a smartphone on steroids, i guess.

in comes Cape Town based photography experts Orms, who were kind enough to lend me a Samsung NX300 for the week. this little camera kind of hit the sweet spot for me: it’s small (and so light!), good looking, can be used with a variety of lenses and – this is the best part – it can upload your photos directly to any of your devices via its built-in wi-fi. it can also share images to instagram and facebook etc if you connect to a wi-fi network, but i prefer editing the photos on my iPad before doing any sharing. the price is also nice, not as expensive as the other high-end mirrorless cameras on the market – so you can start off with the body and a pretty basic lens, then add to your collection as you go.

so on Friday i flew to Durban and Anton was waiting for me with our new car (a second hand Toyota Prado which eats those dust roads like you won’t believe) and we set off on our journey. first stop was Mbona Nature Reserve just outside Howick where we stayed with Anton’s aunt Willemien and her amazing dog Rukker. this area is actually know as the Mist Belt, which is appropriate considering the entire place was shrouded with mist when we arrived (and left the next day). I have never been to the Midlands, and naively expected rolling green hills – but of course it’s winter, and their rainy season is in the summer. it hasn’t rained there in months, so everything was dry and brown… which still makes for good photo opportunities.

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Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip

the next morning we left Mbona and started on the most interesting leg of our journey – travelling the road that runs along the southern border of Lesotho and crosses from Kwa-Zulu Natal into the Eastern Cape. we were heading to Tenahead Mountain Lodge, and it took us almost the entire day to get there. we ended up climbing the second highest mountain pass in the country (without even realising we were going to!) which was pretty harrowing in parts, and cooooooold. so incredibly cold that the waterfalls along the road were frozen all the way up.

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Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
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Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
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Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip

the next day we left Tenahead and made our way down Naude’s Nek to Rhodes, a small village at the bottom of the pass. it actually took us hours to finally hit a tar road again. then we did a not-so-interesting stretch of road, bombing down the N1 towards Beaufort Wes. anyone who has ever driven from Joburg or anywhere up country down to Cape Town would have done this long stretch of road. it just goes on and on and on, and while the landscape is beautiful it is also pretty uninteresting – unless you veer off the beaten path to explore the countryside. but we didn’t have time, we wanted to make it to the Karoo National Park before dark. our last stopover before heading home.

Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip

the Karoo National Park is one of the smaller parks in South Africa, but by no means less interesting. there is a pack of lions in the park that visitors often spot around the camp, which we unfortunately did not see. they were reintroduced 180 years since the last wild lion was shot in the area. it is pretty alarming to think that almost all of the terrain we drove through was once teeming with wildlife – not just buck, but lions and elephants and every matter of wild animal that you now only find in nature reserves.

after an entire day’s drive we arrived in the dark (you can see the shot above that Anton took with the camera’s long exposure). so the next morning i woke up early to watch the sunrise, we had our coffee, and then we headed home.

Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip
Miss Moss // Road Trip

all photos taken with the Samsung NX300 and edited with VSCO. Samsung NX300 provided courtesy of Orms. you can see the photos i posted on Instagram using the hastag #missmossxorms. for all my local readers: if you’re interested in buying the NX300, Orms currently has some sweet specials running. if you’re looking for a compact run around camera that packs a punch then i would highly recommend it - i’m going to buy myself one as soon as possible.

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26 Responses to Road Trip

  1. @OrmsDirect Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    We love this! Amazing photos! RT @miss_moss: documenting our epic Road Trip with the Samsung NX300: http://t.co/SUKt27CkzS #missmossxorms

  2. Albertine Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Your pictures are amazing! Have fun, Cape Town is such a fabulous place! Love it!

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  3. Carina Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Sue Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    These photos are insane Diana! What a beautiful drive

  5. Priscilla Brito (@_Priscis_) Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Road Trip with the Samsung NX300 http://t.co/mbRgE47Tcm via @miss_moss

  6. Diane Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    What an amazing little gadget, definitely putting it on my wishlist. What lense(s) did you use?

    • Miss Moss Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      the standard lens that came with the camera – 18-55mm

  7. valentina Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I follow you on instagram and was so so happy to see all those wonderful pictures. Incredibly beautiful!! What lens did you use? (sorry if you’ve already answered this)

    Valentina
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  8. maggie Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    Um, that black and white starry photo is MY FAVORITE. You take such amazing photos – definitely going to put this camera on my wish list.

  9. midori Wednesday 2 July, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

    the pictures are amazing!!!! you can smell freedom on those images… need to get lost in this beautiful world very soon!

  10. patty Thursday 3 July, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Wow! Your images are breathtaking!

  11. Jasmijn Thursday 3 July, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    Less than a week ago I came back from three months South Africa (I did an internship in Joburg) an ohhhh do your pictures make me want to go back… Also, I think I’m going to use the wifi on my mirrorless Olympus OM-D E-M10. Thanks for this beautiful post! Bye from the Netherlands (:

  12. marissa Thursday 3 July, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    i think the 5 consecutive panoramic photos are striking. do you by chance sell your photos/digital copies?

    • Miss Moss Friday 4 July, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      no i don’t actually! i have never actually thought of that. maybe i will some day… but thanks for the flattering comment :)

  13. casey Thursday 3 July, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Wide. Open. Spaces.

    Mesmerizing.Thank You.

  14. Camille E. Trummer Friday 4 July, 2014 at 12:23 am #

    Lovely photos and I’m a fan of your editing technique!

  15. Joy Friday 4 July, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    This is such a beautiful post. I completely loved it as you were posting it on Instagram. SO INSPIRED.

  16. Hilary Friday 4 July, 2014 at 4:40 am #

    Gorgeous photography! Would love to travel there some time:)

  17. Inge Friday 4 July, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Amazing photos of an insanely beautiful country! As a Dutch person, I giggled at the dogs name ;)

  18. cristian o Saturday 5 July, 2014 at 3:00 am #

    lovely trip & photos! im in love with your camera!

  19. Nettie Warncke Saturday 5 July, 2014 at 8:31 am #

    Great blog, Diana. Love the pics!

  20. Vinícius Lima Costa (@viniciuscl) Sunday 6 July, 2014 at 12:27 am #

    Lindas fotos http://t.co/UykyJGcMlr

  21. Lorraine Sunday 6 July, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    I’ve had my eye on this camera for a while, and after seeing your photos I’m definitely going to get it! beautiful shots!

  22. Jessica Doll Tuesday 8 July, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    Beautiful trip photos! I think I might look into the camera, I’m looking for something compact to take with us in addition to the rest of our larger gear.

  23. Mun Tuesday 8 July, 2014 at 11:33 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous. SA is so beautiful!

  24. Gianelli Ann Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Nice photos. I LOVE the black and white one of the night sky! I hope to make a visit out to South Africa one day :)

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