Good Morning Durban!

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We had a comedy of errors / mishaps this morning (Sun 15 Jan 2017) one hour before sunrise.

Shane Newman was missing a section of tripod so I said use mine. As Shane used mine the head broke!

We used Shane’s T-shirt and cap to rest our cameras on rocks and managed to get some shots although mine (attached) is a little fuzzy on the left side.

Neil Hellerle did fine I think as he had taped his tripod together

It looks like two of us are going tripod shopping soon

Canon 6D, F16, 121 sec. ISO 100 base image. PP with LR and Raya Pro by Jimmy Mcintyre read more here https://andrewharvardphotography.com/2017/01/13/raya-pro-2-0-is-coming/

Shot taken at Wilson’s Wharf Durban Harbour.

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Good Morning (afternoon) Durban!

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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.

Birds of Paradise

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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

Mobile Phone Photos

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The weather report claimed there would be no clouds this morning (Sat 14 May 2016) so the dogs and I left home without the Canon 6D / 550D cameras.

Fear not: we had the Samsung South Africa Galaxy Note 4 mobile phone handy.

We first went to Wilson’s Wharf but no photographers were present.

We then went to the pier at Durban Rowing Club and I’m guessing that there were 10 or so photographers there with an assortment of entry-level Nikons up to a hardy Canon 5D with 16-35 mm lens (plus Manfrotto tripods and ND filters).

Trevor, Tammi, Henry and others were busy plying their trade. Not wanting to be left out as some clouds were present, I took some landscape and portrait shots of the sunrise using my Samsung Mobile (Samsung Galaxy Note 4).

I did not use the panorama function on camera as I find it degrades the overall quality. Instead, after going to The Coffee Guys – South Beach for aPrakash lens special coffee, and greeting the honourable Mr Dave Nisbet, I went home and stitched the individual portrait photos into the accompanying panorama. Of course I had to bring the photo “alive” to my personal taste using a trick or two.

PS – there were 2 photographers from Amanzimtoti present. I had never met or seen them before. The one walked up to me, extended his hand and said: “Andrew”. I was shocked as to how he knew my name so I just stood there. It was panic stations as I thought that I had somehow forgotten this person. He then saved me by quickly adding: “No, I am Andrew!” Phew, that was a close call. Mira and Gordon this is the “round 2” photo 😉

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Goodnight Durban

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