Rising Swell

“Without great solitude, no serious work is possible” – Picasso

This is the last of my shots of a recent sunrise shoot at Umgeni River Mouth in Durban South Africa.

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Canon South Africa 550D, 24-105 L lens: F9, ISO 200, 1/200 sec

— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.


We found the snow in KZN

A truly blessed weekend (24-26 July 2015) that started with Durbanism Kzn giving away two free tickets to Taste of Durban on Friday night – an awesome event even in the rain. Also big thumbs up to Meryl Mpho Lengana Mbuli who added two more tickets – thank you Durban The warmest place to be. Saturday morning, it was an early rise and trek to Underberg to our wonderful little rented house – thank you https://www.facebook.com/underbergaccommodation. Saturday lunch was at The Grind Café – if I could have had another pizza there for lunch today I would have! Tasty beyond measure. Early this morning my family and I drove along Sani Pass Road and past Sani Pass Hotel. We had to stop at the bottom of the pass but I got the troops out the car and we started walking up the long hill hoping to see one snowflake.

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Luckily, we were able to hitch a lift with Leon Potgieter and his family in their Mazda LDV up into the snow at the border post. Leon built a large snow-dog, took a few photos and then sent the snow-dog tumbling!! 

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He then raced us back to the bottom and we were on our way back to Durban.

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A few kilometres from Sani Mountain Lodge – Sani Top.

World Yoga Day – Durban South Africa 2015

“I congratulate Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the United Nation’s declaration of World Yoga Day. It is very difficult for any philosophy, religion or culture to survive without state patronage. Yoga has existed so far almost like an orphan. Now, official recognition by the UN would further spread the benefit of yoga to the entire world. India is the land where yoga was born and we must finally take the responsibility to spread it everywhere, starting from classrooms. This will help young people to move away from gun culture and violence. Yoga is a lifestyle and should not be mistaken for only asanas. A disease-free body, quiver-free breath, stress-free mind, inhibition-free intellect, obsession-free memory, ego that includes all, and soul which is free from sorrow are the signs of a perfect yogi. As Krishna said in the Bhagvad Gita, “Samatvam Yoga Ucyate” – equanimity in the individual is a sign of yoga. When Art of Living programs started in the early 80s, yoga was seen as being practiced by freaks and Himalayan yogis standing upside down or on one leg. That is one of the reasons why we called our program, the Art of Living, a generic term that people could relate to across races, religions and cultures. It was Paramhansa Yogananda, and then Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who brought respectability to yoga in the West. In the last 3 decades, the Art of Living has taken yoga to 152 countries and has 26,000 yoga teachers worldwide” ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar speaks on UN Declaration of June 21st as World Yoga Day

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International Yoga Day 2015 took place at the Durban Amphitheatre on the beachfront yesterday morning. I saw a famous Durban photographer taking part in the proceedings and will allow him a day more to post a photo of himself in action (or I will choose one and post it smile emoticon like emoticon wink emoticon ).

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All photos taken with a Canon 550D and Canon 50mm 1.8 set on F2.2, ISO 100, shot on AV gaining shutter speeds of between 1/1250 & 1/2000 sec

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Magical Umzimvubu

Sometimes, not too often, I really battle to process a photo. The one below has been through about four attempts and I cannot get a look to it that satisfies me. But I refuse to toss it. What I am happy with is that I took it before sunrise at Port St John’s River Lodge after my LDV would not start: better than not shooting at all. It shows Cremorne Estate, Port St Johnsacross the Umzimvubu River. The area has a magical feel especially when you are on the mountain high above the river. There was light cloud, mist, hot air or who knows what rising from the one peak on this morning; that is visible. There are some big sharks in this river; not hearsay, I nearly caught one a few years back – something is moving in that water! (I removed the luminous eyes wink emoticon)

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At Port St Johns River Lodge

DNA 27 by Galaxy Note 4

Bella, William (my dogs) and I ambled down to Moyo’s Ushaka this morning (20 June 2015) shortly before sunrise armed with my increasingly trusty Samsung MobileGalaxy Note 4. Henry and Karen were busy shooting “that boat” and other points of interest. Bella was going all over the place so I hooked her onto the boat’s LDV for a minute and shot the photo below with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone. It was a few minutes beforehand that I told Henry that I’ve been having some fun recently with my Canon South Africa 550D and this phone (I still love my Canon “CANNON” “hot-shot” 6D but we don’t always need the big guns!). The photo has been processed to up the colour, sharpen, straighten and so on.

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— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Food with a View

I recently won the 10-20 lens from Sigma South Africa in a local comp. I previously owned one but sold it to upgrade to the Canon South Africa 6D with a Canon EF 17–40mm lens. I kept the old baby Canon 550D as it had served me well and is a great backup. They don’t make the 550D anymore and there are far superior models available, but I’ve always said “I won’t be bothered if you give me back my old camera and lens (Sigma 10-20 lens & Canon 550D body); it’s a magic combination!

Sigma South Africa, by giving me the 10-20 lens once again, has set the photo monster loose! 
Food with a View

— at Wilson’s Wharf.

Moyo Magic

I met Tammi at uShaka on Friday to fetch three beanies for winter outings. Mark was with her. The clouds were fairly heavy and I ambled alone down the beach past Moyo ( Moyo’s Ushaka ) to the fishing boat and back. This photo was taken on the return trip. Happy that the Canon South Africa 550D with Sigma South Africa 10-20 lens was able to pull some colour out of the initially dreary sky 😉

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Another Day at Boulder’s V2

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Blowback to 19 June 2014 when I shot over to Boulder’s Beach for a sunrise shoot. I cleaned the original version up for another purpose (and also because I’ve learnt a few more tricks in the past year). The original version is my most “favorited” version on my Flickr account. If I ever go back there I want to meet some Penguins.

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At Boulders Beach

Raya Pro Panel – plugin for Photoshop

“Everyone has something they can do. Whatever means you have to make the world a better place, you need to do it. Even if we won’t see the fruits of this in our lifetime, start now” ~ – Daniel Goleman Web Prepared23 (Large) This is one of my experiments I worked on tonight. The other one burnt my brain out.. sizzled! Canon South Africa 6D, F10, 1/4 sec, ISO 100, 24-105L, -2 exp bias at Boulders Beach Simonstown

Here is my full size image.https://www.flickr.com/…/18945746834/in/dateposted-public/. I burnt my brain out as I was learning about all the many features available on the new Jimmy McintyreRaya Pro” Panel plugin for Photoshop (http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate…/).

This photo achieved 264 faves on Flickr without being in one group! That was very surprising for me as no other previous photo (showcased in multiple groups) had ever reached 100 faves. The only thing I did different was used the Raya Pro luminosity masks feature.