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Good Morning (afternoon) Durban!

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“Likeable leaders inspire trust and admiration through their actions, not just their words. Many leaders say integrity is important to them, but likeable leaders walk their talk by demonstrating integrity every day. Even a leader who oozes charm won’t be likeable if that charm isn’t backed by a solid foundation of integrity” ~ Gary Pike via Jim Rohn with permission

I went down to the Durban Yacht Mole before sunrise to get some Head of the Bay photos at Durban Rowing Club. Nola and Sean didn’t seem to be there so I missed out on a bacon / egg roll.

The Canon G3X camera with a 1″ sensor and 25X zoom snapped off over 150 photos, mostly of the sunrise which was OK but much better after sunrise for nearly an hour (a lesson in patience and assumptions: do not judge shooting conditions until it’s time to shoot). There were also no clouds before sunrise but the clouds moved in very quickly with the rising sun.

Canon G3X. Manual. Tripod. RAW. ISO640, 1/200 sec, F11.

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“To us, the ashes of our ancestors are sacred and their resting place is hallowed ground” – Chief Seattle

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I met Denver at Wilson’s Wharf: Photo Shoot Lookout this morning before sunrise in 5 Star Durban. No clouds usually equals boring for me but then the Igers for #BICLoveYourSA #LoveSA turned up at about the same time the flying pigeons did. This got me thinking that it was a splendid time to do what Dalton does so well. I used my Canon South Africa G3X. F11, ISO 125, 1/100 sec. for the base image. Foreground manipulation just for Instagram

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Are sporty cars like humans? Do they have feelings, long for love & beautiful sunrises?

Nalendren Naik and Malusi Clement Msomi of Dbn Spotter will tell you: YES they do!

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Durban bay & skyline in the background.

Durban Bay

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The accompanying photo was taken on the grass embankment at Wilson’s Wharf Durban looking east towards the Royal Natal Yacht Club over the sand bank, which gets exposed at low tide. At low tide, and especially at sunrise, the exposed sand bank becomes a playground for pigeons and people; whether it be fishermen looking for cracker shrimps, fishing off the edge of the bank into the deep channel or young children running after crabs who are scurrying along the muddy surface. At high tide it is a known fact two most fishermen who have fished this area that Grunter and Stumpnose venture onto the covered sandbank to dig in the mud for cracker shrimp. Shoals of Mullet also swim lazily around away from the deep channel’s seeking some measure of safety. As a young lad, this area of Durban Bay was our playground. If we were not fishing or getting up to some other naughty tricks, then we were digging out clay from some of the banks and placing blobs on sticks to then launch missiles at each other.

Love Durban

“It’s the “dance” that never seems to get resolved. We pursue a life of comfort only to find that a life of comfort slowly begins to weaken us. So we pursue a life filled with challenge only to find that a life of challenge slowly begins to wear on us. This “dance” will never be completely resolved. We will always be fluctuating between the two. The only trap is to make sure not to go on the deep end on either side because once we’re in the deep end, it always seems too hard to make it to the other side. Be wary of where you are on this dance. All life fluctuates between these two sides” ~ Brian Kim
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Photo: Love Durban. Taken at Wilson’s Wharf, Durban – South Africa with Canon 550D & Sigma 10-20 lens

I am Durban 031 ZA

“Everybody’s looking for the “ultimate way”. But the thing is, the “ultimate way” for each person is going to be different. That’s why we have all these wars going on between people. This diet is the best, you should have kids, you should have a big wedding, you should do this type of exercise, you should drive this type of car. No. Look within first. Discover what you value, what’s important to you and that will become your “ultimate way”. Other people will have different ways and that’s OK. That’s for them. Your ultimate way is truly your ultimate way.” ~ Brian Kim

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Canon South Africa 550D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens, F7.1, ISO 800, AV, speeds 1/800 – slightly slower sec, handheld, 4 portrait images stitched in PS. Location: Wilson’s Wharf Durban, South Africa. Saturday 2 May 2015 at 06:47. I’ll say it again: the 550 and 50mm 1.8 is a really entry-level kit but it continues to surprise me.

Anyway, it’s time for breakfast. I think KuDta On Wilsons Wharf will be a good bet at ZAR 22 for 2 eggs, bacon/macon, 1 toast, chips & coffee. One of my photos is on their wall as wallpaper – I think this photo “I am Durban 031ZA” would look far better wink emoticon. The TIF file is a healthy 800MB and it’s sharp!

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Canon 550 & Nifty-Fifty Fun

Canon 550 & Nifty-Fifty Fun

Although I sat drinking my coffee this morning and contemplating for 30 min up until 05:30 over Canon 6D or 550D, 50mm 1.8, 17-40, 24-105, flash or not, Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks beach, Durban Surf surfers off North Beach or Moyo beach, I still ended up taking a knife to a gunfight!

As I drove away from my house I saw the pinks and oranges coming. I still had hope. Once I reach the Point Yacht Club and scouted around Royal Natal Yacht Club I thought “Oh Shi!@#$%^&*!!!”. My 6D and 17-40mm was what I should have had with me.

My poor old 550D tried its best to shoot handheld at ISO 800, something I take for granted on the 6D, but the first load of shots didn’t make the initial post-processing. Luckily I burnt up an 8GB card so the end shots with more light were a little better.

Canon South Africa 550D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens ISO 800, AV, speeds 1/200 – 250 sec, handheld, 4 portrait images stitched in PS. The 550 and 50mm 1.8 is a really entry-level kit but it continues to surprise me.

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