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Day 35

Old Bridge

I've always liked the look of long exposure water shots. I used a neutral density filter on a polarizer filter to get a 4 second exposure. This gives the water a silky look to it.

I'm done with my project! The goal was 35 days of only a 35mm lens and using photos straight out of my camera. All I can say is I really love my Fuji but I can't wait to put another lens on it and shoot some more. In the end I took 3,321 photos all in jpg format.

Thanks for following along. 
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Day 34

Selfie?

I was stargazing last night and got an idea. I wanted to get a photo of myself watching the stars. I think this qualifies as a selfie. I love the organic looking grain that comes out of the Fuji's sensor. This is ISO 12,800!
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Day 33

Leaf

I wanted to do a "studio" shot of a leaf. I overexposed my image by 3 stops using a mixture of natural light and a hand held LED. 
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Day 32

Street Crossing

I am the mail key holder for Sekonyela High School. This means about once a week I hitch-hike 13 miles to the nearest town of Mapholaneng, in order to check the school's post office box. It offers me a break in the day and a chance to buy produce. I always bring my camera with me to capture some candid street moments along the way. 
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Day 31

Motebo

These small primitive dwellings are scattered throughout Lesotho. They serve as rural settlements for herd boys. As grazing lands become more scarce, wealthy livestock owners must hire shepherds to take care of their flocks. The shepherds take the animals far away from the more populated areas. They build these dwellings to keep them out of the elements.

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Day 30

Ha Phohla

I haven't taken many landscapes during this project. One of the reasons is that a 35mm (50mm equivalent) lens is a bit too narrow for my taste in landscape. The other reason is that it's difficult to nail a landscape photo in camera. I usually do quite a bit of post processing to get things just where I want them. The sky was doing very interesting things this day and I like the way it turned out.

The village in the background is Ha Phohla (Ha Pah-o-shla). It's about 3km away and 175m lower than my village Ha Mohlabakobo. There is a dam being constructed further down the Senqu River. The project is expected to be completed by 2024. Most of the lower lying villages, Ha Phohla included, will be buried underwater. The government is working on compensating people affected by the dam through loss in property, farming land, and grazing land. Water is Lesotho's number one export.
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Day 29

Store Security

A security guard stands watch over a store with an M3 grease gun.
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Day 28

Bomber Hat

I just really liked this guys hat in Mokhotlong, Lesotho.
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Day 27

The Journalism Club

My school, Sekonyela High School, had several non-working computers when I arrived in January. I was able to get five computers working. Shortly after the school year began, later that January, I started a journalism club. The goal of the project is to create a yearbook. So far I've taught the eleven club members how to properly type, take photos using a DSLR, edit photos, and use Microsoft Publisher, Word, and Excel.

On this particular day, they were correcting the spelling of students names, who got their pictures taken on picture day. I was trying to be sneaky and take a photo of them at work but I was caught by Thapelo. 
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Day 26

The Water Witch

I'm working on putting a borehole (water well) at my school for my secondary Peace Corps project. It took weeks to find enough contact information in order to get three bids (a requirement for the grant).

I finally found someone who was experienced and reliable. He told me he needed to survey the area to find water. I'm picturing some fancy surveying equipment, maybe sonar, ultrasound, or even one of those cool guns they shot into the ground at the beginning of Jurassic Park. Nope. This guy showed up with two bent wires, a metal cable, and we provided his colleague with a beer bottle full of water.

He then dowsed the area for half an hour while his partner walked around balancing a beer bottle on his hand. He found a suitable spot, charged us 1000 Rand for his efforts and left, promising a bid by Monday.

The whole ordeal seemed incredibly fishy to me so immediately after he left I researched dowsing. Basically it's complete nonsense and has zero scientific proof. They've tested the validity of dowsing using underground pipes and found that dowsers have no more luck locating the pipes than a random group of people just guessing. The bottom line is, if you dig a deep enough well almost anywhere, you can find water.

So there it is, we've been had by the Water Witch. 
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