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Leather Man at the Boeremark, Pretoria

Leather Man at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Leather Man at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 08:14 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/500 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 18mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

It’s always a pleasant experience to greet Solomon, The Leather Man (a name coined by me, since he has no official business name). He is a friendly and enthusiastic man always in bright colours.

I watched him serving customers and noticed how he listens to their needs. If you want something he hasn’t got on his table, you can place an order and collect it in a weeks time; or for the more impatient shopper he is willing to make the product on the spot during his quiet moments.

I questioned him about his pure leather belts but was unfortunate since the smallest one in the colour and style that I liked was several inches to big for me. Solomon offered to make one for while I waited. However there were no loose buckles lying in his box which I liked. So, he promptly took up the ready made belt which I liked, cut out the buckle, shortened it to my required size, inserted the buckle, trimmed off any rough edges and upon my request also punched another two holes into it. This happened so quickly. I can’t tell you how long I waited. Was it 5 minutes? Was it 10 minutes? I honestly don’t think it was the latter.

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.

Aloe Ferox at the Boeremark (Farmer’s Market) Silverton, Pretoria

Aloe Ferox at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Aloe Ferox at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:24 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/100 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 40mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

I speak under correction when I say Marieline Kruger has been trading her Aloe Ferox products at the Boeremark (the Farmer’s Market) in Pretoria for about 20 years. One thing is for certain, she is there on Saturday mornings before 06:00 with tons of advice and guidance regarding the benefits of her great range of natural products. If you ask her she will keenly hand you a 4 page A5 flyer, listing her numerous products with brief descriptions of their application. These products cover a wide range of uses such as “Wellness”, “Wholesomeness”, “Skin Care” and other general uses such as “Bath Care”, Hair Care”, “Men’s Den”, “Pet Care” and much more.

As I stated previously, you can find Marieline at the Saturday morning Boeremark (the Farmer’s Market) in Pretoria Street, Silverton, Pretoria, or you can call her on 012 991 2679 or 083 421 2783.

You can see more images of the Boeremark in Pretoria east by browsing through this website and on my John Golden Photography website.

Did you see my photograph of the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 when these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image?

Early morning at the Boeremark (Farmer’s Market) Silverton, Pretoria

Early morning  at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Early morning at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:59 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/1600 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 25mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

A typical scene of people relaxing at the Boeremark (the Farmer’s Market) in Pretoria Road, Silverton, Pretoria.

You can see more images of the Boeremark in Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Did you see my photograph of the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 when these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image?

Moon Venus and Jupiter conjunction

Moon Venus and Jupiter conjunction.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Moon Venus and Jupiter conjunction. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-06-20 07:12 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 2.5 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

 

At last. Here is my image of the conjunction between the moon (the very bright object near the center), Venus (the bright star near the bottom) and Jupiter with two of it’s moons (the bright star top right, with one of it’s moons visible just below it and another fainter one just above it).

I took several photographs that evening, trying to get the perfect exposure of this unusual and special scene. Then after several exposures I decided that I would rather expose for Jupiter’s moons. Well, I knew that this would mean the planets and our moon would be severely over exposed I went ahead and took the shots anyway.

Also, I knew that trying to get shots in the can of Jupiter’s moons with a standard 18-55mm lens during dusk in the polluted Pretoria city sky while the moon was nearby and pretty bright would be a challenge… And that is exactly why I went ahead and did it. I loved the idea of the challenge.

I was happy with a few of my attempts I made and decided to process them. Naturally they required some post processing such as cropping of the original image to have the subjects stand out more, darkening the sky to create more contrast and a process to reduce the intensity of the light emitted by Jupiter, Venus and the Moon.

Even though I had taken images of the moon that were well exposed and look great on their own, I decided not to superimpose them into the photograph to replace the over exposed one because I felt that it would detract from the planes and Jupiter’s moons and the image would loose it’s charm, also, one would not be able to see the shaded half of the moon. This is the part of the moon that is not so intensely over exposed in this photograph. This part of the moon is not receiving light from the sun but is receiving sun light which is reflected from the the earth’s surface… Much as we receive moon light at night which is a reflection of the sun’s light to us.

You can see another image of the Moon and planetary conjunction as seen from Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Also go here to see my another photo which I took 20 days earlier of this same 2015 planetary and lunar conjunction.

Lord of the water at the Boeremark

Lord of the water at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Lord of the water at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:57 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/1250 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

Don’t think you can just stand around at the little stream at the Boeremark (Farmer’s Market) in Silverton, Pretoria, and not be approached by one of the locals; hoping to be fed a little tidbit. As all regulars know all to well, the geese are the lords of the water at the Boeremark.

I just love seeing the geese there, they add to the rural feel of the market.

You can see more images of the Boeremark in Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Watch out for my photograph of the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 when these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image.

Social at the Boeremark

Social at the Boeremark.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Social at the Boeremark. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-08-15 07:13 AM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/125 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 31mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

The Boeremark (the Farmer’s Market) in Pretoria Road, Silverton, Pretoria is definitely to place to be early on a Saturday morning. Not just for the amazing variety of fresh produce, food products and hand made goods, but also to an opportunity to socialise with friends, family and strangers. The vibe is laid back and has a bit of the-old-world feel to it.

There are several spots where one can sit, eat, drink and relax. I recommend that you take the opportunity to enjoy some of Moer Koffie’s looovely capo-chino.

You can see more images of the Boeremark in Pretoria east on my John Golden Photography website.

Watch out for my photograph of the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the moon on 2015-06-20 when these three heavenly bodies were close enough to each other for me to be able to capture them in a single image.

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.

The long wait

The long wait.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

The long wait. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-06-25 12:12 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1/400 sec.
ISO speed ISO-200
Exposure bias 0 step
Focal length 55mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Hand held

 

One Saturday in July, at the drop of a hat, my wife and I decided to take a drive out to a small town (not much more than a large village actually) called Cullinan in the Gauteng Province. This is the spot where the famous, largest gem quality diamond with a weight of 3106ct in the rough was found. However, we did not take the opportunity to go into the museum to look up the history of the town. We decided to rather scout the place to see what interesting things we might come across.

Needless to say, we did have a few interesting experiences. I will discuss each one as I upload the image/s that I captured that afternoon.

This captivating scene was in the veld, close to the railway line, not far from the old railway station, where there are a number of interesting antique shops and a realy cool restaurant and pub which have taken over the old station building.

My wife was wandering how long she would have to wait to get a lift in this oooold scrapped DKW! ;-)

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

Previously 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.

Venus Jupiter and the Moon Conjunction

Venus Jupiter and the Moon.  © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

Venus Jupiter and the Moon. © 2015 John Golden. All rights reserved

 

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Date Taken 2015-07-01 06:43 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/5.6
Exposure time 1 sec.
ISO speed ISO-800
Exposure bias +1 step
Focal length 200mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

 

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Date Taken 2015-07-01 07:38 PM
Camera NIKON D3200
F-stop f/8
Exposure time 1/1000 sec.
ISO speed ISO-100
Exposure bias +1 step
Focal length 200mm
Flash mode No flash
Mount Tripod

On July 1st 2015 there was a very unusual and spectacular view in the Pretoria night sky. A planetary conjunction.

Planetary conjunctions, sometimes called planetary alignments, are fairly common, but the one that took place on the evening of Wednesday 2015-07-01 Was pretty rare and not seen to often.

The 2 brightest planets, which are the third and fourth brightest objects in our skies – after the sun and moon, were in a spectacular conjunction. They were so close to each other that If you held the tip of your little finger out at arms length in front of you, between your eye and the 2 bright objects in the sky, they would be blocked from your view. Wow, I must admit that in my lifetime I have never had an opportunity to see that. Experiencing that was a humbling experience and just put so much into perspective for me again.

It was practically a full moon on the night so it was not an ideal night to be photographing stars or planets. However I knew that I could not let an opportunity like this slip by so I took up the challenge to get some photographs. Once I had captured a dozen or so photos I had a look at them on my PC then came to the conclusion that creating a composite photo would create great impact and help me to always retain the memory of my experience from that night.

  • Above is the result of that composite picture. It consists of a long exposure of Venus and Jupiter that were captured in a single image. You will notice one of Jupiter’s moons close to it, which was a bonus in this image. I was hoping to capture any of Jupiter’s moons, but did not expect to be successful because of the bright washed out sky due to the nearby full moon.
  • Inserted into this photo is an almost full moon which was a little too far away to include into the first photo. If I had done that the two planets would have formed tow small dots of light in the bottom left corner of the image and would not have been impressive at all. Also you will notice i had to shoot the moon at a very high shutter speed to preventing it from over exposing and washing out the black sky completely.

I have posted a version of this, and other photographs, on my John Golden Photography website.

Also go here to see my another photo which I took 20 days later of this same 2015 planetary and lunar conjunction.

My next post will be of 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.

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.


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