I wished that you could have prepared yourself for the spectacular occurrences in life before they happened.
I wanted some warning.
Time to count out the number of freckles on a face,
or note the precise shade of the sea.
To immerse myself fully in a moment before it left me.
Love her, but leave her wild – Atticus
I have just returned from a seven day break at Sanna Bay in Scotland.
No TV, No radio, No newspapers, a few humans, only intermittent Wi-FI connection.
Just me, my camera, some curly horned sheep, my watercolour paints and lots of good light.
I believe it was paradise. I have two more sets of images to show you ‘Ocean’ and ‘Twilight’….
There are a few things in life so beautiful they hurt:
swimming in the ocean while it rains,
reading in empty libraries,
the sea of stars that appear when you’re miles away from the neon lights of the city,
bars after 2am,
walking in the wilderness,
all the phases of the moon,
the things we do not know about the universe,
When you left
You left almost everything
I kneel in the nights, before tigers
That will not let me be….
The mind I love must have wild places,
a tangled orchard where dark damsons drop in the heavy grass,
an overgrown little wood, the chance of a snake or two,
a pool that nobody’s fathomed the depth of,
and paths threaded with flowers planted by the mind
– Katherine Mansfield.
The Fujifilm X100 had been on the top of my lust list for about a year. I stopped drooling, relented and bought (the updated Fujifilm X100s) this little delight, in silver. This is no technical review, there are plenty of blogs to gleen that information – I want great cameras with brilliant results. This camera comes with a fantastic APS-C sensor which is found in consumer SLR’s and handles amazingly in low light. The Fuji is a great urban/city camera, I bought the chestnut brown leather camera case with shoulder strap and this is how I proceeded to record my recent trip to Paris. Travelling around shooting at f2, it is amazing at capturing lens flare and bokeh. Where do I even begin to tell you about it capabilities, the square format shooting, shooting in film mode ‘Velvia’ for beautiful colour. B&W shots straight out of the bag, the beautiful sharp fixed 23mm lens, RAW or Jpeg. My friend Mark hit the nail on the head when he said to me recently “It makes image making so much fun, it makes you want to get out there and shoot”. Do I think as reported that it is the death of the DSLR, no I don’t, if you are a landscape photographer you still need a DSLR for better dynamic range and clarity. But, it is an amazing second camera.
If there is one thing to mention about this camera is that it is ‘energy hungry’, maybe because I always use the electronic viewfinder.
I bought two spare batteries and keep them in my camera bag. Also, I am a little worried that I may look like a Hipster !!!
The small ‘s’ on the end of this model code definitely stands for SEXY !!
The never-ending Stairwell inside The Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Just returned from a wonderful long weekend in Paris, weather was mixed it could be beaming sunshine for hours and then there would be a fantastic thunder and lightning storm for half an hour. I don’t have a set plan on these trips, but in my mind I have an idea of what I want to shoot, but as always, the unexpected shots are always the best. I have walked the length of Paris this weekend, armed with the Nikon D610 and my new Fujifilm X100s. The square shots are taken on the Fuji. Here are a collection of shots just as it was beginning to get dark – I make no apologies for the Bokeh shots. I love them.
A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~ Paul Dudley White