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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Food with a View

I recently won the 10-20 lens from Sigma South Africa in a local comp. I previously owned one but sold it to upgrade to the Canon South Africa 6D with a Canon EF 17–40mm lens. I kept the old baby Canon 550D as it had served me well and is a great backup. They don’t make the 550D anymore and there are far superior models available, but I’ve always said “I won’t be bothered if you give me back my old camera and lens (Sigma 10-20 lens & Canon 550D body); it’s a magic combination!

Sigma South Africa, by giving me the 10-20 lens once again, has set the photo monster loose! 
Food with a View

— at Wilson’s Wharf.

Mother’s Day Sunrise

“Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved” ~ Erich Fromm

Mother's Day Sunrise 2015

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, Canon EF 17–40mm lens F7.1, 1/60 sec, ISO 320, handheld, firing Yongnuo store flash from CameraStuff: on tripod off camera aiming at red yacht smile emoticon lol (having fun).

Explore, Dream & Discover

Good morning Durban – a National Geographic Magazine Top 10 Oceanfront City!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” ~ Mark Twain

— at Royal Natal Yacht Club.

Canon 550 & Nifty-Fifty Fun

Canon 550 & Nifty-Fifty Fun

Although I sat drinking my coffee this morning and contemplating for 30 min up until 05:30 over Canon 6D or 550D, 50mm 1.8, 17-40, 24-105, flash or not, Beverly Hills Hotel Umhlanga Rocks beach, Durban Surf surfers off North Beach or Moyo beach, I still ended up taking a knife to a gunfight!

As I drove away from my house I saw the pinks and oranges coming. I still had hope. Once I reach the Point Yacht Club and scouted around Royal Natal Yacht Club I thought “Oh Shi!@#$%^&*!!!”. My 6D and 17-40mm was what I should have had with me.

My poor old 550D tried its best to shoot handheld at ISO 800, something I take for granted on the 6D, but the first load of shots didn’t make the initial post-processing. Luckily I burnt up an 8GB card so the end shots with more light were a little better.

Canon South Africa 550D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens ISO 800, AV, speeds 1/200 – 250 sec, handheld, 4 portrait images stitched in PS. The 550 and 50mm 1.8 is a really entry-level kit but it continues to surprise me.

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Spirit D’ Sulis

From the yacht’s website: “Our fleet boasts the “Spirit D’ Sulis” a luxury 5 berth Royal Cape catamaran, kitted out with an exclusive master suite and 2 double bed berth rooms, both with en suites. The luxury yacht for hire offers 2 single bunk bed berths, each with en suites. Let the Spirit D’ Sulis transport you to some of the finest sailing grounds and stunning places on the coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The capacity of this yacht for overnight stays is 10 passengers, however we accommodate up to a maximum of 20 people for cruises. Catamarans are the best vessel for our opulent charters, with plenty of space, stability and speed for your perfect sea holiday. Although the principles of sailing are the same for both catamarans and monohulls, the catamaran is reputed to be faster and more stable. The spacious outlay of the deck and cockpit, and cabin accommodation at the ends of the seemingly narrow hulls and large, ensures that the royal lounge provides all the comfort and privacy that you could possibly imagine. The Spirit d’Sulis luxury yacht offers an amazing abundance of open space, ideal for a variety of activities such as sitting, walking, playing, sunbathing and napping. It is an ideal choice for families with children and large groups.” ~ http://www.spiritdsulis.co.za/boats-yachts/ The Spirit of elan
Spirit D’ Sulis

After my mobile phone photo last week, a suggestion by Brian, the Canon South Africa Roadshow yesterday, and motivation by Lee Slabber, I gave the Canon EF 17–40mm lens a run this morning in the CBD and then at Wilson’s Wharf (not my usual seascapes). Bent building, oily water, no meaningful crop – but I love it.

Canon 6D from Orms, F9, 1/640 sec, ISO 100. Vertical pano stitch in PS.

— in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

I Survived

“I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me. Waging war against good people is bad for the soul. This may not seem important to you now, but it’s the most important thing I’ve said. In a world filled with misery and uncertainty, it is a great comfort to know that, in the end, there is light in the darkness.” ~ Joshua Graham

The accompanying photo “I Survived” (with proof that there is light in the darkness 😉 ) was posted earlier than intended after I saw the JG quote last night (09 April 2015) on clarity.advising on Instagram.

Also, two friends especially enjoyed the JG and Lenny K quotes so I found one more apt JG quote, which I placed above and have included my all-time fave below:

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

I Survived

Canon South Africa 6D from Orms, 17-40mm L, F11, 6 sec, ISO 50

3 April 2015, 06:04, Point Yacht Club

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