World Bank Group Conference

World Bank Group Conference

Analysis to Action: An Executive Program on Disaster Risk Finance in Africa

2 – 6 September 2019

Stellenbosch University

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Sony A7III / Sony A9 / Sony 16-35mm f2.8 GM / Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM / Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM

 

The Chocolate Block 2018 Uncorked Festival 2019

The Chocolate Block 2018 Uncorked Festival 2019

Lot of fun lot of wine what else? The Chocolate Block 2018 at Boekenhoutskloof Franschhoek.

Come and taste The Chocolate Block 2018

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.

SmartStarters

SmartStarters

SmartStarters
are women and men who are implementing the SmartStart programme in communities throughout the country.
Also known as franchisees, these women and men receive the SmartStart training and quality approval before starting their early learning micro enterprises in their communities.
SmartStarters are giving children the power to succeed by providing access to affordable quality early learning.

Recognising the importance of the first six years in a child’s life and the huge gaps in provision, we provide a pragmatic, affordable solution to rapidly expand access to quality early learning. Our franchised programme is delivered through playgroups, day mothers and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres to improve children’s readiness for learning, school performance and overall life success.

SmartStart was established in May 2015 to create universal access to early learning for three and four-year old’s. Since then, we’ve been providing an effective and affordable solution that enables unemployed women and men to run their own SmartStart programmes, and that empowers parents and communities to seek out and support this quality programme.

South Africa

Sony A7III
Sony 24-70mm f2.8 GM
Sony 85mm f1.4 GM
Barre Pilates

Barre Pilates

Barre Pilates

Barre Pilates at Pam Hammond Studios in Franschhoek.
Barre Pilates is a fusion of ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance and strength training.
The results are rewarding – strong, flexible and lean bodies.

For more info please send email to Pam @ pamhammondstudios@gmail.com

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Models: Natalie and Jolandi

Camera: Sony A7III

Lens: Sony 35mm f1.4  and Sony 85mm f1.4 GM

Flash: Godox AD600 PRO + Godox AD200 MagMod MagSphere MagGel

Architect and Builder Magazine

Architect and Builder Magazine

Very proud to be showcased on Architect and Builder Magazine of South Africa

Client: Architects: Andrew Horne and Herman Groenewald of Architects in Association (AiA)

Udec Group

Location: Paarl

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle Photo Studio

Gear used: Sony A7III and Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master

Udec Group

Udec Group

Udec Group

Client: Andrew Horne and Herman Groenewald of Architects in Association (AiA)

Udec Group Head Office

Location: Paarl

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle Photo Studio

Gear used: Sony A7III and Sony 16-35mm f2.8 G Master

 

The Châteauneuf red

The Châteauneuf red

The Châteauneuf red

Cuvée da Capo is, we very much hope, nothing to do with the Mafia, rather it is a single foudre of no specific provenance, which is selected only in exceptional years (2009, amazingly, did not make the cut) and aged for significantly longer than the Reservée. The resulting wine is often seen as the very best in the appellation. The 2010 is tighter than the Reservée, unsurprisingly, but behind the brooding beast there is an impressive fruit character….,the sweet and the savoury are rehearsing their pas de deux which will be sure to impress even the strictest of judges.
The Châteauneuf red (a small quantity of white is also produced) is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, with the remaining 5% being made up of Mourvèdre, Counoise and other varieties. The grapes are hand harvested and are then fermented without being de-stemmed. The cuvaison lasts for 12-15 days and the wine is then aged for around 18 months in old oak foudres. No fining or filtration is carried out. The Cuvée Laurence is the same wine as the Cuvée Réservée but is kept in wooden cask for another 18-24 months before being bottled. These are rich, robust and concentrated wines, which tend to show at their best with 7-8 years of bottle age.
Very expensive wine

Camera: Sony A7III

Lens: Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master

Location: Wide Angle studio Paarl

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions

Harvesting onions
When onions start to mature, the tops (foliage) become yellow and begin to fall over. At that point, bend the tops down or even stomp on them to speed the final ripening process. Loosen the soil around the bulbs to encourage drying. Be sure to harvest in late summer, before cool weather.

Location: Ceres

Gear: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar.
One of the oldest farms in the foothills of Franschhoek is Boekenhoutskloof, founded in 1776 and means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree and the figurehead of this farm is a lady who carries the dove of peace and hope and represents excellent quality which is prized by the winemaker, Marc Kent and the winery.
For more info on Boekenhoutskloof visit the web site click here
All photos taken in high resolution mode Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II
Lenses Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso
Wideangle photo studio
Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Make sure you are available on 26 January. The PORCUPINE RIDGE MTB CHALLENGE is now in it’s 20th year. 2019 promises to take you back to your MTB roots. Fun and exciting routes & trails in and around the Berg river Dam with spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains. These trails are ridden by very few with three routes on offer. We also welcome back our coach and race ambassador, Joanna Dobinson from Biking in the Bosch who will be in the mix and assisting all our riders.

Taking place at the Bridgehouse School on the 26th January 2019.

Long Route – 54kms | 7am |
Medium Route – 36kms | 7.45am |
Short Route – 12kms | 8am |

Don’t let the distances fool you! You will experience a mix of Single Track, Gnarly Down Hills, Steep Climbs and water crossings.

Main sponsor: Porcupine Ridge Wines from Boekenhoutskloof