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Anybody remember one of my first HDR posts stating that the view over Durban, Berea and the harbour towards the Bluff, is beautiful and serene?

I was not at all happy with the two photos in that post but vowed not to give up on experimenting with HDR; citing various reasons.

I tried this same shot many more times thereafter but it was only today that I finally cracked a small smile on my face.

The result is not perfect but is certainly better than all previous attempts.

The photo below, taken today of the same view, is dedicated to Timol who supports and endures my photographic & computer editing extremes.

Today alone she sat patiently while I bracketed 63 photos (multiply by 3 = 189) and added a few more for luck at various locations in Durban (a few hours altogether).

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The next photo is dedicated to my “newest and big” supporters (Nicki and Larry Smith in the UK) who miss their hometown.

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Botanic Gardens, Durban 2007

This is a “travel” post because if you are ever in Durban, South Africa, you don’t want to miss visiting this cosy yet vibrant “secret”.

Yesterday my dear lady and I visited Durban Botanic Gardens for a short while.

Entry is free and, within easy walking distance, one can find a lake, tea room with fresh scones cream or waffles, benches to sit on, luscious grass slopes to fall asleep on, wild birds, an assortment of plants (including cycads) and trees, an orchid house plus lots more.

On weekends one often finds a wedding photo-shoot taking place (traditional Indian wedding usually).

It is a gem of a place; a hideaway to go and gather one’s thoughts if need be or just contemplate.

Further links to be found here for the Gardens and tea room.

Before I can show my photos from yesterday, I need to post some photos taken in July and December 2007 using my Canon Powershot S5iS. That camera got stolen a couple years back and I now have a 550D (Canon of course).

This post will be followed shortly by Botanic Gardens, Durban 2012.

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