Friday, June 25, 2010

Of Soccer, Vuvuzelas, Gees and FIFA.

"Gees" is the Afrikaans word for "Spirit". Here in South Africa, we use it to denote any type of good vibe as well. And the FIFA Soccer World Cup has been filled with "Gees" here. Ok, so our boyz were knocked out, but we're still mighty proud of them, especially for taking out France.

The Vuvuzela has been quite a contentious issue, yet, it set apart this World Cup in itself. It should be noted, that those who has blown a Vuvuzela, will suddenly feel the urge to do so more and more and stop complaining about it. And yes, it has only been in SA since 2001, but just because it's here less than 9 years, doesn't make it less indigenous. Our cities have all been turned into veritable party zones with busses full of Brits, Hondurations (?)/Hondudes (?), Germans, Dutch, Japanese, etc etc etc filling our streets with hordes of Vuvu-blowing and smiling clowns dressed in all types of international parephernalia.

...and for business and culture and "Gees" here in South Africa, it's been AYOBA! Suddenly Blue Bulls (a South African Rugby team) and Stormers (another one) and all cultures of our nation are screaming together. Now, even celebrating the victories of fellow Southern Hemispherians like Australia, Brazil and Argentina.

A last word and wish - after the World Cup, rent a car, and get to know the rest of South Africa's countryside, cuisine, people and culture, tell your friends and COME BACK SOON!


PS – All these images available from my istockphoto portfolio, but also directly from me at or drop me a line and we can sort it out.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Shooting Anton Fabi Shoes Compaign

We got the great opportunity to shoot another campaing for the good people at Jordan shoes, the people who we shot the Bronx Hunter campaign for, with agency, Traffic Integrated Marketing.

PIC-0496 This time around, we weren’t gonna be hanging from high-rise buildings, or really risking our lives, but rather, the concept was one of “Shoes that makes you famous”. The agency came up with the idea of putting cut-out card-board (life-size) paparazzi photographers and a cut-out muscle car in the shots and creating a pseudo red-carpet scene in a normal urban set-up. The location was chosen as The Bromwell Boutique Mall in Woodstock, who by the ways, makes a mean mushroom sandwich.

The weather was a bit wet, but we had some cover thanx to the nice people at the Bromwell, and at just the right times the weather lit up. Also, it made the background lighting nice and moody, giving us a bit of a New York feel. Most important accessory of the day – sandbags. The wind tends to blow little cut-out men over. Second – coffee.

Our model for the day was Valentine, who also happens to be a Muyi Thai instructor. That means he had the appropriate pain-barrier for wearing shoes a size too small. Well, it’s true. Some guys just ooze coolness, and that’s why they’re on that side of the camera and I’m on this side. Sebestine Pepler was on the make-up for us and Nicky and Anne handling the styling, art direction etc for Traffic.

As we’re prepping a video of the shoot, I’m not gonna divulge too much, except for some pics. 

For the more technically minded (yes, you Strobists), we used: Profoto 7B with 2 heads and about 6 or 7 off camera flashes, including a 580 EX II, a cheapie old old Vivitar thyristor, a Sunpack G4500, a Nissin 5500 (both hammerheads), a auto slave flash (guide number about 16), and Nikon SB-16, Elinchrom SkyPort triggers and some optical slaves.


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This is the original brief shot – which I dig, by the way.

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After we had the shots in the bag we played some more and came up with this as well.

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The Team: Nicky, me, Cut Out Dude, Valentine, Cut Out dude, Sebastine, But Out Dude, Anne, Philip.


Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Lotus Evora for Wiel

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So for the first time in a long while Lotus brought out a new designed vehicle, called the “Evora”, which to my ears sounds like a Bond-girl, but anyways, we were asked by the team at to take the pics for this spread. Location was Franschhoek pass. Now, I’m not much of a petrol-head, but can I say, this has to be one of the prettiest darn sports cars I have seen ever. It’s small, and you’ll see how small, but pretty. I’m not too fussed about the performance, or the fact that it has a Toyota Camry 3.0 engine (yes, a bit weird), but I’m certain it’ll outrun any car I’ve ever owned and it looks mega-cool.

20100318_0347 However, when it came to shooting the interior, I faced a small problem. The back seat, where I normally shoot from, is ridiculously small. So small that we ended up shooting a video of it. In fact, I cannot get the front seat in the upright position if I’m in the back. It turns out that anyone under 1.4m (that excludes what, pigmies and children) are liable for their own injuries according to the manual, should you hurt yourself trying to get in. That means you don’t have a lot of space to pack things either, cuz the engine takes up the rest of the car. 20100318_0350 20100318_0358

For the record, the front seats have enough leg-room, but getting in is a mission! Anybody over 6 foot, like me, might consider not buying this vehicle once you are moving into your forties. 20100318_0359 20100318_0360

Once you have contorted yourself into the back seat, you have a high-powered engine working away about 10cm from the back of your head. As the pics shows.

However, it’s a pretty car to photograph, and we were able to track, pan and do stationary shots in the mountain pass, and still make it back to Cape Town before nightfall. What worked really well in my view was the fact that the plantations had recently been burned quite badly (which is a shame for the forestry people I’m sure), but what remained was blackened mountain background, which changed the somewhat familiar surroundings into something quite spectacular.


See a short video of my backseat antics and the final layout HERE.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Danie Nel INSIDE: Lotus Evora

The post is to follow later tonight with pics and some notes.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010



We swore we wouldn’t, but we couldn’t help ourselves. First, I succumbed to mass enthusiasm after Bafana Bafana’s 11th win in a row and attached a South African flag to the interior of my car. Then Philip and myself felt it necessary to make our support public. Herewith our support. I have to mention we did find it hard not to mention FIFA, World Cup or any other trademarked word in the English vocabulary to use in conjunction with my logo etc in the video, lest I be sued into oblivion by Feeeeefa. But we got it right. I think' we’ll be suit-safe.

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Go boys, make us proud.