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My fav recent pic.

F1520022, originally uploaded by danienelphoto. This is my favourite pic of the week. Taken with my Canon AE-1 last Saturday, on Fuji Superia 200 film... no work done on image, just straight 16-base Frontier scan.

I shoot film these days for fun on my K1000, Canon AE-1, and Yashica LM. It keeps me sharp as I guess all the light-readings (I don't trust light meters anyways). I simply use the f16 rule...

"In bright sunshine with no clouds at 100 ISO you should be exposing at 125/sec at f16. Deduct a stop for scattered clouds, 2 stops for cloudy and another stop for an hour before 10am or after 4pm. " - as for any other reflective surfaces, just use your guestimeter.

So, yes, my little girl and boy will always be subjects, because the intrigue me to no end!

Coffee for thought

Sometimes it takes coffee to get my creativity going. It's this weird phenomenon. When I have 1 cup, I feel generally good. If I have 2, then I get this creative urge. When I have 3, I find I get totally over-creative and can't keep my mind to one thought.Espresso seems to spark me straight to the unproductive over-creative spin.Now I'm looking for a coffee regime that'll keep me moderately inspired, without knocking my head or ability to focus to bits. But, alas, I haven't found it.ESPRESSO STRONG AND RICH
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Perks of being a photographer

© Danienel (Help)In the past (I've been a pro photog for almost 10 years, starting at age 21), when people would say "Wow, it must be a cool job!", even though they imagined me standing taking pics at kiddies parties (commercial photographer doesn't say a heck of a lot to Joe Bogs), I would reply with a "Yah, well, it's not ALL glam, it's got a lot of hard graft and tough aspects as well", which isn't untrue, but I said it because I didn't want people to think I had it easy, and they hard (I grew up Calvinist and South AFrican...white...guilt is sort of built into default set-up). However, one day I came to the realization that I made the choice to do what I do when I was 12, pursued it since then and worked very hard to get where I am, and on any given day still earn the same or less than they do, BUT I have perks. And I love my job. I love the exposure. I love the business side. I love the hard times. I love the carrying equipment as well!…

Shooting Cafe Cru

Cafe Cru ( is the new hot restaurant and wine shop in the new Cape Quarter extension. Jacques Castelein from Tasca de Belem-fame, returned to the market with this little gem. Having worked with him at Tasca, I was approached earlier this year in order to get some food and interior images shot for general marketing purposes. Jean Nel, also involved in the previous Tasca project, and partner in crime on a number of projects, was approached to facilitate food styling. Jean Nel is these days known as Weber-extraordinaire, food writer, stylist, consult, teacher at among others the Pick and Pay cooking school and runs a successful boutique catering concern. The wineflight is my personal favourite from the menu. Some portraits, and general "feel" images were also needed, and we spent the initial part of our schedule shooting those.Waiters were being trained around us, finding their feet around the really impressive wine list. I noted at least 10 of my favourite c…

Jimmy Dludlu: Shot from the past

In 2002 or 2003 I was asked by publisher and then-editor of  Stage Magazine, Gustav Andor, to go and shoot jazz guitarist at the filming of "Backstage", a popular soapie at the time. He was to perform live, in a cameo appearance, and Stage wanted some pics to go with a short news snippet. I don't recall ever getting paid, or even handing the pics over for some reason, as Stage was a strange set-up at best. I did get a great opportunity to sit in while Jimmy was warming up and played a bit with his guitar and even jammed very briefly. Once the filming began I was ushered onto the soundstage/studio floor and wait for recording to begin. I noticed how dimly everything was lit, from a transparency/slide point of view, especially. I had only packed Kodak VC100 35mm for my Canon, as this was a bit of a rush commission. In the end I had to hand-hold 1/10th second exposures at f3.5 or something. The result was images that was high in contrast of the transparency film, and full o…

My assistant is actually a great model

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The Rooibos Cookbook #6/6

So, with this post I'll end my glance-back series on the Rooibos Cookbook. I have been very busy and not able to put up some decent posts on the really exciting things we've been doing, and the happenings of the current time. Wax Lyrical is alive and well and should go online shortly, I'm putting together a documentary/art series on restaurants, stock, amazing automotive shoots we've been doing (a Audi R8, Nissan GT-R and Aston Martin DBS in 1 month! Watch this space for pics and reports THIS WEEK) and other lank funny happenings..., like the GT-R being driven over my 430EXII (Strobists, not too much of a loss, think I'll replace it with a 580EXII when I have the money), computers crashing, building ring-flashes from tupperware, etc etc. Also we're currently shooting the catalogue for a well established and legendary crockery brand - watch this space. But back to our reminiscing.To reiterate, the Rooibos Cookbook have been a fabulous excercise and well worth th…