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
The Merino is an excellent forager and very adaptable. It is bred predominantly for its wool, and its carcass size is generally smaller than that of sheep bred for meat. South African Meat Merino (SAMM), American Rambouillet and German Merinofleischschaf have been bred to balance wool production and carcass quality.
Merino need to be shorn at least once a year because their wool does not stop growing. If the coat is allowed to grow, it can cause heat stress, mobility issues, and blindness.
The Phoenicians introduced sheep from Asia Minor into North Africa and the foundation flocks of the merino in Spain might have been introduced as late as the 12th century by the Marinids, a tribe of Berbers. although there were reports of the breed in the Iberian peninsula before the arrival of the Marinids; perhaps these came from the Merinos or tax collectors of the Kingdom of León, who charged the tenth in wool, beef jerky and cheese. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Spanish breeders introduced English breeds which they bred with local breeds to develop the merino; this influence was openly documented by Spanish writers at the time.
Spain became noted for its fine wool (spinning count between 60s and 64s) and built up a fine wool monopoly between the 12th and 16th centuries, with wool commerce to Flanders and England being a source of income for Castile in the Late Middle Ages.
Most of the flocks were owned by nobility or the church; the sheep grazed the Spanish southern plains in winter and the northern highlands in summer. The Mesta was an organisation of privileged sheep owners who developed the breed and controlled the migrations along cañadas reales suitable for grazing.
The three Merino strains that founded the world’s Merino flocks are the Royal Escurial flocks, the Negretti and the Paula. Among Merino bloodlines stemming from Vermont in the USA, three historical studs were highly important: Infantado, Montarcos and Aguires.
Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II
Zuiko 300mm f4 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio
Franschhoek and Paarl
I had the opportunity to take some pictures to this beautiful couple Andy and Nina for their engagement photo shoot at La Residence Hotel 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. Step into the Great Hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel.
Congratulations to Andy and Nina and all the best for the future!
2017 Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge
Brand new routes in an around the Berg River dam and Franschhoek Mountains, ridden by very few.
Long Route – 54 km
Single track, Rugged, Gnarly downhill’s, Steep climbs that stab you in the ribs, Water crossing, Hiker bike in the middle of the route.
Medium Route – 36 km
Jeep track, Single track, Still challenging, Not overly technical, Odd challenging downhill, Must be fit
Short Route – 12 km
Challenging for the whole family, Some single track, One steep’ish hill that may need some walking and whining.
Gear used Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO (equiv. 50mm) Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO (equiv. 80-300mm f2.8)
Wedding at Mont Rochelle Franschhoek picturesque location at the foot of the Klein Dassenberg Mountain Range in Franschhoek.
Nice and cosy wedding in Franschhoek at Mont Rochelle unfortunately the weather was not nice very wind so the ceremony was indoor.
Photographer Sandro Tasso Olympus Ambassador in South Africa member of SA professional photographer
Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1 and Olympus OM-D EM-5 mark II
Lenses: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pana Leica 25mm f1.5 Pana Leica 42.5mm f1.2
Feed back from attendees Olympus Lighting Vintage Workshop
We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from those who attended the workshop:
Glynnis Schutte: “What a wonderful workshop this morning – thank you!
I found it to be an interesting learning experience, with Sandro giving good examples and practical demonstrations that had a useful “take-home” message.
Of course our wonderful model Blue Haired Betty was sensational. Please find attached the image that I loved the most. It was difficult to choose because they were all full of character and well exposed …and beautifully sharp with the Olympus mirrorless camera we were given to try out. I like close up shots, but didn’t compose for a close up, so have cropped drastically – and still find the image to be of good quality. I have not done any photoshop work at all.”
Mariana Visser: “Once again thank you for a fantastic workshop. I really enjoyed it and learned so much on Saturday.”
Simon Shiffman: “One of the most interesting and informative workshops I have ever attended. Very relaxed and professional and great premises.”
Lorenzo Swartz: “What a fantastic time it was at the workshop!
I would like to say thank you, as well to you and the team for a fantastic time and atmosphere at the workshop. Keep it up.
It was all worth it. It was not dragged out and we could participate physically in the workshop, that made it a big plus.
For me it was also a nice small group and that made a huge difference as well.
I did learn a lot and I can share it with others to improve their skills.
The quality of the photos taken with the Olympus camera was also amazingly good and the weight of the cameras, took me by surprise.
Olympus cameras can be a good investment to have and to own. ”
Paul Nuttall: “What a great fun workshop yesterday at Cameraland. Led by Italian photographer, Sandro Tasso we enjoyed shooting with our own cameras and the Olympus OMD mirrorless system. The model was truly excellent with 3 set and costume changes in Vintage style. So too was the hospitality with coffee, muffins, sandwiches and coke with super lucky draw prizes, not to mention the free parking. Thanks to all the team at Cameraland.”
Mariana Visser: “Thank you Lana and the rest of the crew for a lovely Olympus Vintage-Inspired Studio Lighting Workshop with Blue Haired Betty. It was such a lot of fun and we learned a lot.”
Lwande Nabe: “@ CPT Cameraland Olympus Vintage-Inspired Lighting Workshop. Great experience with the team and Sandro Tesso. #Awesome”
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