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“Opportunity favours the bold – this is a lesson that I learned early on, and have used to guide the Virgin story. If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” ~ Richard Branson

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Umgeni Steam Railway’s “Wesley” puffed out of the shed this morning to clear the track of weeds.

It’s on tomorrow!

Visit: http://www.umgenisteamrailway.com or telephone 0823536003.

Kindly invited this morning by Graham Gillett.

Canon 6D, F4, 1/100 sec. ISO 800. Various portrait shots stitched via Lightroom into PS. Lighting enhancements done.

45th Cutting Mosque – Habibia Soofie Saheb Masjid

A week or two ago we drove around for an hour trying to secure my first lightning shot… it never happened.

Then on Monday night gone by, being the 13th, at around the time of this post I admittedly felt a little edgy standing on the rise under some trees holding an umbrella over my head grabbing a few shots.

It worked out much better for me though.

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Canon 6D, bulb mode F18, ISO 100, 49 sec. for base image; blended with 3 others – I decided against straightening the building as it ended up eating up all my lightning bolts.

Good morning Ballito!

“What is this self inside us, this silent observer, Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us, And urge us on to futile activity, And in the end, judge us still more severely, For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?” – T. S. Eliot

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Prakash Bhikha and I hit the shores of Ballito Beach this morning. Afterwards it was The Coffee Guys – South Beach for the 2nd fix of the morning.

0.5 sec. F 11. ISO 50. Canon EOS 6D. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens

Good Night Durban!

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30 sec. F10, ISO 640. Canon 6D. 17-40L.

This photo is from last night when Prakash Bhikha chilled out in Port of Durban.

The wind was pumping and we were forced to reduce our exposure times and hold out tripods still.

In chatting we agreed that it would have been so lovely, with some wind shelter, to move into a 120 sec. bulb mode on ISO 100 F14 or so.

Charity

“Charity should be done without seeking any name and fame. Every good act is charity. Giving water to relieve the thirst of others is charity. An encouraging word to one in distress is charity. Giving medicine to a sick man is charity. Removing glass pieces from the road is charity. Serving birds and animals is charity” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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Canon 6D, F10, 4 sec. ISO 100. 5 min. before sunrise 4 Feb 2017.

My Durban 2017

“When your intention is clear, so is the way” ~ Alan Cohen

Goodnight or Good morning Durban!

The photo was taken earlier today at 05:14 before sunrise with a rickety tripod and a loan battery from Theo (I forgot mine at home ).

My main Hahnel tripod is getting repaired but nothing like having a light spare to travel with. Taking the advice of Dave Nisbet and Prakash Bhikha, I went and bought myself a Nest tripod. It’s light, cheap, of fair quality and easy to use. Govan Mani Pavilion (Boetie) gave me a good discount and stocks other photographic stuff.

Irene and I had a nice chat & coffee this afternoon with Werner and his wife. Werner will be exhibiting his specialist photography work hopefully soon and I’m sure that Malusi, Themba, Nombuso, Andile and others would like to get themselves or their girlfriends in front of his camera. He’s doing some lovely low-key / low light thought provoking work. Go check it out guys & girls .

Jason, son, your copy of the book by Gen. Johan Booysen was bought at Exclusive Books Pavilion which is closing down. All books are less 50% until tonight or tomorrow. The book will be shipped to the UK COD! .

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Canon 6D, 30 sec. F10, ISO 100

The First Weekend of February 2017

A poem by Robin Sharma: “Today, I declare I am strong and brave, not timid nor weak.

Today, I declare that my past will no longer limit my future and just because I couldn’t achieve something yesterday doesn’t mean I won’t do it this day.

Today, I declare that I’ll honor my talents, express my gifts and reveal my creativity to everyone around me.

Today, I declare I’ll be loyal to my values, respectful of my mission and fiercely focused on my dreams.

Today, I declare that I am a maker versus a consumer, a giver versus a taker and a visionary versus a victim. Today, I declare that I will always be part of the solution and never part of the problem.

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Today, I declare that when I fall, I will certainly rise and when I’m in doubt, I will persist. Today, I declare that I will cherish my health, feed my mind and nourish my soul.

Today, I declare that I am surrounding myself with people who are smarter, faster, stronger and better than me so I am uplifted by their models and inspired by their examples.

Today, I declare that I set the standard in my work, am becoming the icon of my industry and a legend at my craft.

Today, I declare that I adore my family, am grateful for my friends and am an encourager to all those who are blessed to cross my path.

Today, I declare that this New Year is MY year. My time to grow, excel, laugh, love, win, believe, persevere and serve, knowing that I am truly the leader of my fate, the owner of my results and the hero of my destiny.

With best wishes and tons of gratitude, Robin Sharma“.

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Canon 6D, ISO 100, F10, 17 mm, 1/13 yachts & 0.8 multiple rocks in foreground

More of the Cows at Roosboom, Ladysmith

“Every wrong action brings its own punishment in accordance with the law of retribution. If you rob another, you rob yourself first. If you hurt another, you hurt yourself first. If you cheat another, you cheat yourself first. You have to pay the price some day. Reaction must come. No one can escape it. This is God’s law” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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Canon 6D, F4, 1/250 sec. ISO 640

The first post with location information can be accessed here.

Goodnight Ladysmith

“In this world that is full of negativity, it is crucial to stay positive if you want to accomplish your goals and get what you want in your life. But, do you think you can turn negative into positive, like turning iron into gold or darkness into light? Have you ever thought why some people are most of the time positive while others are most of the time negative?” ~ Kamran Akbarzadeh

One of the positives in my job is that no matter how far I have to drive and for how many hours in day, nothing can usually stop me pulling over for ten minutes at sunrise or sunset to enjoy the glories of Mother Nature.

I was some kilometres outside Ladysmith last night at 19:14 PM as the sky was about to catch fire. I still had to get to Newcastle Grey Goose Game Lodge but who the hell cared! The road was barren with no real attractive landscape to shoot. As luck would have it a “gang” of cows appeared. I quickly made friends with their leader and he invited me into their lair to stand in fresh cow dung and take some close-up shots. The drive from Ladysmith to Newcastle was pleasant after the shoot; fresh cow dung on my boots and some lovely RAW files in camera to play with

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Canon 6D, F4, 1/25 sec. ISO 800. 17-40 mm L.