If you've been living in the Lowveld , chances are almost 100% , that you've sat on, drank out of, or used the equipment of Doug's Hiring, whether it was at a wedding , business event, or corporate dinner. We were tasked to provide the Doug's Hiring Team with updated images of the products that they have on offer. This meant setting up our mobile studio at their premises. Days like these can be quite challenging as different products require different lighting setups. Judging by the final product, and the amount of editing hours we are quite happy with how these images turned out!
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Umganu Lodge is an idyllic retreat for those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful Lodge is open to the Kruger National Park and provides uninterrupted vistas of the magnificent Sabie River which is known for attracting an abundance of wildlife. Due to Umganu being a family destination, it has a perimeter fence which is electrified to ensure that the animals do not roam into the lodge.
As Lodge Photographers in Nelspruit - Which means we are quite close to Kruger National Park and it’s surrounding reserves, we were assigned to portray Umganu as a family holiday destination. A lodge that is child friendly where a whole family can come and enjoy the beauty of the Wild African bush. Nothing is more special than spending quality time with Loved ones in this magnificent setting and this is exactly what Kevin Pietersen owner of Umganu wanted to share with all his guests. Our Goal was to give the images a real lifestyle and natural feel. Going about this we ensured that everyone was casual during the shoot, otherwise everything would look too staged. We had multiple setups that needed to be portrayed and captured during the shoot. From having lunch as a family, right through to cooling down in the pool and looking for lions on a game drive.
Before the shoot we looked at Umganu’s website and we noticed that they already had good looking imagery of the lodge, and we tried to shoot in a way that would compliment the existing look and feel they already had. By making use of our Mobile light, we were able to fill in some shadows where needed and created a bit of atmosphere in some of the images.
Spending a whole afternoon at Umganu was such an unique experience as the relaxing atmosphere played it’s part to really make for a pleasant shooting experience. Judging by the final look of the images and great feedback from our clients, we can honestly say we are really happy with how everything turned out.
Wrapping up yet another project with probably the best landscape artist and designer in South Africa, Leon Kluge continues to push the boundries of landscaping. His new creation incorporates different plants to create a haven for animal life such as ugs, bees and birds. A sanctuary for life to not only live in , but to thrive. To the untrained eye this garden might look quite overwhelming and out of order, but if one looks closer at each plant and patch of greenery , you will clearly notice that there is more to this garden than what meets the ey. Leon carefully crafted a design that incorporates each and every element of sustainable gardening into this project. As phonix capture we are proud to be associated with a landscape artists that focuses on the sustainability of his work. Creating motion content and taking stills in these environments gives us a glimpse into the intricate world of fauna and flora. In this video our aim was to convey the idea and backstory of the garden, and not only showing them visuals. This garden is a creative masterpiece and it was an incredible honour to witnees and be part of the whole process. Sven flew all they way to Cape Town and spent a few days in between the greenery. We love the edit and look forward to see which creations Leon will come up with in future!
At the end of 2018 the phonix capture team ventured high into Lesotho for some proper mountain time at Semonkong lodge. We were on assignment for Love Africa Marketing , to shoot a promotional Lodge Video for Semonkong lodge. They have a host of activities on offer and we wer tasked to caprture thee activities in the best way possible. Being an adventurers paradise, this was right up our alley, and we spent an exciting three days around the lodge capturing motion content of this vibrant town. From drinking maluti beer in a local pub, to abseiling down the highest abseil in Africa next to the majestic Maletsunyane falls, all this while shooting video was quite an extraordinary adventure!
All in all we enjoyed our time at Semonkong thoroughly and we can't wait to return to the place of smoke!
The site on which the lodge stands, started by Syd Chaplain of Maluti Treks, was a favourite camping base for pony trekkers and fly fisherman looking to catch the famous brown or rainbow trout. Today, the lodge has grown to 23 stone and thatch rooms neatly positioned on the banks of the Maletsunyane River.
Deeply ingrained in the Semonkong Village and community which is just a stone’s throw away, the lodge is always bustling with activity as the Basotho people go about their daily lives. The balcony outside our Duck and Donkey Tavern, offers a fascinating view of daily life in Lesotho, as the Basotho’s, in their straw hats and traditional blankets, trot gracefully past on their ponies, followed by scuttling sheep, dogs, goats and donkeys. They are constantly transporting food and supplies, including large amounts of beer, from Semonkong to their villages which are sometimes days away.
Semonkong Lodge offers you a glimpse of life in “The Kingdom in the Sky”, knowing you will return home refreshed and at peace.