Theunis and Linde

Theunis and Linde

Theunis and Linde

I had the opportunity to take some pictures to this beautiful couple Theunis and Linde for their engagement photo shoot at Holden Manz Wine Farm in the valley of Franschhoek  surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.

It was a surprise for Linde of course she was not aware of what Theunis had in mind and she didn’t know about the photographer taking pictures of this special moment! I was hiding in the picnic area of Holden Manz Wine Farm.

Arriving at our Franschhoek Kitchen Theunis and Linde collected their picnic baskets and after a short saunter through the vineyards the arrived at the gurgling river where all you hear are the birds singing and the sunlight melts the day into enchanting flavours and beautiful moments…

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Olympus Brand Ambassador for South Africa

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

was formed on 1 October 1998. FFG has been assigning our experience and resources for more than 27 years, providing seamless, tailor, made insurance and risk solutions for top South African public companies, thousands of privately owned businesses and many more private individuals.

FFG is a leading independent financial services company, delivering a broad range of financial services and products. We specifically focus on areas of Wealth Creation and Preservation, Asset Risk Management Insurance Solutions and Employee Benefit Solutions. With more than 150 colleagues nationally, FFG unite to add value for clients via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry leading resources and technical expertise.

FFG has the resources and network to support your company’s growth. As an insurance based financial services provider, FFG focuses its activities on its key markets in strategie destinations throughout South Africa. With strong capabilities, matched by high standards of professionalism, we aim to be trusted as a corporate citizen that responds to the diverse expectations of stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, business partners, and employees.

Transformation plays a pivotal part of our growth strategy in South Africa.

FFG has become the cornerstone for many successful individuals and businesses in numerous sectors.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Location: Wide Angle photo studio Paarl

 

Coco Africa

Coco Africa

Coco Africa

An innovative company designing and producing unique timber lifestyle products. Each item is skillfully crafted from wood, a priceless material, by gifted local craftsmen from the Franschhoek community. Coco Africa team focuses on the highest standards of manufacturing, joinery and finishing. This artistry results in the beautiful smooth finish, a trademark of Coco Africa’s products.

For wood care & other products visit cocoafrica.co.za all products are made in Franschhoek, South Africa for wood lovers…

All images taken with Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II and Zuiko pro lenses

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

 

 

Polo game at Val de Vie Estate

Polo game at Val de Vie Estate

Polo game at Val de Vie Estate.

Val de Vie Estate, situated in the beautiful Paarl Franschhoek Valley, is a landmark of unsurpassed excellence. Here dreams are transformed into a breathtaking reality, making each event an extraordinary experience.

A polo game at Val de Vie is nothing short of spectacular, capturing a true sense of tradition and occasion.

Photographs by Sandro Tasso Olympus Ambassador in South Africa

Gear used Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II and Zuiko 30

 

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016

Franschhoek Uncorked 2016 at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm
Lot of fun lot of wine what else? The Chocolate Block
The quest to understand the name of this wine and the wine itself is now the stuff of legend – it’s even launched a graphic novel (see here). While we are not about to reveal all, we can say that the style of the wine is a reflection of our belief that the Cape, with its Mediterranean climate, is eminently suited to blended reds. The make-up of this wine is tweaked from vintage to vintage to best reflect the season and the ancient vines of great character that are an integral part of the wine’s charm and personality.

For more info visit the internet page of Boekenhoutskloof press here.

 

Surfing at Muizenberg

Surfing at Muizenberg

Surfing at Muizenberg is a beach-side suburb of Cape TownSouth Africa. It is situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast. It is considered to be the birthplace of surfing in South Africa and is currently home to a surfing community, centered on the popular ‘Surfer’s Corner’. Muizenberg has a fine, long beach that in effect stretches all the way round the top of False Bay to the Strand, a distance of over 20 km. False Bay, known for its population of White Sharks, also has a shark watch service that operates from Muizenberg, signalling alerts when sharks come in proximity of bathers and surfers. Above Muizenberg there is a line of steep cliffs that is very popular as a venue for rock climbing. However, certain parts of the cliff are off-limits to climbers when birds nest on the ledges.

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 300mm f4 PRO

 

 

Twins

Twins

Twins

I had the opportunity to take pictures to this two amazing little girls. I have spent few hours with them and they are really amazing full of energy and fun!

Location: Franschhoek Paarl

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Pen F

Lenses: Olympus 45mm f1.8 Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO and the new Olympus 300mm f4 PRO

Clarity Diamonds

Clarity Diamonds

At Clarity Diamonds a diamond undertakes a long journey from its rough form to the brilliant polished diamond we all know.

Our obsession with diamonds has led us to evolve from diamond mining, right through to the polishing of these amazing gemstones.

We have perfected this journey by combining the latest technology, highly skilled workmanship and well founded tradition.

We pride ourselves on only delivering the best product to our clients, forming long standing client relationships by delivering a truly personalised and dedicated service.

We believe that delivering only the best quality diamonds is the sole way to satisfy our clients, and which is why we are continuously upgrading our polishing facilities and investing it the latest technology.

Our Moto is simple  “Perfection on every facet “

for more info on Clarity Diamonds please visit their web site on clicking on this link

All images taken with Olympus cameras Pen F and Olympus OM-D EM-1 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 Pana Leica 15mm f1.7 Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 and Nokton 50mm f1.5

Olympus Pen F

Olympus Pen F

Olympus Pen F
A timeless design. An extraordinary textured body. From the very first moment you touch the OLYMPUS PEN-F this camera will create a feeling of something special that will stay with you forever. The pure expression of OLYMPUS design that will inspire you for a lifetime.

Using multi shot technology the camera can produce 50 megapixel equivalent images in JPEG and an 80mp RAW file.  This obviously is best for static scenes and performance while on a tripod but is does allow for superb detailed images when needed.  This is especially suited for interiors and product type of photography.

Just a turn of the dial to Mono allows you to capture monochromatic images.  This mono mode has the ability to adjust the image based on color filters and degrees of intensity.  Under the Mode selector knob on top of the camera is a lever control and by pushing left or right on it you bring up different options on the rear LCD screen.  You can for example select simulated Red filter and then vary the degree of intensity of the filter. When shooting blue skies it’s just like applying colored filters in the traditional B&W days.

Some samples taken with the new Olympus Pen F in monochrome mode II