31 August 2012 and if we look at the calendar it’s the last day of Winter. 1 September first day of Spring. Well here in South Africa anyway.
Today it’s 13 degrees Celsius outside, raining and the wind is howling. I can’t see that tomorrow 1 September the first day of spring will be any different. The only difference between today and tomorrow will be the name of the rain. Yes the rain will we called the first Spring showers….
When I was a young girl the picture I painted for myself of Spring was sunny blue skies, fields of flowers, butterflies sitting on the flowers and birds chirping in the trees. I guess I watched to much Heidi when I was small. 😀 Something else that I can remember about 1 September is that you did not go to school in a uniform the girls had on lovely sundresses and you took flowers to school for your teacher. In high school the boys gave the girls they liked flowers and everywhere you here of a spring dance to collect money for one or other charity.
As I grew up that picture changed and for as long as I can remember it was still cold, the wind was still howling and it was still raining on the 1st of September…
Just my luck. The first day that I can go out and take a photo it rains….. This leaf with raindrops on it caught my eye on my way back from my parents granny flat. So I decided I did not carry my camera along just to come back inside with an empty memory card. So I took a photo of the raindrops and the leaf.
Okay today I finished Arno’s Photo Shoot. This photo had me in stitches….
I asked Arno he must not laugh or smile he must be very very serious. Well look at that serious face….
For the next few weeks I will post photo’s of the SAPS Cycle Tour, photo’s taken on holiday, some of the functions and charities I visited with Sunette Nieuwoudt and of course some freshly taken photo’s….
If you can remember a few weeks ago I posted some photo’s of beautiful ladies in cocktail dresses. Well with the cocktail dresses I still had a working flash.
When it got to the evening dresses my external flash batteries was dead and I tried to take some photo’s with my camera’s built in flash but for the distance I had to zoom it was far to weak.
I had to expand my photography boundaries and tried something new. I took photo’s in manual mode without a tripod and only the knowledge of an article or two I read on this type of photography a while back…
I must be very honest with you and I think I have right to brag… My photo’s came out stunning!!!
Now if I can only get the opportunity to practice some more…. I think I can show some of the photographers with their degrees in photography a thing or two. I am proud to say that I am a self taught photographer. My friend showed me the basics and the rest of my knowledge I got from reading articles in photography magazines and on the internet.
If I am uncertain about what to do for a upcoming photo shoot, I go to my computer. Google is a wonderful tool to have I just type in the topic I want to research and within seconds it gives you lists and lists of articles on the topic. I then grab my “boyfriend” and start practicing. I use the information I gathered as a guideline and then I start playing with my camera’s settings. I believe in practice, practice, practice and practice oh and then once more practice. I don’t think that any photographer out there can stop practicing. Well maybe I am the only one that thinks like that.
Okay you waited long enough here are the photo’s I took of the lovely ladies in their evening dresses.
“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis
“Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale
“That best portion of a good man’s life: his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” William Wordsworth
“If you wait for perfect conditions before you do something, those conditions may never come.” Gina Mohammed
“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” Leonardo da Vinci
“To focus on the people who do not like you and the things you cannot change is like climbing an infinite mountain; instead focus on the people who love you and the things you can change and you will find you can move mountains!” Michelle Ghislaine Ambler
On 26 May 2012 the finalists of the Winelands Winter Queen pageant held a High Tea in aid of The Cancer Association of South Africa or in shortCANSA. The main focus of the morning was Breast Cancer.
On the morning of the High tea Sheryl Linda Long a breast cancer survivor came to share her story with us. What a remarkable woman. Her faith and will to live is just so heartwarming and I must admit she had me in tears.
One of my biggest fears are being diagnosed with the big C but I am very happy to know that there are hope and support out there.
Now for those of you that don’t know what CANSA does here is just a short explanation I got off their website. For more information please go and read all about them.
On Sunday while busy with my photo’s with inspirational quotes on I came across this photo I took at uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park during our visit there in July. I just love trees, water and reflections… But more on this visit in the near future…
A while back I went to a High tea in Paarl in aid of CANSA . For those of you that don’t know what CANSA stands for The Cancer Association of South Africa. I will post the rest of the photo’s of the High Tea during the week also some more information on CANSA.
I was invited by Sunette Nieuwoudt and like always my “boyfriend” accompanied me. I took photo’s of the tables but never edited it. I just focused on Sunette’s Table because she was my host and I am her sponsor for Mrs South Africa.
Well on Saturday I was not feeling to hot and decided to go through my older photo’s I still need to edit and delete all the photo’s I don’t want to use. I wanted to deleted this one because I did not take a photo of the whole glass. Then I decided not delete it. What rules say you must take a photo of the whole object. So I edit it, sized it and saved it. I did however not publish it. I think I heard my bed calling….
One day I got a message from Reyvan’s mom saying she wished I was in Johannesburg. I then told her that I was going to the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal in the June/July School holidays. Well all worked out great we extended our holiday with a week and went to Gauteng before heading to Alpine Heath in the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal.
Reyvan was turning two and had his party at Spaanyard just outside Johannesburg. As you can see I took little Reyvan’s birthday photo’s and it was allot of fun and was just great to see my old clients again.
While I was on holiday I had the pleasure to capture the Krishnan family. Yes yes I know when you are on holiday you are suppose to rest, but I love my job so much I just could not resist booking this photo shoot.
I did not know the area but I was told that the Krishnan family had a lovely garden and that I would be able to take photo’s there. I must admit I was worried when we drove to Benoni the greenest green was brown… Every thing is brown and it did not look very inviting or beautiful.
When we arrived at the Krishnan family the first thing that I looked for was grass, trees or shrubs anything with a bit of green. I was in luck….
Here ‘s some of the photo’s taken at their photo shoot.
For the following few days I’ll focus on the Pospech photo shoot.
This morning around 2 o’clock I edited a few random photo’s while I was busy with Reyvan’s Thank You DVD’s. So glad my computer can handle writing DVD’s while I edit.
Because I always set my camera on high speed when I have a photo shoot I take up to 5 photo’s when I press down my shutter button. I do this to ensure that I get at least one photo with open eyes especially when there are more than one person in a photo.
I had 2 of this specific photo I could use and Coreen Kuhn do not waist a photo I use it… So I played with my Saturation, Clarity and Vibrance settings…
Another one of my favorite photo’s taken of one of the guests at Reyvan’s 2nd birthday party. When I saw her standing like this my first thought was she is quite the model. I am nearly finished with this shoot then I can move on to the next one…
“Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.” Norman Vincent Peale
“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” Gandhi
“Communication is the solvent of all problems and is the foundation of personal development.” Peter Shepherd
“Long-lasting change starts on the inside. By focusing your attention on things like becoming more honest, bold, or creative, you’ll find that the how-to of achieving your goals gets a whole lot easier.” Cheryl Richardson
“Everyone can think of the one thing that would make life better for them. But people are not so quick to answer the second question: What are you doing to make that change come true?” Catherine Pulsifer
“Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.” W. Clement Stone
“To become proficient in any field you must practice. There is simply no achievement without practice and tho more practice, provided it is none intelligently, the greater will the proficiency be and the sooner will it be attained.” Emmet Fox
One of my clients took part in a beauty pageant I was lucky enough to be there as a guest and took some photo’s just for the fun of it. This morning Sunette asked me if I had photo’s of her in her evening dress. This is one of the photo’s I took that evening of her dress. As you know from previous posts I was not prepared that evening and when I got to the evening dresses I had to rely on my camera and the settings I used. My batteries for my flash was flat…. I took the photo’s in Manual mode and I must be honest I am very happy with the results of the photo’s. The photo’s are not perfect but with practice I will only get better and better….
As you can see I am still busy with little Reyvan’s party. I wonder what he was thinking about when I took this photo. He was busy playing with the balloon and then all of a sudden he just froze… After a few seconds he went on playing with the balloon…
As a sponsor of Sunette Nieuwoudt I was invited to the Gala evening of the Winelands Winter Queen 2012 Pageant.
I took my camera with for the sole purpose to take photo’s of Sunette and the winner of the pageant. I did not even take with extra batteries for my flash or camera. All of the photo’s taken of the contestants on the evening was taken from our table. I had to delete allot of photo’s due to closed eyes, people jumping up or the official photographer blocking my view from were I sat. So if some of the contestants are looking at these photo’s please don’t be cross with me if you were not captured. I don’t like to publish photo’s of people who’s eyes are closed and due the lighting that happened very often.
I love challenging myself and my ability to adapt to different circumstances. For the first part of the evening I still had my external flash to rely on then the batteries died….
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For the next few day’s I will be posting photo’s that I edited. Due to allot of work I don’t really get time to play with my camera. But all the photo’s that I will be posting will be taken with my Canon 7D.
My Photo of the day for 2 August 2012 is this little boy enjoying a cupcake at Reyvan’s Party. I was on holiday in Johannesburg and decided why not do what I love most and capture Reyvan’s 2nd birthday party.
Let me introduce Lenie. Lenie is older than me. When I was small, okay not that I am much bigger now, I loved Lenie. So my grandmother also Lenie told me that someday I could have her. Grandmother gave Lenie baths and changed her clothes regularly.
I speak under correction but if I remember correctly my grandfather won Lenie for my grandmother in a lucky draw…. Will come back to you.
When I prepare for my baby photography shoots at my home studio Lenie must play the part of the baby…. The other night my son told me I am to old to play with a doll.
Lenie is not just a doll she reminds me of my Grandmother who always told me to follow my dreams and heart. This must sound a bit silly but for me Lenie is part of my grandmother and with her in my studio my grandmother is also present…
I will from now on show off my new props on Lenie…. I think she loves being in the spotlight…
I know it’s big and looks scary but it is totally harmless. LOL okay I must be honest I don’t know if I would be calm if it walks over my hand in the dark. It might get some flying lessons and my blood pressure may hit the roof…
“The Rain spider is brown, enormous and by default somewhat terrifying. It could give you a heart attack if you’re scared of spiders, but technically they’re quite harmless. Their legs can span more than 3 inches and are hairy to boot. Their bodies are smooth and plump. While they can bite, their venom is relatively weak and a human will recover in a matter of days. The females will get very aggressive while defending their eggs. Rain Spiders hunt at night and sleep during the day. They’re called Rain Spiders in Southern Africa because they tend to be more active just before and after it rains. In South Africa it’s very common to have these spiders move into your home just before the summer rains.”