Thai Poosam Kavady – the big day 3

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Thai Poosam Kavady – the big day 2

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Thai Poosam Kavady – the big day 1

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I took so many photos are have that burning desire to share at least one-third or so of them.

Further posts will follow soon.

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Thai Poosam Kavady – introducing the big day

This post follows a previous post (view here) about the history, significance and other information concerning this auspicious event.

Today was the big day which I attended at the Umgeni Road Temple (Sri Vaithianatha Easvarar Alayam) in Durban, South Africa.

It will take some time for me to select  a few photos for the series to follow on this Kavady ceremony: I have 232 photos altogether!

So to introduce the big day I offer you the following:

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Cyclesphere Cycling lap 1

This Saturday just gone, Tim invited me over to Cyclesphere at 2 Gordon Road, Morningside Durban  for a double cappuccino.

After getting energized outside on his really tasty caffeine injection, I abandoned Tim and went inside the cycle shop where the owner Greg Albert and his friendly staff let me and my faithful Canon 550D loose.

I think he alerted a common friend, “accident” Craig, who arrived and offered me another lens to try (forced it into my hands).

The one staff member was so helpful that he just kept on producing bicycle after bicycle for me to photograph without being asked.

The photos below serve only to flash some colour on your screen and show you how Tim’s coffee machine can “steam”. The nice photos will appear in the days to come.

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It’s gonna take some comparing to tell if the first set of photos at this location HDR 3 (high dynamic range) final have been improved on.
Let me know what you think – I love hints and advice from any experts out there.

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It’s gonna take some comparing to tell if the first set of photos at this location HDR 3 (high dynamic range) final have been improved on.

So if you have a minute, click on HDR 3 (high dynamic range) final, view the photos and then look below to see if the last 2 months of dabbling in HDR has reaped any positives (the quality of the HDR not the shot or view).

I’m using a Canon 550D with standard 18/55mm. Just discovered Magic Lantern to get more than 3 bracketed shots at once.

I leave ISO at 200, the F-stop is set depending on what the camera auto sets on AUTO mode (I gauge then set back to AV). I focus with auto then set back to M before shooting. The stabilizer is OFF.

Photomatix is my processing friend.  

Let me know what you think – I love hints and advice…

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It’s gonna take some comparing

It’s gonna take some comparing to tell if the first set of photos at this location HDR 3 (high dynamic range) final have been improved on.

So if you have a minute, click on HDR 3 (high dynamic range) final, view the photos and then look below to see if the last 2 months of dabbling in HDR has reaped any positives (the quality of the HDR not the shot or view).

I’m using a Canon 550D with standard 18/55mm. Just discovered Magic Lantern to get more than 3 bracketed shots at once.

I leave ISO at 200, the F-stop is set depending on what the camera auto sets on AUTO mode (I gauge then set back to AV). I focus with auto then set back to M before shooting. The stabilizer is OFF.

Photomatix is my processing friend.  

Let me know what you think – I love hints and advice from any experts out there.

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The Durban Stragglers

The photos below are the last of my January batch, which were looking for a post to feature in.

They show the Morningside “cube” view over the CBD and harbour, Brighton Beach, uShaka Beach, Umgeni River and bridge.

I just hope they don’t make the overseas squad: Larry, Nicki, Jason, Wendy, Tania, Emma, Megan, Shannon, Justin, Cheryl and a few others too homesick.

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The Garden

“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there” ~ Thomas Fuller

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“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself” ~ May Sarton

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“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment.  My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams.  The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful” ~ Abram L. Urban