Early evening at Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque 2

The Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque originally featured in my previous post God is Greatest.

HDR photography at night is a huge challenge for me right now. Arthakker seems to have it down to a fine art.

Below is attempt # 2 and # 3 at the Mosque. Photo # 1 is here.

Still a bit raw but nevertheless an improvement on previous attempts.

Please look at all 3 photos and let me know which one you prefer. Any hints are most welcome.

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Last but not least, is attempt # 3

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Early evening at Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque

The Hazrath Soofie Saheb RA Mosque originally featured in my previous post God is Greatest.

HDR photography at night is a huge challenge for me right now. Arthakker seems to have it down to a fine art.

Below is attempt # 1 at the Mosque.

Still a bit raw but nevertheless an improvement on previous attempts.

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Sun Coast Casino final

I have picked up a new habit and it has to do with photos that are not up to scratch at all.

Such photos end up being “cannibalised” by yours truly and software on my computer.

On Sunday evening we visited Suncoast Casino and I tried a little HDR, which failed dismally.

The photos therefore ended up in my amateur artistic factory, and some of the results are shown below.

The Suncoast Casino website reveals:

“Set amongst towering palm trees and nestled against the beachfront along Durban’s “Golden Mile”, you will find 26 hectares of entertainment heaven – SUNCOAST Casino & Entertainment World. The complex is a haven of sun and fun with its Miami South Beach Art Deco style architecture, and offers an array of gaming, shopping and entertainment pursuits.

Opened in November 2002, SUNCOAST is a gambler’s paradise. The casino is the largest in Durban, boasting 1 450 slot machines and 56 gaming tables, as well as an exclusive Salon Prive called 77 Ocean Drive for higher limit slots and tables.

With 12 restaurants and fast food outlets, kid’s entertainment, 8 cinemas, SUNdeck, Boardwalk and a dance bar. SUNCOAST offers something for everyone, and is a premier entertainment destination for the whole family.

The complex caters for the business-person as well, with world-class conference and hotel facilities with Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast.

With a total investment of R1.4 Billion, SUNCOAST represents the largest single investment on Durban’s beachfront. Along with the International Convention Centre and uShaka Marine World, SUNCOAST forms part of the Golden Triangle, and is a key element in the rejuvenation of the Golden Mile.

SUNCOAST is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations, attracting on average 750 000 visitors per month – three quarters of a million people can’t be wrong! Join us for an experience like no other and capture the unique spirit of Africa in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal.

There is ample parking at SUNCOAST, with 3 175 parking bays. Pedestrians and cyclists enter for free, cars and motorcycles are R10. Taxis pay R80 and buses R350.

Help is always available at SUNCOAST. We have the following help facilities:

• A 24-hour Call Centre – 031 328 3000
• An Information Desk – 031 328 3777
• A 24-hour Ikhambi Care Paramedic Service – 031 328 3272

SUNCOAST is fully equipped for physically challenged patrons, with 13 open parking bays and 7 VIP bays, 3 toilets on the promenade and a toilet in the Smoking Casino, Main Casino and the 77 Ocean Drive. There is also wheelchair access to the Main Casino, the Smoking Casino, the Food Court, the and Circus Circus Restaurant”.

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I have picked up a new habit and it has to do with photos that are not up to scratch at all.

Such photos end up being “cannibalised” by yours truly and software on my computer.

On Sunday evening we visited Suncoast Casino and I tried a little HDR, which failed dismally.

The photos therefore ended up in my amateur artistic factory, and some of the results are shown below.

The Suncoast Casino website reveals:

“Set amongst towering palm trees and nestled against the beachfront along Durban’s “Golden Mile”, you will find 26 hectares of entertainment heaven – SUNCOAST Casino & Entertainment World. The complex is a haven of sun and fun with its Miami South Beach Art Deco style architecture, and offers an array of gaming, shopping and entertainment pursuits.

Opened in November 2002, SUNCOAST is a gambler’s paradise. The casino is the largest in Durban, boasting 1 450 slot machines and 56 gaming tables, as well as an exclusive Salon Prive called 77 Ocean Drive for higher limit slots and tables.

With 12 restaurants and fast food outlets, kid’s entertainment, 8 cinemas, SUNdeck, Boardwalk and a dance bar. SUNCOAST offers something for everyone, and is a premier entertainment destination for the whole family.

The complex caters for the business-person as well, with world-class conference and hotel facilities with Suncoast Towers and SunSquare Suncoast.

With a total investment of R1.4 Billion, SUNCOAST represents the largest single investment on Durban’s beachfront. Along with the International Convention Centre and uShaka Marine World, SUNCOAST forms part of the Golden Triangle, and is a key element in the rejuvenation of the Golden Mile.

SUNCOAST is one of South Africa’s prime tourist destinations, attracting on average 750 000 visitors per month – three quarters of a million people can’t be wrong! Join us for an experience like no other and capture the unique spirit of Africa in beautiful KwaZulu-Natal.

There is ample parking at SUNCOAST, with 3 175 parking bays. Pedestrians and cyclists enter for free, cars and motorcycles are R10. Taxis pay R80 and buses R350.

Help is always available at SUNCOAST. We have the following help facilities:

• A 24-hour Call Centre – 031 328 3000
• An Information Desk – 031 328 3777
• A 24-hour Ikhambi Care Paramedic Service – 031 328 3272

SUNCOAST is fully equipped for physically challenged patrons, with 13 open parking bays and 7 VIP bays, 3 toilets on the promenade and a toilet in the Smoking Casino, Main Casino and the 77 Ocean Drive. There is also wheelchair access to the Main Casino, the Smoking Casino, the Food Court, the and Circus Circus Restaurant”.

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Vehicle Theft – restored

I’ve had a whole lot of 35 mm printed photos (452 to be exact) lying in a large shoe box in my cupboard for many years now.

On Saturday the 16th of February 2013 I hauled them out and decided to convert them into digital copies.

Many are out of focus, stained and faulted in other ways. However, all reveal great and special memories.

This post and others to follow will showcase some of these photos.

I used my Canon 550 D (flash-off) set on a tripod to take a photo of a photo. Magic Lantern “audio remote shot” was used to avoid any shake on taking each shot.

A number of speckles and stains were removed, but I did not want to spend too much time restoring each photo where and if required.

Wikipedia gives one some basic information on vehicle theft.

Vehicles are stolen. Thieves then sometimes remove or modify the vehicle manufacturer’s details – chassis (VIN) and engine numbers that are stamped onto the body / engine block.

Manufacturer plates are sometimes riveted onto the vehicle body or engine. Unique numbers are also etched / sandblasted onto the window glass. Finally, other unique features are also hidden in and on the vehicle to help identify the vehicle’s true details if modified or changed by thieves.

Police are sometimes able to “uplift” the originals details using a variety of methods.

Below you will see, in jumbled up order, the following “old” photos:

  • 1 – 2: stamped chassis covered with false stamped chassis and false plate riveted on
  • 3 – 5: window glass tampered with
  • 6 – 12: stamped chassis ground out but restored using chemicals 
  • 13 – 19: vehicle hijacked, abandoned and burnt
  • 20 – 22: owner chops up vehicle, reports stolen and then claims from insurers
  • 23 – 25: stamped chassis, plate and lock changed on stolen mini-bus

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My Dog Family – restored

I’ve had a whole lot of 35 mm printed photos (452 to be exact) lying in a large shoe box in my cupboard for many years now.

On Saturday the 16th of February 2013 I hauled them out and decided to convert them into digital copies.

Many are out of focus, stained and faulted in other ways. However, all reveal great and special memories.

This post and others to follow will showcase some of these photos.

I used my Canon 550 D (flash-off) set on a tripod to take a photo of a photo. Magic Lantern “audio remote shot” was used to avoid any shake on taking each shot.

A number of speckles and stains were removed, but I did not want to spend too much time restoring each photo where and if required.

Here is a follow-on of a previous post where Charlie featured using the “old & restored” photos.

Tags “love caring family motherhood” have been employed as you will see Charlie being “mothered” by B (before she grew up and looked after Roscoe – last two photos).

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Roscoe 2 – restored

I’ve had a whole lot of 35 mm printed photos (452 to be exact) lying in a large shoe box in my cupboard for many years now.

On Saturday the 16th of February 2013 I hauled them out and decided to convert them into digital copies.

Many are out of focus, stained and faulted in other ways. However, all reveal great and special memories.

This post and others to follow will showcase some of these photos.

I used my Canon 550 D (flash-off) set on a tripod to take a photo of a photo. Magic Lantern “audio remote shot” was used to avoid any shake on taking each shot.

A number of speckles and stains were removed, but I did not want to spend too much time restoring each photo where and if required.

Here is a follow-on of a previous post Roscoe using the “old & restored” photos.

Tags “love caring family motherhood” have been employed as you will see Roscoe below being mothered by Charlie.

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Emmanuel Cathedral

My attempts to get a good angle for this photo was thwarted by locked gates, a solid fence, lack of parking and some other challenges. The only angle I could get in amongst the bustling crowd was really tough – my tripod looked like a space shuttle about to take off.

Enough with the excuses; let’s see what the Cathedral’s website has to say:

“Emmanuel Cathedral is situated at the heart of Durban’s inner city and one of the busiest transport hubs in Africa. Every day, half a million commuters make their way through the nearby road and rail intersection. Among them are refugees from our northern neighbours, many of them fleeing traumatic political and economic crises in their countries. The poor of Durban and refugees from other parts of Africa – hungry, ill, homeless or disorientated ‐ look to the Cathedral for help and support. Hundreds of refugees fleeing from xenophobic attacks were accommodated in our parish centre in 2008.

The Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop and the mother church of the Archdiocese. The ‘cathedra’ or bishop’s chair from which he presides over liturgical functions, is the origin of the word ‘Cathedral’.

The foundation stone of the Emmanuel Cathedral was laid by Bishop Charles Jolivet OMI in January 1902 and the church was completed by Christmas of 1903, taking a full two years to build. However, even before it was completed, a Requiem Mass for the great Pope Leo XIII and in September 1903 a Requiem Mass for Bishop Jolivet himself, were held. Bishop Jolivet lies buried at the head of the centre aisle, just outside the sanctuary.

What prompted Bishop Jolivet to build a splendid new church when there already existed a large church of St Joseph a few hundred yards away on what is now Dr Pixley kaSeme Street? Well, at that time the church did not have sufficient funds to build a second church, and the bishop calculated that if he sold the valuable, but noisy Dr Pixley kaSeme Street property, St Joseph’s could be physically dismantled and moved to Greyville. This was done and the Cathedral was then built for the ‘huge price’ of £48 000! Therefore we now had two churches instead of one! Selling the Dr Pixley kaSeme site during this period was not easy as there was an economic depression following the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) and finances were hard to come by.

Certain parts of the old St Joseph’s were incorporated into the new Cathedral. The round stained glass windows on the side walls (known as ‘eyes’), were incorporated into the new church at the bishop’s specific request. An organ was purchased for the ‘pricy’ sum of R2 700 and installed in 1911. The maintenance of this organ was so costly that a fund was established specifically for this purpose. An opening concert, celebrating the new organ was held on Wednesday, 17 April 1912 amid great festivities.

In 1880, Empress Eugenie of France made a pilgrimage to Natal to visit the spot where her son, the Prince Imperial, had been killed in the Anglo-Zulu War the previous year. Whilst in Durban, she gave ‘a generous donation’ of £5 000 to Fr Sabon. Some have said that various side altars were paid for out of this donation, however, there is absolutely no record of how this money was spent. Given the financial stringency in the church of Natal at the time, it is probable that the money was spent on a variety of mundane items.

The Stations of the Cross, which are a special feature of the Cathedral, were made in Angers in France in 1902 and installed in 1904. Originally they simply showed the biblical scene without a framework which was added by a local firm in 1926.

The beautiful chapel of Our Lady was built in 1928, the year that Bishop Dellale celebrated his silver jubilee of consecration. The chapel was a gift to him from the people of the diocese. In front of the chapel, against the wall, is the lovely baptismal font given to the Cathedral at the time of its construction by the Trappist monks of Mariannhill. It was originally in the chapel at the back of the church where the statues of various saints are now located.

Bishop Jolivet was succeeded by Bishop Henri Dellale OMI, the youngest bishop in the world at that time, and in 1946, over four decades later, the new Bishop Denis Hurley OMI, also the youngest bishop in the world at the time, was consecrated in the Cathedral amid what the press called ‘medieval splendour’. On 22 June 1992 Archbishop Wilfrid Fox Napier OFM took possession of the Cathedral as its fourth bishop. He was also the first to be elevated to the College of Cardinals on 21 February 2001″.

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Croatia – final

In September / October 2008 I visited Croatia; starting at Split and then by ferry to Hvar.

After Hvar I went to Korkula and then on to Dubroknik; this leg of the trip all by ferry.

Whilst in Dubrovnik I did day trips to Cavtat, Zaton, Ston, Miljet, Lokrum, Lopud, Kolosep using a ferry or local bus.

This is the last post. Search this blog for all previous Croatia posts.

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Croatia – small towns

In September / October 2008 I visited Croatia; starting at Split and then by ferry to Hvar.

After Hvar I went to Korkula and then on to Dubroknik; this leg of the trip all by ferry.

Whilst in Dubrovnik I did day trips to Cavtat, Zaton, Ston, Miljet, Lokrum, Lopud, Kolosep using a ferry or local bus.

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