Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hemel-en-Aarde-Vallei /Heaven and Earth Valley

This piece of valley in the Overberg region, the Walker Bay area, behind Hermanus, nestled in the mountains, are becoming quite the wine region these days. With such notables as Bouchard Finlayson, Creation Wines, Sumaridge, Hamilton Russel Vineyards, La Vierge, Newton Johnson and more recently Artaraxia, this area is a must-visit for any wine lover.

Wine Magazine commissioned me to go and shoot a cellar door comparison at Bouchard Finlayson and Hamilton Russel, then just carry on and shoot a travel supplement of the rest of the valley. But we have between 0900 and 1630 when the last winery closes. Total number of wineries to shoot? 7.

We started the day arriving at Hamilten Russel just shy of 0900, then carrying on to Bouchard Finlayson (where we grabbed a quick moment to do a little animation while waiting in the cellar - watch this space in the next couple of weeks) and then hitting the dirt road hard to get all the shots. At La Vierge we got some food and restaurant shots, in Hermanus some seaside shots, Sumaridge showed us some funky fishing signs etc etc. These pics however more show our journey than the result thereof.

Here are some of our memories of the day. Note the pics of the pigeon is where we ended in Walker Bay, Hermanus, sitting by the side of the ocean, eating some take-aways, catching our breath, before taking the 2 hour trek home. Jeremy felt these birds weren't fat enough and started feeding them pieces of the Colonel's finest. Naturally they started pooping everywhere around us and we felt we needed to leave.

Hitting the Road   Sumaridge Sumaridge Walker bay

La Vierge Salmon and Avo Wrap Trying to find Artaraxia Jeremy at Hamilton Russel Danie at Hamilton Russel The Birds by Alfred Jeremy Hitchcock

Early Morning Car Shoot

Last month Jeremy and I had to quickly go and shoot a car at a studio out in Kontermanskloof-area, Cape Town.

The shoot presented a couple of challenges:

  • We had to start shooting at 05:30 am and finish by 08:00
  • We couldn't really do much about the light set-up as we were shooting in between film shoots, using their lighting.
  • The film crew was utilizing a reflective scrum, lighting reflectively from the scrum - not great for reflections on cars. The studio was waiting to install a proper shoot-through/translucent scrum, that is also operatable with a pully system from the floor. This one needed rig-setting from the roof, which meant I couldn't drop the scrum.
  • 5000W Bambino's are powerful light-sources, but in a studio of this size, small. Exposure ended up at 1sec f22, 3200K.
  • It was a test shoot, so I wasn't paid!
  • BUT

The studio is amazing for:

  • SIIIIIZE! What you see in the video is less than half of the total space.
  • Huge curve
  • 3-phase industrial juice
  • A revolve fitted in the studio floor on which to rotate the car without having to move light set-ups, or even touch the car. Built for film to shoot rotating shots of the cars.
  • Floor to ceiling curtaing.
  • A black- and black-out studio option.
  • Friendly helpful staff.

 

See video...

Monday, September 22, 2008

5D Mk II

Yes - I've checked it out and it's going to be amazing. I WANT ONE!!!!!!