Sonskynfees 2015: Steve Hofmeyr

Steve Hofmeyr (born 29 August 1964) is a South African singer, songwriter and actor. He is an activist for Afrikaner rights in South Africa, and has been involved in several controversies throughout his professional career.

Hofmeyr married actress Natasha Sutherland, whom he had met on the set of Egoli: Place of Gold in 1998, they had two sons, Sebastian, born 13 December 2001 and Benjamin, born later. Hofmeyr also has three other children by other women. The couple was divorced after reports of numerous affairs dominated Hofmeyr’s time in the spotlight in 2008. Hofmeyr married Janine van der Vyver on 26 January 2014. In 2008, Janine van der Vyver, a fitness instructor, revealed they had been seeing each other for 10 years.

Hofmeyr’s grandfather was Steve Hofmeyr Sr., a leader in the Ossewabrandwag.

In January 2007, there were reports that one branch of the News Cafe restaurant chain would not play Hofmeyr’s song Pampoen (“Pumpkin”). The managing director of the company that owns the franchise denies that this is company policy and points out that many Afrikaans acts, such as Karen Zoid and Arno Carstens have performed at News Cafe.

In 2011, he made public that he supports the organisation “Expedition for Afrikaner Self-Determination” (Onafhanklike Afrikaner Selfbeskikkingsekspedisie, OASE). OASE describes itself as an advocacy group for Afrikaner self-determination in compliance with the international law and the guidelines of the international community. He is an avid pro-Afrikaner but mentioned that he maintains a moderate political stance in an OASE public relations video.

Hofmeyr was heavily criticised after performing the former South African national anthem, Die Stem, at a cultural festival known as Innibos in Nelspruit in July 2014.He went on to perform the anthem on international tours, and encouraged South Africans to continue singing it, stating that it did not contain any form of hate speech.

In October 2014, Hofmeyr wrote and published a tweet stating that he believed that black South Africans were the “architects of apartheid” on his public Twitter account. This prompted a significant public backlash. One of Hofmeyr’s critics was puppeteer Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester Missing, who launched a campaign calling on companies to stop sponsoring Hofmeyr. On 27 November 2014, Hofmeyr failed to acquire a final protection order against Koch and his puppet in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Hofmeyr has given statements indicative of an apartheid denialist which has led various journalists and public figures to label him a “disgrace to South Africa”

Information of Steve Hofmeyr as quoted from Wikipedia

Here are some of the photo’s I’ve taken at the 2015 Sonskynfees.

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Birding at Blaauwberg

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It has been a while since I did any birding photography. At one stage in my career that was all I focused on and one way or the other I just stopped. Why I have no idea but this I can say I have missed it a lot. I think it is time to start doing it again. I totally forgot how to do bird in flight photo’s and jeez did I have a lot of out of focus ones….

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Coreen

 

Table Mountain

About a week ago I went to visit a dear friend in Table View. I grabbed my camera bag just in case… So glad I did.

I decided to go to Blaauwberg to check out a new spot for some future photo shoots. Got some beautiful photo’s of our beloved Table Mountain from different angles. TM_7409 TM_7412 TM_7413 TM_7416 TM_7417 TM_7420 TM_7421 TM_7423 TM_7424 TM_7425 TM_7427

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Lian in action on the cricket field

Warming up

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Batting

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Bowling

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Fielding….

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I started out using Manual mode and Auto Focus and ended up with Manual Mode and Manually focusing…. Much better….

Conrad’s Four Month shoot featuring on Website

I am a bit behind with Master Conrad’s shoots. Conrad was Four Months in May. Look he even shows us how old he is…

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For more on Conrad’s 4 Month shoot please visit  Conrad’s First Year on my Website

 

 

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Wihan’s 2 Week shoot featuring on Website

I had the pleasure to capture little Wihan at 2 weeks. He was born on 34 weeks.  This little boy was wide awake in the beginning of the shoot but we got him to settle down in the end.

I had to laugh even though he was born early this little boy had very strong legs and boy oh boy he wanted them stretched out not tucked in. Later I just let him be. My motto is baby must be comfortable.

For more on his shoot please visit my website under Newborn to 12 Months.WS_1694

 

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Conrad’s Three Month shoot featuring on Website

Conrad’s 3 month shoot was great. I dressed him like a little bee. He looked to cute. He started smiling when you talk to him. Love this little man to bits.

For more on Conrad’s 3 Month shoot please visit  Conrad’s First Year on my Website

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Aran’s mini shoot featuring on Website

When I started my business my brother and sister in law was expecting little Aran. When he was born in August 2010 he became the face of Coreen Kuhn Photography. Now just look how he has grown.

The best of all it looks like all that photo shoots with him rubbed off…

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For more photo’s of his mini shoot please visit my website.

 

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Louis-Thomas 7 Month shoot featuring on Website

With Louis-Thomas’s mommy working now and with all the bugs that goes around we had to combine his 7 and 8 month shoot. LOL how do you do that well he comes for his 7 month shoot 2 days before his 8 month shoot…

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For more photo’s from Louis-Thomas’s  7 going on 8 Month shoot please visit  Louis-Thomas my first year on my Website

 

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Chase’s 4 week shoot featuring on Website

I had the pleasure to capture little Master Chase a while back. He was so tiny he still fitted on the newborn bed Ronald made for me.

For more photo’s on little Master Chase’s  4 week shoot please visit my website.

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Louis-Thomas 6 Month shoot featuring on Website

I can hardly believe Louis-Thomas is 6 months old. I just love capturing this blue eyed little boy.  I must say one thing the Hickey kids is going to break some hearts when they are bigger.

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For more photo’s from Louis-Thomas’s  6 Month shoot please visit  Louis-Thomas my first year on my Website

 

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Conrad’s 10 day shoot featuring on Website

Time surely flies when one have a baby in your mids. I was so busy with other shoots that it took me a bit longer to post his blog. He was so adorable and slept through most of his shoot.

For more on Conrad’s 10 day shoot please visit  Conrad’s First Year on my Website
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Van Romburg/Metcalfe shoot featuring on Website

About a week ago I had the pleasure to capture this lovely family.

Lady Benesia (7) just love the camera had no problem getting her to pose for a photo.

Little Master Eden (5) on the other hand was a bit difficult but with my magic and my finger always on the shutter button I got some awesome shots of him. In the end he did not want  to stop posing for the camera. We really underestimate the power of a lollipop….

Little  Master Christopher  (4 weeks) was not feeling himself  but he did give us the opportunity to capture him in between tears….

For more on this beautiful Families shoot please visit Van Romburg/Metcalfe Family Shoot
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Leigh & Rupert’s engagement shoot featuring on Website

Finally it happened. We did it. We had Leigh and Rupert’s engagement shoot…..

Originally they wanted a shoot  at Blaauwberg with Table Mountain in the background. Every time we had an available time set up Gail force Winds ruined it for us. So we settled for another setting. We visited Paarl Mountain Nature reserve for their shoot. We made sure that we were there when the gates open.

I fell in love with the Nature Reserve and I am definitely going back for some more shoots….

For more on this beautiful couple’s shoot please visit Leigh and Rupert: E shoot @ Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve

 
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Anke’s 3 month shoot featuring on Website

The first time I met Anke she was not herself. We then decided we will have a separate shoot for her. She was full of smiles but only had eyes for her mommy….

To view Anke’s photo shoot please visit Anke: 3 Months on my website

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Milani’s first photo’s featuring on Website

Little Milani was born on 16 January 2014 and I had the pleasure to do a onsite  newborn shoot with her. Normally I do newborn shoots in my studio were I can control the temperature and light. I prefer to capture newborns in natural light.    She was sound asleep and just now and again opened her one eye to see what all the fuss is about.

The little hat she is wearing in this photo my friend Jeanine Crochet for me…

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Please go and have a look at Milani: 9 days  on my website.

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Louis-Thomas 5 month shoot featuring on Website

Normally we take Louis-Thomas’s photo’s on or around the 15th of each month. In January we totally lost track of time and only did the shoot more than a week later.  

This little blue eyed heart breaker had a mind of his own with his shoot. When we put him in his little chair  he just wanted to get out. When we put him on his tummy then he’ll roll on his back and chew his fingers. When we put him on his back he rolled onto his tummy…. I had a good workout.

In the past our sessions was up to 90 minutes. From this one it will become less  and I’ll have to know my story to capture him.

To view Louis-Thomas’s photo shoot please visit Louis-Thomas: My first year.

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Conrad’s first photo’s featuring on Website

Isn’t little Conrad just to beautiful for words.  I am so blessed to have this opportunity to capture his first year for you. So for the next 12 months you will see allot of him and how he is growing.

During this period I am going to try and use different props for each shoot.  The little crochet hat’s I used in the Newborn shoot was made by my dear friend Jeanine. 

Please go and have a look at Conrad: My first year  on my website. 

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Louis-Thomas: 3 Months featuring on Website

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I have just uploaded some photo’s of Little Louis-Thomas’s 3 month shoot… This little man is growing very fast and I am looking forward to seeing him next month again.

To view his photo’s please go have a look at Louis-Thomas: My first year.

My Photo someones Quote: Day 221

Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.

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“Pay as little attention to discouragement as possible. Plough ahead as a steamer does, rough or smooth – rain or shine…”

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“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”

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Ruby Tuesday: 28/29 Weeks

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Ruby_3561Ruby_3563 Ruby_3566 Ruby_3567 Ruby_3569 Ruby_3572 Ruby_3574Ruby is really growing up very fast. She is also much more protective over us.  When a stranger comes closer her neck hair stands up and the her tail curls upwards. She also barks at everyone and at other dogs. I know this is also just a phase she is going through. She ‘s very alert and if she hears strange noises she goes and investigate.

She is still in love with her ball. When she gets outside she goes and sit in front of the wooden box where we keep her balls and her comb.  She is not yet very keen on the brushing side of things but she will play ball all day I think. What we do now is while playing ball we brush her. She is loosing allot of fur now and this means more cleaning work for me, but I don’t mind I love her to bits.

 

Photography Lesson 10: Low light Manual Photography

In this lesson I started introducing Low Light and Manual Photography to Lizette. I want to prepare her for every situation that she will have to face some time in her photography career. Manual Mode is very useful when you need to take photo’s in very low light and are not allowed to use a flash.

I did not have someone to help me so I had to learn the hard way and by practicing and still practicing to perfect  my own photography.  Once you get the hang of Manual mode you will see a big difference in your photography. I used to shoot in AV but now a days I only shoot in Manual mode.

Here are some practice shots of my trusted studio “models”.

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Ruby Tuesday: 25/26 Weeks

Hi there I am back after a lovely week in the Northern Cape. I visited a few nature reserves and took lots of photos. Unfortunately I missed week 24/25  due to my travels…

Here are some photo’s I took of Ruby while we were playing catch this afternoon. She loves playing with her ball.

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My Photo’s Someones Quote: Day 162

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God, I trust you with all of my heart. Wherever you want me to go, I will go. Even if it’s not where I planned. Lead me & I will follow.

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God has a bright future in store for you!

– Keep standing – Keep believing – Keep hoping

Ruby Tuesday: 23/24 Weeks

Hi there, I know I am a day late but I was very busy yesterday and did not have time to post.  I did take some photo’s of her yesterday morning before I began working.

I think Ruby has stop growing for now. She is busy getting new teeth and eat allot but she is standing still. Well so it seems.

Ruby has enough energy for 4 dogs and she is really giving me allot of exercise. She has this new habit she comes and sit by me and then she starts moaning. Normally when she moans she wants to go outside to use her bathroom… Nowadays she moans and as soon as she gets outside she runs straight to the wooden box were we keep her ball.  She wants to play fetch the whole time…

The boys are studying for their exams so on their break they would go play fetch with Ruby. This works for me because now the boys also get some fresh air and some exercise.

Here are some of the photo’s of Ruby and I also throw in some of Tammy and Tekkies.

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I will not be posting next week Tuesday. I will if I have time post photo’s of Ruby on Sunday. I am going away on holiday from 9 September to 16 September 🙂

 

Ruby Tuesday: 22/23 Weeks

Ruby_6687 Ruby_6691 Ruby_6692 Ruby_6713 Ruby_6714Today it’s to cold outside and I don’t want to be in the wind to long. Just got over the flu and are looking forward to my holiday in two weeks time.  Today I took photo’s of Ruby on her “playpen”  (our bed). As you can see the covers I put over keeps getting darker…

The coat hanger she’s busy chewing she got the first day that she came to us. It was lying in the sun-room and I wanted to throw it away but when she started playing with it I let it be. She is still playing with it but now it is in two pieces inside the cover. The Crocks I gave her also the day when she came to us this was to prevent her from chewing our shoe’s. It is working very good so far only one incident when she took my husbands shoe to her bed but she did not chew on it, she chewed her Crock…

Ruby is still barking at everything and the latest is chasing the poor birds when they come to feed….

 

Trying out a new combination….

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Usually I have my 50mm Lens on my Canon 500D but Sunday I decided to try my 50mm on my Canon 7D. WOW I thought I got great shot’s before with my Canon 500D but I must honestly say from now on I’ll switch lenses more often…

In the past I took my photo’s in Aperture Priority mode but the past two months I switch between Aperture Priority and Manual mode.  I am getting much better in Manual mode and as soon as I am confident enough I’ll shoot mainly in Manual.

Ronald was playing fetch with Ruby. I saw the opportunity to try some action photo’s in manual mode and I am happy to say I am very happy with my results. 🙂

This week you will get a double dose of Ruby… Keep a lookout for Ruby Tuesday tomorrow. 🙂

 

Expanding my Photography boundaries…

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/132

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….