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Mike van Heerden's photo of Durban

Toast gets slotted

Average rating of 4.47 from 55 votes

Durban

Spot Location: South Africa > South Africa > Durban

Date Taken: 12th March 2010. 11414 page views since 22nd July 2010.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
7.5ft 10s 98.64° 0.8ft 10s   6
mph
Sunny 77°f
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Papa Chambo Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 2

I think I am slipping into a coma of mediocrity...

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Coelacanth Jul 30, 2010 Rating: 1

Dammit Jim...I'm NOT a barber...OR a doctor! I WOULD like to be a magician tho'. POOF...I'm in the Maldives with Super Girl!

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the vanity project Jul 30, 2010 Rating: 2

Quick, anyone fancy shaving his eyebrows before he wakes up

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Adzo Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 2

Yeah, so I thought I'd go a bit old skool this arvo shipmates! Broke out the numptie-matic. It's a pinhole camera in this neat homemade housing I made out of an old fishtank with a broom handle duck-taped to it. Wicked! Paddled right out there into the impact zone to set-up an upside-down tube-ride shot I've had in mind. Imagine my suprise when the crew out there, taking turns to casually thread the barrels, just told me to, "Get the f**k out of the way!" Dreadfully bad mannered. Have any of you other water-photogs had a similar experience I wonder?

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Coelacanth Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 2

+1 for the comic relief Adzo...

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Coelacanth Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 1

Veeps...I haven't seen this much tech talk since you felt compelled to describe your 1/32? scale model steam locomotive "The Mallard" and the part(s?)missing from the kit that you had to 'fabricate' in order to complete the assembly. That text was lost, sad to say, during the last Sqirl profile 'difficulty'...fatally attached(I think)to his part of our tech talk/dialogue about surfboard repair, hahaha. I laughed every time I re-read that sarcastic, creative flourish of your imagination...and regret that it's now gone...even though it was 'just' a fabrication too! ;)

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Coelacanth Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 0

Veeps...I haven't seen this much tech talk since you were compelled to describe your 1/32? scale model steam locomotive "The Mallard" and the part(s?)missing from the kit that you had to fabricate to build it. That text was lost, sad to say, during the last Sqirl profile 'difficulty'...fatally attached(I think)to his part of our tech talk/dialogue about surfboard repair, hahaha. I laughed every time I re-read that...and regret that it's gone...even if tho it was a fabrication too! ;)

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the vanity project Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 3

I think they were probably pissed off with your assistant carrying the tripod.

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the vanity project Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 0

I think they were probably pissed off you with your assistant carrying the tripod.

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the palm Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 0

Takes me back to when I lived and surfed there in the 80s.Correct me if i'm wrong but is that addington hospital in the far background.used to get some nice waves out in front of it.

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Adzo Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

Monkey, I'm feelin the love. I like this photo & I'm cool with 40 having his opinion on it. But it does seem that 40's spat the dummy a bit over me finding his initial comment just a little bit 'clever clogs' and daring to suggest that his shots aren't always bang on.

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the vanity project Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

Forget photoshop you numpties this technique was invented in the 1800’s!! http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/photography/past_exhns/seasky/ Multiple glass plate negatives were used to create darkroom prints that had all the required tonal ranges (combination printing) in the finished image. Strictly speaking any hdr image is “fake”. Whether it is created from a single image or many it is still allowing us a view of the world that our own limited visual human perception cannot see without mediating technology. A well exposed single image shot in RAW will generally have enough exposure latitude to create a decent hdr image with a skilled practitioner and some layering knowledge. It is no less fake than a 3 image hdr composite.

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sqirl Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 1

BACKSPACE up a minute guys it is getting too F1ng aggro on this thread! I gotta run....some work related tasks to manage...CTRL+ALT+DELETE....out!

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Portpipe Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 1

*F8 (applause). listen i dont know who DELL you think you are but you'll get BOOT UP the APLET and PASTE you like a SPREADSHEET

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Younes Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 1

Can't understand a shit to whatcha saying, I'm on Apple

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the vanity project Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 1

You are asking for a F8 worse than death! Go HOME before I END you

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Portpipe Jul 28, 2010 Rating: 1

nobody has ever escaped from my keyboard jujitsu moves. the scroll lock has torn limbs off, my number lock has had people tapping buttons all over the place and you dont want to see it when i break out the CAPS LOCK.

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the vanity project Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 2

You best ALT your attitude Porty and give me some SPACE or I will CTRL you and there will be no ESC when I BREAK you

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Portpipe Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 3

i just ctrl c'd your text vp and ctrl v'd it into the ctrl c - ctrl v high pass phrase combobulator. after a few hours messing around with it in sentenceshop and a bit of further processing with MS Paint, that exact comment came up when you look at it in a mirror. you're fooling nobody sunshine.

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Zac Gibson Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 1

it is exactly the same as dodging and burning in a darkroom but digically

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Younes Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 1

Fair enough, my bad. Cool article about Le Gray’s technique

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Younes Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 0

Fair enough, my bad

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the vanity project Jul 27, 2010 Rating: 1

No copy mate, google my text in quotation marks if you can be arsed. Google = 1 result….mine!

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Younes Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 0

nice "ctrl c"

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M0NKEY Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

Oh Man! Adzo and 40, you need to feel the love that Toast is feeling in the shot; wave licked and slotted and not in the slightest bit interested in how blurry or whatever the perceived problem with the shot is. Enough of this bad vibe - I'm going surfing.........

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Adzo Jul 26, 2010 Rating: -1

Hey 40, thanks for the expansion on the hdr thing. Your right, I don't know shit about photography. My little camera has an auto-bracket function. Is that what to use to experiment with hdr tone-mapping should I choose? Also I acknowledge that you don't say there's anything wrong with Mike's shot here. And, I was only imagining starting a surf mag (Albert Einstein himself had something to say for imagination) To be honest I've given up on buying them after 20 odd years but, funnily enough, was saying to a mate the other day that I felt there must be some as yet unexplored angle that'll suddenly create a big buzz amongst the same-old-same-old. Hey, imagine if you got that shot!

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Drew Peacock Jul 26, 2010 Rating: -1

Thats an awesome pic, but while you were photoshopping it to near perfection you forgot to reshape the surfers head. It's such a wierd shape that I have to put my finger over it in order to enjoy the picture.

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Spongerdudette Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

That was uncalled for Drew.

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rednas Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 3

The wave is licking his left cheek, nice!

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Mike van Heerden Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 1

No idea where user6640 came from but that comment was from me

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40 Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 1

google photomatix, or just google fake hdr plug in and get a free trial. u gonna have first lots of fun, then you'll get over it after every photoalbum in your iphoto looks like gotham city. given the right subject it'll create stunning images and works really well in architecture or scenics. 'fake' means that it can be done with single image, when real hdr is composite of three or more images of same subject, exposed too dark, correct and too light. then those 3 or more get combined so every frame brings their best part of information into final image. it's not in a bad meaning of 'fake'. there's no way to shoot this in real hdr because subject's moving and every frame would be different.

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Coelacanth Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 2

This sounds like a teachable moment for digital dummies and non-photographers(but still interested in photography)like me Mike. To capture a dynamic, action shot(as opposed to landscape)like this you have to use a really fast shutter speed to avoid blurring, right? And to have a good depth of field/focus like you have here requires a narrowed iris(higher F-stop number), which lets in less light for image capture, right? Which means you'd lose some of the natural range of colors(tone)...even more than with print film, right? Which is what the software involving 'fake' HDR tone mapping is supposed to correct for, right? Just asking...But please point out my misconceptions. I love THIS pic...and now have seen and like the rest of your work, too!

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user66010 Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 1

Yeah 40, it IS "fake" HDR and whether it's cool or not is not an issue with me. It's something different and I thought it kinda funky, so that makes it work for me. Thanks for the comments guys

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Coelacanth Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

Check out this one from Mike's website/gallery pics Pot. It looks eerily like a painting and is probably heavily photoshopped(in a good way)but I think I like it even more than the one above.(Morning Reflection)http://www.activpix.co.za/photo4579294.html There is also one very much like the one above(Pierre Tostee)...but with the colors less vibrant(no 'fake' HDR tone mapping used that time?). I like pics from amateurs AND pros if the subjects and compositions are compelling...and things are reasonably in focus!

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Potjiekos Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

Glad to see the pros and actual shooters talking about this instead of the sideline chumps. Let's be honest: who gives a if this was a post of my 4 year old's best watercolour, THIS PIC captures what it's like to surf the best that a Durbz winter has to offer and a lot of people mouthing off here will never know that feeling. I'm priviledged to surf there, bloody grateful someone captured the memory and don't care what "skills" were used to obtain it ; ) Pot

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40 Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 1

dude, i've done them as well, over and over again, and by far the best use for me has been when i used it to get some more detail into bouncing whitewater/clouds&sky but not into actual 'whatsgoingoninthisphoto' stuff. different look as you said, it's a piece of art and therefore there are no rules what one can do with their files, it all comes down to one's personal preferences and such. but this one guy doesn't get that.

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Younes Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 1

Nice shot, nicely photoshoped! Doesn't look like the photog isn't proud of it...

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Adzo Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 1

Fair enough sneakykoala. But I'm inviting Mike here rather than 40 when I rustle up the dosh for that big bedroom wall photo commission, or when I need the cover shot for that mag I've been meaning to put out. Mike takes a pretty good snap I reckons, AND he can do fake hdr tone-mapping! Or so I've been told.

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40 Jul 25, 2010 Rating: 1

did i say there's something wrong with the shot? i don't think so, i said that i'm not sure if this manipulation suits for surf shots. i'm sorry if hdr stuff went over your head, after all how in a hell a guy like you would know that such a thing exists and that these things can be achieved with a click of a mouse. belive me or not, but that hdr trip has been played to a death long time ago. everyone who gets a plugin for ps will do so, then after a while they all move on. and about sharpness, i don't know what you think about it, but if you start your mag before learning what sharpness means they you'll be in a shithouse before 2nd issue is about to see a daylight. out of focus photos will go into bin, simple as that.

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Adzo Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 1

But are they blurry or what? Cos I'm like reeeally worried about my eyesight now. About as worried as I am about whether or not a bit of 'fake hdr tone-mapping' has been going on in order to dupe us p-shop ignorant dunderheads into thinking that a rather good surf shot is......better than alot of yours, perhaps, 40? Just how underhand can these cheating digital manipulators get, twisting reality with their technical trickery, warping the very soul of surfing with their perverted viewpoints. For fakes sake!

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Zac Gibson Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 0

nah i think every shot of 40's is better than this one actually it just feels a bit overdone imho

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Adzo Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 1

40- Your sponger shots, Lanza 20/1.05- Rider out of focus on all of 'em. Same with Les Estagnots 15/1/4, Puerto 4/4/05. Just a few examples, unless you're right about my eyesight. Depth of field in your water shots is not a strong point, you've got to admit it. But I think your angles are spot on, on occasions. Benn Dunn- Hossegor, date unknown. Hats off, thats a belter. Pin-sharp, rider with expression- creating some atmosphere. Would survive any nit-picky comment.

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40 Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 1

yeah, that's it. those are scanned from slides.

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langy Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 0

not taking sides, but the 5 photos you said are blurry are all scanned...

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Ratbag Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 2

This is like the Swedish virgin, shnizentight!

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Mobsta007 Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 1

Looks like Pierre Tostee.........Legend in South Africa.....along with his brothers Charl (Legendary Manoevres Surf Shop) and JM (local surf business legend!!)

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Scott Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 2

looks kinda like a really good painting :)

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Adzo Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 3

"Fake hdr tone mapping" is it? Ha Ha, wheel in the expert! Just checked a few of yours out 40, alot of 'em are kinda...blurry. (Is that the correct technical term?) Not sure if that's cool in surf photography either.

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40 Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 2

blurry? maybe you need to get some glasses then. i don't post out of focus photos, why would i? old scans might be blurry but originals aren't. blurry photos go straight in bin, but seems like lot of crew just like you don't get that.

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40 Jul 23, 2010 Rating: -10

fake hdr tone mapping, not sure if it's that cool in surf action photos.

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Bruce Anderson Jul 29, 2010 Rating: 1

I got yer back on this, sqirl! Those cameras were designed in North Carolina (manufactured in China, of course; just like almost everything else that we buy in this country...Death to Walmart!) and were intended to be marketed solely in South Carolina (and just imagine what it would be like if you had an East Carolina, and a West Carolina, too; why, you'd have the inbred version of paradise, I suspect). The reason? After taking a maximum of six shots (the camera "counts" the shots...these people really know their customers) the user is permanently reduced to tap-tap-tapping his/her way down the block with a little white cane, or they are forced to purchase the services of a seeing eye dog. North Carolina has an absolute monopoly on the production of white canes, and the same goes for kennels and training facilities for seeing eye dogs! See the connection, here? What the f*ck is wrong with the two Carolinas, anyway? Was the feud the result of that James Taylor song from the '60's or '70's, "Carolina On My Mind?" He never really says "which" Carolina, does he? Bastard!!! And who the f*ck in his right mind refers to himself -- in a song -- as "Sweet Baby James?" I personally suspect that North Carolina is jealous and apprehensive, here. Why? Because they know that South Carolina may reach collective IQ parity with them as early as 3377. That's only thirteen hundred and sixty seven years from now! Of course, that is predicated entirely upon the current level of migration from California and Illinois continuing into 3377. I grew up in Illinois, and I live in California. Maybe I'll move to South Carolina. Just as long as those people with the canes and the seeing eye dogs don't move in next door to me.

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Spongerdudette Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

Haha Sqirl, well if you had the camera pointing the right way around you might get a photo of something other than your eye........hahahaha ;)

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40 Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

i'm not sure, but sounds like you got insane macro set up going. either way you look at it, the most important piece of equipment in photography is located most of the times 4" behind the viewfinder.

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sqirl Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 4

you guys seem to be super smart camera guys...i got a question for y'all! ......how come everytime i try to take a picture I get blinded by a flash and all that shows up on the picture is a eyeball??

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40 Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 0

yeah, many ways to bake the cake. for some donkeys it's hard fact to swallow.

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gerk86 Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 2

you can still use only one image, hence "fake" hdr tone mapping

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Zac Gibson Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 1

i thought u needed multiple images of the same framing for hdr gunna pretty hard to do surely? unless u use AEB??

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Coelacanth Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 1

Nice pic! Love the composition, depth of field focus, textures, colors & contrasts. The stream of water beads from the lip falling and being being pushed back into the wave face by the offshore wind is especially interesting. Added to favorites! +5

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Harv Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 3

Nice, old school style shot - used to be loaads of these in the old zigzags.

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40 Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

i guess tostee bagged his fair share of kegs during those years, and never stopped doing it.

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Brod The Magnificent Jul 26, 2010 Rating: 1

I agree. It has that early 90's feel about it. ZigZag, our staple diet.

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40 Jul 24, 2010 Rating: 0

i see what you mean, these days standard fisheye shot is from under the lip and not from shoulder like it was 20 years ago.

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jfalvey Jul 23, 2010 Rating: 1

love the different colors goin on in this pic!!

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