As the mornings become more nippy, I know winter's advancing into our corner of the world.
Even though the African winters are not that cold, I am not fond of wintry weather, in whatever shape or form.
Those few aspects of winter I do take pleasure in, however, are enjoying a glass of red wine, watching the glowing flames in our fireplace, slurping down a hot chunky broth (I love homemade soup) and the incredible shades of light this season brings.
Here's Oliver on his bike, along with that amazing winter light:
On another note we have had no power in our area for two whole days, so I am a little behind with emails, I will get there I promise.
It's a public holiday today, Freedom day, and it's pretty miserable out there - it has been for the past week. I hope that our planned arrangements do not get cancelled otherwise I am at a loose end as how to entertain the midgets.
Emails and calls will be answered tommorrow.
Damn you cloud gods!
Following an early-morning assessment of the heavens, Ursula and I excitedly forecast an afternoon filled with spectacular cloud formations. Into the bargain of our "Super Cool Clouds" predictions, we also discovered an awesome ruin, precisely in the location we'd planned to shoot the creatives with Bridgette and Mike.
After the ceremony, we got to our much-anticipated setting and, that's right, not a cloud in sight! Nothing, nada, not an ounce of water vapour around. So, instead of fighting with the sun, we had no option but to settle on our substitute location.
What can I say about Mike & Bridgette? Emotional, fun, relaxed, warm and both gorgeous. In fact, I've never experienced an 10-hour period pass by so quickly. It was an amazing ceremony to photograph from start to finish...even though we did not receive the desired co-operation from the clouds.
The reception speeches kept us entertained, with madcap revelations of a rib, a Scope cover girl and many more family secrets I can not reveal on this blog.
And here you are, a peak into their day.
I had to post this image to show you the one lone cloud we found.
Certain areas Dror and I covered at the Re.Invent workshop, were various tips and techniques we use to keep ourselves inspired. I will reveal one here:
When I'm scouting a venue, I usually choose one specific location and then shoot one image for me. Yes, me, myself, I, the royal mwah ;-).
As a rule, I choose a different setting (or perspective), which may not always suceed and, as a result, may not measure up for the album.
Yes, a little more risqué than the prettier shot, but, the actual photograph is meant for my portfolio.
Sometimes it's a complete failure, so I simply delete the series...and sometimes, just sometimes, it does hit the mark and images like this (the second one) are achieved. I can not take full credit for this though, as Stella contributed to this composition.
Oh, and here is that rainbow I was on about.
First up the "prettier" version of the scene:
And this image below was shot, from a different perspective, for me.