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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

Hello Durban – First Thursdays

I received the official poster yesterday from First Thursdays Durban.

My first ever photo exhibition prompted by Marco of Spiga Florida Road.

Bongani Mtolo of ECR Newswatch (ECR) will be doing a live broadcast and some great tunes look to be lined up for inside Sidebar next to SPIGA Durban.

A wonderful Durban evening not to be missed!

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Thompson Flow

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth” ~ The Buddha (if not by him or an adaption of his teachings then by some other wise chap)

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This will probably turn out to be one of my favourite shots from yesterday’s shoot.

The little crab (bottom / middle) and I shot for a while until got blown away by a blinder (doubt it – probably scurried away to duck the big wave that wet my lens and caused me to use the healing brush for 20 min in PP).

Canon 6D, 0.4 sec, ISO 100, F16. RAW, tripod.

My Ballito (myballito.co.za) Seeff Ballito Gianni’s Ristorante Ballito First Thursdays Durban SPIGA Durban 5 Star Durban

#durban #durbantourism #nevergiveup #ballito #ilovedurban #5stardurban 

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

Mother Loves Beverly

That’s one thing my mom and I never got to do – High Tea at The Beverly Hills on Mother’s Day coming to you this Sunday (that’s tomorrow!). A lovely venue with well-mannered staff and delectable treats!

Trust me, it might cost a little more but you can eat your money’s worth. Have savoury treats for lunch, rest, drink tea, all different types, listen to the violin, go for a stroll, and when ready…. fill up with all the sweet cakes :).

Mother Loves Beverly

— at Umhlanga Beach.

Memories of a lighthouse

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“Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, created in 2000, which includes the greater Durban area. Commonly and erroneously pronounced (by residents and visitors alike) as Umshlanga (the correct pronunciation of “hl” in Umhlanga is similar to the Welsh “ll”), the name means “place of reeds” in isiZulu.

Umhlanga is named after the Ohlanga River, which reaches the Indian Ocean three kilometres north of the town.

The Oyster Box, a luxury hotel since the 1930s, was originally built as a beach cottage in 1869, before the town had even been founded.

In 1895, Sir Marshall Campbell founded Umhlanga. The town’s first hotel was established in 1920, followed by a shop, a lighthouse, the Natal Anti Shark Measures Board (today called the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board) and further hotel developments.[2][3]

The Borough of Umhlanga was formed in 1972 through the merger[citation needed] of Umhlanga Rocks, a seaside resort town, and the suburb of La Lucia.

In the 1980s, development expanded inland.[2]

Umhlanga, specifically the former sugarcane fields of Umhlanga Ridge, has become the focus of development in the greater Durban area with many businesses relocating offices from central Durban (similarly to Sandton forming the new centre of Johannesburg), a move that has been criticized for “fragmenting the urban fabric” and furthering “the new apartheid” in Durban.[2] In 2010, Durban International Airport was moved to La Mercy, near Umhlanga, and reopened as King Shaka International Airport.” ~ Wikipedia

The Beverly Hills Hotel looks down onto the lighthouse and it a 5 Star Tsogo Sun establishment.

 

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