Street talk

Taken in London. I know that there is a feeling that you should ask to take pictures in the streets, mostly I disagree. This is one of those situations where the whole point of the photo – the way they stood while talking – would have been lost if I had asked to take the picture. As we say in the UK, it’s ‘horses for courses’. For street ‘portraits’ you might ask, but many shots are just straight ‘candids’.

Fuji X100.

Burmese boat-man

On Inle Lake we went through some of the floating villages, but the water was very low. In the narrow channel our small boat, and this man’s, both got stuck. I took the shot while he was trying to separate us. I was using the little Fuji X20. This is a great small camera. The lens is 28-112 (35mm equivalent) with a manual zoom – much better than the slower lever systems on most compacts. It also has a viewfinder and a dial for +/- 2 stops EV. It’s a great travel camera. I used this and an X-M1 together with X100. For two weeks in Vietnam/Cambodia I took just the X20 and X100 and on neither trip did I wish I had a DSLR. These small Fujis are so much lighter, so you take them with you. When it is so hot the big DSLR is a hindrance. It’s true what they say, “the best camera is the one you have with you”, and the X20 fits the bill.

Berlin in the news

So sad for those who were killed, injured, or lost loved ones. My wife and I were in that market 10 days before the maniac drove the lorry into it. It was full of people enjoying themselves. On our last evening we had wurst, frites and glühwein there. The photo above is from the market. These places are so much a part of Christmas in northern Europe; what a shame someone has to spoil it.

Rust

I took this back in 1988/89 when we lived in Sunnyvale Ca. I don’t remember the location, but the car was at the side of the road. I just loved the patina of the thing. This was obviously before digital. At the time I was shooting mainly with Kodachrome slide/reversal and Kodak Gold for negatives/prints; I suspect this was on Gold. The camera was a Leics R4 (SLR) with either the 50/2.0 or 35-70 Vario-Elmar. I love how that camera handles, and so quiet – not as quiet as an M, but not many mechanical SLRs can come close.

Bird photography

We have been on a number of safaris to Africa and the hardest animals to shoot (with a camera) tend to be birds, especially when flying. Near to us there is an owl and hawk conservancy where they have photo days, so we went recently to our first. We are booked again in March. It is a great way to stay ‘current’ with bird photography and although this little owl is not flying, I do have some good shots of hawks and owls ‘on the wing’. No doubt I’ll post one in the coming days.

Nikon D7200 with 55-300.