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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

Thompson's Bay 6 May 2017-10 (Large)

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!

Thompson's Bay 6 May 2017-30 (Large)

Canon EOS 6D body at ISO 100 and F10.

Thompson's Bay 6 May 2017-13 (Large)

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

Blessing 2014 V2 2048 (Large)

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 😉 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

Good news!

I couldn’t contain my excitement this morning when I got news that the Sigma South Africa 12-24 Art lens might soon be paying me a visit & teaming up with my Canon 6D to go wider than wide.

I currently use the Canon EF 17–40mm lens which is great but every so often I need to go wider but maintain quality (and still have a few Rand left for food at the end of the month).

It was in order to celebrate so my Sigma 10–20mm f/4–5.6 EX DC HSM lens grabbed onto my oldCanon South Africa Canon EOS 550D and we headed for Moyo Ushaka before sunrise.

My El-Cheapo tripod from Govan Mani did well in the surf and we managed to maintain a sharpness of sorts.

Afterwards the girls and I grabbed a Prakash Bhikha“lens special” (coffee with a dollop of white chocolate) from The Coffee Guys – South Beach .

I then met up with Dean Nieuwoudt who mentioned he had seen meet shooting the sunrise. He had been riding his bicycle from Greg Albert atCyclesphere Cycling.

Later when I got home I found Dean in one RAW file but the lights on the pier had gone off a few minutes earlier. I found two other files from the same shoot and chose the best lights and water action (plus some added specials) to generate this defiantly and definitely not “straight out the camera” shot.

The 10-20 has done me well but will not work on my 6D. Plus the 6D needs a premium lens hence me looking at the Sigma Art range, which claims: “premium full frame wide angle zoom designed to have minimal distortion in its wide angle imagery.”

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Base image: F18, 1/13 sec. ISO 100 @ 10 mm on Canon 550D & Sigma 10-20 lens

— at Moyo on the Pier Ushaka.

Wide angle lenses for full frame Canon

I’m busy looking at the wide angle Canon 11-24 or Sigma Art 12-24 lens for my Canon 6D.

The Canon comes in at R 40 195.00 and Sigma at R 25 995.00.

There are also Samyang manuals for R 8 000.00 and R 16 000.00.

The only way to be sure is to try the lenses oneself as the reviews tend to be too harsh or biased at times.

Let’s see which manufacturer wants Andrew to play around hard with their lens (one is showing a keen interest).

Pigeon Paradise copy (Large)

Photo: derivative of Sigma Lens SA 2nd winner May 2015 – Sigma 10-20 on my Canon 550D.
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