Comrades 2015 Early Edition

IMG_0522 (Large)Sunrise this morning at the ComradesMarathon. Runners at 45th Cutting.Durban heading up to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.

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“The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 56 miles)[1] which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

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It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race[verification needed].

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The direction of the race alternates each year between the “up” run (87 km) starting from Durban and the “down” run (89 km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.

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The field is capped at 23,000 runners, and entrants hail from more than 60 countries.[2]

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In every event since 1988, over 10,000 runners have reached the finish within the allowed 11 or 12 hours.

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With increased participation since the 1980s, the average finish times for both genders, and the average age of finishers have increased substantially.[3]

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Runners over the age of 20 qualify when they are able to complete an officially recognised marathon (42.2 km) in under five hours.[4]

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During the event an athlete must also reach five cut-off points in specified times to complete the race.[1]

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The spirit of the Comrades Marathon is said to be embodied by attributes of camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, perseverance, and ubuntu.[5]” ~ Wikipedia

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Canon South Africa 6D, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, Yongnuo Magyarországflash from CameraStuff. ISO 200, F4, 1/250 sec

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— at 45th Cutting.

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Canon 550 & Nifty-Fifty Fun

Canon 550 & Nifty-Fifty Fun

Although I sat drinking my coffee this morning and contemplating for 30 min up until 05:30 over Canon 6D or 550D, 50mm 1.8, 17-40, 24-105, flash or not, Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks beach, Durban Surf surfers off North Beach or Moyo beach, I still ended up taking a knife to a gunfight!

As I drove away from my house I saw the pinks and oranges coming. I still had hope. Once I reach the Point Yacht Club and scouted around Royal Natal Yacht Club I thought “Oh Shi!@#$%^&*!!!”. My 6D and 17-40mm was what I should have had with me.

My poor old 550D tried its best to shoot handheld at ISO 800, something I take for granted on the 6D, but the first load of shots didn’t make the initial post-processing. Luckily I burnt up an 8GB card so the end shots with more light were a little better.

Canon South Africa 550D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens ISO 800, AV, speeds 1/200 – 250 sec, handheld, 4 portrait images stitched in PS. The 550 and 50mm 1.8 is a really entry-level kit but it continues to surprise me.

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Live a Life You’ll Remember 3

View the original post here (PS: lovely words and video link). Do watch for some instant motivation!

WaitingBoogie Jump

Live a Life You’ll Remember 2

View the original post here (PS: lovely words and video link). Do watch for some instant motivation!

North Pier

Board Jump

Surf Jump

Live a Life You’ll Remember

“Hey, once upon a younger year
When all our shadows disappeared
The animals inside came out to play
Hey, went face to face with all our fears
Learned our lessons through the tears
Made memories we knew would never fade

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
He took me in his arms, I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out
Carve your name into those shining stars
He said, “Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”

One day my father—he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
When I was just a kid I heard him say,

“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”

He said, “One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.”
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die
My father told me

These are the nights that never die
My father told me
Hey, hey”

I’ve heard this song (The Nights) by Avicii before and love the words “One day you’ll leave this world behind… So live a life you will remember”.

However, it was my 14 year old stepdaughter who pointed out the obvious when looking at this photo. She immediately exclaimed: “Name it – * Live a Life You’ll Remember * “. I agreed right away; it is so appropriate.

Live a Life You'll Remember

PS: access the music video here – https://youtu.be/UtF6Jej8yb4

Canon South Africa 6D, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F9, 1/160 sec, ISO 200, Yongnuo store 560 (III) flash, Gary Fong type diffuser from Broadcast Lighting – taken 06:42 Fri 01 May 2015

May Day South Africa 2015

It’s Worker’s Day today (1 May 2015) and I met this smiling hardworking gentleman this morning on my way home.

ZA Worker's Day 2015

He was sweeping the leaves up on Essenwood Road – Musgrave (across from the market), Durban. Reminds me of my gardener of 15 years who does ANY task with a huge smile. His saying I have heard a few times over the years, especially when he is given something hard to do, is “… a job is a job!”.

Canon South Africa 6D, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F5, 1/50 sec, ISO 50. — at Essenwood Market.

Jack

Jack

I met “Jack” in Bay Terrace Point, Durban where he was begging. He happily posed for a number of photos.

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, Canon EF 17–40mm lens , F5.6, 1/200 sec, ISO 100. Taken in full sun at 07:56 and later darkened in PP. — at Bay Terrace.