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Happy Birthday

Dear Mother, I wish you a happy and splendid day and celebrate with you wholly in spirit. This photo is a present to you because without you I would not be here and have all the talents you gave me. More importantly, you always told me to never give up and never give up my inner self. I love you lots and lots, your dear son, Andy.

Thompson's Warm-Up (Custom)

“You should never give up your inner self” ~ Clint Eastwood

I was going to post a quote on never giving up and that would have been appropriate as I had a nightmare trying to stitch the photo below.

But the quote above is so damn important I had to use it. Giving up on your inner self or letting another person slowly batter it into submission is inviting death (it’s a killer I promise: figuratively and sometimes literally).

I eventually got something going on the photo but then the one portion’s horizon was skew. Once I fixed that then I had blending exposure problems.. and so it went on.. from one issue to the next.

Even at the end I encountered a final problem that I could not resolve 100%. That might sound a little negative but it’s not. I practiced a new video tutorial on this photo plus two older ones. I also practiced another self-taught trick and did some cloning, spot removal and a few other things.

So ultimately this photo was a blessing that gave me a chance to practice many skills; I enjoyed myself and post this photo knowing there are some issues that I’m not happy with at all (I will tackle them on round 2 or 3 if need be).

This was my first serious seascape shoot (Sat 27-06-2015) in months and I have another 9 GB of photos from that morning. Some of them are great as is and I could easily post them within minutes, but that’s for another time.

This photo is called “Thompson’s Warm-Up” and it has got me into the right frame of mind for the rest of the photos.

Canon South Africa 6D, Canon 17-40L,

F16, 1/8 sec, ISO 100

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Andy is Greatly Inspired

My skills have gone up one notch at least. I’m still not super hot at my HDR processing but damn it dude – I’m certainly improving slowly but surely. I’m in the middle and going up!

I recently had a good chuckle when looking through my first Photomatix attempts from about one year ago. Stars Wars stuff I tell you.

If you want to get inspired like I am (in life and specifically with photography) then watch the Social Network and Steve Jobs movies, be mutually in love with a caring partner and follow the work / tutorials of Jimmy Mcintyre, Klaus Herrmann and Chris Arson. That should help you off to a good start at worst.

It was possibly after the sixth person in as so many weeks asked me how much money I would sell one of my photos for that I thought why not. The cost is minute so why do it?

It’s not for the money at all; it’s to fuel my passion even more.

One of my colleagues will soon have an A2 canvas stretched print of one of my photos (him and his cars) on his wall. An ex-colleague will soon have one of my seascapes behind his bar. These were the “free” ones.

I have some older photos that I will post in the weeks / months to come but for now please enjoy one of my recent efforts (Winklespruit Beach, South Africa). I like this photo as it was the moment that something sparked and I thought “You’ve improved Andy. You’re not as good as the best but you are slowly but surely getting better”.

Winkelspruit_4c (Large)Dedicated to my dear Mother Margaret Rose Harvard, and my loving partner Timol 

Photography + ? = Overweight

Make no mistake, even with my limited experience, I know that photography requires you to be super-fit.DSCN0581 (Large)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

 

Why we love Durban: Umhlanga revisited 9

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The first post in this series can be viewed here and the second post is accessible here. Other posts that followed can be found by searching this site.

Below are is another photo taken at around sunrise, looking out over the warm Indian Ocean, from a 2nd floor window at Holiday Inn Express. This is the “poster” version of a previously posted photo.

coastlands 2 poster (Large)

Why we love Durban: Umhlanga revisited 8

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The first post in this series can be viewed here and the second post is accessible here. Other posts that followed can be found by searching this site.

Below are is another photo taken at around sunrise, looking out over the warm Indian Ocean, from a 2nd floor window at Holiday Inn Express. This is the “poster” version of a previously posted photo.

coastlands 3 poster (Large)

Why we love Durban: Umhlanga revisited 7

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The first post in this series can be viewed here and the second post is accessible here. Other posts that followed can be found by searching this site.

Below are is another photo taken at around sunrise, looking out over the warm Indian Ocean, from a 2nd floor window at Holiday Inn Express.

coastlands 2 (Large)

Why we love Durban: Umhlanga revisited 6

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

The first post in this series can be viewed here and the second post is accessible here. Other posts that followed can be found by searching this site.

Below are is a photo taken at around sunrise, looking out over the warm Indian Ocean, from a 2nd floor window at Holiday Inn Express.

coastlands 3.tif (Large)

Why we love Durban: Umhlanga revisited 5

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The first post in this series can be viewed here. The second post is accessible here.

Below are two photos taken at around sunrise, looking out over the warm Indian Ocean.

Umhlanga final (4) Umhlanga final (3)

 

Why we love Durban: Umhlanga revisited 4

Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The first post in this series can be viewed here. The second post is accessible here.

Below are two photos taken at around sunrise, looking out over the warm Indian Ocean.

Umhlanga final (1) Umhlanga final (2)