I went away with colleagues for 2 days to Umhlanga. It was an action-packed 2 days, and I came back completely shattered. Of course I took my camera with me, so I managed to capture a few things for myself while we were away.

I only travel with one lens if I’m not planning on doing a photoshoot, so after a lot of changing of minds, I decided to take my trusty 24-70mm. I thought I’d be taking mostly landscape photos for myself so decided that would be my best option. In hindsight though, I probably should’ve taken my 50mm f1.4. It’s a lighter lens, and I could really have done the same things with it. I also ended up not resisting, and taking photos at a function we went to in the evening, and I really missed my flash and the f-stop!! But, it meant that I really could test my camera and discovered what it’s limits were… the photos I took at ISO20000 are ok, but grainy.

Anyway, on to the photos I took for myself…

I just love the rolling hills in KZN that are covered in sugar cane… I took this out the bus window.

We went to Westbrook Beach to have lunch at a place called Beach Bums… and I couldn’t resist walking across to this old abandoned house. I’ve been dying to stop here to take photos for years!  Oh and btw, the fish and chips at Beach Bums was AWESOME and it’s well worth a visit. I should really have taken a few more photos of the beach there too.

Then after a few more stops, we hit the Durban beachfront. Apart from taking the kids to see Ushaka when we’ve visited Ballito, I actually haven’t been to the actual Durban beachfront since I was little. I thought it was clean, and well maintained… and full of life. Definitely a place I’d like to take the kids the next time we come down… although I guess in the peak holiday season it would be unbearably busy.

After an exhaustingly long day, it was time to unwind and relax at the hotel we stayed at in Umhlanga…

The next morning I took a few photos with my phone after my run on the promenade… yes, I actually ran 5.5km instead of getting up at sunrise for proper DSLR photos like I would usually have done! LOL!