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Month: August, 2009

Jordy Smith

For you who don’ know who Jordy Smith is, he is South Africa’s top surfer at the moment. To read some more about him go to his website where you can find all the information you need.

I took some images of him in 2008 at the Billabong Pro in Jeffreys Bay at Supertubes, which is rated as one of the best surfing spots in the world.

I took the images with a Nikon D3 and a 400mm F2.8 lens and a 1.4 converter attached to it. Most of the time i’m shooting surfing on aperture priority with the aperture set to around F8. The reason for this is to get some of the wave in focus as well because this is so much part of the beauty of the sport.

Another setting which is always handy on the D3 when shooting surfing is the 3D – tracking system where the camera’s focusing system locks onto a color and tracks the subject by keep on locking onto this specific color. In rugby,soccer and other team sports it doesn’t work because there are for instance 15 players on the field with red jerseys.

Oh yes the main reason for using this 3D – tracking is so one can actually frame the surfer in the photo. Say it’s a off the lip shot you want the surfer in the top third of the image so one can still see the bottom of the wave and the other way round for a bottom turn.

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Gavin Hunt

What does it take to win the win the PSL(Premier Soccer League) two times in a row.  The answer is Gavin Hunt as head coach and a well balanced side which he got in Supersport United.

This guy got so much passion and is so much part of the game that there is no way his players can’t play up to their full potential.

On Wednesday 26 August Celtic FC. played Supersport at Seisa Ramabodu in Bloemfontein and i took a couple of images of Gavin. You can go and watch them on You will then understand what the real meaning of the word passion is.

Here is one of the images that i took with a Nikon D3 and a 400mm F2.8 lens.

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Cape Town

Hereby attached two images i took on a trip to Cape Town last year June. If you see all the picture possibilities when you’re in Cape Town you then realize why it is seen as one of the top 5 most popular visited cities in the world.


Campsbay – June 2008



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Jan Smuts Building UCT – June 2008


Wynand Olivier – 164km/hr.

Early Sunday morning 23 August 2009 Wynand was arrested for driving at 164km/hr on the N1 near the Olifantsfontein off ramp. Here a image i took on 25 July this year in Bloemfontein during the test against the All Blacks.

I got the pan effect in Photoshop and basically this is how i did it.

1. Open image

2. Press control J to double layer.

3. Go to filters,Blur,Motion Blur and set to 100 pix.

4. Go to layers palette and press Mask.

5. Set front color to black.

6. Press Alt Backspace and filter effect will disappear.

7. Press B for brush and set relative big and press shift and left bracket a few times to soften brush.

8. Press X and start to brush blur effect on places where you want the effect.

9. Press Control Shift E to compress the layers.



Cheetahs vs Boland – 22 August 2009

The Cheetahs beat the Boland 59-8 in a Currie cup game today at Vodacom Park Bloemfontein. Although Boland wasn’t really a match for the Cheetahs they never let go and didn’t play badly at all.

Coenie Oosthuizen or Shrek as he is known by his friends played very well specially in the tight loose and showed that the Springbok selectors must have a closer look at him sooner or later. You can write his name down because you going to hear a lot of him in the future. I think it’s the new Os in the making.

Here a image of Shrek taking with a Nikon D3 and a Nikon 400mm F2.8 lens.

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Usain Bolt – Jamaica

Usain Bolt made history by winning the 200m in a new world record in a time of 19,19 sec. at the World Athletic Champs in Berlin today. What is more interesting is that Jamaica so far has won five gold medals.

For a country so small this is quit remarkable. i got this stats from the Internet which will give you an idea how small it really is. I would say about half the size of the Freestate.

Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1494, Jamaica remained a Spanish colony until captured by the English in 1655. It gained its independence in 1962, and is an important force in the tourism economy and politics of the Caribbean. 

It’s about the size of the U.S. State of Connecticut, and measures 4,400 square miles. It’s 145 miles from east to west, and 20 and 50 miles from north to south.

Jamaica is dominated by mountains, mostly covered with lush, green forests. Blue Mountain is the highest point, at 7,402 feet. 

 White beaches surround this tropical island, and over 100 small rivers (mostly streams) flow from the mountains to the Caribbean coast. 

 Located 95 miles south of Cuba, Jamaica is known for many things – but certainly on top of any list are the numerous idyllic beach resorts, local pirate history, Reggae music, culture and food, and of course, delicious Blue Mountain Coffee. 

Quick Facts and Figures 

arrow Official Name Jamaica 

arrow Capital City Kingston (590,000) 

arrow Languages English, Creole 

arrow Flag and description here 

arrow Official Currency Jamaican Dollar 

arrow Currency Converter here 

arrow Religions Protestant, others 

arrow Population 2,772,000 

arrow Land Area 10,830 sq km (4,181 sq miles) 

arrow Latitude/Longitude 18º 15N, 77º 30W 

arrow Highest Point Blue Mountain (2,256 meters) 


Caster Semenya – 800m Gold medalist

A storm burst round the head of 800m Gold Medalist Caster Semenya after her gender was in question and the IAAf asked ASA that she must undergo a gender test to confirm that she is actually a women.

“We condemn the way she was linked with such media speculation and allegation, especially on a day she ran in the final of her first major world event,” said Gideon Sam, president of South Africa’s Olympic governing body.

Semenya, 18, won the 800m final in 1minute 55.45 seconds in Berlin on Wednesday, shortly after the International Association of Athletics Federations announced she would have to undergo a gender test.

The verification test, which takes weeks to complete, requires a physical medical evaluation, and includes reports from a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, an internal medicine specialist and an expert on gender.

Gender testing used to be mandatory for female athletes at the Olympics, but the screenings were dropped in 1999.

One reason for the change was that not all women have standard female chromosomes. In addition, there are cases of people who have ambiguous genitalia or other congenital conditions.

The most common cause of sexual ambiguity is congenital adrenal hyperplasia, an endocrine disorder where the adrenal glands produce abnormally high levels of hormones.

Hereby a image i took in 2008 at the SA High Schools Athletic Championships in Rustenburg.

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Photoshop Layouts

The last week and a half i spend a lot of time organizing and updating my database. If one is busy with stuff like this one always come along stuff you did in the past that look so nice and let one wonder why you have never shared this with anyone in the past.

Here a few images i took and layouts i did in photoshop in 2007.









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Blue Bulls vs Griquas – 15 August 2009

Griquas unbeaten record were crashed by a bad decision in the last fifteen minutes of the Currie Cup rugby match between them and the Blue Bulls in Kimberley on 15 August 2009.  Around fifteen minutes before the end of the game Griqaus got a penalty in a kick able position but decide to go for the line out and get a try from there. At this stage they were 6 points ahead and the penalty would have put them nine points ahead. 

The pressure would have been on the Bulls from this stage but was on the Griquas who lost the game 25-24 when the bulls scored in the last minute under the poles.

Here a image of Jacques Lombaard driving forward with the ball with Jonathan Mokuena the captain and eigthman of Griquas supporting him.

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Two new world records in five minutes

Cameron  vd Burgh and Roland Schoeman sets up new world records at the SA National Short Course Champs in Pietermaritzburg today the 8th of August 2009.

First Cameron won the 50m Breast stroke in a time of 25.43 sec and right after this event Roland won the 50m Butterfly in a time of 20.30 sec.

After his second world record for the night in the 100m breast Cameron had this to say;

“When I swim in the FINA/Arena World Cup series I get US$ 10 000 every-time I break a world record, so I am actually making life difficult for myself by taking so much time off the world marks here in Pietermaritzburg, but it just proves that I swim for the passion and its not always about the money,” said van der Burgh.

“It’s not like athletics. I can’t raise the bar a centimetre at each event. I can’t control speed according to fractions of a second. I just have to race as fast as possible.”

“I am in good form now having come to KwaZulu Natal straight after the FINA World Championships, and with the African leg of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup happening in Durban from October 16-17, I will have to see how my form is then. But the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban is more conducive to fast times.”

“The swimming pool there has touch-pads on both ends of the pool. Here in Pietermaritzburg, there are touch pads only at one end, and I am slipping a bit on the wall when I do the turns at the other end which probably costs me around 0,2 secs in a race.”

Here images of Cameron and Roland celebrating their world records. Photos taken with a Nikon D3 and a 400mm F2.8 lens.

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