Beans about Coffee in Robertson, South Africa, is run by one of the partners Joey (Messina Musindo) who is a Robertsonner since almost 20 years. He is regarded as one of the best baristas in the Western Cape and is an expert on everything that smells coffee.
Rietpoel, translation: Reed Pond, is a small community in the triangle Napier-Caledon-Riviersonderend in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa.
Photo shot at sunset.
No expensive fancy lightning equipment but quite a few mobile spots with 4.5W LED GU10 lamps of Voltex + in-camera settings. Images (RAW) processed with Macphun Luminar Neptune.
Still need to make some adjustments (learning curve) but I succeeded quite well (not perfect) with picturing shiny silver on transparent glass with white background (regarded as one of the most difficult to picture according to studio-photographers I spoke).
Selected with 128 photographers from around the globe: Herman van Bon in Oslo (UNESCO exhibition)
No I’m not going to taste it; just let it mature for a few years. Well that’s what I do with quality wines. Recently I wrote a review about Le Neuf Papesch of this South African wine cellar and I had critics from …. the wine critics who make a living out of drinking/tasting wine and write about it. There are quite a few of them I found out. I received 13 emails (what a number!); two of them asking if I could please withdraw my review from the internet. Others found it of bad taste to inform readers about a simple method of distinguishing qualities; as it’s a secret amongst that particular profession. One (from South Africa) found the review ‘intriguing’ and from the UK I got the remark I was “too honest” …. The French ‘Vigneron’ (wine-maker’) with over 300,000 followers (re-)tweeted the link several times and French tweeting about South African wines ….. that’s quite something; I feel obliged.
In the meantime I acquired a second bottle for my collection from Fraai Uitzicht. This time a Syrah. Now I also want to have their Merlot, Viognier and Grenache…
The wines are not cheap and one cannot expect that real quality is cheap. These are wines for special occasions including a dinner or lunch at the restaurant of Fraai Uitzicht that has so many awards that the owners lost count. The wines (if in stock) are also online available. For Europeans: The wines are distributed from Germany.