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.