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Photo Critic Shot of the Month: February 2015

The Photo Critic Shot of the Month competition winner for February 2015 is Kobus Eksteen with “Starry Sky“. Kobus shot this in the Richtersveld with a Canon 5D Mark III and Samyang 24 mm f1.4 lens on a tripod. He used a small torch to “paint” the side-lighting on the quiver tree. Exposure time was 20 seconds at ISO-1600. He used a “DSLR Controller” app on his android tablet to obtain focus in the low light.

For his winning image, Kobus receives a discount of R600 for any photography course with DPC.

Registering for a photography course/workshop at DPC entitles you to free membership on our student network, Photo Critic. Members may upload up to two images per week for constructive critiques and join in other photography activities. 

About the Author:

Danie Bester
I am the founder of DPC and Photo Critic. I am married to Jenna, my high-school sweetheart for over two decades now and have two adult children, Mia-Daniel and Minnette. We live in Centurion, Pretoria. I am proud, yet humbled by how far we have come and what we have achieved in such a short time. Today DPC ranks under the foremost photography schools in South Africa and we've build a healthy community of photographers. The road has not always been easy but through a leap of faith and the grace of God, we have grown a small photography business to a successful training institute. Working as a commercial photographer and teaching a wide range of photography subjects, including; Portraiture, Studio lighting, Fine-art, Architecture and Food Photography has kept me fairly versatile. On a personal level, I pursue fine-art, travel, and landscape photography. I have recently been honoured, with my work being included in the Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa.


  1. Bruna Mentrup-Nortje 2015/03/12 at 09:34

    It is such a strong composition Cobus and I just love it! – It also makes me feel so proud to be associated with photographers such as yourself! I also signed up to complete my beginners course with DPC many moons ago, not really knowing what to expect! Looking at your stunning work this morning, took me back to my own journey with DPC. Danie Bester has been a very sound influence in helping me personally grow stylistically in my own photography, and as mentor, he has played a role in helping me develop an individualistic style which now gains rapid recognition and proudly displays in prestige lodges in Botswana and Namibia. His influence is visable in all of our work! Keep up the good work Cobus!

  2. Dawid 2015/03/05 at 22:51

    Very artistic expression !

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