I’m no portrait / wedding photographer so Friday night was a little stressful practicing with new flashes, rapidly dropping sunset light, generally low light, parents getting excited and Grade 12 couples about to go to their last school dance (with a lot of hopes pinned on me I think). Also, trying to ensure my flash stands weren’t bowled over or blocked by onlookers in a small area. It was the wild west! The photo below is a my favourite. It’s not the sharpest due to the 0.5 sec S/S (terrible) LOL :). F4.5 also lost the one person a little. ISO 800. It was crazy – I semi-panicked between M & AV, moved the stands around and lowered / increased the flash power (lucky I shot in RAW). But hey – I love the photo and suspect the ladies might too (even if it’s just a little). A steep learning curve indeed but I had fun (and built-up a sweat). A little rear light was added in PP wink emoticon. Canon South Africa 6D from Orms. 24-105mm L.
It’s that fitness that gets you up at 03:15 to travel 45 min to set up your tripod on a cold lonely beach at 04:15 for an 04:55 sunrise. It allows you to take 400 photos over a few hours with ease at a party when some people struggle to take 40. It helps you stay in that seat for an hour trying to get Photoshop to give you a particular result with just one photo. It allows you to spend hours creating / designing blog after blog, and posting to Facebook, to showcase your art.
In the beginning this is all very tiring but you do get fitter, Unfortunately, it’s often this type of fitness that keeps you glued to a chair drinking coffee and eating while the pounds pile on.
I therefore spent the last few days wiping the dust off my Eric’s fishing paddleski and having minor repairs done. Gary Clarke, the owner of Eric’s Canoes was kind enough to help me with the latter in under 48 hours.
On Saturday morning I left home early morning while it was still dark and reached the beach before first light. A few fishermen were already busy standing on the beach trying their luck to catch Shad, the best bait being Natal Sardine.
Although my paddleski has not seen the Indian Ocean for 5/6 years, it got me past a few small breakers and past the backline without a hitch.
I tried two lures using the trolling method. The fish were absent and it was not long before my lower back ached and my overweight stomach became a nuisance. My fitness level on the paddleski, although I jog on a treadmill three times a week, was shockingly low.
This is all very different from the previous occasions the used the paddleski: we would paddle for miles without an ache or pain and spend hours on the water weather permitting.
I am a very determined individual and there’s no need to guess what’s going to happen in the next few months. PS – some of the tags on this post are: hope, motivation, never-give-up & success.
I have already bought another fishing rod (an hour after reaching shore from this first launch) and if all goes well…
Well by the time you are reading this blog post on Sunday morning (in 17 hours), I should already be on the water again doing round 2!
The great thing about fishing is sometimes, if not always, just being at the sea, making an elaborate trace, constructing an amazing bait, smelling the fresh salty air, mingling with good friends, taking a break physically and mentally, pondering, letting the cold water run through your toes and feeling the sand underfoot.
Mary Anne Radmacher “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
PS – the photos above are from my first launch 8 hours ago (I just had to sneak a small camera out to sea)
SA Venues accurately describes the Bluff as follows: The headland known simply as “the Bluff” – a thick green belt that has a strong attraction for those who steer clear of the built-up beachside areas of Durban, Amanzimtoti and even Umhlanga Rocks – is a collection of suburbs that cover the stretch from the military base in the north of the Bluff to Treasure Beach in the south. The Bluff also forms the gateway to the South Coast with its many seaside resorts and other attractions.
The Bluff offers stretches of unspoilt beaches with dunes, rock pools plus favourite fishing, diving and surfing spots that provide sport and recreation for the adventurous. Ansteys Beach with its paddling pools and surf spots is popular with the local residents especially the surfers, body boarders and kite surfers.
A dear friend and ex-work colleague let me into his secret a few weeks ago.
Roscoe and I cracked the nod to join him for some good clean early morning fun – coffee, after the “exploration”, from my friend’s stainless steel flask was mandatory.
The sunrise that greeted us from over the Indian Ocean was magnificent.
Roscoe, pictured below, was patient with us (well for 30 minutes or so..). This fishing expedition did not involve long walks, meaty bones or a warm blanket.
We joined a large bunch of fishermen, who were trying both spoons and bait.
It was a hive of activity.
The great thing about fishing is sometimes, if not always, just being at the sea, making an elaborate trace, constructing an amazing trace, smelling the fresh salty air, mingling with good friends, taking a break physically and mentally, pondering, letting the cold water run through your toes and feeling the sand underfoot.
The fisherman below, “Basil”, was in the action.
My friend below, although going through very trying times right now (times that would make lesser men crumble), was full of fun, optimistic, energetic, encouraging and set a fine example as to what the rest of us should do under such circumstances.
I know my friend as a wise level-headed gentlemen, who I first met in 1989 or so. At that time I heard of his great work accomplishments and my aspirations were then set.
I wish him and his ex-colleagues the best of luck with the challenging times ahead. The good they have done in our community is etched in our history; no-one will take this away.
For all of us I record the words of Mary Anne Radmacher below:
“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen Hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
And when a hard day nears its end ““Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.”
Or better still “I will do again tomorrow!!”
A drawing below by grade 5 (standard 3) children, aged 11 years or so, is golden advice to end this post.