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).
Towards the end of next month, a year after we moved in, we will open our Private Gallery in Napier, South Africa. At this very moment a new insulated ceiling is installed in the new studio of Yvonne and this weekend we hang storage shelves and place furniture and equipment. After that we start transforming the present studio into a ‘State-of-the-Art’ Gallery where I can present some of my Landscape/Street/etc., Haiku and Photo-Graphic pictures. On displays are Yvonne’s Retro/Steampunk and Down to Earth pieces; all own design and handmade.
We focus ourselves primary on those tourists (passing along to or from the Southernmost Tip of the African Continent) who have an eye for originally South African made gifts that are exclusive and suitcase sized landscape photo’s (on high quality paper) next to high end market art collectors for special customized jewellery orders and fine art photography.
Although no decision is made yet what exactly we will exhibit this photo-gallery will provide you with an idea:
Who waits in South Africa can sometimes wait for a long time. People call it ‘Africa Time’. Patience, patience. Anyway the building contractor is doing a fine job within time schedule. Carport and verandahs are ready except for the gutters … Sooner or later they will come. The same applies for the glass in the windows of the new studio.
Post Scriptum: Social media seems to work. Just now (4 hrs after posting) the gutters were made on the spot and installed.!!!
Some work in progress: Refurbishing the double garage into a studio, building a carport and a few verandahs; the biggest one covering our courtyard. All should be ready in a few weeks. After that, if budget sufficient, the old ‘servants barn’ next to the studio will be converted in a guest room with shower and washroom.
Since a few days we live in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa; 50 kilometers from our previous residence in Stanford. Still a lot of unpacking to do plus some minor and major (new kitchen) building work to perform. In the meantime work continues.
Herewith a few first impressions. A few are shot through the window of my new studio and the others from the verandah.
Per 1 April we will reside in an heritage house (Anno 1928) in Napier; 50 kilometers drive from Stanford and also in the Overberg region of the Western Cape in South Africa. Besides plenty of administrative ‘issues’ inherent at selling and buying properties there are many other things to think of. Take for example the garden. Luckily we took a precious collection of succulent plants (including cacti) with us almost 5 years ago from our previous residence and I can tell you that investment in the right plants plus some patience bears more fruit than putting money away in the bank despite the fact that we sell the plants 30 to 40% below nursery prices.. The past weeks we sold about 1500 of the approx. 2200 plants and still there are quite a few collector’s items left. Buyers were collectors from all over South Africa from Cape Town to Durban and from there to Pretoria. Even people from the own village had a nice share in the new super kitchen we are planning in Napier (that’s where the plant-money goes into). But it also means a lot of work. The new owners (a lovely German couple) of the house are no gardeners and so all the plants need a new home. Part of the collection (especially very rare caudiciform plants – see picture) move with us and get a place in their pots in the courtyard. It also means that we have to dig all plants up without damaging the roots. This Saturday we get help of a team of experienced gardeners to dig some of the long (pen) rooted plants which are bought by the owners of one of the best restaurants in South Africa for who we designed and created a low maintenance garden some years ago. This will now be extended with the additional collection. Before the end of the month a second truck load of large plants will make their big move to a new home. That leaves us and the dog …. Finding a removal company in the Western Cape that answers emails is like looking for a needle in a haystack so it seems. Most probably we will ask a farmer (like 5 yrs ago) for two staff, a driver and a truck. It’s cheaper and more fun especially when they know there is a BBQ (Braai) waiting as soon as the work is done. Now you wonder why we are selling all those beautiful plants. I will tell you. First of all this house became too small for our businesses; especially the jewellery studio of Yvonne since her work has a wide international interest. She will go from a cramped space of 12 square meter to over 50 square meter. My own modest studio will also be a bit bigger and above all there will be enough space left of a nice gallery (scheduled for 2018/19) next to a spacious living quarter. As there is not much time left for gardening (except every now and then a extraordinary prestigious landscaping project) the new garden in the back will be very minimalistic (root guard and gravel). So the coming weeks you will see less postings (47 archive pictures scheduled; 1 daily) from me but somewhere in AprilMay we catch up again.
First a few pictures of some of the plants we will remove this weekend followed by a gallery of our present house and as finishing touch a few pics (courtesy of estate agents Linda & Derek Souter of Napier Properties) of the Napier property. I promise you however that as soon as we are more or less settled you will see my pictures ….