Archive for 'Film Adventures'

I had the privilege to photograph one of the most iconic leaders on two different occasions. These are some of my favourite Madiba images. The first set was taken at Grey College, Bloemfontein – South Africa, this was still back in the film days!! Nikon F5, 80-200mm f2.8 lens and Fuji Colour Film. The first image was scanned in and converted to black & white in Photoshop.



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Almost ten years later and what a great privilege it was to assist South African photographer, Alet van Huyssteen, with a shoot at the Dorchester Hotel. Two of the greatest world leaders had lunch together in the build up towards the 46664 concert in London and Alet did the job for former President Bill Clinton. Alet does work for the Nelson Mandela Foundation on a regular basis and is also a very good friend of ours. Thanks Alet!!

On the second photo you can see the legendary photographer Terry O’Neill next to Madiba’s PA, Zelda le Grange.

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March 11

Some of you might remember my previous post on film cameras and my (slight) obsession with the top end range Nikon film cameras. Since this post, I have now become¬† a few steps closer to my dream of owning all of the high end Nikon film cameras – from the original Nikon F up to their latest film flagship the Nikon F6. I am very proud to say that, thanks to E-bay (and the wife’s permission), I have already bought the F, F3 and F4 cameras, so my collection is indeed growing!

On a recent trip to Istanbul we loaded the F4 with a selection of Ilford black & white films and I was very impressed with the results. You’ve got to just love the grain and mood that you can only create with a film camera! These are a selection of images taken around the fish markets near the Galata Bridge, the famous Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar (one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5000 shops). Istanbul, by the way, is one of the most amazing places we’ve ever visited and we hope you enjoy looking through these few images as much as we enjoyed being there and shooting them!

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October 03

When I talk to other photographers about cameras and their camera gear, I always joke and say that when I win the Lotto, I’ll start spending it by buying the whole top end range of Nikon film cameras, from the original F up to the F6. (The only problem is: I don’t even play the Lotto – I think I only once bought a ticket and this was about 12 years ago!)

I don’t know why, but I just love these cameras, especially the F3 and F4, they are beautiful solid workhorses that have been used by so many legendary photographers across the globe. One of my favourite film photographers has to be Bang Bang Club member, Ken Oosterbroek, he was nominated the South African Press Photographer of The Year three times and won numerous World Press awards.

Anyways, I was fortunate enough to learn photography and start out on film cameras. My first a Pentax SP1000 and later a Pentax P30T, both manual focus cameras. But technology evolved and soon auto focus cameras were available. I got my very first auto focus camera, the Nikon F801s. This was later followed by the F90x and F5.

I think every photographer should start off by using film cameras, there is just no better way to learn the basics of photography, gear and composition. It has become way to easy to just be able to look at the back of your camera and make a few adjustments accordingly. In my “Pentax-era”, I was shooting mostly black & white, using Ilford FP4 and HP5 film. Now, my eldest brother went on to be a newspaper photographer and conveniently, I was lucky to be able to send the film off to him to be developed in his darkroom. The prints he sent back were usually accompanied by a long letter with some tips on how to improve my photography skills (no email in those days…).

Up until today I am still very grateful to both my brothers for their influence on my photography career. When my eldest brother and his family came to visit us from South Africa a few weeks ago, I was over the moon when he brought me his old Nikon FM2 with 50mm f1.4 lens – the perfect way to give my film adventures a kick start!

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