Thursday, November 1, 2012

PGRC REGATTA - ROWING GRABOUW 27 OCT 2012

Welcome to the Peninsula Girls Rowing Club Regatta fundraising shoot. Note the full photoshoot IS available. Please follow the link below to access it.

This website contains a few of the images (there are lots more on the main gallery! . The link to the Picasa gallery site where the images are stored can be access by clicking here: {GO TO IMAGE GALLERY} Instructions on how to order can be read in the titles of the top line of photos.


Please don't download without ordering and paying. The images are displayed at very low resolution and if you rather order and pay, we will send you high res with no watermarking - or even as prints, should you prefer. PGRC is doing this for fundraising purposes because they urgently need some essential equipment. Once you are happy with the photo, I will email it to you at high resolution, or if you would like to order prints (5" x 7") we can coordinate that for you. too!

Conditions were tricky out there on the water, especially the forenoon, where things were very choppy - and believe me the PGRC rescue/coach boat is NOT a stable nor a very speedy platform. So .... not everybody will feature in the selection, 'cause the photographer ain't Chicken Man - but I did do my best on the day. Sorry in advance for those whom I may have missed. 



 Here are some of the scullers, doubles and a few other individuals - know any of them?





Thursday, August 23, 2012

SERIOUS ABOUT CAMO


You always hear about how well adapted to colour the various species are in the natural environment. Well, none more a poignant example on a recent night drive through the Kruger National Park, Southern/Malelane area, than 2 young male lions. 

Photographed with flash under pitch black dark conditions. Autofocus even on my Canon EOS 1DMk3 was a little iffy - so switch to manual focus. Estimate the distance to the lions at  10 - 15 metres. Take a stab at manual focus and then fire away. 

End result .. you would not see this creature in front of you until you stepped right onto it. Then you would feel it first. Notice how he blends in with the exact same colour as the grass. Nature has a better colour match scheme that the best Pantone cards or Photoshop CS!
 

Friday, April 13, 2012

THE INFORMAL WEDDING SHOOT - DEBI AND ANTHON

It's a great privilege to be invited to shoot any wedding, but I must confess a special pleasure at informal or spontaneous ones, where everybody is relaxed and themselves and no packdrill. 
Debi and Anthon's wedding was just such an occasion - a 'black and white' wedding held at The Glen.
The photos below were all shot digital full colour, but you can see what is easily achieved by desaturating the image to produce fine 'black and white' prints.
Have a great life together, Debi, Anthon and wonderful kids.
































Tuesday, March 27, 2012

THOSE FROZEN MOMENTS

As featured in the Peoples' Post - 27 March 2012


Hanging out of the side of a helicopter taking photos for a client, or trying to get a steady pic from the window of a car while game spotting, you need to operate your camera at higher shutter speed. 

School in Cape Town taken from a helicopter at 900 feet 

Most cameras have settings that allow control of exposure time or shutter speed. This is the length of time, in thousands of a second.e.g. a common speed of 125 means one 125th of a second, or 1000 means one 1000th of a second. Do not confuse this with sensor or ISO speed, the direct analogy of film speed. They are however complementary.

  • Advanced cameras allow the exposure to be directly set, but even
  • Others, including basic digicams have a ‘fast’ or sports setting to be used when you want to freeze the action. Check yours out, often denoted by a running man icon.

Use the “sports” setting when you want to freeze the action or at any time that you are shooting from an unsteady surface. An important tip is that then using this feature, lens focus becomes critical. Where possible, set your camera to focus in the centre of the field of view. High shutter speed generally means large aperture and low depth of field (more next time).

If the subject is moving across your field of vision, it may be necessary to pan the action. This is when you gently swivel your body while holding the camera steady, to keep the moving object in the centre of your lens. When this happens, the object remains in focus, while the background blurs - creating the effect of movement in the photo.

This is the most basic lesson in sports photography. As with everything, there are other techniques available at a more advanced level.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AIR

What a great month of February we have just had. Ideal weather. The photograph below was taken at about 2 000 feet from a very small helicopter, while on assignment for an industrial client. Here is Table Mountain, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, seen from above the tourist haven of Cape Town, South Africa.