Redhill is an amazing location with a very sad history.
In the late 1960’s the area was home to more than 70 coloured families, who was then forcibly evicted and moved to the Cape Flats under the Group Areas Act of the then Apartheid Government (Regime).
All that is left of what was once family homes are ruins and it a stark reminder of how things went wrong. You can read more here: news24.com
Dorian, a male model from Cape Town, and myself took a drive out to Redhill to update his portfolio images. The weather definitely did not play along.. First my light stand was blown over by huge gusts of wind, no damage luckily, and then the heavens opened up. I am not one to complain about the rain. We need every drop we can get.
We waited in the car for a while and when things didn’t look like were going to change, we decided to try a couple of other locations. The first was the big gun at Simonstown, where I managed to grab a couple of nice shots, but the wind didn’t let down and the temperature drop quite a bit.
After Simonstown we headed back to the city of Cape Town, more specifically Rhodes Memorial. It is an amazing location with just as much history. I will tell a bit more about the Memorial in a following post.
So here are my favorites from Dorian’s shoot at Redhill and surrounds:
Thank you for looking 🙂
Cape Town is in the middle of a severe drought and the proof of that is abundantly clear when you visit Theewaterskloof dam. When we visited the dam, it was about 24% full and a very sad sight to behold.
We brought beauty to this barren landscape in the shape of Hybre Taljaard, a young model from Cape Town. What motivated me to use Hybre was that she is a dancer. A very accomplished dancer actually.
We arrived at Theewaterskloof very early on Saturday morning to prepare for a sunrise shoot, but the sun was nowhere to be found. The whole dam area was covered by a thick mist from very low lying clouds. It was the eeriest feeling to walk out on the desert like beach, completely surrounded the mist.
An hour later the sun was trying it’s best to burn the clouds away, but to no avail. The misty conditions created a wonderful soft light all around us, which was amazing!
The equipment I used for the shoot was my trusty Canon 7D, the brilliant Sigma 50-150 zoom lens as well as the Tamron 17-50 VC.
To make the images “pop” a bit, I used my Photon Portable Flash. It’s very heavy, but the results I get from it makes it worth wile lugging it around. Did I mention that its heavy?
Well enough rambling about the equipment.. Here are a couple of my favorites from the shoot.
Thank you very much for looking.
I had the opportunity to shoot Clarissa and Michael’s Wedding a couple of weeks ago. Even though it was a very short notice booking, I met them on their wedding day, I am really happy with the results.
The wedding took place at Karmanel Function Venue and the formal (couple shoot) was done at Wijnland Auto Museum.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
The specific epithet deliciosa means “delicious”, referring to the edible fruit, while monstera means “monstrous,” in reference to the sheer size that this plant can grow to–over 30 feet in many cases. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monstera_deliciosa
I took a stroll through the garden this afternoon and came upon this beauty! I can’t wait for it to ripen, so we can taste the delicious fruit from this beautiful plant.
- Update.. I thought this was a delicious monster but four hours later it looked like the second image!
- I’ve read up a bit on it and if I understand it correctly, the second image is now the “flower” that needs to be fertilised.
- If you know more about this, please drop me a line. 😉
- Enjoy the photos!
Monstera deliciosa aka Delicious monster stage 1
Monstera deliciosa aka Delicious Monster Stage 2
I finally got some time to test my new Softbox!!
80 x 80cm 32 inch Quick Setup Easy Open Softbox for Bowens Type Strobe Light
The large size of the softbox makes for realy soft light that wraps beautifully around the subject. It folds up in seconds (like a windscreen reflector) and is really a convenient size when tucked away in its pouch.
Marida Smit was the model that helped me on the shoot, and I must say I am very happy with the results. Here are a couple of my favourites from the day: