Saturday, December 5, 2009

No fireworks from the Cape Town Stadium on the Final Draw" night

Well since I was hosting a "Final Draw" party at home I didn't have the time to attend to my blog That was a first btw so the above image is from this morning As another PVC panel is being attached

There was precious little activity around the stadium or Green Point yesterday apart from the military helicopter and jet cruising around in the sky and the rest you saw on TV :)
The stadium was lit since they were working through the night but not as fully lit as on some other nights
 I suppose they didn't want to take all the "shine" away from next year

Friday, December 4, 2009

FIFA Executive Committee holds historic meeting on Robben Island

South Africa's Dream is about to begin... 1 day to go to the Final Draw
I happened to be on a boat when the Fifa Executive Comittee returned from Robben island around 5 o"clock
on 5 different boats

It was an eventful trip this is Sol kerzner's  "One and Only" toy

While we were waitng for our turn to enter the V&A Waterfront basin
I was so excited to spot this fish
I have no idea what its called but it was huge !

I have now been told that it is the ocean sunfish, Mola mola, or common mola, its the heaviest known bony fish in the world. It has an average adult weight of 1,000 kg !
(2,200 lb)

And then there was almost a disaster happening in full view of the Fifa Commitee, the "Sarah Baartman" had a pilot on board but she almost rammed the quay, our own skipper saw it coming, even from the angle we were at, it was obvious that she wasn't going to make it through the channel
All thrusters were going full force and she just stopped short of the Quay

 There was tremendous activity in the skies above the Common today
Lots of helicopters.. I assume some VIPs were shown the night lights of Cape Town
and what a sight it was again with a red rising moon this time
and by the way the facade on the Sea side of the Stadium is finnished
its just a few more strips on this side and a halfstrip on the East side
Pity they didn't quite make it for the FianlDraw but who cares its a beauty at night and so imposing during the day !

Oh and there was a big military helicopter which kept circling around,
then at 10 PM the military jet flew over a few times
and there was a Navy ship patrolling between Robben island and Green Point

Ok Guys ?
Let the party begin !
The "Sea Princess"  as you can see doesn't care too much about the environment

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Breathtaking view of WC 2010 Cape Town Stadium lit up under a full moon

Tonight a full moon lit up the scenery beautifully around the almost finnished Cape Town Stadium
Another strip of the facade was attached on this side of the stadium

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This is the awe inspiring view from the new-ish restaurant on the Delaire Graff Estate estate
which includes a hotel to be opened beginning 2010
owned by the British billionaire Laurence Graff of Graff Diamonds International

I was lucky to have been invited for a 3 course lunch and although I have been to quite some wine estates
this South African farm on the Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch beats  all others on sheer luxury stunning architecture and art Thankfully I didnt have to foot the bill since the prices are steep

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Water club Granger Bay, Night Shoot of the WC 2010 Cape Town Stadium

Wow what a nice evening it was
 I cant begin  tell you how much I enjoy being there surrounded by the incredible beauty of my surroundings
and that includes the stadium ...

Read here about the Waterclub and for rent in the Waterclub
here Its not cheap....

 During a calm spell.... at times the wind was quite strong yet warm
It really was a gorgeous balmy evening

The lights on Table Mountain were on till 9 PM

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This was actually the first shot of the evening

If you like to rent a place in the Water Club
here are :

I was amazed to see so many cranes
 Its absolutely hectic on the Atlantic side of the stadium

Ok I did check this image carefully but couldnt see anybody in a compromising position unfortunately :)
I must say that half of the time I couldnt see what I was shooting, with some strong lights practically blinding me and the rest in deep darkness

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

4 days to go to the "Final Draw ", 2010 WC Cape Town Soccer Stadium on the last night in November

Click image to see large It was full moon ..
On Dec 4th at 7 PM local time the "Final Draw" kicks off in Cape Town, the start of the World Cup 2010 event

The world will turn its attention to the Mother City like never before. The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ final draw show will be broadcast from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) to millions of viewers across the globe. Many high-profile visitors from all corners of the world will attend the event itself. Celebrities, sports stars, world leaders and dignitaries will sit amongst the audience, eager to hear the draw results.
Read on :
The "Final Draw"

An interesting story about South Africa's 10 Stadia here
Live on will have extensive coverage of the Final Draw, including eye-witness stories, interviews and features. In a similar vein to the extremely popular EMIRATES MatchCast used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, there will also be a live DrawCast on Using the DrawCast, users will be able to follow live commentary and also interact through Fanchat as the drama begins to unfold.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sunday, November 29, 2009

One hour changing shades of colour images of the new World Cup 2010 Cape Town Stadium

I am always amazed at how the facade changes colour rapidly in appearance during the sunset hour and beyond
I had wanted to photograph the Atlantic Ocean side of the stadium (North side) but the weather had suddenly changed mid afternoon and it was absolutely grey and horrible so I didn't bother I had no images but I know that I can always take some shots at night if I have nothing to post :)
but in this case while the sun set the sky changed rapidly and wow it really was stunning again
I have photos where the sky is so red you will think its not natural even the sea was red So I didn't post them :)