Friday, February 22, 2008

I HAVE A SON


Yup, on 19 Feb 2008, Daniel John Nel was born at 7:40am. Apart from his initial cry of freedom, he has proven a chilled little man, fabulously good looking, and really just perfect.

I'll be back in the office on Monday, 25 Feb 08, to make beautiful images! Look forward to seeing you soon.

Winemakers, remember, you might need some harvest images before it's all over!

Monday, February 04, 2008

Eskom...

I've been a defender of the Eskom view of the current energy crisis in Cape Town and SA, and I still advocate that one should take a holistic view of the development, handing over and pre-1994 issues relating to a new democracy, keeping everyone happy, figuring out how to run a country, build 3.2 million houses, facilitate 6% economic growth, try and stamp out crime and manage not to have civil war and retribution after 300 years of oppression (latter being quite amazingly well accomplished) and still acquire skills and leadership to keep a satisfactory level of BEE status to keep the new democracy real (and not simply perceived in the eyes of the previously disadvantaged), explain to a cabinet (that didn't listen a couple of years ago to the plea for funding, manage to become semi-privatised, show profit for the shareholders and manage to keep the power=supply adequite when uninformed greenies (I'm green too, but try and manage perspective) makes it near impossible to build another Koeberg. (Like coal is eco-friendly). I still advocate that, even though as I'm typing this the power was cut and I relied on my UPS to keep my going. It went on 2 minutes ago again.

I do have to concede this: It is annoying to work without electricity! As a photographer whose technology heavy industry relies on electricity, I feel the pinch.
My thought is this: In Cape Town we are bombarded with eco-energy on daily basis like the 27 deg C sunshine, and the 40km/h south easter. Surely small guys like myself can start to manage supplying power ourselves? Any ideas? It's been floating in my mind a lot, since all my equipment is low amp/voltage machinery, surely a decent sized solar panel and wind charger could be a temporary solution? Which brings me to water and a 500l watertank for each office... But more about that another time.

I think Eskom is a wake-up to us and the rest of the world that how we source energy is not sustainable, and we can go a long way to using friendly, free energy compliments of mother nature. Understandably, heavy industry cannot do this, but in terms of micro business and residential homes, we can get a heck of a lot closer to self-sustainability?

NEW WEBSITE LIVE


My new website went live over the weekend:

Check out the brand-new layout and design, updated and new portofolios/books, including Wine and Related, Automotive and Music imagery.

As always nelimages.com supplies you with affordable, direct downloadable images. Currently brand new SA people images are up and new product is uploaded daily.

Please check out the site!! www.danienel.co.za

I played a gig!


For the first time and 4 years I played a gig. Many photographer are muso's also (the artistic drive...), and so it brings me a lot of joy to have another medium of creative release. This is however all for fun, and probably also explains my love for shooting music photography (check my new webpage, and the music images on there).

It was a great night out and I'm very pleased. Go check on myspace.com/danienelmusic to learn more, and music.danienel.co.za to listen to some of my music.