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3 Ships Whisky

In the current issue of Wine Mag you'll find an article of Andy Watts of 3 Ships Whisky, pictured here in the barrel cellar. He is the distiller, master distiller, cellar master or whatever title one holds as creator of fine whisky, at the James Sedgewick Distillery in Wellington, South Africa. And lately they've been taking some awards home, specifically with the Bourbon Finish Cask which essentially is the whisky receiving its final maturation in old bourbon vats imported from the States (yup, mister JD himself's). In the States, by law, you're not allowed to mature whisky in second-use barrels. So they either sell'em or use em' for firewood. Here we can, and it ads a great smooth vanilla tone to the 5 year to create this beauty.Normally one is not even allowed to answer a cell-phone in a cellar like this for fear of explosions, since whiskey vapour permeates the whole place, and they're busy filling vats with some alcohol of a high proof (% of alcohol/vo…

My hobby

Maybe not all of you might know this, but for fun I make music. Below is a playlist of songs as you'd find them on ilike.com . Check out http://music.danienel.co.za for my seriously DIY homepage for my music. I like music, it gives me joy, I can practice my faith using it, and I enjoy seeing people enjoy it.Go have a listen at:www.myspace.com/danienelmusichttp://www.ilike.com/artist/Danie+Nelhttp://www.last.fm/music/Danie+Nel

Sunu Gonera/Pride

Sometimes it's true. You just don't quite have a clue. I had such an experience recently.Last year I photographed a young guy, Sunu Gonera, for O Magazine (Oprah SA) at Kennedy's Cigar Lounge in Cape Town. As is often the case, you're actually not briefed on who the guy is, or who he is becoming. I found out as I was shooting him, that he was indeed a film director. Now, in a city that spawns hundred and thousands of ads, music vids and features annually, that in itself is not a big deal. He did mention that he had just gotten a great contract in Hollywood and that he would be leaving for the US soon to go and direct a movie. As I've often heard that type of story, I assumed it's a low-budget, possibly TV-movie, or at best, a seriously obscure art movie. Snotty and cynical, I know, and I repent! Anyways, if the guy is such a big deal, why get me to shoot him? (Ok, we all have a  bit of insecurity to deal with!) Also, he was wAAAAAAAAY humble, and cool. My exper…

I enjoyed this shot...

I was recently shooting a story on some current sushi-hotshots -and spots, and had the privilege to shoot Edwin Santa Ana at Chai Yo in Durbanville. I loved watching the chefs work and see their skills with knives.Alas, I still don't like sushi, sorry. It's too jelly-ish, weird,....and raw. Interesting topic to cover though.Find below the pic of Edwin.Strobists: Speedlights only...(C) 2008 Danie Nel Protected by laws, voodoo and all such stuff.