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Lighthouse Corner

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope” ~ Bernard Williams

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Port St Johns river mouth

Baby Canon South Africa 550D, Sigma South Africa 10-20, F10, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

The Mighty Umzimvubu

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart” ~ Helen Keller

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I’ve honestly never found anything appealing about the river mouth at Port St Johns. Perhaps on two previous occasions I’ve stopped there before sunrise and thought “no way am I shooting here”.

Understandably, I felt just a little disappointed when top photographer John Costello of John Costello Photography, who I had just met face-to-face, said we would shoot the river mouth the next morning. I did not want to be rude or seem unappreciative so I said “that would be great”. In the back of my head I was thinking that a shoot was about to be wasted. But it was an opportunity to shoot with a really good photographer.

I should have had more faith, lots more faith in John who surprisingly showed me many wonders and specialities of the mouth in a stretch of maybe 400m. He pointed out things that I, as a busy city boy, couldn’t see (feel).

Strangely enough, I met another photographer the night before who gave me a lecture on “feelings” and “emotions” in photographs. There are no coincidences in life so I made a mental note to strive more on “feeling” before just pulling the trigger.

John told me the colour in the sky on the morning of the shoot was not the best and, yes, I did battle with the RAW photo files when I got home. The photo below has been edited to get a little closer to my infamous orange (yellow) that I so like (but not some others). Lol.. John also told me that it’s very important to take / process photos that you as the photographer / artist like, and not try keep the “experts” happy. John still snorted “what experts!!”. PS – John if I’ve misquoted you please correct in the comments below 🙂

Baby Canon South Africa 550D with Sigma South Africa 10-20mm – F10, 6 sec (sky 0.8 sec), ISO 100. Final touches with Raya Pro Panel (https://snapflycook.wordpress.com/…/raya-pro-panel-a-new-p…/) by Jimmy Mcintyre

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Various in Durban

“Those who have even a little control over their thoughts and speech will have a calm, serene, charming face and sweet voice. Their eyes will be lustrous. Our thoughts, emotions and words create vibrations in every cell of the body and leave an impression there. So raise the right thought and lead a happy life” ~ Sri Swami Sivananda

It’s a cloudy and windy day in Durban. It might even be cold but I’m not venturing out right now to see for myself. Instead, I’m going to processsome photos and learn at least one new Photoshop skill. Before I get into that, I needed to have a little cleanup of the litter on my desktop.. photos I’ve worked on but not posted (one or two might have appeared before but I’ve lost track). All photos were taken in and around Durban.

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Sunrise Yogis

“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being” ~ Swami Vivekananda

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Canon South Africa 6D, F9, 1/160, ISO 250, 24-105 L, speedlight (2)

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I’m on dad!

“Ever notice, that how you treat people in your life today is the single, biggest factor in determining how people in your life tomorrow, even totally different people, will treat you? It always works” ~ The Universe

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Sunrise: Umgeni River Mouth, Durban South Africa – fishermen going crazy over the Shad (Elf)

Canon South Africa 6D, F11, 1/125 sec, ISO 640

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Shad Fever

Sunil Bali: “When you get a small stone in your shoe, how quickly do you remove it?
I suspect you take off your shoe fairly quickly? Similarly, when you’re caught in the rain, you quickly put up your umbrella or get out of the rain. From the day we’re born we’re programmed to change anything we find uncomfortable: babies cry when they need to be winded, are hungry or need their nappy changing. But when it comes to our work and the workplace, we’re more likely to grimace and bear it. Why? More often than not, because we might fail or get rejected if we stay true to our conviction and take authentic action to disrupt the status quo. But it’s when authenticity and enthusiasm ooze from your every pore, that you become attractive and attract all the people and resources you need to succeed. When asked what’s the best piece of advice he’s ever given to his children, Roald Dahl replied, “Its so important to be an enthusiast in life. Above all become passionate. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” When it comes to their work, the likes of Branson, Buffet and Gates haven’t compromised. They’ve remained engrossed, bubbling with energy and enthusiasm. Criticism and failure have caused no more than a ripple in their teacup. And talking of tea, cakes with artificial cream, toast with artificial butter, plastic flowers, plastic people ….. Life’s too short.”

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It was Shad (Elf – fish) fever down at Umgeni River Mouth this morning. I wasn’t sure where to go shoot at 05:30 and then thought that I hadn’t shot this location a lot so off to Umgeni it was. There were no clouds until just after sunrise when S-Westerly I think started pumping and made it a little interesting (just in the nick of time).

Canon South Africa 6D, 24-105mm, F11, 1/160, ISO 640

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— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

Beverly Hills Hotel – Umhlanga

My photo, the signature image on the front of The Beverly Hills 2015 brochure.

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A really happy moment for me: goal set and then achieved

The Beverly Hills.

Isipingo River Mouth

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Ann Landers

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I scouted Isipingo river mouth in the week and returned this morning before sunrise. The fishermen were already out and about and some had been on the beach since the previous night. A couple unknowingly (I think) posed for photos to the left of the photo while the sun shot pre-sunrise rays up and outwards. Worshippers, Hindu and Christian, were soon on the beach to the left preparing offerings and praying. A glorious start to the day!

— at Isipingo Beach River Mouth

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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