Good morning Durban

I lay in bed at 04:30 this morning, after getting up for a short while, and was thinking about sleeping in until 06:30.

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Robin Sharma‘s recent email kept beating in my head so I had no option but to get back out of bed and head to the harbour and then beach to watch the sunrise.

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I didn’t want to “lose” my membership in the 5 am Club!

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“The moment you think you’re amazing is the moment you lose the very mentality (and spirit) that made you amazing. On the arrival of uncommon success, the human tendency is:

1. For humility to become eroded and arrogance to creep in

2. To lose the fire that got you into The 5 am Club, kept you pushing to be the best & moved you to persist against all that fear could put in your way

3. To rest on your laurels and fall into the seduction of thinking that what made you successful will keep you successful

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And so, as you navigate your rise to world-class, avoid “the catastrophe of success”. Own your Craft. Live your Genius. Lift our World” ~ Robin Sharma

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Canon G3X used for all photos, minor adjustment in LR only

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Royal Natal Yacht Club, Point Yacht Club and Moyo Ushaka – location

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5 Star Durban #durbantours #durbantourism #tourdurban #durban

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Durban All in One

Good Day Durban!

I took a short stroll on the beach this morning at sunrise before work. It was not long before I was accosted by Prakash and Dave who were a little curious about my new Canon G3X “point & shoot” 😉.

Dave is a die-hard Canon man but Prakash tends to stray between Nikon, Fuji and some camera clubs 🙂.

We chatted to one of the boat crew who told us of very few fish and the ones that were caught were small, but lots of sewerage / waste being dumped from or out the harbour.

There was also mention of Chinese trawlers poaching in our waters. Everyone did their little bit to best try explain or guess why there are no fish when there should be.

It was then off to start the work day.

I was also told a tit-bit of information that reinforced the theory that times of extreme hardship in our lives can actually turn out to be huge blessings in disguise.

It obviously doesn’t feel like it at the time; it feels like living hell!

Yes, five years, or perhaps even shorter or longer, is a long time to wait but the benefits can be well worth it.

And yes the pain is unbearable at times, but again I say it can be well worth it.

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Canon G3X, F5.6, 1/250 sec, ISO 125, manual, handheld, RAW, +/- 200m North of Moyo on the Pier

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Good morning Durban!

Good morning Durban!

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“WORK IS WORSHIP: Feel that your body is a moving temple of God, and that your office or house or business is a big temple, and that all your activities, such as talking, eating, breathing, seeing, hearing and reading are offerings unto God. All work is worship of God if it is performed in the right spirit. It leads to God” – Sri Swami Sivananda

Canon G3X, F5.6, ISO 640, SS 1/640 sec.

06h56 Sunday 26-06-2016 uShaka Beach

Glenwood Class of 1986 Reunion 30 Years

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“The school, it’s values and traditions are stronger than the actions of one individual” ~ Michael Maher

We enjoyed our 30 year reunion this weekend and what a better way to kick it off than with a sunrise shoot with gentleman David Oppermann.

I took him to Moyo Ushaka so we could have coffee afterwards at The Coffee Guys – South Beach; a Durban photographer’s tradition of sorts started byPrakash Bhikha and Dave Nisbet I guess.

David and I later went to Glenwood High School to watch the Green Machine beat Kearsney at rugby. It was also great that our ex-headmaster (MrMichael Maher) joined us for some of the fun.

I’ve seen people groan about Moyo Pier as being the most shot pier. Yes, it is, but different days always seem to deliver a different beauty. We were blessed on this morning again.

Canon 6D, F10, 1/80 sec, ISO 640, handheld, one shot, RAW

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My Faithful Companion

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“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.” ~ John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog

This is my favourite photo of yesterday’s photo shoot with Prakash, David and Lee-Ann. There are another 140 photos but this particular one shows what most the others don’t: a bond of unconditional love. Straight after I took it I showed Prakash and grinned; my shoot was sealed.

Today most of the IG groups are meeting in and around Durban today. After last night’s Glenwood 1986 Reunion – 30 Years I’m not feeling photography fit.

Canon 6D, 17-40L, F9, ISO 640, 1/200 sec, @ 40mm

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A Thought for this New Year 

“Great kings and emperors are reduced to dust. Scientists and philosophers disappear. Athletes and sportsmen come and go. Memory and intelligence fade away. Youth and beauty, fame and possessions, power and pelf disappear. Mountains crumble. O man, this world is illusory. Seek God and enjoy eternal bliss” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

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