In general, I'm not so good with change (I have a tendency to find a comfort zone and to cling to it for dear life).
It was with this in mind I first agreed to present RE.INVENT with Dror, since public speaking is very much outside my comfort zone.
So, you will understand why I was equally nervous (as I was excited) for RE.INVENT, which was convened at The Forum Homini Hotel, yesterday.
Previewing the participants' websites and blogs beforehand did not help the jitters, as I knew we had some serious talent and amazing photographers lined up for the workshop.
We had such an amazing group in attendance, along with gorgeous models, which were a picture of perfection, Gen worked her little butt off to achieve the images the attendees were striving for.
I can't wait to check out the blogs to see what images were captured yesterday. ...and, if anything, I hope that the participants have picked up, that Dror and I attempt to get picture-perfect photos straight out of camera and use PS/Lightroom purely as a an enhancer.
For the first time ever, I can say I took the least amount of shots on the day, as I was more occupied with questions from the photographers themselves.
Naturally, no post without a pic, so here you are - Just one photograph, which I took demonstrating a point to one of the participants.
The first one developed ......in Lightroom. Yes, I discovered a few tips and also tried my hand at Lightroom.
For all those that attended:
Canon 5D | 24-70 2.8
Settings: Aperture Priority, f 4.5, Iso 400, WB Manual.
Processing: Those gradient things taught by Dror and conservative tweaking of sliders in Lightroom (So conservative that I can not, for the life of me remember). No presets used.
In the second, I used the same image and played around with the "darker side"
This entire week I have been steaming ahead with my workshop presentation and, I'm pleased to announce, it's finally done and dusted. I have been up all hours, morning and night, trying to get it together for this coming Tuesday, so I'm chuffed to have finalised it in good time.
As a result of these self-imposed extracurriculars, my obligations to the blog have gone somewhat astray and, although I promised Nancy and Paul their wedding would be posted this week, I quite simply just didn't manage any blog-time, at all.
In the meantime, however, I did eke out this sneak and I assure you I'll go through your pics over the weekend, so I can post something on Monday. Promise.
I had been checking the weather forecast all week in an attempt to gauge whether it would rain at the weekend.
Those of you not residing in Gauteng will be oblivious to the fact that for the past four/five weeks or so, we have had rain virtually every single day.
Well, Saturday at Diane's and Trent's wedding, we had rain; not normal rain, but, true highveld thunderstorms with lightning bolts and all the extras.
During the creatives session, Trent miraculously escaped being struck by a flash of lightning - not really, but, the way he dashed down the hill leaving his new wife behind, one would have thought the electric bolt must have just missed his left foot. ;-)
The skies held on until the shoot was done, we got our crackers and Trent made it out in one piece!
From the laughs we had on the golfcart, right through to the gorgeous lattern release at the reception, the whole day turned out beautifully. Thank you Diane. Thank you Trent.
No Photoshop magic, the sky was that dark. Straight out of camera and sharpened in Photoshop.
The lovely lattern release shot in pitch darkness, sans flash at Iso 4000.
Kim and Dale set up a long table on the lawns of Toadbury Hall, under the plane trees overlooking the lake; a truly breath-taking setting experienced by a select-few people closest to both of them.
The weather played along, Kim's dad cried on cue and both said I do - quite simply, a day that won't easily be forgotten!
Thank you both for the honour.
I also have to add that the steak at Toadbury Hall was one of the most juiciest and mouth watering steaks I have had in a long time, ten out of ten!
Gosh, Friday already! Our first week back and it's all systems go, back to the grindstone, dropping off kids at school, traffic, deadlines and all the things which make me want it to be the holidays again.
It's been a bit quiet on the blog for the last few days. If the truth be told, we're flat-out editing in a bid to finish those outstanding 2009 jobs interrupted by the Christmas holidays.
Enough whining and waffeling - time for a wedding post;
On what felt like the hottest day of 2009, we headed up to Bela Bela over the New Year to witness the marriage of Leanne and Andrew.
It was a real scorcher of a day and during the ceremony I honestly thought Ursula and I were going to spontaneously combust ;-).
Surprisingly, the heat was no bother for the Bride & Groom; Leanne looked absolutely stunning and Andrew was looking rather dazzling in his sand-coloured suit.
What an amazing day to be a part of! Thank you so much for choosing me. I enjoyed every minute of it! Oh, and the spectacular blue moon we witnessed was just the cherry ontop!
A bit more than I had planned to post, but there were such cute, short guests (i.e. kids) that unintentially hi-jacked the spotlight.
How cute are the african beaded warthog table numbers?
For a change I thought I would post some pictures of the groom getting ready, we have ignored the grooms for a bit! Picures by Ursula
Andrew's niece, who I think really wanted to marry her uncle.
A midget guest in awe of the African Zulu dancers hired to entertained guests. (Picture by Ursula)
I am now fully qualified and accredited to say "Once in a blue moon" you get a wedding like this.