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Posted by Rene C Schutte on August 10, 2009 at 11:46 PM Comments comments (1)

 "This blog was inspired by the 'Return To Innocence' Album

To Donna & Michelle -

This was an unorchestrated photo shoot of little Michelle, whose proud Mom (Donna) was sharing the outside dining area of Rudi's Restaurant in Downtown Boston, USA.

Myself being from South Africa, Donna and Michelle from Bermuda, and fate (or destiny) allowing this meeting and the opportunity for magic...."

Life consists of opportunities both missed and realised. It is easier to see opportunities in retrospect, and often we view missed opportunities with regret thinking of what could have been. Perhaps it's worth noting that some opportunities can be recreated and you'll have a second chance to realise it. That is however, not quite what this story is about.


This story is instead about the opportunities presented in our day-to-day life and the four simple steps in realising these opportunities.


Take a moment and think about it and you will hopefully see that it's not just applicable to photography as an example, but also to any and all opportunities you would like to take advantage of and turn into reality in your own life.


1. Prepare for it

Simple, right? To be prepared simply means you need to be ready for the opportunity when it presents itself. After all, you do know it's coming. Eventually! So when it does, be ready, or else you will most likely regret it, kicking yourself saying, "if only".


In photography being prepared means taking your camera with you, unless your clairvoyance is really up to scratch. Doh!


Having your camera isn't enough though, as when the opportunity is there and the 'shot' is there for the taking, you can still miss it. It happens all too often with a new camera and new lighting, and when auto-settings simply doesn't cut it. So learn from each opportunity.


2. Recognise it

It sounds so simple, but we are often so engrossed in our own lives we can easily miss opportunities that stare us right in the face. We could have our noses buried in a book, though nothing wrong with that, one should look up once in a while, and stay in tune with that which you have set as your goals.


It's too late if you recognise the opportunity once it's gone by, or equally as bad to never even realise it has come and gone.


3. Grab it

Practise makes perfect, and though there is no such thing as perfection in photography as such (or is there?) it is true that as I explore my creative eye, I do feel it becomes more refined, and I learn as I go along. Finding new opportunities as I go along seem never-ending, almost like reaching the horizon only to find the road continues to stretch ahead with new twists and turns to explore.


If you see the opportunity and you've recognised it, but yet you haven't grabbed it, or at least tried to, then shame on you. What a waste. If I didn't get off my behind and ask Donna if it would be ok to take some pics of Michelle this perfect opportunity would have simply faded like mist before the sun, and I would've felt the poorer for missing this wonderful chance to capture innocence, and the simple pleasures of childhood.



4. Savour it

What good is taking opportunities one after another, and turning them into reality, and yet never stopping to savour the pure joy that comes from realising your opportunity. If it's not worth savouring then why did you even bother setting yourself up for the opportunity in the first place? Conversely if you've made it to step four, then you should take a moment, or longer, and suck the juice out of the opportunity, and savour the joy that realising it has brought you.


It is after all what makes your life special?



OSCON 2009 - Open Source Convention San Jos?, USA - A Report

Posted by Rene C Schutte on August 2, 2009 at 10:29 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever been inside a tornado? Well, neither have I, although I believe this last week I came the closest yet. I am talking of course of theOSCON  event, that is the Open Source CONvention,held this year in San José, California. I was one of the lucky two delegates selected to attend this event which is now in it's 11th year.

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Diving the SS Thistlegorm

Posted by Rene C Schutte on August 2, 2009 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

It was exactly 65 years ago on the night of the 5th of October 1941when the Supply Ship, The Thistlegorm was sunk off the coast of Egypt, Sharm El Sheik near Raj Mohamed.

Today this Red Sea war grave is the most popular under water ship wreck in the world for scuba divers! The Thistlegorm was built by Joseph Thompson & Sons of Sunderland and launched in June 1940.

This evening, 5 October 2006,... read more

Three Seasons In One

Posted by Rene C Schutte on July 27, 2009 at 5:53 PM Comments comments (0)

In my recent visit to the west coast of the USA I found there were both seasons of people as well as seasons of weather. 



The People


If you've ever made a cup of coffee or tea with milk, mixed or blended ingredients to a cake or cement you would understand there is a point somewhere in the middle when the various parts of your concoction is not quite mixed in properly and this is something I find to be quite relevant when looking at populations of different races across the world and equally true for the areas I visited in California.


The people I encountered in San José and driving radius of one and a half hours, inclusive of Monterey and San Francisco, like many other parts of the world including South Africa (SA) are from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and races. Almost to a point where I wanted to ask where are the Americans? I was surprised when asking (because I can :cool:) for directions in these areas, where the locals were mainly Mexican or Asian, that they spoke very poor English. One resident only managed to state "No Engleesh" as if I had entered the driveway of a residence deep in Mexico. The people, even if they could hardly understand me were most helpful, and friendly, willing to try and help even if unable to do so.


Finding English speaking Americans seem to be more and more difficult in a number of areas of California. I can and would have to presume that this is a trend that is replicated in other areas of California and other parts of the US as well. Research* does show the percentage of non-US residents in America is rising and has been for many years.


Being witness first hand to the seasons of people in California was most interesting to my traveler's inquisitive mind from the blossoms of spring to the autumn colors of turning leaves only time will tell whether our seasons will continue to blend, leaving us with a single season or conversely become more diversified as we circle our sun.


* http://www.gothamgazette.com/demographics/oct.02.shtml  

* http://bit.ly/14xw7f



The weather


Equally interesting for me was getting in a car in San Jose with outside temperatures skimming around 32°C (89°F) driving an hour south-south west, to the coast of Monterey Bay and finding the outside temperature had dropped to 15°C (59°F) in this short space of time. The weather was typical to what one would expect from high summer in Johannesburg, SA vs. winter in Johannesburg.


Monterey was a contradiction of weather where the cloud base seemed to cause the drop in temperature, since when it evaporated into the Californian sky, the temperature quickly and sharply rose toward the high twenty's again. The same seemed true a week later when travelling north from San Jose, to San Francisco, where the cold air in this beautiful city quickly forced me to reach for jersey and jacket. Driving back from San Francisco the overcast, cold air again gave way to the dry summer heat of San Jose.


Don't we live in a remarkable world where the constant changes seasons in people and weather keep us forever on our toes wondering what language dictionaries we may need vs. how many shorts and coats we need to pack for our next trip. As for me, I still wouldn't know what to advise:roll: to pack when visitng this area, so would suggest packing a bit of both to be on the safe side.:D


- René C Schutte (26 July, 2009)


Note1: Feel free to comment on your experiences.

Note2: Please note any racist or discriminatory content will be removed.

Blah Blah Blog Sheep

Posted by Rene C Schutte on July 24, 2009 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Well, it's official. I am now part of the flock of sheep that have meekly been herded down the garden path towards my ultimate destiny, to write my own blog.


It seems more and more of us out there are using blogging as a general venting machine (no coins required, unless you want to rid yourself of banner advertising in which case, VISA, Mastercard, Paypal, etc. is your best "pal".


I have kept a diary many years ago and here I am with the perfect medium in which to order, format and share my thoughts, except you don't have to go scrounging through my room to find my diary. Instead you can conveniently just bookmark this page (or not ;-)) and read my posts as and when they appear.


My intent with having my own personal web site is not clear other than it is in-line with my core need to explore and perhaps order my own thoughts, she said sheepishly. Yes, indeed I am but another member of the flock of Bloggers that consume bits and bytes on terabytes (petabytes) of disk storage across the world.


I hope that some may find my ramblings slightly amusing, somewhat insightful, mostly thought provoking and sometimes informative. Time will tell.


Until then and specifically until my next post, baaaah to you all, my fellow flocking sheep.