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Portrait Shoot: Pierre van Heerden

So a number of years back I did a shoot of Pierre van Heerden, South African actor, musical performer, playwright and comedian, at my old studio. It was just for fun, really. I was exploring some portraiture ideas, for a project I was considering at the time. We had a great time shooting these, exploring some cool ideas as we spent the morning talking rubbish, laughing and drinking coffee.

Fast forward some years later, and he contacted me to do an update of the images, but this time for his book.

The images were meant for publicity purposes, his marketing material and such, but what I want to share here is just some of the expression shots we did once we had those in the bag. Working with an actor in stills is great, as they know their face, they know expressions and have a large selection of facial "skills" to employ for a portrait.

I would simply call out a bunch of emotions/expressions and he would comply each time.



The "30 second portrait" I made is an idea…
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Herewith a little video I put together for Creation Wines's leg of Stage 2 of the 2017 ABSA CAPE EPIC MTB Race. #untamed


Corporate Portraits with Sham Moodliar

So Sham came over to the studio a couple of weeks ago to get some corporate portraits done. Portraits have always been something I really enjoy, especially if the brief is slightly more open. Well, this brief was open in that I could do whatever, as long as it spoke to Sham's view on corporate governance, business views and his general maverick outlook on all things business.

He is a business consultant, but also owns a skate-wear line, and has been working in corporate positions all over the world for many years. He has now turned his attention to helping corporates unlock their potential by being more open-minded, personal and for lack of a better word, more relationship-focused entities. It's probably best if you google his articles. I won't do it justice. All I can say is, I had fun!


Here Sham and I even did a mirror selfie for Instagram. This should give you an idea of the tone of the whole affair!
Sham is a guy who waxes lyrically about his passion, view and lust fo…

Wellness in the City #ActiveChallenge Video

So, Marisa from Wellness in the City contacted me last year and proposed a little project. (I know her as a PR Boss at Butterknife PR). One of her projects away from the PR business is a wellness blog/website she runs with her friend and co-fitness-fanatic, Nicole Upton. They've taken to doing different kinds of fitness regimes for a month or two, with some sort of final goal in mind. Training and finishing a triathlon, for instance.
So back to the proposal. This time around the ladies decided that boxing training was where it's at. Or possibly could be at. I was asked to come and join them (with my video gear) at one of their Virgin Active training sessions with coach Enver Pockpass, a mean boxer himself. The idea was to record the initial session, where they would be learning the ropes of the training, and then, to arrive again a month later to capture the completion of their goal: taking on Siv Ngesi, actor and amateur boxer, for a full-on, hour's worth of boxing trai…

Update

Howzit. Like seriously, howzit. I have been so so bad at posting anything on my blog these last 2 years. And I realise it might be that people don't want to read any more, but would rather gather formation in "kewl www spk" and not actual reading. Which is fine, I post on Instagram for those who don't read, and Tweet, for those who don't read much, and even Facebook a little, for those who read little, yet care to comment much.

Anyways, it's time I start doing more of this. It is like a bit of a debrief from my daily workings and life. "Vlogging" is probably an option, but I'm too pedantic, and will want to make videos that are of broadcast quality and miss the point by adding unnecessary work onto my plate. The reason I'm blogging so little is that I simply don't have that much time.

Anyways!

I've run out of time and need to go.

Making my own Music Videos

I often do music related shoots, video and stills, but now and again, and this is very seldom, I get to do that for myself, as in, my own music.

I have 2 main music projects that I work on, this is apart from serving in a worship ministry at www.ctcoc.co.za. The one is something called "Danie Nel" - wow, I know! This is more main stream rock and folk and easier listening compositions. Then I have an alter-ego, called "Crashtackle", which as the name suggests, tackles your ears and make them submit. This is more metal and hard-rock and whatever I feel like doing.

So for Crashtackle's song, "Hammerfall" I have made a video before. If you scroll down on the blog, you'll see that post. Now, there is a new song, "The Reaper", but here I shot very little of the actual footage, but for some performance imagery that is added into the video for balance and context. The rest of the footage I obtained from the public domain, specifically through t…

Shooting a Time-Lapse on Cape Town

So herewith a little video of how I shot the time-lapses I ended up using in my Hammerfall video for Crashtackle, my band.

On this particular day, in early 2014, the wind was absolutely howling, as it does when the clouds look best on Table Mountain. I apologise for the bad sound! Where necessary I added subtitles.


In short: I used the Triggertrap MD3-N3 Mobile Dongle and N3 Cable Kit Remote Release for Canon (Red) with my Samsung Galaxy Note, a Canon 5D Mk II with a variety of lenses, a Manfrotto tripod and a sandbag. I also mention the nice little cell phone holder designed for bicycles, that holds the phone in place, as it triggers the camera. For your convenience here is a link to where you can get the Trigger Trap.




Settings: 1 second intervals

The reason is that the clouds were actually moving quickly as it is, and if I made the intervals any longer, at 25 frames per second in the final render, the clouds would move too quickly and look comical, not dramatic.

Render: 25 frame…