The Right Track

“Many people believe that as long as you’re making progress, you’re on the right track. But progress isn’t the ultimate thing to be looking for. Making sure you’re on the right track you want to be on is FIRST. Why bother focusing on the progress of getting to New York if you’re not sure you want to go to New York in the first place? That’s what happens with so many people. They’re convinced they should go on a certain road and then all they think about is the progress they make on the road. But it helps to lift our heads up and “climb a tree” so to speak and take a look around to make sure the road you’re on is REALLY the road you want to be on” ~ Brian Kim

Web Prepared (Large)

I’m a sucker for motivational stuff but it’s important to selectively choose what you follow / engage in. The post by Brian above is so true (I recently found out). Why get all psyched-up about being a CEO when you are truly content with being a bank clerk? I’ve tried to set my goals on what I love and makes me tick, and not on what others preach to be the ultimate (it’s their ultimate not mine).

Before filing away my Cape Town photos (again), I took a run at this photo taken near Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary – Table Mountain National Park. I used a good few features of Jimmy Mcintyre‘s Raya Pro PS panel (http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate-digital…/) to polish the final product.

Canon South Africa 6D, F22 (oh my G!), ISO 50, 1.3 & 10 sec

Another Day at Boulder’s V2

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Blowback to 19 June 2014 when I shot over to Boulder’s Beach for a sunrise shoot. I cleaned the original version up for another purpose (and also because I’ve learnt a few more tricks in the past year). The original version is my most “favorited” version on my Flickr account. If I ever go back there I want to meet some Penguins.

Another Day At Boulder's V2 (Large)

At Boulders Beach

Raya Pro Panel – plugin for Photoshop

“Everyone has something they can do. Whatever means you have to make the world a better place, you need to do it. Even if we won’t see the fruits of this in our lifetime, start now” ~ – Daniel Goleman Web Prepared23 (Large) This is one of my experiments I worked on tonight. The other one burnt my brain out.. sizzled! Canon South Africa 6D, F10, 1/4 sec, ISO 100, 24-105L, -2 exp bias at Boulders Beach Simonstown

Here is my full size image.https://www.flickr.com/…/18945746834/in/dateposted-public/. I burnt my brain out as I was learning about all the many features available on the new Jimmy McintyreRaya Pro” Panel plugin for Photoshop (http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate…/).

This photo achieved 264 faves on Flickr without being in one group! That was very surprising for me as no other previous photo (showcased in multiple groups) had ever reached 100 faves. The only thing I did different was used the Raya Pro luminosity masks feature.

With Your Heart

North of Boulder's

“You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.” ~ C. JoyBell C.

Boulder’s Bay Surprise

Boulder's Bay Surprise (Large)

 

During our recent trip to Cape Town this was the first morning that we were greeted with lovely clouds and colours. We missed the pink sunset the night before and it was drizzling slightly at around 05:00 the next morning. We still decided to venture out hoping that the weather was a bit different on the other side of the mountain.

Wiki advises as follows: “Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay [1]. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which form part of the penguins’ diet [2].
Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old.
The most popular recreational spot is Boulders Beach, but the penguins are best viewed from Foxy Beach, where newly constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few meters of the birds. It is also a popular swimming beach, although people are restricted to beaches adjacent to the penguin colony.”