At the moment, I really miss living in Penang. Although I owned a car, most of the time, I prefered travelling by bus. I don’t actually enjoy driving, I would much rather look out the window and see what there is to be seen. The other thing is, that I enjoy people watching – just a bit.
I have mixed feelings about sneek pictures, but I really liked the look of his hand – which looked huge and worn. So I took it.
Years ago, I lived in Penang. On a Wednesday afternoon after work, I used to walk from Island Plaza into George Town – where I would usually have my dinner. At the time, I believed that this was a fair way, but looking back, I can see it was only a few miles. I used to love this view across the bay to Straites Quay and on this occasion, I think the clouds look quite impressive. On other occasions, there were huge storm clouds which warned of bad weather ahead.
I know that this view has gone now – the beach has been drained and the land reclaimed for building. One day, I hope to see what it is like now.
I have mixed feeling posting this picture and referencing Earth Day. It is after all a photograph from an airliner of a tranquil landscape. Although most things look tranquil if you view them from far enough away. But it is a view from above. There is something movingly beautiful about the Earth viewed from space. Many astronauts (and cosomonauts) have spoken about how beautiful the Earth looked from their spacecraft windows. I believe the first Earth Day was in 1970, I wonder if people being able to see the Earth from space made them want to celebrate and care more about it.
One of the things I like about taking photos on the street, is showing people going about everyday life. Shanghai has a particularly vibrant street life, where you only have to stand still for a few moments before something unexpected happens.
As I remember it, I was visiting during a really hot spell, in the middle of the summer. As usual, I spent most of my time just wandering around the city, ducking into shopping malls whenever I felt I needed to cool down. On this occasion, I was in Jing’An, near the park, when these workmen walked past me, carrying their sheet of glass.
My father is an unwilling birdkeeper. Someone in the village found they had a flock of chicks which they didn’t want, so he took them on. At the moment, because of the weather, they are laying one egg each day, which he usually shares with his neighbours.
I believe this is a Campine hen – a breed which originates from Belgium. I’m quite pleased with my photo of it, but in the flesh, the black and white plumage is very striking. I know this particular hen is the most assertive in the flock, being quick to peck the dogs if they come to close!
For health reasons, I am trying to make sure I take a solid walk every day. I recently found myself testing a new (to me) camera, so I thought I would combine the activities and see what came out of it.
The camera is an Olympus E-450, which I believe is about 10 years old, so I was curious to see what my photographs would look like.
Before I even took any photographs, I was pleased with the size and weight of the camera, which even with the kit zoom (14-42mm), easily slipped into my shoulder bag and was barely noticeable as I walked along country footpaths and climbed over stiles.
Back home again, looking at the files, I’m really pleased with the colours the camera produced. The greens look good (I hate it when they go neon). and the cows and flowers look – about right. It reminds me, that a good camera 10 years ago – is still probably a good camera.
One of the better things about not working, has been the opportunity to spend more time outside taking in the passing seasons. I know some people love winter, but I have say, I’m more of a spring person. It could be a Christian thing, but I suspect, it is just about looking forward to the summer.
Anyway, after a few hints here and there, I think spring has finally arrived. As you can see, I went to the beach, which close to me – and it was warm – and yes, some brave souls went in for a dip!
But, being spring of course, the weather is really changeable: next week the forecast is for snow!
Just a short post. Is there something which you’ve always wanted to learn, which you have never got around to?
My list is quite long, countless languages, limitless skills and I have always wanted to be able to make paper cranes. For years and years. Perhaps inspired by “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”. So I looked it up online – and I made some paper cranes! One item off the list!
Time passes. I think we have all noticed that. Recently, on my morning walks, I have noticed some trees blossoming. But this photo is from three years ago. It was just a quick grab photo on my way to work. As you can see the light was very bright and contrasty, which made the blossoms stand out against the dark tree. Only the week before, there had been quite heavy snow, so the rapid change was quite remarkable. As I walked past, it was a quick snap with my iPhone and then on.
It has been a bleak spring day today, with driving wind and rain. So I thought I would post something from last summer instead.
I go through phases with photography, sometimes for months I will just use digital cameras – and then I will change over and just use film cameras for a while. In August, I was mostly using film. On this occasion, I was running a roll of film through a Lomo Fisheye2 camera. People talk about cameras being light-tight boxes – and this really is one, with a fixed 1/100 th speed shutter and a fisheye lens on the front. Unfortunately, I managed some how to use the roll of film twice, so lots of my images were double exposures! But this one isn’t. And I quite like it. If you look at the film, you can see the rectangle of film and then the circle of the image in the middle of it. I can’t decide if the strange colours at the side of the frame are because of exposure or because of the plastic fantastic lens.
To look at the camera, you might wonder if it was intended for underwater work, with its translucent lens cap and strange styling – but it isn’t!
I think I will try again with another roll of film – I think it would be fun to go to the beach and take pictures in the waves (obviously keeping the camera dry). Beacause of the fixed exposure 1/100th of a second, I would suggest sticking with 400ISO film – I really like Kodak Ultramax.