My trip to Mauritius with Canon South Africa
A while back I was invited to speak at Canon South Africa's roadshow in Johannesburg and Durban - I never guessed I would be invited to do the same in Mauritius.
The phone rings and Roger Machin from Canon South Africa says "Is your passport current? We're going to Mauritius in two weeks. I need 2 presentations and a flash workshop. Start packing!"
Ok, he may have said a little more and with slightly different wording, but that is all I heard :-)
I was nervous, I am always nervous though - even though I have presented many workshops and presented to bigger crowds than we would have in Mauritius, I just didn't know what to expect. I googled photographers in Mauritius and there are some damn good photographers there...
We arrived at night and I only saw what the island looked like when the sun rose the next morning and I wasn't disappointed. So, so, so beautiful.
And humid, woowee, it was humid :-)
Gregory Pudman from One.O.One Multimedia organised us some models and we set up the off camera flash session in an alleyway across from the presentation space with some great stone walls. Roger and I would have preferred a model shoot on the beach, but you can't have everything, right?
We had a bit of a break and did the tourist thing through the streets of Port Louis, but Roger is no ordinary travel companion...
I am always inspired when I am with him - he is like the energizer bunny of photography, next thing we were slow shutter speed panning to catch the perfect shot of one of the motorcycles zooting past us. 1/30th sec, 1/20th sec, 1/15th sec... I settled on 1/20th sec for these, so much of fun :-)
I am always amazed how different the light is closer to the equator, when I photographed Stav and Cleo's wedding in Malawi the light was just so beautiful. Mauritius was no different.
Here are a few BTS shots from the talk and the workshop supplied by the participants.
I still cannot believe that I have been given so many opportunities through my photography. And quite frankly without Canon South Africa and specifically Roger, I might have been in a very different place in my life and my profession. I cannot thank them enough for their support and I will always support them wherever I can.
Canon South Africa rocks!
And to finish off, a sunset on the last day :-)