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 “

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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

 

Polo match

Polo match Val de Vie Estate

Polo match at Val de Vie wine and polo estate in Paarl.

Stunning day this sunday during the market at Val de Vie estate  with live polo match!

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro + Mc-14

 

Car Wash

Car Wash

Car Wash at Val de Vie. Some shots taken during a training polo match.

Olympus Photowalk

Olympus Photowalk Mother City

Some photos taken during the photowalk in the Mother City organized by Cameraland Cape Town and Olympus South Africa all photos taken with the new Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

Future Champs

Future Champs

Co-founders  Bradley and Jeremy explain what the project Future Champs is all about:

 

Future Champs – Youth Boxing Gym – Social Enterprise Model – scalable solution – great for both the urban and rural context 
Future Champs builds youth boxing gyms constructed from repurposed shipping containers in the most under resourced and vulnerable communities of South Africa and sets them up as social enterprises. Our process begins with the identification of coaches, who are trained in collaboration with the Good Sport Trust (internationally certified physical education training and youth mentorship qualifications) and supported to run these gyms as sustainable social enterprises and community assets.
We use boxing as our medium to engage and attract youth, but the gyms go beyond a simple boxing club they become hubs and a space for youth activity. Boxing training and amateur competition framed within a personal development and mentorship program lays a perfect foundation to engage youth facing the challenges of poverty, crime and lack of opportunities. The gyms become a beacon of positive youth activity, a public amenity and community asset changing space in urban poor communities. We target youth from between 6 – 21 years old and have many girls taking up boxing, which immediately develops confidence, self esteem and is great for self defense.
The sport of boxing has deep roots and a rich history in the South African context, along with soccer boxing remains a mass popularity sport. Despite the fact that there is very little investment in the sport our boxers continue to perform on the world stage and are positive role models for underprivileged youth. It is now time that we build on this heritage and invest in the future and develop this legacy to create new opportunities for the youth of South Africa.
All our gyms are fitted with a classroom where members of the gym participate in homework sessions and remedial classes, we are developing this into a major component which includes formalized monitoring and evaluation – so that we can track kids school performance and improvement as a result of being part of the gym.
Because the gyms are constructed from repurposed shipping containers it makes them a fantastic branding opportunity and CSI Investment for corporates. The financial model is set up where corporates can invest in a gym as a social enterprise and wrap the entire gym in branding essentially creating an outdoor  3D billboard. In this way they can invest in a high visibility, high impact social project and still enjoy fantastic tax breaks, up BEE and CSI points. Thus they would contribute to the gyms construction and then enter into a contract to contribute a monthly amount towards the running costs in exchange for the branding.
Every gym is fitted with a boxing ring at the centre which allows the gym to double as a venue, meaning on a monthly basis amateur tournaments can take place creating another revenue stream and a way that the gym directly links with its host community. We are also planning that where possible the gym develops private clients during times that the youth are not training where revenue can be generated from personal training and fitness classes.
Clarity Diamonds

Clarity Diamonds

Clarity diamonds

A diamond undergoes a long journey from its original rough form to the spectacular brilliance of a polished diamond.