“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


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.


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


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!


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 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


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! .


Canon 6D, 30 sec. F10, ISO 100