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COOL IN CAPE TOWN. COLDER IN SUTHERLAND.

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Interesting pre-dawn shoot at the Southern Africa Large Telescope a the SA Astronomical Observatory near Sutherland.


Photo  taken over a 10 minute exposure at 5 mins 20 secs. Shutter button was pressed at approximately 6 a.m. This was about 1 hour 45 minutes prior to sunrise, but the reflected glow from the eastern horizon bounces off the side of the SALT scope.  Later, during the exposure, a vehicle occupied by off-duty astronomers pulled up alongside and spoiled the lower half of the picture with red and orange light from their brake lights and flashers. Fortunately this did not affect the upper area of the image, where the main action is. The lens flare near dead centre however comes from that vehicle.
Astronomers posted at SALT and the other SAAO scopes are not only permanent staff but also come from all over the world to do observations and research. SALT is one of only two such facilities in the world. The other unit is at Austin, Texas.
Yes - and it was cold. Especially the chi…

FOOD AND DECOR

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Here's a selection of some decor and foods that were published - typical of the interior and cuisine shoots that I do.


'Pacfic Rim' Cuisine Shoot




Fireside Shoot - Cape Cuisine on a Chilly Day



Bulthaup - Exclusive German Kitchen System Manufacturer






As Published in To Build Magazine.

I'm on Facebook also!

Hey visitors and valued clients!

In case you did not know, you will find me on Facebook also at: 

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LIFE IN THE CEDERBERG - MY NEW PHOTO BLOG

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Anyone with an interest in the famous rugged mountainous areas of South Africa may be interested to read my new blog, based on a near lifetime of experiences in the Cederberg of the Western Cape.






To view my adventures, click here.

MUCH OF THE WORK OF GOOD PHOTOGRAPHY IS ON THE KEYBOARD

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For photographers who learned their trade (or hobby) in the pre-digital age, the camera and its film were everything. While you could get very clever professional film that added colour pop to your images, high contrast or low light, you had also a degree of control when the film was being developed.

For example, it was better to slightly overexpose your photograph when shooting on film. Due to the high density of layers of photo sensitive chemical in film, that recorded extra detail.

Nowadays with digital, the opposite is true. If you 'blow out' your image by letting too much light past the sensor in a digital camera, the detail is gone - forever.

However, what you do have today is the availability a lot of 'post production' computer software that allows you to do everything and much more than film processing could do. There is even software available for handheld devices, including smartphones.

We have photography in RAW format today. (See my earlier article on this). E…

FAMILY BEACH SHOOTS AND OUTDOOR WEDDINGS THIS SEASON

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The summer has arrived in the Cape - big time. Perfect weather for time at the beach with loved ones and friends. 

Surprise your visitors from the North or from overseas with a professional beach or family shoot - at leisure.

Your holiday season is my quiet season away from the architecture, advertising and commercial shoots that I normally do. So you can have my attention on the beach or at a venue of your choosing for an hour or two. Contact me to discuss your needs and get a tailor made quotation to your needs. Prices start from R 1 990 for an entry level shoot. You'll love it!

Getting married? No problem. I love to do those, too.

Got a new camera and need some lessons? Give me a shout, too. I know my way around technology.

See:  More information on social shoots.

Email me now.


PLANNING A WEDDING

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Are you in the middle of organising a wedding and are looking for a great photographer? I'm an experienced photographer who has invested the right amount of time in developing my skills and I have made right investment in good equipment. As a busy commercial photographer, I undertake a few weddings each year. The brides, grooms and families are never disappointed. 



A word of advice. Book me early, since my calendar is filling up. Shoots are custom made to your wedding programme and your budget. No standard and boring service offering when you hire Gareth Griffiths Imaging and Photography! I would love to help you.

Want more advice: Click here and check out wedding photography advice.


OFFERING: FIRST LEVEL COURSE OR COACHING IN PHOTOGRAPHY

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The First Level Course in Photography
By: Gareth Griffiths, BSc (Phys Sci) Full accredited member, Southern African Freelancers’ Association - www.safrea.co.za


Aimed at: Small Group (3 maximum) or individual coaching
Cost: R 1500 payable: R 800 upfront before first lesson and balance at the final lesson. Cash or EFT. Non refundable booking fee upon confirmation: R 350.00 (private coaching) and R 200.00 (group sessions). Outcomes: Attendees should learn how to work their own camera as efficiently as possible. A basic understanding of the concepts of working with light, with people, with objects and with scenery will be covered. Finally, an understanding of the electronic end of photography; how to best store images, how to prepare for the best prints, how to email your work or how to prepare for upload to the internet. How to store your images.
First Session (60 – 90 minutes): Sit down over coffee and work though the basics and the controls of your camera. Take a few preliminary pics. Homewo…