Meet The Team

Peter Haarhoff

(Languages: English and Afrikaans)

Q: How or when did you “develop” an interest in photography?

A: I always had an interest in photography, even at school I was part of the photographic club, although I have to admit- it was mainly to get out of PT.

Q: How long have you been taking photographs?

A: All my life, started out with a Kodak 110 camera, but got serious about it with my first job- in a photographic retail store. There I was trained as a studio and wedding photographer.

Q: Did you study photography?

A: Nope, unfortunately not. Wanted to, but due to limited finances growing up, I couldn’t. I learned everything I know “on the job”

Q: What photographic equipment do you currently use?

A: Canon EOS 5D Mk3 with a 16-35mm f2.8, 24-105mm f4, 70-200mm f2.8, Canon 1.4x extender and 580EX Speedlights.

Q: What is the one piece of gear you can’t go without?

A: My iPhone. It’s with me where ever I go, and you know what they say about the best camera- it’s the one you have with you. All the photographs on my Instagram page is taken with my iPhone. It also have handy Apps to check  where the sun or moon will set or rise, finding the South Celestial Pole and calculating long time exposures.

Q: What type of photography do you enjoy?

A: I’m a people’s photographer and very good at it. I love people. I can get them (especially children) to relax very quickly and that helps to get natural looking photographs. I don’t mind shooting in the studio, with off camera flash or natural light. But if you had to ask me where my passion lies, I would say Black and White seascapes taken with a slow shutter speed to record motion in the waves. I love it, it’s almost like a meditation for me. They say a camera doesn’t lie, but when you take fast moving water with a slow shutter speed, you create something you can’t see with your own eyes. I am a big fan of B&W photography- digital or 35mm. Oh, and star trail and Milky Way photographs. It’s not so much the photographs you get, but more about the places it takes you and sitting somewhere in the middle of nowhere looking at the star clustered heavens are just magical. It’s like God is putting on a show just for you. I suppose to put it in a nutshell, I enjoy all types of photography!

Q: What do you love about being a photographic tour guide in Cape Town?

A: I meet fantastic people, I get to share what I’ve learned over the years, and I get to brag about our beautiful country very day! I can honestly say with me the old cliché is true- If you do what you love- you won’t work a day in your life. All I’m doing is taking friends (some new, some not so new) out to go and take fantastic photographs!

Q: What is the best photograph you have ever taken?

A: The one I will take tomorrow…

Q: Where is your favourite place to photograph?

A: Oooh- so many places to choose from. Kalk Bay where I live and work. Definitely. I enjoy photographing people in the townships, street photography in Woodstock and trying to get that perfect shot of Table Mountain. But I will have to say Namibia (and Ethosa) is still top on my list of places to photograph.

Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in photography?

A: Stop looking at other people’s photographs and start taking more of your own.

Cliff Rossenrode

(Languages: English and Swahili)

Q: How or when did you “develop” an interest in photography?

A: I used to see my Dad going into his darkroom, to develop some monochrome photographs, he emerged, hours later, with a couple of interesting images. That pricked my curiosity. I started out with a Box Brownie, with 120 film. Had fun in the darkroom, but usually I liked trying out the latest cameras and over the years, often had the latest, fandangled model, Nikkormat, Canon AE1, Minolta 707, Nikon FM, to name a few. That’s why I went into the Photo Retail market, because here I could play with any new model that was out!

Q: How long have you been taking photographs?

A: I forget!

Q: Did you study photography?

A:  Yes, I did a Photographic course at the Durban Technikon, under a guy called Obie Oberholtzer, who, I still somewhat admire and emulate.

Q: What photographic equipment do you currently use?

A: I use Canon `DSLR, Canon G11 (that needs to replaced because of dead pixels) a Nikon P7100 and Canon Powershot D10 (underwater camera)

Q: What is the one piece of gear you can’t go without?

A: My G11

Q: What type of photography do you enjoy?

A: Wildlife, Scenic, Street, People and Travel, actually most except studio and food!

Q: What do you love about being a photographic tour guide in Cape Town?

A: I love the endless colour, textures and people of Cape Town, and that goes for all Africa.

Q: What is the best photograph you have ever taken?

A: Ha! I still have to take it!

Q: Where is your favourite place to photograph?

A: Africa!

Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in photography?

A: That’s a BIG question – I think that someone should start with the photographing the things, places or people that they know. If someone likes people images, then go, take photographs of people they know; If they like scenery, then go to the places they like or popular spots, with the challenge of getting fresh perspectives; and so on.

For me, a strong motivation is look at other top photographer’s work, see what make their images stand out and see if one can improve it.

There are thousands of Photographers out there but we all see things diffently, so there are endless fun photographic possibilities.

Melanie Delamare

(Languages: English and French)

Q: How or when did you “develop” an interest in photography?

A: My passion for photography started naturally when I first got a camera on my 10th birthday but I did not realise yet that I had a talent for it. When I saw the impact, my photos has on people I begin taking my work seriously.

Q: How long have you been taking photographs?

A: Professionally speaking… about 10 years and still loving it.

Q: Did you study photography?

A: I did a 2 months course in 2016.

Q: What photographic equipment do you currently use?

A: I use a Canon 5D Mark III, 70-200mm 2.8f Canon lens, 24-70mm 2.8f Canon lens

Q: What is the one piece of gear you can’t go without?

A: 70-200mm 2.8f Canon lens. For me, it is one of the best lenses EVER for any type of photography.

Q: What type of photography do you enjoy?

A: I enjoy all types of photography but I mostly enjoy wildlife, portraits and landscapes.

Q: What do you love about being a photographic tour guide in Cape Town?

A: I am a very sociable person so I do enjoy interacting with the people and share our knowledges and experiences. For me, photographic tour guiding is not considered as a job because I always have so much fun and I really love what I do.

Q: What is the best photograph you have ever taken?

A: I have a few I am very proud of but I can’t pick one specific one as they all have their own different style of beauty.

Q: Where is your favourite place to photograph?

A: In any Game reserves, it is the dream!

Q: What advice would you give someone starting out in photography?

A: The key to growing as a photographer is to dedicate and immerse yourself in it on a consistent basis. Passion and enjoyment are key to becoming great at your work.

So, start going out there capturing the beauty of this world that the naked eye can sometimes not see.

CONTACT US

Physical Address:
64 Orange Building, Main Road, Kalk Bay, 7975

Peter Haarhoff
Cell: +(27) 82­  853­ 9939
Fax: +(27) 86­  663­ 4238
E-mail me here

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