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Apple Tree Organic Farm 02 at the Boeremark

Apple Tree Organic Farm 02 at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Apple Tree Organic Farm 02 at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:22 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/100 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 34mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

This is the second in a series of two photographs that I took at Sheila’s’ Apple Tree Organic Farm stall at the Boeremark (farmer’s market), Silverton, Pretoria.

I like the fact that their chickens are really Free Range. Among other things, they are allowed to run around outdoors – and could even get rained on if they are not taken inside. They are also not given growth hormones and the plethora of antibiotics that are given to battery chickens.

Another nice feature when buying from Apple Tree Organic Farm stall is their printed newsletter they put with your purchase, as you can see in the photograph of Sheila in action. There are usually short, interesting articles about an experience/happening on their farm during the past week. Also recommendations to places they might have eaten out at, ways to save money, recipes, ideas for useful projects around the house and on the back page they have a price list of their produce. A really cool idea!

You Can contact Sheila on 073 257 5610 if you have any questions about their product range or to place an order with them.

You can read more about, and see more images of the Die Boeremark (The Farmer’s Market) in Pretoria east by browsing through this website and on my John Golden Photography website.

Miniature 01

Miniature_01.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Miniature_01. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-06-28 02:46 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/4.8
Exposure time 1/125 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 116mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

When I saw this miniature scene at a friends house I could not stop myself… I simply had to photograph the scene. The miniature scene was compelling to me. I was drawn into the scene and this is what I saw.

I have posted another shot of this miniature scene and other photographs on my John Golden Photography website.

In a previous posting I said that I will post a photograph I made of a near conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 where these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image. Watch out for this in the next few days.

Bread Boutique cappuccino 02

Bread Boutique cappuccino 02.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Bread Boutique cappuccino 02. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-04 11:03 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/9
Exposure time 1/50 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand Held

My wife and I returned to the newly opened Bread Boutique in Pretorius Street in Pretoria CBD, directly opposite State Theater’s Scene Dock/Service Entrance.

The Bread Boutique is a small restaurant/coffee shop. Since my wife and I are vegetarians we suspected the menu would be a problem for us. However we were pleasantly surprised to find how accommodating they were toward us and our needs.

Even more impressive was their filter coffee and cappuccino… My wife and I have been regular cappuccino drinkers for decades now and know when we are fortunate enough to stumble upon a great ore. Well the Bread Boutique’s cappuccinos are just great; of the best in Pretoria. Strong, yet rich in flavor and not overbearing.

We loved the fact that the waiter was present yet never intrusive or overbearing and never made us feel rushed. Once again we decided to take it easy in their nice new leather sofas, enjoying a relaxed conversation with the early morning sun streaming through the window that we were sitting at.

The photo above shows a little of the fine touch the Bread Boutique offers to their customers.

The Bread Boutique, try it. I honestly don’t think they will disappoint you.

For more photographs of the Bread Boutique, go to the John Golden Photography website and have a look under the “Portrait” and “Other” categories in the “Portfolio” section.

Bread Boutique cappuccino 01

Bread Boutique cappuccino 01.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Bread Boutique cappuccino 01. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-04 11:01 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/20
Exposure time 1/30 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 26mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand Held

My wife and I returned to the newly opened Bread Boutique in Pretorius Street in Pretoria CBD, directly opposite State Theater’s Scene Dock/Service Entrance.

The Bread Boutique is a small restaurant/coffee shop. Since my wife and I are vegetarians we suspected the menu would be a problem for us. However we were pleasantly surprised to find how accommodating they were toward us and our needs.

Even more impressive was their filter coffee and cappuccino… My wife and I have been regular cappuccino drinkers for decades now and know when we are fortunate enough to stumble upon a great ore. Well the Bread Boutique’s cappuccinos are just great; of the best in Pretoria. Strong, yet rich in flavor and not overbearing.

We loved the fact that the waiter was present yet never intrusive or overbearing and never made us feel rushed. Once again we decided to take it easy in their nice new leather sofas, enjoying a relaxed conversation with the early morning sun streaming through the window that we were sitting at.

The photo above shows a little of the romantic atmosphere we were experiencing.

The Bread Boutique, try it. I honestly don’t think they will disappoint you.

For more photographs of the Bread Boutique, go to the John Golden Photography website and have a look under the “Portrait” and “Other” categories in the “Portfolio” section.

Franka Solidia II Oil Painting

franka-solidia-ii-oil-painting. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-oil-painting. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 11:16 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1.3 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 49mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

After processing a couple of photographs of this camera I thought that converting an immage into an oil painting effect would look quite interesting. Here is the end result of that conversion.

Franka Solidia II 04

franka-solidia-ii-04. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-04. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 12:14 PM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/22
Exposure time 4 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 70mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

I took four photographs of this camera of my mother and treated each one differently in Lightroom. There was no way that I could not do a Black and White version of this camera. This is the third one of the four.

Franka Solidia II 03

franka-solidia-ii-03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 11:16 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1.3 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 49mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

I took four photographs of this camera of my mother and treated each one differently in Lightroom. This is the third one of the four.

Franka Solidia II 02

franka-solidia-ii-02. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-02. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 11:13 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 0.8 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +2 step
Focal length 49mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

The Franka Solidia II was manufactured for a short period from 1956. Production was probably discontinued in 1966.

I took four photographs of the camera and treated each one differently in Lightroom. This is the second one of the four.

Franka Solidia II 01

franka-solidia-ii-01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

franka-solidia-ii-01. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-08-21 10:44 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/11
Exposure time 3.2 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +1.7 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

I decided to have some fun taking a few photographs of my mom’s old bellows camera. I love this old camera… When I look at it I get a warm and romantic olden-times feeling.

These cameras were manufactured for a short period – from 1956 and production probably was discontinued in 1966. According to Malcolm Grant Purvis, “The Franka factory was sold to Wirgin in 1962. Production ended in 1966.” You can see what he has to say about these cameras and their history at Malcolm’s Website. You can also read all about the Franka cameras at Camerapedia.

The lighting was all experimental.

Main light source:- An Apek 150W Halogen flood light – the kind one would use to light up your driveway.
This light was mounted on a tripod behind the black screen in the background of the image. (I purposely did not iron out the creases in the fabric used in these images to help give a more authentic feel to the pictures.)

The floodlight was positioned a little more than a meter away from the Solidia II and had a translucent diffuser positioned between it and the scene to soften the edges of the shadows the light would cast.

Secondary light source:- Natural light came in from a large window to the right of the image. I used Lightroom to remove the blue cast that the natural light caused in the shadows of the image.

Props:- The leather case was an optional extra that was purchased at the time that the camera was bought.

On the table is some film that was exposed by the camera and prints that were made many decades ago from those exposures – probably during the early 1960s.

The cup was added to help add some depth to the foto and also to create a little more interest as well.

I took four photographs and treated each one differently in Lightroom. This is the first one of the four.

Torch light painting 03

torch-light-painting-03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

torch-light-painting-03. © 2014 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2014-07-24 10:24 AM
Camera Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
F-stop f/16
Exposure time 10 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 35mm
Flash mode No flash, compulsory
Mount Tripod

Later on the same day I decided to be a little more adventurous and create a more complicated still life to do light painting on. This is the result of that first experiment. As you can see not much thought went into composition since this was only intended to be an experiment. The photographing of this was quite tricky since I used 6 different light passes over the scene; each one 10 seconds long. The final result of some of the passes were a little too under exposed. This resulted in me having to do more post processing on these layers than I would have liked to do. However the final result of these com-posited images is not bad.


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