“Happy” In Ballito and Salivating in Hout Bay

With 25 000 views and still growing, the Pharrel Williams song “Happy” music video adaption for our home town Ballito, is a roaring success. Tim Johnson at Seeff Dolphin Coast was the brains behind the video, and he features in it along with a whole bunch of familiar Ballito Characters. The guys at the popular website “ILoveBallito.com” were also involved from the beginning, and credit has to go to the team at Helimot Productions, who went way beyond the original brief to put the video together.

It just looked like a hell of a lot of fun, with real people throwing out some really great (and some really bad) dance moves at locations that every local and most regular holidaymakers would recognise. And at the end of the video you’ll find yourself grinning and bopping your head and hopefully considering a well deserved break in my favourite little home town.

http://youtu.be/OjFyf4kBJMg

And before the year runs away from us entirely, I have to report back on my little big brother’s  restaurant in Hout Bay! What a cool, eclectic venue with cracking good food! We visited Delish a few months back and used the opportunity to do some shooting in order to update the restaurant’s website gallery.

A word of warning if you ever decide to dabble in food photography. Its kind of like doing a food shop…never attempt it if you are hungry. I was salivating while balancing f-stops and shutter speeds, and ultimately dived in head first to a few of the meals prepared for the shoot, the very moment we had the shot we were looking for. Perhaps not the most professional of behaviour and yes… we came back from our visit to the Cape a few kgs heavier. I blame that day of shooting at Delish for starting the “holiday eating landslide”that ultimately occurred.

Scrumptious is the word. Definitely. Check out the website here, and definitely give it a try next time you visit Hout Bay.

While I was happy with the images we shot, I left Delish slightly frustrated, as I didn’t feel like I had truly captured what was going on around me while I was shooting. What you don’t see in the photos are the two old gentlemen ensconced in the corner of the restaurant playing chess on a Thursday as they have done for as long as everyone can remember. You can’t see the resident cats that patrol and purr their way around the patio as if they own it. You can’t see the slightly eccentric regular artists that have multicoloured splashes of paint on their clothes and hands. You can’t hear the humming of the waitress as she goes about her work, or the swishing of the leaves that shade the facade of the restaurant. The efficient cleaning, polishing and organising of the  Barista/Barman doesn’t translate well into images,  and most of all you can’t see my little big brothers friendly, beard surrounded grin as he proudly watches over all the activity.

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