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Skye

Photo shoot Skye

Photo shoot Skye

After two years I had the opportunity to re shoot this little amazing girl! Besides that Skye is turning in such a beautiful young “lady” I love to see how much she is growing I cannot wait for the next one!

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

Lens: Olympus 45mm f1.8 Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO 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

Bastille Festival 2016

Bastille Festival 2016

Bastille Festival 2016 16th and 17th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 16th and 17th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Porcupine and Wolftrap range of wines.

Olympus OM-D EM-1 | Pen F

Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 Pro | Pana Leica 15mm f1.7 | Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 Pro

Literature Festival Franschhoek 2016

Literature Festival Franschhoek 2016

Literature Festival Franschhoek 2016
a celebration of books and writers
in association with Porcupine Ridge and Sunday Times

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Melissa and Ruan sneak peek

Melissa and Ruan sneak peek

 

Melissa and Ruan sneak peek.

What a wonderful and gorgeous couple! I had the opportunity to capture their emotions during one of the most important days of their lives………..at Cafe’ BonBon Franschhoek.

Unfortunately for me I dropped my main camera right at the beginning of the wedding while I was busy taking pictures of the decor, flowers and table settings with the result of a completely broken lens… anyway shooting at Cafe’ BonBon on this beautiful location and Melissa and Ruan being such a special couple made my job easier even if I lost one camera and the best lens I had.

Location: Cafe’ BonBon Franschhoek http://www.lapetite.co.za for more info on the location please contact Marie-Louise @

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

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

Lenses: Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 17mm f1.8 | Pana Leica 25mm f1.4 | Pana Leica 42.5mm f1.2

Lens broken: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO + one Olympus EM-1 body that I could not use at the wedding

 

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Harvest time at Goedgedacht Olive Farm

Harvest time at Goedgedacht Olive Farm situated on the sloes of Kasteelberg near Riebeek Kasteel

Olives for oil are picked when the olive have just turned green to purple and they’re at their fullest with oil.

As with wine the flavour of the olive oil depends on the variety, the climate, the cultivation methods and the terrain.

After olive trees have flowered the fruit starts to develop. Initially the olives are green and hard. Gradually as they ripen they change colour to yellow-green and then to reddish purple and finally to black.

Unripe olives have high levels of chlorophyll which gives them their green colour. During the ripening process the levels of chlorophyll fall and increasing amounts of carotenoid (the pigment which produces the darkening of the fruit) develop.

The traditional method of olive picking involves combing the ripe fruit from the tree into nets, or hand picking into baskets tied around the waist. Ladders are used to climb up into the trees to reach the fruit.

The quality of the olive oil will reflect the care taken at each stage.  To produce the finest cold pressed extra virgin olive oil the olives will be harvested by hand, treated with the utmost care and pressed quickly.  This helps retain the finest taste and quality.

Oil types:

Extra-virgin olive oil comes from virgin oil production only, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have a superior taste. Extra Virgin olive oil accounts for less than 10% of oil in many producing countries.

Virgin olive oil comes from virgin oil production only, has acidity less than 2%, and is judged to have a good taste.

Pure olive oil is usually a blend of refined and virgin production oil.

Olive oil is a blend of virgin and refined production oil, of no more than 1.5% acidity.

You will also find oil described as ‘first press’ and ‘cold pressed’ – the first press yields the most flavoursome oil and pressing the oil without heat results in a smaller amount of higher quality product.

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

 

 

Boekenhoutskloof wine cellar

Boekenhoutskloof wine cellar

Boekenhoutskloof wine cellar

Camera Olympus OM-D EM-1

Lens: Olympus 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

Photoshoot Rhodesian Ridgeback

Photoshoot Rhodesian Ridgeback

Photoshoot Rhodesian Ridgeback

I had the opportunity to take this pictures to this beautiful specimen of Rhodesian Ridgeback male in Franschhoek. It was quite difficult to follow and keep  him in focus in the bush but at the end of the day I am quite happy with the results.
The Rhodesian ridgeback is a dog breed developed in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe.
The Rhodesian ridgeback’s distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair running along its back in the opposite direction from the rest of its coat. It consists of a fan-like area formed by two whorls of hair (called “crowns”) and tapers from immediately behind the shoulders down to the level of the hips.
Rhodesian ridgebacks are loyal, intelligent, and somewhat aloof to strangers.

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1 | Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 PRO

 

 

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