Good morning Cape Town!

Good morning Cape Town! (and Durban )!

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Canon South Africa G3X, F8, 1/100 sec. ISO 320. Fixed lens at 49 mm. Joby 30 cm tripod. 24-12-2016, 05:54.

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Good morning Durban

I lay in bed at 04:30 this morning, after getting up for a short while, and was thinking about sleeping in until 06:30.

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Robin Sharma‘s recent email kept beating in my head so I had no option but to get back out of bed and head to the harbour and then beach to watch the sunrise.

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I didn’t want to “lose” my membership in the 5 am Club!

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“The moment you think you’re amazing is the moment you lose the very mentality (and spirit) that made you amazing. On the arrival of uncommon success, the human tendency is:

1. For humility to become eroded and arrogance to creep in

2. To lose the fire that got you into The 5 am Club, kept you pushing to be the best & moved you to persist against all that fear could put in your way

3. To rest on your laurels and fall into the seduction of thinking that what made you successful will keep you successful

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And so, as you navigate your rise to world-class, avoid “the catastrophe of success”. Own your Craft. Live your Genius. Lift our World” ~ Robin Sharma

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Canon G3X used for all photos, minor adjustment in LR only

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Royal Natal Yacht Club, Point Yacht Club and Moyo Ushaka – location

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5 Star Durban #durbantours #durbantourism #tourdurban #durban

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Durban All in One

Good Day Durban!

I took a short stroll on the beach this morning at sunrise before work. It was not long before I was accosted by Prakash and Dave who were a little curious about my new Canon G3X “point & shoot” 😉.

Dave is a die-hard Canon man but Prakash tends to stray between Nikon, Fuji and some camera clubs 🙂.

We chatted to one of the boat crew who told us of very few fish and the ones that were caught were small, but lots of sewerage / waste being dumped from or out the harbour.

There was also mention of Chinese trawlers poaching in our waters. Everyone did their little bit to best try explain or guess why there are no fish when there should be.

It was then off to start the work day.

I was also told a tit-bit of information that reinforced the theory that times of extreme hardship in our lives can actually turn out to be huge blessings in disguise.

It obviously doesn’t feel like it at the time; it feels like living hell!

Yes, five years, or perhaps even shorter or longer, is a long time to wait but the benefits can be well worth it.

And yes the pain is unbearable at times, but again I say it can be well worth it.

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Canon G3X, F5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 125, manual, handheld, RAW, +/- 200m North of Moyo on the Pier

5 Star Durban I Love Durban Durban Tourism Moses Mabhida StadiumPeoples park Moses Madiba Stadium FISHING DBN KZN Fishing

Umhlanga on the Rise

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.” – Sir J. Lubbock

It’s guaranteed to be an awesome sunrise tomorrow morning (24 June 2016) at the beach. Probably not the clouds photographers would like, but crisp air and sun.

This photo was taken on Umhlanga Beach about 100 m south of Umhlanga Pier in front of The Beverly Hills Hotel on 16 June 2016 using a Canon South Africa G3X Powershot. 1/4 sec. F11. ISO 125. Small Joby GorillaPod.

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Vetchie’s Reef

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“Your time to POP will soon come.

Did you know that Popcorns are normally fried in the same pot, in the same oil, at the same time and under the same heat conditions, but they do not all pop at the same time.

When flood comes, fish eat ants and when the flood recedes, ants eat fish.

Only time matters.

To make soap, oil is required. But to clean oil, soap is required. This is the irony of life. Everybody needs somebody at one point in time.

Do not despise or treat anyone with scorn. There is a time for everything and for everyone. Keep trusting and waiting on God.

Your time to POP will soon come” – Unknown (via Derek Gravett on Facebook)

Glenwood Class of 1986 Reunion 30 Years

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“The school, it’s values and traditions are stronger than the actions of one individual” ~ Michael Maher

We enjoyed our 30 year reunion this weekend and what a better way to kick it off than with a sunrise shoot with gentleman David Oppermann.

I took him to Moyo Ushaka so we could have coffee afterwards at The Coffee Guys – South Beach; a Durban photographer’s tradition of sorts started byPrakash Bhikha and Dave Nisbet I guess.

David and I later went to Glenwood High School to watch the Green Machine beat Kearsney at rugby. It was also great that our ex-headmaster (MrMichael Maher) joined us for some of the fun.

I’ve seen people groan about Moyo Pier as being the most shot pier. Yes, it is, but different days always seem to deliver a different beauty. We were blessed on this morning again.

Canon 6D, F10, 1/80 sec, ISO 640, handheld, one shot, RAW

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