For this global travel buff who meditates with camera in hand and HDR on screen, a picture says…

Do you know this chap? 😉

The Displaced Nation

Andy Harvard A Picture Says Collage Canon zoom lens; photo credit: Morguefiles; Andy Harvard enjoying an ice-cold Hansa in a hotel bar off the coast of Durban (photo source: Andy Harvard).

Welcome to our monthly series “A picture says…”, created to celebrate expats and other global residents for whom photography is a creative outlet. The series host is English expat, blogger, writer, world traveler and photography enthusiast James King, who thinks of a camera as a mirror with memory. If you like what you see here, be sure to check out his blog, Jamoroki.

My guest this month is the 45-year-old South African photographer, traveller and chef Andrew (Andy) Harvard. Most chefs enjoy eating and are by nature creative people. Andy is no exception and his creative talents, ideas and passion spill over into his passion for photography, which he indulges on travels in South Africa and worldwide. He has a blog…

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I love Durban

My most successful WordPress blog post of all time is Thai Poosam Kavady.

It was viewed 549 times and liked by 49 bloggers over a lengthy period of seven (7) months.

I thought that was good until I posted my photo of Moyo at uShaka on the “I love Durban” Facebook page.

The photo went absolutely viral as far as my humble statistics go.

I love Durban, who has 84, 912 likes, have used it as their cover photo for five (5) consecutive days.

Since then and up until now, the photo has raked in 911 likes and 44 shares!

I am really feeling so honoured that they have used one of my photos as their profile photo and for all the likes and shares.

This really makes waking up at 05:00 in the cold of winter, so that I can get down to the beach by 05:30 to await first light, so worth it.

It makes the sitting for three hours straight sometimes trying to post-process one HDR photo feel like a holiday.

It confirms that my Canon 550D with the standard “poor” 18-55mm lens is a powerful tool.

It makes me glad I never bought a Nikon (joking 😉 ).

It makes my self-taught amateur photographer status mean something.

The post with the subject photo is due out on 23 August 2013, but it can be viewed here right now or glimpsed below.

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Thank you

A blog, like a group on Facebook, might be administered by one person but its success is only guaranteed by followers and or members who make it all worthwhile. That “like” or occasional comment is “gold” and inspires the artist to continue and better his work.

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WordPress advised me a day ago that I had reached the 500 follower mark.

This tally, combined with a few extra followers since then, and 95 Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/snapflycook likes means that this post will immediately reach 600 persons.

A sobering thought and a reminder of the responsibility associated with transmitting information / images in bulk.

Thank you to all of you for taking the time to “follow” or “like” my blog / page.

 

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 9,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 16 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

No More Awards Thank You – Life Balance

I always wondered why fellow bloggers started declining awards as I was so excited to receive my first two: One Lovely Blog Award  and The Addictive Blog Award.

However, in trying to balance blogging, snapping, flying, cooking, work, exercise and all the other things life throws my way; I have not honoured three further awards from the kind persons below:

http://thewindykitchen.wordpress.com/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/

http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/

I therefore have to respectfully decline these awards, but nevertheless thank all three bloggers for their nominations.

Please visit their blogs as they are contributors and team-players indeed!

I have also respectfully declined other awards and will continue to do so.

Hopefully I do not offend any person who kindly bestowed an award with the best of intentions.

And just to get serious at the end, have a good look at 10 Principles for Successful Work – Life Balance by Mike Hawkins:

1. Set Goals

2. Focus on the Important

3. Set Your Own Standards

4. Learn to Say “No”

5. Delegate

6. Be More Productive at What You Do

7. Get Organized

8. Maintain Your Energy

9. Don’t Worry

10. Maintain Some White Space on Your Calendar