As an industrial photographer in South Africa, we often pack our bags and fly to remote places like the Northern Cape via Johannesburg. Our mission – solar plant industrial photography of the Aggeneys solar farm.
Biotherm Energy, a Power Africa Partner (driven by USAID) developed the 40 MW solar PV power plant at Aggeneys.
Aggeneys (place of water) is a mining town approximately one hundred kilometers east of Carolusberg on the road between Springbok and Pofadder. The area is rich in copper, zinc, silver, and lead.
Industrial Photography Northern Cape South Africa
We captured industrial still photos of solar plant panels, machinery & staff at work in their PPE.
Power Africa has supported the development of 3,180 megawatts (MW) of electricity generation projects in South Africa.
Solar panels in dusty areas such as the Northern Cape needs regular cleaning to prevent the accumulation and compaction of dirt that can lead to permanent panel damage.
PPE Solar Farms South Africa
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is designed to minimize exposure to system hazards. Standard PPE needed when working on a solar plant include safety footwear (steel capped shoes), longsleeved UV shirts or tops, and hard hats. Additional PPE includes safety glasses, fire-rated clothing, arc flash protection, and hot gloves.
Aggeneys Things To Do Northern Cape
1. Goegap Nature Reserve
The Goegap Nature Reserve with its granite peaks and sandy plains is dominated by Carolusberg, the highest point in the area. Goegap’s There is an enormous collection of succulents endemic to the area. Bird lovers will enjoy the more than 92 recorded bird species.
Visit the Riemvasmaak Hot Springs, which invites visitors to relax in the natural wonder of these therapeutic waters below towering cliffs of 80 meters high.
Riemvasmaak is close to the Namibian border and covers a massive area made up of imposing mountains, extensive desert plains, and miles of wilderness.
Riemvasmaak MTB Trail
This phenomenal area has 7500 hectares of mountain biking bliss! There is a dedicated mountain biking trail to ride on, with different circular routes that vary from 6 to 71 kilometers.
3. Augrabies National Park
The Dassie Trail is easy to do with children, making it popular with families. The self-guided 5km trail begins at the park’s main camp and takes hikers on a circular route that moves from one geological feature to the next, taking in the Potholes, Swartrante, and Moon Rock.
Video production Johannesburg, by Monsoon Photography for the National Science & Technology Forum (NSTF) in South Africa. These videos are aimed at inspiring the youth the follow a career in the science & technology fields. The NSTF Share ‘n Dare programme was started as part of the NSTF Awards. It provides a platform for NSTF Award winners to act as role models and ambassadors for science, engineering, technology (SET), and innovation. The winners share knowledge with youth and communities, inspiring young people to pursue studies and careers in SET and innovation.
Prof Michèle Ramsay is a Professor of Human Genetics in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Wits, Director of the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and Chair of the Department of Science and Innovation National Research Foundation South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI): Bioinformatics and Genomics of African Populations. She won the 2019/2020 NSTF-South32 Lifetime Achievement Award for pioneering genomic medicine approaches in Africa and leading the transcontinental study on factors that contribute to African diseases. “I feel that this is a great honour, not just for me, but for the wonderful groups of people I have worked with throughout my career. My inspiration comes from my students, postdocs and colleagues and I believe that a healthy and supportive work environment brings out the very best in everyone,” says Ramsay. “Putting the need for generating good quality data in Africa at the forefront, and especially the much needed population health and genetics data, is very close to my heart. We need more investment in exploring the central role of African genomes in disease risk, but also for their potential to discover novel treatment approaches that will benefit not only Africa, but the world. We are after all the cradle of humankind.”
Named after Nobel Laureate and Wits University graduate, Sydney Brenner, the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience (SBIMB) is a burgeoning multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to investigating the molecular and genomic aetiology of diseases among African populations.
Quick fact: Molecular genetics is a sub-field of biology that addresses how differences in the structures or expression of DNA molecules manifests as variation among organisms. Molecular genetics utilises the laboratory tools of molecular biology to relate changes in the structure and sequence of human genes to functional changes in protein function, and ultimately to health and disease.
Monsoon Photography captured One on Whiteley for IGrow Wealth Investments who rents out these beautiful upmarket apartments in Melrose Arch. Architectural photographer Johannesburg. We specialise in commercial photography that includes photos for architectural use (exterior and interior), interior design portfolios, real estate agent showcasing, architect portfolios as well as general business and marketing use. Our team captures new and existing developments anywhere in Gauteng and southern Africa. Monsoon Photography, real estate photographers in Johannesburg. Contact us for a quote.
One on Whiteley Melrose Arch | Luxury Apartments Photography
One on Whiteley is the latest residential development in one of South Africa’s most exclusive mixed-use precincts. Melrose Arch’s new urban design creates a unique space offering out-door residential, commercial, retail and leisure spaces. This Johannesburg based precinct not only offer a truly international high street fashion experience but is also bustling with café culture.
Perfectly positioned in the heart of Melrose Arch Precinct, One on Whiteley ensures that discerning residents enjoy all the premium features of this iconic neighbourhood. From vibrant urban design and cosmopolitan culture to high fashion shopping, gourmet dining and much more, you’ll find it all at a One on Whiteley apartment in Melrose Arch.
Discerning residents are offered unparalleled, sophisticated urban living. These luxury apartments are perfect for business professionals and corporate long-stay accommodation. Choose from a selection of one-bedroom apartments offering a courtyard with sundeck and a sparkling outdoor pool.
All available apartments have exceptional views overlooking Johannesburg. Residents have access to secure underground parking, ready to be activated fibre and DSTV, as well as 24/7 state-of-the-art security.
IGrow Wealth Investments Property Rentals
IGrow is offering a special first month’s free rental for all tenants who sign a One on Whiteley 12-month lease before the end of October 2019 – so act fast! Ts & Cs apply. Details here.
Units feature a Smeg oven, stove and fridge, built-in breakfast counters, LED lighting, and a Bosch dishwasher. Recycling, water harvesting, double glazing plus backup generator power are other key features.
Visit IGrow’s portfolio to see the latest developments and property rentals.
Developed by the Amdec Group, One on Whiteley is the latest residential phase of Melrose Arch, South Africa’s most exclusive mixed-use precinct.
The TXF Roundtable was held at the Baker McKenzie Offices in Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa on the 1st of October 2019. Monsoon Photography covered the stills for this event. Conference photographer Johannesburg, Gauteng.
TXF South Africa 2019: Johannesburg Roundtable
The 2019 TXF South Africa Johannesburg Roundtable focused on “export, project & commodity finance”. This was the place to be if you wanted to get the inside scoop on future deals and hear from senior active figures in South African finance. Host sponsors included Afreximbank, Baker McKenzie and EXIC (Export Credit Insurance Corporation). Some of the most experienced members of the South African active economic sectors joined TXF to forge new connections. Members included the commodity, export and project finance sectors.
The discussion focused on the effects of new legislation, the drive for economic growth, power, and mining and infrastructure deals. Delegates also received an update from Eskom and got the ECA perspective on the South African market.
Speakers and participants at the event included: Angelica Adamski (CHROMAFORA), Nick Piper (SIGNAL RISK), Craig Weitz (NEDBANK CORPORATE & INVESTMENT BANK), Sincedile Shweni, (ESKOM HOLDINGS), Robert Besseling & Keri Leicher (EXX AFRICA), Roberto Ferreira (MOTA-ENGIL GROUP), Lodewyk Meyer (BAKER MCKENZIE), Luc Koechlin (EDF ENERGY) and Mandisi Nkuhlu (ECIC SA).
Read more about the event and see the full list of speakers and participants here.
Export, Project & Commodity Finance Quick Facts
What is Commodity Finance?
Commodity finance (CF) is the term used for funding the trade of commodities. CF is a type of trade finance (often split into metals and mining), soft commodities and energy. Commodity finance is used by many companies, including producers, traders and commodity lenders.
Companies involved in local or foreign trade often need trade or stock finance to fund the operational cycle. This is due to the fact that these companies must first pay suppliers for stock and raw materials before producing their goods.
What’s the difference between hard and soft commodities?
Commodities are split into two types: hard and soft commodities. Hard commodities are typically natural resources that must be mined or extracted, such as gold and oil, whereas soft commodities are agricultural products or livestock, such as maize, wheat, coffee, sugar, and beef.
South Africa is one of the most mineral-rich countries in the world, with massive gold, diamond, coal, iron ore, and platinum deposits spread across the country. It has vasts amounts of agricultural land and the ideal climate for the production of wheat and maize. Its climate also provides perfect conditions for winemaking.
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Power Africa Solar Home Systems Malawi | Journalistic Photographer South Africa
Monsoon Photography traveled to Malawi in July 2019 for Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP). We captured the “Power Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program” in Lilongwe as well as impact photography in Lilongwe and Blantyre. Journalistic photographers South Africa.
Did you know? There are currently approximately 3.2 million Malawian households without power.
Empowering Communities in Malawi
We had the pleasure of accompanying the team from Yellow Solar Power around Lilongwe to capture BioLite SolarHome installations and see the impact on the community firsthand! The BioLite SolarHome 620 brings modern lighting, energy, and entertainment to transform any structure into an off-grid home. The easy-to-install 6-watt solar panel captures daily sun to charge a 20 Wh control box which powers 3 hanging lights, USB charge-out, and an MP3/FM radio system.
“Malawi’s energy sector has gone through important sector reform efforts recently, including the unbundling of the national utility, the Electric Supply Company of Malawi (ESCOM) and the establishment of the Electricity Generation Company of Malawi (EGENCO). The restructuring of Malawi’s power market is underway, with strong investor interest and political will for Independent Power Producers (IPPs) to enter the market. Power Africa (PA) is supporting 100 MWs of new solar PV generation to come online by the end of 2019.” – Power Africa
Currently, a mere 1% of rural households have power and as little as 46% in urban areas of Malawi. This indicates that 3.2 million households are without power. Power Africa is aiming to establish 108 400 new grid connections and 163 400 off-grid connections PA. This will increase the current connection access rate from 10.8% to 30% by 2030. Enriching many lives and bringing hope to one of the poorest countries in the world.
The guys from Urban Dynamix Media acted as Monsoon’s assistants in Lilongwe (we highly recommend them if you’re looking for a photographer in Malawi!)
The Impact of Electricity
The impact of how electricity transforms rural areas is astounding. Access to electricity not only ends energy poverty but also enables communities to enjoy the simple things we often take for granted. Imagine being able to read by light, charge a mobile phone, work indoors or cook on a stovetop for the first time. Electricity reduces the manual workload for food processing thus reducing working hours. It also ends cooking over a fire indoors that produces smoky households.
The most striking difference is having light indoors after dark. Without electricity, the only light at night is dim, dangerous kerosene lamps or candles. Electricity minimizes the backbreaking labour of hauling water and firewood to homes on a daily basis. Powering poor communities empowers and enriches their lives and creates a better future for all.
We thoroughly enjoyed capturing the impact of electricity connections on Malawian communities.
Monsoon Photography offers commercial journalistic photography services in South Africa. We also travel across southern Africa on assignments. Enquire on commercial photography pricing/quotes. We have over 15 years of experience in event photography, on-site industrial photography and journalistic style shots. Monsoon especially excels in the science & technology fields. Our clients include the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF), The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Southern Africa Energy Program (SAEP).
We also love to travel and explore our diverse continent! Get in touch for a quote on commercial, industrial or journalistic photography.
Power Solar Home System Kick-Starter Program for Malawi | Journalistic Photographer Pretoria
As commercial photographers, we often leave our Pretoria based office to travel to southern African countries. Our journalistic photography services took us to Malawi in July 2019. Malawi is a southeast African country defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley. It is also home to the enormous Lake Malawi. This country is not bestowed with great mineral wealth or exceptionally fertile soil for agriculture. It is landlocked and therefore highly dependent on imports for essential commodities. Malawi is struggling with high population growth despite its small size. One of the poorest countries in the world today even though it has seen 55 years of independence.
Did you know?Approximately two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa lack access to electricity.
Power Africa brings together technical and legal experts, the private sector, and governments from around the world to work in partnership to increase the number of people with access to power. The goal? To add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections.
The President Walmont Hotel was the first-ever 5-star hotel in Malawi
Lake Malawi is 350 miles long from its northern to its southern tip and is the ninth largest lake in the world and the third-largest and second deepest in Africa
Clear skies above Lake Malawi provide excellent conditions for star-gazing
Blantyre was founded by Scottish settlers in 1876 and named in honour of Blantyre in South Lanarkshire
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The National Science & Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Photos Johannesburg
The 21st annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards were held on the 27th of June 2019. The ‘Oscars of Science’ in South Africa was held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. The NSTF-South32 Awards celebrates excellence across various fields of expertise. Fields include science, technology, innovation and engineering. NSTF-South32 awards photography Johannesburg by Monsoon Photography.
The NSTF is a non-profit stakeholder body for all science, engineering and technology (SET) and innovation organisations in South Africa.
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Prof. Robin Crewe received the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognises the phenomenal work he has done on social insects, especially on honeybees. The award also celebrates the extensive work he has put into uplifting the scientific community. Prof. Crewe has been the dean of natural science at two universities. He has also served as vice-principal for research and postgraduate studies at the University of Pretoria.
TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher: Dr Mardé Helbig. Senior lecturer: Dept of Computer Science, UP.
TW Kambule-NSTF Award: Emerging Researcher: Dr Hlumani Ndlovu. Lecturer: Div of Chemical and Systems Biology, Dept of Integrative Biomedical Sciences, UCT.
Management Award: Dr Happy Marumo Sithole. Director: Centre for High Performance Computing, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
Engineering Research Capacity Development Award: Prof. Elvis Fosso-Kankeu. Associate Professor: School of Chemical and Minerals Engineering, North-West University.
Engineering Research Capacity Development Award: Prof. Alison Lewis. Dean: Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Cape Town (UCT).
NSTF-Lewis Foundation Green Economy Award: Ms Nicoleen Janse van Rensburg. Process, Energy & Environmental Technology Station (UJ-PEETS), Technology Station Manager, University of Johannesburg.
NSTF-Water Research Commission (WRC) Award: Prof. Martine Visser. Director: Environmental Policy Research Unit, and Professor of Economics, School of Economics; Research Chair: African Climate Development Initiative, University of Cape Town.
Data for Research Award: Prof. Tandi Matsha. SARChI Chair: Cardiometabolic Health, Dept of Biomedical Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Innovation Award: Corporate Organisation: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) Unit, Central University of Technology, Free State. Director and Team Leader: Mr Gerrie Booysen.
Innovation Award: Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME): Hydrox Holdings Ltd Team. Chief Executive Officer and Team Leader: Mr Cornelis Johannes de Jager.
Communication Award: Wits Communications Services. Head: Shirona Patel, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).
Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Award: Eskom Expo for Young Scientists. Executive Director: Mr Parthy Chetty.
Special Annual Theme Award: Materials for inclusive economic development: Prof. Alexander Quandt. Acting Chair: Materials for Energy Research Group; Focus Area Co-ordinator: Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, Wits.
The NSTF Brilliants Programme recognises 18 first year students studying in the science, medicine and engineering fields. Two students (one male and one female) are chosen from each of the 9 provinces. These students must have received top marks in mathematics and physical science in the National Senior Certificate Examinations (grade 12) of the previous year. They are identified by the Provincial Education Departments, and selected by the NSTF. Further reading: here.
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Guesthouse photographer Johannesburg, Pretoria, Gauteng and surroundings. We recently traveled to the picturesque farming town of Frankfort in the Northern Free State. Linkview Home is a four star graded Frankfort guesthouse exhibiting character, old world charm and a warm welcome!
The Free State is rather low on the list when it comes to popular holiday destinations. As a result, farming towns are peaceful hideaways. Perfect for those seeking an off the beaten track experience.
Linkview Home offers solitude and a home away from home. The newly renovated historic house dates from 1915. Linkview Home is not ‘just another’ guesthouse! It is a unique experience amidst tall trees, clean streets and sandstone houses. At the right of the front entrance you will find a coffee shop filled with great quality antiques, vintage collectables, art and decor. At the left of the wheelchair friendly front door is a guesthouse with three en-suite rooms. Bed & Breakfast guests enjoy a delicious breakfast during the morning. Most important to note is that the coffee shop serves the best coffee in town! The cappuccinos poured by professional baristas are especially noteworthy. They use Origin coffee beans and a Carimali coffee machine from Italy.
The coffee shop serves home baked cakes, quiches and light lunches. Some of the baked goods and traditional sweets are lovingly made by local “tannies” said to use secret recipes.
We attended a Valentine’s dinner during our stay where they served locally sourced cheeses and biltong soup. Try their homemade ice tea!
Linkview Home Frankfort Guesthouse
The house is situated on Mark Street overlooking the well-known Princess Street. We stayed in Room 2 that is out of sight and overlooks the garden. There are schools, hospitals and restaurants nearby. While it may be true that the Free State roads are not the best, a visit to small towns are worth the effort. Be sure to visit Free State gems such as Rosendal and Clarens while in Frankfort. For example, Rosendal is only two hours away from Frankfort.
Visit Linkview Home a four star graded Frankfort guesthouse, coffee shop, antique shop, art dealer and vintage collectable seller in the Free State at www.linkviewfrankfort.co.za.
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Event photographer Johannesburg services. We are honoured to capture another fascinating Deloitte seminar. ‘Gearing South Africa for Growth: The Acceleration of Commerce – What does it mean for the Future of Work?’ at Fairlwans.
The panel discussion includes delegates from several established brands. Attended by well-known business leaders.
The Gearing for Growth seminars is a series of four flagship executive seminars that enable the sharing of intellectual capital. It involves proposing best practice ideas and insights to support renewed growth of the South African economy. Poverty, inequality, and unemployment are key challenges in the economy. However, there is still disagreement surrounding the necessary steps that need to be taken to rectify these issues.
Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO: Southern & Eastern Africa, Siemens. Charissa Hector, Director: Human Resources, BMW SA. Dr Dieter Veldsman, Group Executive: People and Organisational Effectiveness, Momentum Metropolitan Group. Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director: Emerging Markets & Africa, Deloitte Africa acted as the moderator. The event was summarised and closed by Pam Maharaj, Human Capital Consulting Leader, Deloitte Africa.
About the Panel
Dr Martyn Davies heads Deloitte Africa’s Automotive Sector business and is a member of the Deloitte global Firm’s Insight Advisory Group, as well as the Deloitte Economics team. He is a trusted advisor to executives at a large array of multinational firms and numerous governments.
Dr Dieter Veldsman is a scientist-practitioner with extensive experience in organisational development. He is involved in academic research, lecturing and the application of work psychology in practice. Consulting across various domains within human capital.
Sabine Dall’Omo career spans for 25 years at Siemens. In 1998, Sabine becomes Commercial Manager within Siemens’ Automation & Drives business, first at Siemens Germany for just over three years, and then at Siemens in Shanghai, China. In May 2004, Sabine made the move to South Africa as Head of Performance Controlling for Siemens Southern Africa. She is currently the CEO of Southern & Eastern Africa.
Charissa Hector is Director: Human Resources at BMW Group South Africa. The highlight of her career includes her role that enhances a competitive wage structure and benefits for the automotive industry’s hourly paid workers. Charissa represented BMW South Africa in these negotiations that see the redirection of provisions towards increased access for employees to housing at the various manufacturing plants.
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa
Fairlawns becomes a boutique hotel in 1997. Historically a ten-acre family home, owned by the Brenthurst Trust of Oppenheimer fame. Sporting stables, a training rink, a cow, geese, dogs, and two teenage children. Today, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is an award-winning, five star graded establishment in Sandton, Johannesburg.
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Event Photography Johannesburg | McKinsey & Company – South Africa Digital Summit
Event photography Johannesburg. Monsoon Photography covered the South Africa Digital Summit for McKinsey & Company. The conference was held at the prestigious five star graded The Forum in Bryanston, Gauteng.
Tawanda Sibanda, Digital McKinsey Partner welcomed guests. Agenda included ‘Disruptive Technology – the emergence of the fully automatic business’ by John Straw, Serial Technology Entrepreneur. Speakers included Pieter de Villiers, Co-founder and CEO, Clickatell as well as Bryan Nelson, Google Sector Lead of Finance Retail and Travel.
Delegates attended breakout sessions covering topics such as Advanced Analytics, Building Ecosystems in Africa, Digital Marketing and Digital Business Building.
Digital is driving major changes in how companies set and execute strategy.
“John Straw is a serial technology entrepreneur and digital veteran with 33 years of experience in IT and marketing. He has five start-ups and five exits behind him. He was the Chair of Thomas Cook’s Digital Advisory Board to 2016. Authored a book on disruptive technology, iDisrupted, and is an active VC in early stage start-ups.”
Interesting Digital Facts
When did digital marketing start?
Nobody expected Newsweek to go totally digital in its production. The digital age as we now know it, began with the Internet and the Web 1.0 platforms of the early 1990s. Do you remember the static world in which users could get the information they were seeking without being able to share it on the web? Interaction on the web consequently did not exist. Hence the only activity was reading of content. The first clickable banner ad launched In 1993. In fact, as a result 1994 Hotwired began to purchase huge numbers of banner ads. Of course resulting in the fist step towards the digital marketing age.
Furthermore, new technology entered into the digital marketplace after 1994. Google being founded in 1998. Blogger followed in 1999. About this time social networking sites began to be birthed and Blackberry launch their own mobile email program. MySpace is one of the first social sites to arrive on the social scene.
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South Africa Digital Summit Photography | McKinsey & Company
We recently shot the Bidvest McCarthy, Volkswagen Menlyn branch with our mobile studio. Business headshots photographer Pretoria. On-location headshots photographers. Check out the new VW vehicles here: VW Menlyn. hey stock everything from the tiny VW Up!, mighty 4Motion Touareg, Amarok bakkies to transporter panel vans. Our adventure spirit loves the new California Beach model due to its 4Motion traction and pop-up roof bed.
Remember the Volkswagen Microbus?
With the popularity of the Microbus came numerous nicknames from fans over the years. Some of its nicknames in its home country of Germany include Bully, Hippie-Van and Kleinbus. Other nicknames around the world include Rugbrod in Denmark, Vee-Dub in America and and Camping-Car in France.
Though its origins are unclear, the VW Microbus became an icon of the hippie movement of the late 1960s. Consequently, when the Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia passed away, Volkswagen released an advertisement in memorial of him.
A Dutch VW importer designed the VW Microbus in 1947. After some much needed changes, VW officially made it in 1950. The VW Microbus is the second vehicle ever created by Volkswagen. The classic Beetle being the first. In the first year of production, Volkswagen made over 9 500 vehicles. The vehicle’s popularity increased exponentially from there.Growing production more and more over the next two decades.
Volkswagen Beetle FActs
There are few vehicles ever built that are more iconic than the Volkswagen Beetle. Over 20 million Volkswagen Beetles were produced for 65 years in over 20 countries.
Did you know:
The Beetle was designed in 1925 by an 18-year-old Hungarian Student named Bela Barenyi – as a result, she’s recognized as designing the basic foundations of the Beetle
It Got Its Iconic Nickname from The New York Time
Beginning in 1938 and ending in 2003, the Beetle was in production for a whopping 65 years, therefore the longest a vehicle has been produced in history
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Architectural Photography Pricing South Africa
Architectural photography pricing depends on the location of the show house, interior design showcase building or business location of the shoot in South Africa. The size of the house, amount of rooms etc. also influences the price. Monsoon Photography is situated in Pretoria East. We travel around Gauteng and across South Africa for assignments. Local (Pretoria East) pricing from R2 500 (two hour shoot). Ts & Cs apply. Enquire for a full quote.
Real Estate Photography in South Africa
Real estate photography has been part of our 15 year repertoire. It has taken us across South Africa from luxury estates to corporate buildings. It’s a known fact, that better images command a better price for a house, either for sale or rental. So what can you do to make your interior photography stand out from the others?
We understand what an interior shot requires. Great angles, straight walls, and correct lighting make a massive difference to the shot. It also helps to do different angles in the same room – we love shooting to corners as it usually creates beautiful lines in the composition. Shooting wide angles makes the room feel bigger and creates breathing space. No one wants to feel claustrophobic looking at your interior photographs. Did you know that print magazines normally require vertical images? We recommend shooting horizontal images for web images. The use of ambient light creates stunning moods. Mixed with well placed studio lights creates the perfect atmosphere.
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Our recent architectural photography shoot was done for Drapers’ Interior Design in the Cornwall Hill Country Estate in Centurion. Cornwall houses are built with an English Country theme. We photographed a newly renovated house in the estate. Visit Drapers’ Interior Design.
Professional high quality industrial product photography at affordable rates in South Africa. Industrial product photographer Pretoria – Monsoon Photography specialises in commercial photography and has over 15 years professional photography experience. Our photo studio is situated in Pretoria East where we shoot products on a white background for eCommerce, web images and marketing material. Deep etching of products available on request. We often work with advertising agencies as well as direct clients from a variety of industrial industries, such as technology, nuclear energy, mining sectors, electrical and telecommunications areas.
Clients include Anglo American, NECSA, NTP and Stinger, to name a few.
Why Professional Industrial Photography?
High quality industrial product photographs are crucial for businesses aiming to not only stand out from their competitors, but to also showcase their products and technology in a professional way. Quality images are an investment, not a luxury – especially in the digital revolution where businesses are using digital marketing channels to showcase their products and services online. Not to mention eCommerce websites that require professional product photos displayed against a white background.
Quality photos serve as a tool to assist you in getting the right results, increasing your sales and adding direct value to your bottom line and brand management.
Monsoon Photography has extensive experience in all types of industrial environments. We are used to hauling our equipment around in PPE clothing for on-location shoots and standing on ladders to get the right angle for bigger products.
Industrial Product Photography Pricing | Affordable Rates | South Africa
Our fully mobile studio equipment allows us to take the high quality photos you’re after, wherever you are in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Lanseria, East Rand, West Rand and around Gauteng. We also travel across South Africa on assignments.
Agencies and clients are also welcome to drop their products off at our Pretoria East studio and collect when we are done shooting.
Product images are supplied via WeTransfer or Dropbox. Final images can also be supplied via memory stick on request.
Product photography rates from R2 500 (at our studio – up to 10 assembled products, depending on products and requirements). Please enquire for a detailed quote and be sure to include as much inf ormation as possible: click here.
Event Photography Rates Gauteng | 2018 Year-End Function Photography Specials
Event photography rates Gauteng. Monsoon Photography is offering a 15% discount on all new bookings for year-end event / conference photography packages. We service Pretoria, Johannesburg and most of the Gauteng area. Able to travel to specialty locations across South Africa. Terms & Conditions apply.
We specialise in commercial photography for a wide array of business and industry sectors ranging from finance to technology to science.
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Event Photographer Pretoria | Deloitte Gala Event Rovos Rail
Monsoon Photography had the pleasure of photographing the Deloitte, Pretoria, Gala Event at Rovos Rail on the 11th of October 2018. We love doing gala event photography in Pretoria. Especially in interesting locations such as Rovos Rail. Contact us for rates on hiring an event photographer Pretoria areas and Gauteng. See bottom of page for information.
Did you know | Rovos Rail History
A Wilbur Smith heroine with her own private railway coach, a man called Phil Acutt with a passion for trains and the presence of the Witbank Steam Railway in the coal-mining town where Rohan Vos ran his successful auto spares business, all played a part.
Several coaches were purchased and taken to the Society’s yards in Witbank to be rebuilt. One of them, Private Saloon 15063, is still in service and another, an engineer’s caboose, stood at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront for many years. She served as the marketing and reservations office. The complications of working with the South African Transport Services administration soon convinced Rohan to be self-sufficient where possible. As a result, he purchased a 1938 Class 19D locomotive from Lowenthal’s Scrap Metal in Johannesburg. It was rebuilt by Rovos Rail and named BIANCA, after one off Rohan Vos’ daughters.
Rovos Rail Launch
Consisting of a locomotive and seven carriages, the train was launched on 29 April 1989. They set off with four paying passengers, friends and press, heading to the Eastern Transvaal. With a four-night Lowveld experience and in 1991 the Pretoria to Cape Town run, the business began to find direction. But, as any train operator will confirm, running a schedule is risky and nerve-wracking. To project consistency and reliability to agents and passengers, it’s imperative to run according to the advertised schedule. Of course, this wears rather thin when passenger loads are less than the number required to break even financially. Vos found that one can lose considerably more money establishing a schedule.
A visit to the London World Travel Market, led to meeting tour operator Philip Morrell, owner of Jules Verne in London. They hatched a plan to run the train from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. The package was advertised in the Sunday Telegraph during late December. To Vos’s relief, he reported that sales were going extremely well and nearly four train loads had been booked.
Vos purchased 38 redundant carriages from the South African Railways.
Armed with Les Pivnic’s book on dining cars, Rohan started the search for suitable coaches. An early target was the Jewish Guild Country Club in Johannesburg where three vandalised and dilapidated dining cars stood as part of an aborted restaurant venture. All three – KEI, NILE and MODDER – were hauled to Witbank and returned to the rails. In the years since then, family life has been inseparable from the business with Rovos Rail growing up alongside the Vos children. Family holidays always had another agenda, as they scoured the far ends of the country for coaches and locomotives to add to their collection.
Rovos Rail Engines
All the engines for Rovos Rail bare the names of the Vos children – Brenda, Bianca, Tiffany and Shaun – and nothing could be more appropriate as the family’s history and memories are so tightly interwoven with the Rovos Rail story of acquisition and expansion. On the 10th anniversary of Rovos Rail, the magnificently restored and rebuilt locomotive – 25NC 3484, which had been converted from coal-firing to oil – was christened MARJORIE by Rohan’s mother, Mrs Marjorie Vos.
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Monsoon Photography had the privilege of shooting the Deloitte FUELMilestone Africa conference for the second time. This prestigious event has been hosted in Africa twice – aiding new senior consultants in their journey ahead, with the help of seasoned coaches and Deloitte partners and management from across the globe.
This year we traveled to the beautiful Champagne Sports Resort, overlooking the magical Drakensberg. The perfect place for work and play. Five days of fresh air, magnificent mountain views, great food, lost of entertainment and interesting workshops.
The Drakensberg Boys Choir, who reside in the nearby Winterton, entertained the delegates on the first night’s Gala event. Twenty boys enrolled in the first year of the school’s existence in 1967. Today, they travel the world and have produced many well-knows names in the music and acting world.
Drum Cafe facilitated a drumming session for the Deloitte delegates who thoroughly enjoyed the interactive team building session. The American delegates, especially, had a their first hands-on taste of African music. “Drumming is a universal expression that transcends all boundaries: personal, organizational or cultural. Drum Cafe teaches staff to increase productivity and efficiency through better team work. This unifying experience creates the perfect platform for teams to experience the power of all working together to achieve a common objective.”