Hong Kong Skyline

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important” ~ Steve Jobs

We never got onto Victoria Peak Hong Kong because after reading up on it at length and taking all into consideration I was more than happy to rather shoot at leisure on the Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong promenade and watch the daily light show.

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Canon 6D, F7.1, ISO 1250, 0.8 sec.

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Landscaping with the Nifty-Fifty 1.8 from Canon

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Warren visited us this morning from Kroonstad and we visited the harbour and then Moyo Pier. He set about shooting the landscape and I relaxed for a while with my 50 mm 1.8 on my 6D. Feeling a little lonely, I fired a few shots at the nearby fishermen.

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ISO 100, 1/800 sec, F 1.8 (I was waiting to do some portraits).

Nusa Dua Beach in Bali

We are spoiled for choice on the SA coastline with lots of rocks, bays, rivers and other interesting items to photograph.

Having now been to Bali I now understand why the local photographers tend to only have one lonely boat or other item in their seascape photos.

During our recent trip I only got to shoot one sunrise on the beach near Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Bali (we were on the sunset side of the island).

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Canon 6D, F10, 0.8 sec. ISO 125.

A special sunrise

“I think it’s important and I think it’s true that our life experience is going to be about our attitude, our thoughts, our beliefs, our speech and our actions. We can transform our life experience simply by changing our language” – Jason Mraz

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Saturday’s sunrise was special and so were the last few days with the Canon South Africa 11-24 mm lens.

Thank you Cameratek and Roger Machin!

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Canon EOS 6D body at ISO 100 and F10.

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Feeling Ugly

“There is that part of ourselves that feels ugly, deformed, unacceptable. That part, above all, we must learn to cherish, embrace, and call by name.” – Macrina Wiederkehr

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A simple gradient mask blend using Jimmy Mcintyre‘s Raya Pro plugin for Photoshop.

Canon South Africa 550D camera

Sigma South Africa 10-20 lens

F16, ISO 100, 1/40 & 1/10 sec.

Mental Attitude

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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Retouch of a classic morning from Ansteys Beach in Nov 2013. Straightened horizon, darkened exposure slightly, sharpened, increased contrast a little.

This pier was introduced to me by Nirun Dowlath Shah who knows of unique places to shoot in Durban that many of us are yet to discover.

Canon South Africa 550D ISO 100, SS via AV
Sigma South Africa 10-20 F14 @ 10 mm

Don’t SAY rather DO

In recent days a few friends and I were chatting about going / getting out there and doing / trying instead of just saying “I want to.. I’m thinking of..”.

The weather report last night indicated there would be little to no cloud this morning. Even when I got up at 04:30 all I could see was stars and no cloud.

Surprise! It was one of those magical mornings when the clouds suddenly appeared on Umhlanga Beach as I sat doing a long exposure of The Beverly Hills Hotel.

The clouds turned that lovely pink and the sky was a pretty blue for a while.

After shooting The Pearls Mall apartments I went onto the rocks and shot the sun popping the horizon before turning around to take a snap of my other favourite hotel: The Oyster Box (I really should have a standing invite to visit here or at The Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks after every early morning shoot ūüėČ for freshly ground filter coffee).

It was another shoot involving my Sigma South Africa 10-20 lens, which on the Canon South Africa 550D is the equivalent of 16 mm.

Holding thumbs that the Sigma 12-24 mm arrives soon for me to test on my 6D body. I thinks it’s going to be a cracker!

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Canon 550D 4 sec. ISO 100 F16