This past Easter weekend I braved the traffic to the north to spend the weekend with old friends at Ebenezer dam in Magoebaskloof.
The reason for the traffic is because the ZCC (Zion Christian Church) has their annual Easter get together at Moria, north of Polokwane.
This is no ordinary get together because they have millions of people living at Moria over the Easter period. In 2007 there were apparently over 3million people gathered there over the Easter long weekend!
My friend has a pilots license and on Sunday morning asked me if I would like to fly with him to Mokopane to drop off his daughter. Mokopane is about an hour and a bit drive from Magoebaskloof but with roadworks and the millions at Moria, flying seemed a good idea.
I took my camera with and Moria being on our route managed to get a few photographs. I had to shoot through the windows and was a bit sceptical about the image quality but in the end I was quite surprised at how good the images turned out.
I used an ISO setting of 800 to 1600 to ensure everything would be sharp and that the movement and speed of the plane would not affect the image quality negatively. My lens, a 24-105 zoom's aperture was set at f8 and most of the images were made at the 105mm focal length mark.
The masses of people, cars, buses and tents was amazing and I had never seen anything like this before. Of course flying over all of this my concentration was just to frame and make exposures. Only afterwards looking at the images enlarged to 100% on my monitor could I take it all in....
I don't claim these images to have much artistic merit but I enjoyed looking at them and zooming in on the detail...
I suppose this is one of the great annual mass events in the world and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to record some of it from the air...
I was also pleasantly surprised when we drove past Moria on the Tuesday after the long weekend, to see that the site had already been cleaned up...!
More info on the ZCC can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zion_Christian_Church