Time Lapse — Table Cloth at Table Mountain, Cape Town
Our digs in Camp’s Bay are delightful. While we don’t have commanding views of the Bay, just a few minutes walk from the house, we do have an extraordinary view of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain.
The first thing we noticed when we arrived was what the locals call Table Mountain’s ‘table cloth’ of clouds, which is caused by the wind blowing in from the coast and quickly rising as it reaches the mountain, forming the clouds. It’s quite a mesmerising sight.
The little ‘breeze’ was blowing at around 30mph (48kph), with gusts much higher, when I went to shoot this time lapse, so it’s pretty wonky! Trying to keep a tripod steady in this wind was a task that would require welding equipment. I have a very sturdy tripod and it has an attachment to weight it down, to which I attached my camera bag with 20kgs of camera gear. As wind and weather conditions conspired against me, I didn’t get a chance to re-shoot.
At the centre of the frame you should see the spot where the Table Mountain Cable Car lets off its passengers. The view from there is extraordinary, however, I don’t think it was running the day I shot this due to the weather conditions. That would not have been a pleasant ride on a day with these winds!
And the weather is something that everyone talks about in Cape Town — while it’s an increasingly sophisticated city, there is something about the geography of Cape Town that makes the climatic conditions a constant talking point — especially when Table Mountain and its ever-changing ‘table cloth’ is such a landmark in the captivating city.