2017 represented the 156th Queen’s Plate. It has been sponsored by Drakenstein Stud Farm and Anthonij Rupert Wyne since 2005, and this years event was one of wonderful style, presence, great racing and a stunning day out.
People came to be seen, to see some of the best South African horse racing, and some of the most exciting horses, jockeys and owners.
The Queens Plate was race first run in 1861 and the prize back then was a silver plate donated by Queen Victoria, and five hundred sovereigns.
The names of the horses, jockeys and owners have been immortalised in great style, in a remarkable display in the Kenilworth race course building and a restaurant called Hero's in Hartfield Village, some 500m from Kenilworth Racecourse.
The last few years have seen the event grow into an exceptional day, and more recently, the winning horses of The Paddocks Stakes and The Queens Plate have been given free entrance to The Breeders Cup in the USA.
As a photographer, there is so much to point a camera and lens at, to watch and observe and to put together a small gallery of the day.
These are a few moments of The L'Ormarins Queens Plate from behind my lens
Adam contacted me via a whats app group I belong to in my local area, he needed some images for a portfolio piece as part of an introduction to a course.
His brief to me was very simple; clean, and plain images, because the design work involved overlaying images to tell a story about Adam.
After the purchase of the Canon 24mm F3.5 mk2 tilt shift lens - on the back of a 4 day interior / architectural and food shoot Johannesburg, I returned home and went away for a few days to unwind and took the lens out for a vigorous testing.
I'd already used the shift feature for much of the architectural work on the shoot the previous week, but this was time to play with the magic.
Its a stunning lens and so breathtakingly sharp.
It was a misty day, so the soft light meant gentle shadows and subdued colours. The tilting aspect of the lens meant that I could play with the focal plane and keep focus where I wanted and lose it in other parts of the shot.
African Pride Fire and Ice Cape TownThis is a stunning hotel, recently refurbished and makes the best milkshakes - so I'm told. One of my favouite shoots is interiors, especially when they have been carefully and attentively created, and with extensive public in mind.
Late January marks the CTS book one sale, known as the Cape Thoroughbred Premier Sale. It is where some of the most exciting yearling thoroughbreds are sold, and the prices show just that.
Most of these photographs were part of The Investec exhibition to be presented at The Investec pre Durban July Luncheon for owners and trainers of some of the best race horses in South Africa.