Rob Tarr Photography



Some interesting shapes, features, patterns etc.

Skipjack lateral line

This is one of a series I took when this skipjack (tuna-like fish) was caught during a research survey. The colours and patterns on the body of the fish were inspiring.

Yellow fin bream

Photographed at Ushaka, I liked the contrast of the yellow fin against the scales (which were rendered to monochrome for effect)

Seventy four colours

During a process to place internal tags in the threatened linefish species seventy four, their colours and patterns were too attractive to resist.

King penguin colour detail

On Marion Island in the southern ocean, king penguins number thousands in their colonies. It was fun to pick out one individual for closer attention.

Kalk bay linefish eye

The colours and patterns of a freshly caught panga from Kalk Bay harbor.

Geelbek eye

This popular line fish, also called cape salmon, was landed during a research survey.

Sun dried fish

Sardine – like fish sun-drying on a rack outside a fisher village in northern Mozambique

Elephant seal claws

Walking past a sleeping elephant seal on Marion island, I was able to get this close-up detail of a flipper. Partially converted to monochrome.

Whale tail study

During the mass whale stranding event at Kommetjie in 2008, this image caught my eye.

Starfish detail

A starfish moving along the aquarium glass at Ushaka.

Kelp motion

The movement of kelp fronds in the stormy seas around Marion island created constantly shifting patterns.

Sand dune patterns

The dark mineral-rich sands of the Eastern Cape are attractive to the mining industry, posing an environmental threat to our coastline.

Fern and lichens

The red colours of young fern fronds provide an interesting contrast. Seen during a hike in the table mountain area.

Bluegum bark

The constantly exfoliating nature of bluegum tree trunks provides ample opportunity to find interesting compositions.

Fishing boat detail

The stainless steel fitting on a recently refurbished fishing boat.

Incense smoke

The late afternoon sun streaming in through the window at home highlighted the twists and curls of smoke from a burning incense stick.

Poppy detail

After a rainstorm in Hermanus, the freshly washed poppies on the roadside made an attractive photographic option.

Lichen and grass

The west coast national park near Langebaan provided this close-up detail.

Kayakers in motion

While watching K1 time trials at Zandvlei, the sun had set, so I experimented with slow shutter speeds to get this effect.

Strelitzia abstract

Also called crane flowers, this beauty from Kirstenbosch had wonderful colours and textures.

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