Creative Workshops in Napier

Most tourists only know Napier of landmark; the DR-Church, a magnificent building. They pass the village and stop only to make a picture of the church or go into one of the eateries. But there is sooo much more. Napier is a destination in its own right with not only artists but with a toy museum (by appointment) beautiful vistas (just take the time to explore the back roads); a miniature steam engine maker (with global export), a military museum, a pottery, the largest sundial in South Africa, a 90 yr old woman making bird dens for sale at ‘Greta’s Place’ along the main road (many collector’s items over there), etc. etc.

Since recently Stellar Lodge and Private Gallery Napier also offer three day workshops jewellery making, painting and photography for beginners (including light lunch etc.).

But what makes this village also an outstanding multi-day destination is that is centrally located in the Overberg with places as Gansbaai, Cape Agulhas, Hermanus, Arniston, Swellendam and Greyton within 1 hour drive. For an active affordable holiday think twice….

More info: greenc2 -at- me.com or +27 (0)60 712 4001 We can also mediate in finding the right accommodation,

Warm Greetings from a beautiful lodge in Stanford

The Stanford River Lodge offers great picturesque views in tranquil surroundings (just to use a cliche … but it’s true!)

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Beauty in Stanford

It’s not easy to find people in a small village like Stanford who want to pose for a photo shoot. Especially the women are seemingly shy or ashamed of their looks… Whatever.

Bur Karunda, who hates to be photographed, said without any hesitation “Yes”. She’s a natural talent and we’re pretty sure that if she wants to she’ll become a top model. Karunda is talented, intelligent and has a mind of her own. She’s also eager to learn.

Here a few images of Karunda during her first photo shoot.

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Early Morning View

From our verandah (“Stoop” in South Africa) we enjoy an amazing view on the Klein Rivier Mountains. At 6 AM this morning it was a joy to have a cup of coffee. Life in Stanford is great!

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Sunset in Stanford

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Battle of the Giants

Yesterday we published about our first experience with Adobe Photoshop (as part of Adobe CS6 Premium Production software). Today we show you our second attempt of composing a new picture with this software. It’s slightly better (we named it ‘Battle of the Giants’) and it tells more of an imaginary story. Still a long way to go. In a few months or so we hope to show you some real progress.

In the background (main picture) our village (Stanford, South Africa)  by night. Added elements are partly the same (FABRIKK Gassenschau, Switzerland, enormously entertaining even if you don’t understand Swiss/German) and partly taken in and around our house (plants, wooden dog, lampshade).

It’s a low resolution picture but if you want a high resolution one for FREE just send your email address to greenc2 -at- me -dot- com.

 

And here: Battle of the Giants -Part 2 (Attack of the planets)

Moon Harvest

Last week a new iMac was delivered together with Adobe CS6 Premium Production software which includes amongst others Premiere Pro (movie editing) and Photoshop. All together a very extensive software program and it will take a few months before we can master the majority of possibilities. This week we started to ‘play’ with Photoshop. Amazing to experience how we were able to manipulate pictures and we are just at the beginning of the exploration. The very low resolution photo assemble you see at the top is just an example. Note: the original Moon picture (see below and made with Sony Alpha77 VQ with Sigma 70-300 lens) was a 20MB file and the additions (snapshots with Sony Cybershot) 75KB each. That explains why the end result is far from perfect but it provides at least an indication of the direction we’re looking into: creating art posters in limited editions. It will take at least 6 to 8 months before we start marketing these via online shops in amongst others the USA and the African Continent. Here are the pictures of which the featured photograph is assembled:

Main picture made from our verandah in Stanford, South Africa. Shot in RAW format with Sony A77VQ (original 20MB file)
Actors; shot with snap shooter during performance of FABRIKK (outdoor theatre spectacle) in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Director: shot with snap shooter during performance of FABRIKK (outdoor theatre spectacle) in Winterthur, Switzerland.
Low resolution picture made with Sony Cybershop (our snapshooter) in Stanford, South Africa
‘Butterfly Brigitte’ shot with snap shooter during performance of FABRIKK (outdoor theatre spectacle) in Winterthur, Switzerland.