STEVE CASTINGS - On commission with Royal Zanzibar

My second trip to Zanzibar brought along challenges that we didn’t expect as the weather has contradicted the norm as August is meant to be a sunny and clear skies month. My client, The Royal Zanzibar situated in the North in Nungwi, contracted me to capture several images for their website and upcoming Sales Brochure.

One of the images needed to encapsulate the “ Golden Sunset “ as seen on the Beach - POV. Challenges now being that  I don’t have any control over the weather and of course the Dhow that needed to be captured approaching or behind sun with focus on “ silhouettes “ This activity needed to be visualised in the final render as well as negative spacing for vector placement in one or two renders.

So, 14 Days in and I finally can see that the Sunset is going to look promising and for the fourteenth time I make my way down to the beach with my FujiFilm GFX50s and lens of choice, FujiNon 45mm f2.8. Now of course, the Sunset is looking awesome and I have the Dhows lining up and in frame, however, so are twenty other Tourists taking advantage of the stunning conditions! At stage, frustrations set in and like a true Photographer, I ordered everyone out the water that was in my frame, stating that I’m the Resort Photographer and we need the shot. To my amazement, everyone rushed out the water in order for me to get the shot! 

Below images are from a series captured and I’m still not sure which one to present ( leading Sun or the Sun over the aft section of the Dhow ) I have decided to present both to client and they can decide.

Exif: 1/125 ISO 640 f16 using GFX50S & 45mm f2.8