Surfer’s Paradise

Sunrise this morning with Prakash at Moyo Ushaka on uShaka Beach. Coffee afterwards at The Coffee Guys 

Canon South Africa G3X, F11, ISO 320, 1/20 sec  built-in flash

Surfer Gal u Shaka Jan 2018 (Large)Surfer Paradise Jan 2018-2 (Large)Surfer Paradise Jan 2018 (Large)


Be a Lamp to All

“Be a lamp to those who have lost their way. Be a doctor and nurse to ailing patients. Be a boat and bridge to those who want to reach the other shore of peace and happiness. Remove sorrow by means of kind and loving words. Make a man smile when he is in despair. Cheer him up when he is afflicted” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

This is my last and perhaps favourite of the sunrise on Saturday 13 Jan 2018 at Moyo Ushaka on uShaka Beach.

I shot sunrise this morning near The Beverly Hills on the beach at Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal. Afterwards I went to Coffee Guys for a hot cuppa.

Canon South Africa Canon G3X used with a light bulb I picked up in the sand!

Be a Lamp for Another 2048 (Large)

Bad luck, good luck, who knows?

A farmer had a horse but one day the horse ran away, so the farmer and his son had to plough their fields themselves. Their neighbours said, “Oh, what bad luck that your horse ran away!” But the farmer replied, “Bad luck, good luck, who knows?”

The next week the horse returned to the farm bringing a herd of wild horses with him. “What wonderful luck!” cried the neighbours, but the farmer responded, “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

Then the farmer’s son was thrown as he tried to ride one of the wild horses, and he broke his leg. “Ah, such bad luck,” sympathized the neighbours. Once again, the farmer responded, “Bad luck, good luck, who knows?”

A short time later, the ruler of the country recruited all young men to join his army for battle. The son, with his broken leg, was left at home. “What good luck that your son was not forced into battle!” celebrated the neighbours. And the farmer remarked, “Good luck, bad luck, who knows?”

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“Adversity Breeds Opportunity. One of the best things I can share with you is the idea that every setback carries with it an even greater opportunity. Every curse has a corresponding blessing. Every seeming failure brings with it some gift – some doorway that if you have the eyes to see it and the courage to walk through it will make you even more successful than you were before the difficulty” ~ Robin Sharma.

On Sunday 14 Jan 2018 I shot sunrise at Umhlanga. While happily bracketing shots (my camera set on AV and instructed to take 5 different exposures consecutively of same scene), an over-eager, no photography etiquette person, instructed her happy / laughing couple into my angle of view onto some rocks (as if there is only one set of rocks at Umhlanga ROCKS).

The “photographer”, before posing in front of me with a wide sumo type stance (presumably for balance on the sand), did cock a quick glance at me and say “sorry”.

The “sorry” was clearly not well-meant, and was laced with a look of “sorry buddy but I own this beach” (there might have been an inkling of guilt in those AUTO JPG eyes).

They then went out of picture for a while to paint “I love you” in the sand and fire their pop-up flash like hell to my left. I breathed a sigh of relief.

While contemplating whether or not I should stop shooting, and go run behind her couple and photo-bomb the hell out of them, I thought that maybe there was a blessing in all of this. When do you get a couple that you didn’t organise, to pose for “free”!

They came back into my frame and I tried not to smile.

I sat quietly behind my camera, carefully raised the ISO high (640) to enable 5 fast / high speed shots with the couple still. I then dropped the ISO to 50 to get the swirling water (but couple blurry). I also had a number of shots to get the right / sun side properly exposed (not blown out / too light).

I then went home and using Jimmy’s Raya Pro & Photoshop, used the three main images mentioned above to make my favourite “shot” of the day.

PS – despite me loving this shoot I still want to photo-bomb that photographer one day!

Other camera settings: all mentioned above except the F was on 10.

Canon 6D with 17-40 lens.


Good Night Durban!

“Positivity is as powerful as Negativity – feed it and it grows in leaps and bounds!”

Tomorrow morning, if the weather man is to believed, will reveal 16 – 29% low clouds at the 05:09 sunrise in Durban.

Wind North at 4 km/h with a temperature of 22 C.

The accompanying image was taken some time back at sunset at the Sarie Marais Pleasure Cruises jetty looking towards Point Yacht Club. I re-processed the RAW image this afternoon.

The exact original settings are unknown at time of posting as the export from LR has deleted the data. I do recall that I was on F22 and the shutter speed was about 2.5 sec. I recall this as I thought earlier today that I would rather have been on say F10 to get a quicker SS to avoid yacht movement in the water.

The Yacht Mole - Durban copy (Large)

Positivity is contagious and makes it all better 

Another sunrise on the beach this morning.

Partly cloudy (27% cover and only high clouds) at 05:00 tomorrow (Friday).

NNE at 17-25 knots a bit stiff but not if you find somewhere to hide that tripod. 

Don’t tell my boss! 

PS: Craig maybe coffee again at The Coffee Guys – South Beach 

Rain or Shine - Birds are Up (Large)

Canon South Africa Canon G3X F11, 1/50 sec, ISO 125 – some sky blurred as I ended up with digital lines after PP  — at uShaka Beach.

There’s Light in the Darkness!

“The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one’s life.” – Dalai Lama

Robin Sharma always talks about the 5 ‘o clock club (wake up at 05h00 every day). I’m going to invite him to the 4 ‘o clock club!

There was no sunrise this morning but it was still beautiful to have a short walk, wet the toes in the sea and then share a coffee with Prakash at The Coffee Guys.

Rain or Shine - Surf's Up copy (Large)

Canon South Africa G3X, 3.2 sec, F11, ISO 125, internal ND for base image. Blended with another using Jimmy Mcintyre‘s Raya Pro Panel for Adobe Photoshop.

Varanasi Aarti

“It’s got everything to do with being yourself, trusting the magic, following your heart, dreaming big, and having fun… Hosanna in the highest” ~ The Universe

A well-known Cape Town photographer inspired me, with his recent photos of Aarti in India, to pull out one of mine from Varanasi, India January 2012 and work on it.

Those days I only knew how to take photos on full auto and in JPG format.

Although I was able to enhance the photo slightly this morning, I do wish I knew my settings better back then and was shooting in RAW format.

“Aarti also spelled arti, arati, arathi, aarthi (In Devanagari: आरती ārtī) is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities.

Aarti can be simple to extravagant, but always involves flame or light. It is sometimes performed one to five times daily, and usually at the end of a puja (in southern India) or bhajan session (in northern India).

It is performed during almost all Hindu ceremonies and occasions. It involves the circulating of an ‘Aarti plate’ or ‘Aarti lamp’ around a person or deity and is generally accompanied by the congregation singing songs in praise of that deva or person (many versions exist). In doing so, the plate or lamp is supposed to acquire the power of the deity. The priest circulates the plate or lamp to all those present. They cup their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead – the purificatory blessing, passed from the deva’s image to the flame, has now been passed to the devotee.

The aarti plate is generally made of metal, usually silver, bronze or copper. On it must repose a lamp made of kneaded flour, mud or metal, filled with oil or ghee. One or more cotton wicks (always an odd number) are put into the oil and then lighted, or camphor is burnt instead. The plate may also contain flowers, incense and akshata (rice).[7]

In some temples, a plate is not used and the priest holds the ghee lamp in his hand when offering it to the Deities.

The purpose of performing aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in God’s divine form” ~ Wikipedia

Varanasi Aarti copy (Large)

Canon South Africa 550D on full AUTO. JPG reworked 9-01-2018.

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain

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