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Cape Town, Somerset West, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Helderberg, Bellville, Durbanville

Portrait Photography in Hermanus

"Yvonne", friend & also a pro photographer.
Portrait pictures taken while it was foggy in Hermanus, a sea-side village, with the sea behind her. The light was warm and very soft.
I also used a “soft filter” while editing this image in Adobe Photoshop on my PC.

Umbrella

Umbrella

Yvonne - Pro Photographer

Yvonne - Pro Photographer

Hermanus

Hermanus

Pet Portraiture

Pet Portraiture

Animal or Pet portraiture is much fun. All you need to do is to speak their language.

My client, dear "boxer friend ~  TITO"

Tito... after I have taken your photo as I need it for my blog page you will get a great dish for supper later on, but before that we going to play ball, your favorite game. You will sit here and wait. I will hide "ballie-red" and I will give a sign to fetch...

Tito listens very carefully, sat very still, until I gave him the command after I hidden ballie red in the far away bush. ;-)

They do listen very carefully... and sit very still...

Pet Portraiture
Tito portrait

Wedding Shoot in Paarl

Wedding Shoot in Paarl

What a pleasant surprise when I got a call from Nuermberg, Germany that they wanted a photographer for their Wedding in Paarl.

Wedding at Cascade Manor
Wedding in Paarl


We first met in Somerset West, a week later I photographed their engagement on Rooi Els beach. Wanted to shoot them in those large dunes in Betty's Bay but due to the hefty winds "cape doctor" it was somehow saver shooting them on the beach of Rooi Els.
 

Wedding in Paarl

Two weeks later the big day "Their South African Wedding"  in Paarl at Cascade Manor which has a large water fall, rows of olive tree and big lawns.
Stefan and Alissa a lovely young couple. Much laughter in "bavarian german".
 
It was a small wedding but a wedding with the "aha! story".

Wedding at Cascade Manor
Wedding in Paarl

Photographic Fine ART

Photographic Fine ART

Seeing by doing or was it learning by doing? I would take both sayings.
Thank you to the Internet, Thank you GOOGLE!
Without you, my photographic world would not have exploded.
I could never have come further in my photographic art.
So much to see, to read…and to hear, right in my own home, as long I have a computer and feel connected - All is well.

Fine Art Photography - To see "Google pictures" to start off with.

Online image libraries, web sites of photographers, camera shops, images of places, countries etc. but the utmost important are the online photographic clubs, where I pick up ideas… I belong to the largest club in Europe and am grateful to be part of that big family, seeing what is done in photography today.

Awaking, this inspired my creativity, in manifesting ideas and allows my production of my own interpretations.
When in the stillness of the night I lie in my bed, my mind starts to develop images …

What a wonderful life we have today!

Dreams

Dreams

City of Cape Town

City of Cape Town

Sisal

Sisal

Portraiture / Life style images

Portraiture / Life style images

Exterior can always be fun. Out and about in the fresh air can be a much better option.
No hassle with electric cords running on the floor of a studio for photographers and for the sitter trying to relax in claustrophobia Studio….

If one has eye one can find quick ideas for backgrounds. Available light is in the trend today, as camera's of today are so great were one can adjust the colour temperature easier and also setting one's ISO/ASA.

"Alpha/mike/india/romeo - please come in…."
Has refelctions of wing onto his arm and face, makes the face softish. The light was slightly overcast.

Black/White photography

Black/White photography

Wide View

Wide View

Male Model

Male Model

Shooting with Converters

I always hear comments like "I don't use my 1.4x and 2.0 converters because they make my images soft". That is true that both the converters will make a photo "softer" if you compare it to an image not shot with a converter, BUT the image does not become unusable!! Two factors that will influence the sharpness, one is technique and the second is the sweet spot of a lens.

Technique of Coverter Shooting

When you add converters you are increasing your focal length, it sounds very obvious but most people forget about the impact of that. Longer focal lengths increase the chance of camera shake. Remember the rule to prevent camera shake, shutter speed should be equal to the inverse of your focal length. What does that mean; well if you are photographing with a 400mm lens and you add a 1.4x converter on then your focal length changes to 560mm. The inverse of 560 is 1/560 so you need a shutter speed of 1/750 sec and faster to prevent camera shake, and even faster if you add a 2.0x converter on. With a 2.0x converter your focal length becomes 800mm so you will need a shutter speed of 1/1000 sec or faster to prevent camera shake. Yes, IS (Image Stabilizer) does help and you can get away with slower shutter speeds. All I am saying here is check your shutter speed to make sure that you are preventing camera shake!!

Sweet spot of a lens. Lenses are usually designed to give the best resolution at 2 stops from maximum aperture. This means if the lens has a maximum aperture of f4, it will perform best at f8. This rule applies with using converters as well, so when you use a lens with a maximum aperture of f4 and you add a 1.4x converter the maximum aperture becomes f5.6 and therefore the lens will perform best at f11.
To summarize, if you use a 400 f4 lens and add a 1.4x converter then the lens becomes a 560mm f5.6 lens. To capture a sharp image you would like to photograph at 1/750 sec at f8 or f11.

IMPORTANT: CONVERTERS ONLY WORK WITH LENSES WITH MAXIMUM APERTURE OF F4 AND FASTER!!

10 Top Tips Photographing Macro

Before I give the tips, let’s just define Macro Photography. Macro photography is not only photographing subjects up close, but it is also achieving a 1:1 or larger magnification. Any subject photographed less than 1:1 magnification is called close-up photography, and not macro photography. What does 1:1 magnification mean? Well it means that the subject you are taking will be displayed exactly the same size on the sensor as what it is in real life. Below is a very basic illustration of this, if you take a full frame sensor (sensor size 36mm by 24mm) camera like the Canon 5D MkII and you photograph a tape measure, for the tape measure to display 1:1 on the sensor, the measurement should read 36mm.

If 18mm was displayed then the magnification is 2:1 (the subject displayed on the sensor is double the size than real life), and on the other hand, if the measurement was 72mm, the magnification will be 1:2 (the subject displayed on the sensor is half the size than in real life, which is not macro photography but close-up photography). Well with all that technical stuff out of the way let’s start with the tips:

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Comic Photo Art

Comic Photo Art

Aquarians (like me) always in search for new photo scenery!
Interested in new places to take photos and so on...

This is how I came up with the idea of Comic Photo Art. Love at first sight!

comic photo art

Comic Photo Art Exibition

I must confess, I started selling my artworks at markets. What a wonderful way to venture into business. Hope to see you there:
Saturday 16th May 2015, Country Craft Market, Main Road, Somerset West, South Africa.

Aviation Photography

Aviation Photography

All you need for Aviation Photography is a good chaser pilot and a photographer with a steady stomach. We chase the model, we fly the figure of 8 many times. Photographers - don’t eat before such flight. Take raw ginger and chew. Very handy.

How to do aviation photography?

First of all a chaser pilot must be able to talk to the captain/pilot while at flight. Also helps if photographer has a headset is able to put in words while at flight, if not, some in my cases, there were hand signals.
Normally with my aviation photography, we discussed first on the ground what was wanted before take off. The height and over areas may be important too, to capture with plane in foreground. Sun or well-lit aircraft, with clouds can be very impressive. Time of day would also be suitable too, but unfortunately an aircraft was not always available when it suited me. Advertising Shoot is rather expensive, as the aircraft flies empty, e.g. no packs or cargo on board.

A Jumbo or Airbus flies while being photographed with its handbrakes ON. Think about the fuel costs! But there is no better way of plane spotting!
Note on the picture, the flaps hang down.
Because the Chaser Plane cannot fly as fast as the bigger aircraft, e.g. Airbus or Jumbo.

The Chaser Plane was a 4/6 seater aircraft, Navajo Chieftan, Beechcraft [chairs taken out]. The photographer sits on floor with door open/no door on. Yes I was fasten with seat belt ;-) My Chaser Pilot has licenses on fixed wing aircraft SACAA and FAA ALTP + also has SSACAA helicopter license and he is still active today at South African Air Show circuit.

It's very impressive to get spotting an aircraft like Jumbo Jet during flight.

 

Funny Pictures from the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Funny Pictures from the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Animals have the power to awe and inspire us and the smaller—and cuter—variety can even induce "awws." But as the finalists from the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography prove, they can also make us laugh.

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is a new competition in partnership with the Born Free Foundation, an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.

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