event photography and videography

Enduro Motorcycle Riders photographed by Dave Estment

Capturing Hard Core Racing

Not for the faint hearted, the 3rd round of the 2017 Enduro World Cross Country (EWXC) series was held last month at Serendipity, about 2.5 hours from Johannesburg. Our OV&P team was there to capture the action with our cutting edge filming gear, including 2 aerial drones to add a spectacular perspective for the riders and supporters to enjoy.

This year, Gary Franks and his Enduro World team set a new course that offered demanding terrain for the competitors to negotiate during the 3 hour test of their riding fitness and skills, as well as their physical and mental tenacity. My good friend and colleague, Chris Duys, was my right hand cameraman, each of us armed with a pro drone and a Panasonic DVX200 4K camera. We recce’d the course together early in the morning to select good vantage points to film from and create a compelling video.

Racing started at 8am with the Pro and Expert classes being the first to blaze a trail through the challenging terrain. The first serious obstacle was about 300 metres in, so Chris covered the start then ran to join me there. It was a steep, rocky, slippery climb which saw riders strewn over every possible line, being helped to manhandle their machines until they reached the top and had a slight breather before tackling the rest of the course. An exhausted rider described it as having been set by someone with sadistic tendencies, namely Igor Baleta and his team, who have earned a reputation for setting awesome but tough courses.

There were some ‘chicken routes’ for less experienced riders, who opt for an easier way around specific obstacles, which takes longer but is less exhausting. Chris and I stuck to the interesting and challenging parts of the course, clambering over rocks and running from one vantage point to the next, toting our cameras and setting up before the riders came through. It’s funny to watch their antics as they approach a camera, either putting on a great show or stopping to chat with us and catch their breath.

Being competitive souls, not too many riders take the easier route, which often results in bottle-necks. This can be very entertaining for spectators and the film crew, watching riders of different skill levels use each other for traction, if necessary, to conquer rocky river beds, steep climbs, water hazards and what seems to be a never-ending roller coaster testing man and machine to their limit. We caught some classic action on camera and with the drones, making dramatic manoeuvres through the trees and rocks to shoot some great tracking and panning shots as the riders negotiated the course. Watch the video below to see for yourself:

Three separate races were held for the different classes, ranging from the Professional and Expert riders to ladies who never cease to amaze their male opponents at how well they ride, all the way down to the youngest riders on their little 65cc and 85cc bikes. They really steal the hearts of the spectators and parents who shout and scream to encourage these little tigers, our future champions. At the end of a hot and well organised day of racing, we filmed the top 6 riders in each class being awarded their trophies at the prize-giving, happily celebrating their achievements to cheering from their rivals and spectators alike. After the formal proceedings, the story-telling and banter began amongst this tightly knit community of athletes comparing stories, hardships and experiences.

It was gratifying to be included in the banter, sharing our day of filming and running around like headless chickens to get everything covered. As the sun set, everyone loaded their battered bikes onto trailers and headed home for a relaxing evening before returning to the hustle and bustle of Jozi on Monday. Since my own racing days seem to be over, this is a great way for me to stay involved and give something back to a sport that has been such a huge part of my life. Well done to the organisers for yet another successful leg of the EWXC Championship which will definitely be the talking point until the next race. We hope to be there to capture the action!

Ubuntu Mass Ride at Yamaha SA

Ubuntu Mass Ride

The spirit of Ubuntu flourished last Sunday, when more than a thousand bikers came together at the iconic World of Yamaha concept store to participate in the impressive Ubuntu Mass Ride. Our OV&P team covered the event on behalf of Yamaha, using two aerial drones to capture multiple perspectives, as well as shooting ground video footage and impromptu interviews with participants.

It was inspiring to witness their passion for riding motorcycles and to hear them share why this is personally special to them, in addition to how it connects people across all cultures, ages, backgrounds, genders and walks of life. With so much revving in the background, a directional microphone was called for, in combination with one of our Panasonic DVX200 video cameras. Our DJI Osmo also came in handy for close-up shots between the bikes. Watch our video below for a taste of the high voltage energy of the day!

Yamaha Brand Ambassador, Alfred Matamela (a.k.a. King Donut), a legendary motorcycle rider and instructor from Soweto, organised the event, and a number of people there noted their gratitude to Yamaha SA for being gracious hosts and providing coffee and snacks for everyone – including riders from various clubs with a range of different motorbike brands, all equally welcome.

The pre-ride briefing and prayer focussed on gratitude for contributors to the event and of course safety for all the riders, also sharing details of the route to Westonaria and key traffic points to look out for. Then the throttles started twisting, turning up the volume as the eclectic procession of motorcycles headed out though the gates in the direction of the M1 highway.

Well done Yamaha and everyone else on this exceptional event. Bikers totally rock and so does the spirit of Ubuntu!

Women's Day Flowers photographed by Naomi Estment

Authentic Women’s Day

We had lots of fun at the Authentic Women’s Day Celebration hosted by Mareli Scott, who is an entrepreneur, global networker, speaker, authenticity authority and radio host. She had invited Naomi to present her Rock That Camera session for the lovely audience of ladies at The Graft Yard. Not far from our OV&P Studio, this versatile venue is based in the Heathway Centre near Cresta. It provides flexible, cost-effective workspace, boardroom hire and venue hire for small business owners aiming towards bigger goals. We had a warm, early morning welcome by Kirsten Kairuz, Co-Owner & Director of The Graft Yard, not hesitating a second to roll up sleeves and help prepare the venue for the arrival of the guests. Continue reading “Authentic Women’s Day”

Guest Speakers photographed by Dave Estment of Outdoor Video & Photographic

Fabulous International Flavour

Wow, what a brilliant event! Last month we called all entrepreneurs to the Revolution Evolution Entrepreneur Summit hosted by Hema Vallabh of The Passionate Professional at The Capital Moloko hotel and conference centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. As highlighted then, we can re-emphasize now how inspiring, empowering and super-charging it was for all of us there. Hema skilfully selected an expert group of speakers who helped entrepreneurs shift their thinking and lift their businesses to the next level. Continue reading “Fabulous International Flavour”

Revolution Evolution Summit

Entrepreneur Summit

Calling all entrepreneurs: a powerhouse group of South African and Canadian experts will be coming together on 20 and 21 July 2016 at the beautiful Capital Moloko venue in Sandton, Johannesburg. Our OV&P team will be there to capture all the action, so join us for a supercharged breakaway from the hustle and bustle. Be inspired, empowered and network with dynamic, like-minded people, while lifting your business to the next level. Continue reading “Entrepreneur Summit”

The Capital Moloko Hotel & Conference Centre

How To Promote Your Event

Various factors contribute to the successful promotion of your event, with particularly powerful ones being relevant, high quality photography and videography. This is because great visual marketing provides you with the means to inspire and excite prospective delegates by drawing them into the experience they will have at your function. A special example is The Passionate Professional’s Evolution Revolution Summit for entrepreneurs, which takes place on 20 – 21 July at The Capital Moloko hotel and conference centre in Sandton, Johannesburg. If you’re an entrepreneur who wants to lift your business to a whole new level, follow that link to discover how significantly you can benefit from this exceptional event. Continue reading “How To Promote Your Event”