Past few days..

This blogger is capturing some powerful scenes of history developing right on his door step. What’s photographed is disturbing and very real. I thought this was definitely something to be shared.

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Sorry need to have a pause on my last topic, since something way more important is happening right now and on, than my “little trip to Beijing” and not quite sure if we know hows it going to end up.

*just wanted to make sure you understand the purpose of this post or the coming few.. and my position during this event. Although I am always physically in the protest but I really am not participating or on any sides. Or should there even be any sides. But I respect the idea of this event. I tried my best to be as most invisible as possible and take the photos that the situations allow me to. .. so this post is purely for sharing what I saw and not about having a say.

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to be continued..

Thanks for reading.

Please share!

and hope HK will be settled soon.

J

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Go Sober for October

Two years ago my Nan died.  In her last days of life she was cared for by Macmillan nurses.  With their support her last days and hours of life were comfortable and dignified.  Going Sober for October will raise funds to make sure that Macmillan can continue to do their excellent work and will allow me in some small way to say thank you for what they did for my Nan.

So here I am.  The 1st October and the start of 31 hangover free days of staying sober.  So far so good.  I have no shakes, shivers, cold sweats or nervous tremors.  Let’s see how the next 4 weeks develop.

According to www.gosober.org.uk, I will be able to look forward to the following benefits of being 31 days sober.

  • Increased energy levels, higher productivity
  • Clearer head
  • No more hangovers
  • Sleeping better / snoring less
  • Weight loss
  • Clearer skin
  • Healthier bank balance / Save money
  • Sense of achievement
  • Fresh approach to alcohol consumption
  • Generally feel healthier
  • Doing something positive for a good cause

Sounds great doesn’t it!  Sign-up and give it a go.  Alternatively, if you like those hangovers, make a donation instead and sponsor me 🙂

Backgammon on cobbled streets

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I’m really starting to like the 2.39:1 crop ratio and I thought this shot from a while back might work well with it. This was taken at Covent Garden early evening. The sun was low and this cast a nice long shadow of the bike.

I guess it’s the cinematic look that I like and with the addition of the “letterbox” one has the feeling of being pulled into the shot.

Trying out the Voigtländer Color Skopar 21mm

I was out today playing with this nice little lens on my X-E2. The ability to now have red or blue focus peaking makes focusing a breeze.  This 21mm F4 pancake is apparently good for Landscape stuff and on the X-E2 it’s coming close to a classic 35mm field of view.  Even at F4 (this was shot wide open) the background blur is quite pleasant.

I guess with practice focusing will be a bit quicker.  This will be appreciated by anybody who happens to be walking with me (my 3 year old daughter for example).

I’m just waiting for an adapter to arrive that will allow me to try out a Minolta 55mm F1,7 that I found at a fair price on ebay.  In the meantime I’ll just keep practising with this little Voigtländer which by the way, I think it looks really great on the camera 🙂

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The Leica Galerie (Photokina 2014)

I was lucky enough to find some time to visit Photokina on Saturday.  Looking at all the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos is always fun but the highlight for me was the Leica hall.

I like the space.  It’s not crammed full of stuff, instead it has a sense of openness.  I like the simplicity of it.  The use of light and colour.  There are no huge screens except for the one in the presentation area.  Instead the technology and images are displayed simply and elegantly.  This is all about pure photography.

The “Leica Galerie” was amazing.  Stunning photographs covering a wide spectrum of subject matter.  Some of it was difficult viewing.  The Bryan Adams collection of images “Wounded. The Legacy of War” showing the devastating physical effects of war being one of them.  Also Gerd Ludwig’s photo essay “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” covering several visits to the forbidden zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station gives a horrifying glimpse into a still very dangerous disaster area.

The main focus of the exhibition was orientated around the world of music with fascinating collections including some from musicians themselves.  The collection of images from Glen Craig “Close-up Miles Davis” was one of my favourites.

One visit was definitely not enough to take it all in.  I can imagine that if I had gone to the Leica hall first I probably would not have seen anything else.  It was that good.

Armed with my X-E2 and 27mm 2.8 pancake lens (nice and light) I took the opportunity to take some sneaky shots of people like me absorbed in the impressiveness of the imagery.  Roll on Photokina 2016!

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