Zelona & Fanie, 1 Desember 2012

Soms speel die elemente soos in glad nie saam nie :-) en is dit nogal ‘n toets vir almal betrokke by die groot dag.  Zelona en Fanie se troue is voorafgegaan met ‘n uiterste stormwind wat besonderse uitdagings aan Louise en Johan van De Denne gestel het met die regmaak van die venue. Tydens die kerkdiens het die reën begin wat ons gedwing het om na Plan B (foto’s wat onder dak en binnenshuis geneem word) oor te slaan.

Slegte weer by troues dwing jou om op jou voete te dink en jouself te druk om ten spyte van die weer steeds reg te laat geskied aan hierdie spesiale dag. Tussen dit alles deur het Fanie en Zelona kans gesien om die nattigheid, modder en stof te trotseer en nie toe te laat dat slegte weer hulle dag bederf nie. Vir ons van die Klein Karoo is reën tog ook ‘n seëning. Later het dit opgehou en was dit ‘n pragtige aand met ongelooflike mooi lig. Toe is daar lekker gekuier en was die stres van die weer heeltemal iets van die verlede. Hieronder is ‘n klompie van hulle foto’s.


Die laaste kwartaal van 2012 was crazy en die redigering van my troues en ander foto’s het kwaai agter geraak. So dis lekker om nou weer kans te kry om op te vang. Hier is ‘n klompie van Chrisna en Jacques se troufoto’s wat by Moooi was. ‘n Mooi bruid (én bruidegom -askies Jacques:-) wat saamwerk om mooi foto’s te maak, sowel as ‘n besonderse venue en noukeurige aandag aan detail maak ons fotograwe se werk partykeer meer van ‘n plesier as inspanning. Hier’s ‘n klompie van hulle foto’s. Die wat meer wil sien kan HIER kliek. ENJOY!

Riversdal fotografiekursus, 20-21 Oktober 2012

Ek het die naweek ‘n stimulerende tydjie saam met 5 dames van Riversdal deurgebring. Gelukkig het die baie reën niemand verhoed om by die kursus wat by Fynbos Gastehuis aangebied is, op te daag nie. Destyds toe Franza my gekontak het met die navraag om ‘n fotokursus op Riversdal aan te bied het ek getwyfel of dit werklik sou realiseer – duidelik het ek haar organiseringsvermoë onderskat. ‘n Klein groepie persone maar elkeen was opvallend gemotiveer om so veel moontlik uit die kursus te kry – dit was lekker vir my om hierdie gemotiveerdheid te beleef. Hieronder is van die foto’s wat die studente tydens die praktiese opdragte geneem het.


Canon 5D Mk3 and other reasons to be happy

I wrote in my previous post that I would share more of my impressions with the new Canon 5d mk3. It’s six weeks later and I’m busy editing the first wedding that I shot with this camera (Carla & Marcus). Wedding photos force you to look closely at your images and there’s quite a few things that I’ve noticed and would like to share with you:

  • I’m shooting significantly more pix than I usually do – about 20% more on average (I’ve done 4 weddings with the new camera). Very annoying :-) as it means that the selection process now takes significantly longer. But the reason for this is surely the improved auto-focus as well as the faster frame rate.
  • Previously I wrote about the incredible low-light abilities of the Mk3 and once again I’m blown away by how the the guys from Canon got it right to still increase the Mk3’s low light performance. It’s so light sensitive that I can literally get away with not using a flash in most churches. Below is an image of Carla & Marco wedding that was shot at ISO 6400! Five years ago ISO 400 looked like this. ISO 6400; f2.8; 1/500sec; 70mm





  • Adobe Lightroom v4.2: Good news on the software side – the guys at Adobe Lightroom got the issue with LR4 being so super-slow sorted out. I’ve complained previously about how slow LR4 was and that I actually reverted back to LR3. LR3 doesn’t  give previews of the RAW files from the Canon mk3. This forced me to start using LR4 again – and the first thing that I noticed was that Lightroom 4’s sluggishness was gone:-) VERY good news as I was pulling the few hairs that I have left from my head when I initially started using LR4 and having to wait forever before files rendered.
  • More good news: On top of this came the announcement from Adobe that they’ve developed DNG1.4 which means that archiving the 100’s of RAW wedding files instead of exporting to JPG has become possible. You can download their free DNG converter HERE
  • Laastens, ons begin môre-aand met die FOTOBOEK KURSUS. Dit is net 3 weeklikse sessies van 2 ure en kos R300. Ons doen ook een in November – die van julle wat belangstel kontak ons gerus by



New Canon 5Dmk3 impresses … so far

The Canon 5Dmk2 was released almost 5 years ago on a night with a full-moon. No doubt to coincide with the amazing low-light abilities that this camera introduced to photography. Five years is a long time, especially in the field of digital photography. Since then Nikon has upped their game – with their new D800 they created a camera with some specs that even surpasses that of the Mk3 (So good that it was the first time in more than 10 years that I’ve considered changing over from the Canon to the Nikon camera system). I did decide to stay with Canon and after placing an order months ago got my new 5Dmk3 about 3 weeks ago and has used it enough to be able to share my impressions on some of the features – there’s many so I will only focus on those that really stand out to me:

  • Low light is once again a huge step up and the camera-developers continue to amaze me with their ability to get those sensors to become ever more sensitive to light. I’ve never before been able to take photos of people at 12800 ISO and think it could be useable. Last night I took some photos at a friend’s (Angie’s) birthday party in a very dimly lit restaurant (Bello Cibo :-) and attach an example – almost the whole birthday party was shot at 12800 ISO!






  • Having the silent shutter which really is barely audible (I took a number of photos on the silent shutter setting and could see that my subjects didn’t hear the shutter – getting spontaneous pix will be facilitated in this way) is also a nice improvement. Shooting photos during tense theatre moments or at sporting events where noise levels must be kept at a minimum will also be much easier with this.
  • The rating button – where you can star rate you pix on-camera is another simple improvement which will be a very useful feature for photographers shooting big number of pictures i.e. at weddings. Being able to start selecting your best photos before you’ve even downloaded it is gonna be a big time-saver.
  • The auto-focus is a HUGE improvement on the Mk2 (the AF on the 5Dmk2 was never really that good) and that alone was enough reason for an upgrade. There’s a whole menu of different AF options depending on the nature of the movement you’ll be photographing. Sally, our Rhodesian ridgeback puppy gave me good opportunity to test this function and the results has been satisfying. The AF still hunts when in very low light but that’s the biggest single improvement on the 5dmk2 for me.






Now for the negatives…

  • There’s really only one at the moment: the RAW files from the Mk3 is not supported in Adobe Lightroom 3 (I refuse to use LR4 as it’s just too slow – LR4 is almost 1 Gig in size when opened whereas LR3 is below a 100MB). This means that RAW files must first be converted to DNG or JPG files in the Canon software before you can start working on it. Super frustrating but hopefully an upgrade will still be released.

After Komatipoort and Maputo I should have a really good idea of how it perform in more testing circumstances and will share these impressions with you.