I watched the end of pk-movie some days ago. It tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth on a research mission. He befriends a television journalist and questions religious dogmas and superstitions.
After that I went to Harrismith and stayed overnight at the lovely Lali’s Guesthouse Harrismith. That evening I went out and got this shot despite my torch playing up (kindly replaced by Cape Union Mart The Pavilion Shopping Centre without a quibble yesterday). This is the photo I’ve been wanting to work on and left it for last.
I found peace, gratitude, a satisfying stillness, a sense of awe and heaven under the stars that night. It was similar to those 1 in every 20 or 30 sunrises: mesmerized!
PS – I have a new Led Lenser South Africa M1 torch for my next starscape shoot – can’t wait (Y): super small and bright – 140m, over 200L under ZAR 600 smile emoticon.
Harrismith, South Africa.
Enjoying the stars now more than the sea. Late night shooting and then a good rest and breakfast at Lali’s Guesthouse Harrismith.
I have one photo left to work on from this evening and it’s my favourite.
Harrismith South Africa.
On Sunday morning, Mother’s Day, I encountered a chain of events within the hour that led to me being unexpectedly invited to a Zion church meeting (I was on my way to have coffee at The Coffee Guys – South Beach near Moyo uShaka Beach). What a lovely encounter and great start to the day. There are many photos, some of which I will post in the days to come: all taken on the beach in front of Afro’s South Beach, Durban, South Africa.
“The Zion Christian Church (or ZCC) is one of the largest African initiated churches in southern Africa, with members belonging to the main ZCC star and members belonging to the splinter group Saint Engenas ZCC.  The church’s headquarters are at Zion City Moria in Limpopo Province, South Africa (Northern Transvaal). The main church is led by Bishop BE Ramarumo Lekgenyane and the splinter group is led by Joseph Lekganyane. The church fuses African traditions and values with Christian faith. As opposed to the mainstream European churches, the church has sought independence and autonomy in terms of theological and dogmatic approach” ~ Wikipedia
Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F11, 1/00 sec, ISO 100, Photo “Woman”
— at Durban South Beach.
Last week I ended up in Newcastle Country Lodge and went star-shooting in the evening. Loved it! As luck would have it, I’m back in the country tonight (18 May 2015) and have just finished some last minute work. I would say it’s time to go grab some dinner in my faithful Ford LDV and then look up to the stars with my Canon South Africa 6D and Canon EF 17–40mm lens
Canon 6D & 17-40L, 25 secs, F4, ISO changed from 3200 upwards to 6400. PS layers. Flashlight 20 m away on ground.
Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
I threatened to go and shoot the stars last night and that’s just what I did. While driving I saw a tokoloshe run across the road. A few kilometres on I realised that it wasn’t a tokoloshe when I saw two porcupines scurrying to the side of the road lol ;).
Harrismith, South Africa
On 13 June 2015 I watched some really cool dudes from Lions Den South Africa take part in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu seminar presented by Marcus Soares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Carlson Gracie Team Canada. Here are some of the 200 something photos.
Mr Soares commanded and walked the floor like a general! This was great to watch.
“Marcus Soares 8th Degree Black Belt. A direct student of Carlson Gracie Sr. and member since the first generation of the original Carlson Gracie Team (Brazil). Founder of the Canadian Carlson Gracie Team (1997) and Father of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Canada. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion from 1970 to 1981. Past senior and main instructor of the Carlson Gracie Academy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). World class trainer of champions including Denis Kang, Ricardo de La Riva, Marcus “Conan” Silveira and many others. Promoted to 8th degree in Brazil Jan 2012″ ~ MS BJJ CGTC Facebook Page
“Brazilian jiu-jitsu (/dʒuːˈdʒɪtsuː/; Portuguese: [ˈʒiw ˈʒitsu], [ˈʒu ˈʒitsu], [dʒiˈu dʒiˈtsu]) (BJJ; Portuguese: jiu-jitsu brasileiro) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was formed from Kodokan Judo ground fighting (newaza) fundamentals that were taught by a number of individuals including Takeo Yano, Mitsuyo Maeda and Soshihiro Satake. Brazilian jiu-jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation of the judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.
BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using proper technique, leverage, and most notably, taking the fight to the ground, and then applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the opponent. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense. Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system.
Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian jiu-jitsu: it is not solely a martial art, it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.” ~ Wikipedia
“Peace is within oneself to be found in the same place as agitation and suffering. It is not found in a forest or on a hilltop, nor is it given by a teacher. Where you experience suffering, you can also find freedom from suffering. Trying to run away from suffering is actually to run toward it” ~ Ajahn Chah
It was very cold on the old Memel Road outside Newcastle Country Lodgelate last night. I was alone and having my first serious attempt at some star photography. Dinner at Nando’s down the road with a Magnum ice-cream to round it off had me on a sugar rush. I did 5 minutes reading on camera settings and thought let’s give it a bash.
The one tutorial said “you will not see the milky way with the naked eye so get an app for … USD”. I thought let’s go see what we see. Initially, I was a little worried and only saw a few stars. As the city lights faded and it got later I thought “Oh my fish!!”. I was trying to focus in the dark with a faulty weak flashlight (very important tool) but still got to see three shooting stars in less than a minute.
The Memel Road is not the safest road on earth. Motorists and large trucks go like bats out of hell. There was also a taxi / bus driver war on the go so I didn’t feel too safe. I also had to avoid over-protective shotgun Frik farmers who might have fired buckshot up my rear.
If you thought I was mad over seascape photos let’s see what I get up to in the next few months wink emoticon. It was one of those photo shoots where I felt the blessings raining down (happens every 20th sunrise or so).
PS: my 2nd place prize from Sigma South Africa for the wide-angle competition was delivered to my door yesterday – a Sigma lenses 10-20 Canon mount. Thank you to the gent who cheated his way into 1st place and then got disqualified; you pushed me from 3rd (no prize) into 2nd smile emoticon like emoticon. I see Sigma has a 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 DG HSM II lens that would fit nicely onto my 6D – I was thinking of asking if I could swap my prize for this lens with a cash difference pay-in smile emoticon.
“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved” ~ Erich Fromm
Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, Canon EF 17–40mm lens F7.1, 1/60 sec, ISO 320, handheld, firing Yongnuo store flash from CameraStuff: on tripod off camera aiming at red yacht smile emoticon lol (having fun).