Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Grand Finale: Cape Town and stadium as seen walking along Table Mountain Road

Hope you have a great New Years Eve

I will be spending it with a group of friends in Milnerton
and hope to catch the fire works over Cape Town at midnight

Pity I need to use a huge FromJoanne signature but I noticed some bloggers using my images, small enough so that no one can read the blog address and then they "forget" to mention that they do not own that image

so I will print my signature clearer instead of discreet as I used to do

These photos are from the walk along the disused Table Mountain road last saturday
unfortunately it started raining during my shoot

Click Images to see large

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The first soccer match will be played in the breathtaking beautiful new Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 23January, 2010

The Mother City’s two professional teams Ajax Cape Town and Santos will play in the first sports event to be held, in this gorgeous brand new stadium, on Saturday 23 January 2010. The Cape Town Soccer Festival
The purpose of the inaugural event is to test the readiness of the stadium, its systems and processes.A maximum of 20 000 tickets will be sold via Computicket for this event, it will be more than a football game as there will be participation from local musicians and artists Like "Freshly Ground"

V& A Waterfront
You can see the green lit up Waterfest stage and the stream of tourist charter boats returning from their sunset cruise

"Navios Happiness"enters Cape Town Harbour

V&A Waterfront on Monday night Johnny Clegg played again for the Waterfest
btw I could hear him clearly sing last saturday during my shoot,while I was high up on the old Table Mountain road

This is what I am going to attend :
The second event scheduled for the stadium is the Cape Town Stadium Rugby Festival featuring the Boland Invitational 15 against Vodacom Stormers. This game will also host a match between the S. A. 10’s Legends vs an International 10’s legends as a curtain raiser for the main game.

This is ofcourse the same image as at the top but i edited this one in Picasa and the top one in Picnik and now I am not sure ..
which one do you prefer ?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Misty aerial night shot of new World Cup Stadium in Cape Town from Table Mountain

It was 7.30  pm by the time I was on Table Mountain
 It was cloudy and grey the city was lying in a haze
but  I was there to shoot the lights so wasn't that fazed by it, enjoying the view tremendously I always feel so alive when I am up there :) but by the time it was dark to my dismay it started drizzling as well,
however it did give an eery feeling to my photos ...
by the time I was ready shooting it was 9 PM

and when I turned to go home this is what Table Mountain looked like
Do not worry I had an armed guard with me yet even so... I walked fast
 to get to my car !
More tomorrow...

Friday, December 25, 2009

From the World Cup 2010 Cape Town Stadium I wish you all a sparkling Christmas

My Christmas gift to you all where ever you are in the world I hope you have a wonderful Christmas
It was difficult to choose the images for this special day
I hope you like these !

Thursday, December 24, 2009

World Cup Soccer 2010 Cape Town Stadium in Green Point on a cloudy day

The mountains were hidden in the clouds except Signal Hill straight ahead

Spanking new part of Fritz Sonnenberg Road

 Devil's Peak is now totally hidden by the clouds
but the light was really beautiful

On the bottom left you can see the parking area entrance

Table Mountain is hidden in the clouds
I am standing close to the Green Point light house here
If you look  here
you will see where I was standing Note the buildings

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cape Town Stadium Glowing with pride !

I was just in the middle of taking this shot when a fellow "flickerite" walked up to me
with the question of....
If interested read the story here
and see his photos which can be purchased if wished

Devils Peak and table Mountain just peeking over the steps

Fritz Sonnen berg Road
This was actually the first shot I took of the evening at 7.30 PM

Devils Peak, Table Mountain and Signal Hill

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Diamond of Cape Town reflected in the Metropolitan golf course water feature

The 2010 FIFA Soccer Stadium Cape Town and Table Mountain during the blue hour As usual I could have stayed forever, just shooting.....but instead was there  for just over an hour

Unfortunately the sprinklers were going full speed and popping up in the most unexpected places
I would have liked to walk around the stadium but alas I was already getting damp from the spray where I was standing

Monday, December 21, 2009

Kirstenbosch by candlelight 6000 Capetonians and me singing Christmas songs under the African stars

A flower seller close to the entrance of Kirstenbosch

It was a first for me but this is a long standing tradition in Cape Town
There were 6000 people singing Christmas carols in Kirstenbosch

At 5PM whole families and friends young and old brought a picnic and sat on the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden lawn
everybody got a paper bag and a candle which is lit as soon as it is dark
and a song sheet so you can sing along

At 8 PM the fun started

The setting alone is spectacular but the whole event is so atmosheric
really special

Traditional Christmas Carols accompanied by the Cape Town Concert Brass Band
and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir

Believe it or not but I did not take one photo of the stadium today !
So I like to take the opportunity to recommend an excellent  virtual tour of the Cape Town Stadium
created by a very talented photographer in Cape Town
see it here

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cape Town Stadium the closest I can get without jumping right in

I wonder what the view is like from those seats near the "port holes"
or whatever you call those openings to the outside, it must be amazing

Click on images to see large version
BTW the green lights in the foreground are really that green
and the reason the roof is not blue like here
is that only the inside lights were on and not the 350 spotlights in the roof which make up the "Ring of fire "

You have no idea how annoyed I get when the photo is blown out like here ..
so anyway the well lit :) white road is the new Granger Bay Boulevard which gives access to the stadium
that is where I stood when I took these shots (the last 2 images)

And this is a close up of the V&A Waterfront
it is very busy now with  tourists from other parts of South Africa and abroad
Note the Aqua Festival sign, you can see the seating area and the floating platform