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Good morning Ballito!

“What is this self inside us, this silent observer, Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us, And urge us on to futile activity, And in the end, judge us still more severely, For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?” – T. S. Eliot

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Prakash Bhikha and I hit the shores of Ballito Beach this morning. Afterwards it was The Coffee Guys – South Beach for the 2nd fix of the morning.

0.5 sec. F 11. ISO 50. Canon EOS 6D. Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens

Southbroom, KZN South Coast – South Africa

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“A glorious sunset (a magnificent sunrise), a beautiful flower, the delightful songs of happy birds, the silence of a moonlit night, the smile of a little child, the placid waters of a lake, wooded mountains, sweet music and devotional songs, a noble, generous act—all these elevate the mind, remind us of God and increase our faith” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

Photo taken some months back at Southbroom, KZN South Coast – South Africa

Canon 6D, F11, 4 sec, ISO 100

Grey Goose Sunset

“The Grey Goose which is situated at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains, offers a sense of tranquillity and promises your stay to be a home away from home, come enjoy your stay with us whether its work or play we guarantee to give you the stay you will remember. We are proud to be one of the few places in Newcastle to offer a variety of fun activities that you will enjoy without having to leave Grey Goose. Our activities include fishing, horse-riding, breath taking game drives, picnic walks, exhilarating helicopter flips and a two day hike up the Northern Drakensberg mountains” ~ www.greygoose.co.za/

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Ideal for weddings to get some amazing sunset shots after the church / ashram and before the drinks start flowing

F11, 6 sec, ISO 640 Canon South Africa 6D, 24-105mm

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Couta Cutting

“A turning point seems like it comes out of nowhere. But in reality, it’s built slowly, little by little, until you get to a point where it just seems like huge growth comes out of nowhere. Breakouts always seem like that until you look closer at the history and you see all the hard work that went into it. It’s not the breakout point that matters. It’s the consistency of putting in the hard work that matters because that will help continue the growth after the turning point” ~ Brian Kim

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Arise Sunwich Port

“Within you is the hidden God. Within you is the immortal Soul. Within you is the inexhaustible spiritual treasure. Within you is the ocean of bliss. Look within for the happiness and peace which you are seeking for in vain in perishable sensual objects. Rest peacefully in God within and enjoy eternal bliss” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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This new Photoshop plugin by Jimmy Mcintyre really rocks (http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate-digital-blending-workflow-panel-for-photoshop/).

Canon South Africa 6D, Canon EF 17–40mm lens, F16, 1/15 sec, ISO 320

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Southbroom KZN – South Africa

“The more “ingredients” you add to your life, the greater the possible combinations come about. Combinations that can spark you into going in a new direction. A common theme in many success stories involves the person trying new things, exposing themselves to new environments, and then it just clicked. They KNEW that was it. For some people, it was visiting a boxing gym for the first time. For others, it was watching a dance class. Still for others, it was hearing a person talk about their scientific work. The more you expose yourself to new things, the greater the chances of finding a spark that can ignite something within you to create a whole new chapter in your life” ~ Brian Kim

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I woke up this morning, early bells, and thought I would give the Raya Panel (http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate-digital…/) a better test of its abilities. I looked for a set of 5 images where there were big shadows and highlights. I exported them into Photoshop and tested the auto-align for fun (even though I shot on a tripod). I then used Rapid Blend method but found that the Apply Image button / method worked better. A little fiddle with the contrast, shadows, highlights, detail and resize / sharpen for the web (all on the same panel) and I was “A” for Away! Oh, I also used Jimmy Mcintyre‘s free actions / tutorial to remove chromatic aberrations (click the button and brush them out). Ease of use and good value for money. NB: I haven’t even looked into the Luminosity Masks feature but one of my friends did say it looks to be easier to use than some of the other LM panels around. What I know about LM masks is dangerous!

Base image F16, ISO 320, 1/4 sec, Canon South Africa 6D, 17-40L

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