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17 Oct 2017

Ha,ha

                                   Seen on the back of a 3 litre Porsche

16 Oct 2017

Classic British

Photographed at the the Pie in the Sky Cowan last year.Different takes on classic British. The Bristol is rarer than rocking horse droppings in Australia. This one has a fold back canvas sunroof.
I had a drive in a very similar MG to this one once.The steering was pretty horrid and the car wandered.It also tramlined. People raced them and still do. Brave people.

15 Oct 2017

Live firearms-in Las Vegas

I photographed this guy last year on the strip in Las Vegas hustling for customers for a live firearms range. Looks like Koreans were in his sights. I wonder how business has been the last week. Probably better than ever knowing seeing how people usually react to these gun massacres.
I just do not understand the gun obsession in the US. I have never touched a gun yet alone fired a gun and I have no wish to do so.

10 Oct 2017

Colourful Myanmar







I went to Myanmar 5 years ago soon after the sanctions were lifted and the country was opening up to the world. It was a superb trip travelling down the Irrawaddy on a small river boat stopping at riverside villages on the way. The country is desparately poor but the people were delightful and it was so colourful. I have wanted to return and when Pandaw the company we travelled with back in 2012 ( see PANDAW ) announced an boat expedition across the Irrawaddy Delta-an area not so far explored by tourists-I jumped at the opportunity. So I am off to Myanmar next March -camera in hand to capture more Myanmar colour.
However I do have major reservations.The recent expulsion of the Rohingya people,the burning of Rohingya villages and the indifferent attitude of Aung San Suu Kyi to what the UN have described as ethnic cleansing has made me question whether we should be going to Myanmar. Regrettably we have already paid a substantial deposit and made bookings so cancelling at this point would be costly and at the end of the day our two person protest would count for nothing except perhaps to ease our consciences. 
The photos above were all taken with my Leica X1 in river bank villages down the Irrawaddy river. All taken as jpeg files.

8 Oct 2017

......and it rained


It was the Bathurst 1000 today. I am not a fan of Australian Supercar racing - taxi racing-but Bathurst is such a special and demanding track I am tempted to turn on the TV to watch snatches of it every year.
It has not rained across most of NSW for over 2 months. Not a drop. The practice days were glorious and sunny but as luck would have it today at Bathurst it poured down and most of the race was wet. It only started to dry out in the last hour. With a wet track surface there were cars running off all round the circuit. And when the rain did stop and there was rush onto dry weather slick tyres any excursion off the narrow dry racing line was courting disaster.
There was a huge crowd of spectators and I am sure that many of them would not have come prepared for the deluge after such a long dry period.

Photo above of slicks taken at this year's Bathurst  12 hour GT race when it was scorching hot and totally dry.

5 Oct 2017

Want a lick?



I saw a story on TV yesterday about a St Bernard dog in the US with America's longest dog tongue-all 8 inches of it.
By coincidence I had just taken this shot of another tongue -ready to lick any adoring fan. Not 8 inches but still a tongue to be proud of.
Photo taken with the Leica Q at f1.7.

1 Oct 2017

Dawn patrol


The clocks went forward one hour on Saturday night so that  we are now on summertime. This means that for a few weeks the light at 6.30am will be really good.
I was down at the beach at 6.30am on sunday and took a few shots with the Leica Q.
The top one is of a guy who puts himself through a pretty hard workout most mornings.This is a big crop from the Leica Q full frame file. That camera is amazing.
The second shot is of a group of early morning swimmers from the Terrigal surf club. Although the daytime temperature is warming up apparently the sea is still quite cool hence the wetsuits.


30 Sep 2017

Stunning line up


I took this photo of a stunning line up of Porsche sports cars at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles last year. I presume that the cars were on loan from their very lucky owners.
If you have an opportunity visit the Petersen Museum. It is a "must see" for any car enthusiast.
Sadly we won't ever be seeing line ups like this incorporating the latest WEC/Le Mans winning 919s. Porsche have stated categorically that they will never be sold because :-
  • The cars incorporate intellectual property which Porsche are very keen to protect. Much of the technology in the recent cars is unique and Porsche invested heavily to develop it.
  • The cars are so complex that only a team of works engineers and technicians with expert knowledge can maintain them or even start them.
  • The electric storage system can easily electrocute someone without the specialised equipment and knowledge. Not a hypothetical statement. Sadly a F1 engineer was killed a couple of years ago whilst working on a F1 car's KERS system
  • Porsche would not make parts available.
So we have passed a turning point-today's competition cars will never be seen in private hands. So even if you won the jackpot in the lottery you will have to go without a 919 in your collection. Enjoy the ones we can see and hear running.

27 Sep 2017

Surely not non-alcoholic beer?


I am on warfarin medication-a blood thinner -for hopefully just three months-whilst my new heart valve beds in. I cannot just pop a pill every day. I have to maintain a certain INR ratio which is the level of thinness of the blood and this requires me to have my INR ratio checked twice a week at the doctors and the warfarin dosage to be adjusted. All a right drag but hopefully only for 2 more months.
Sadly as I have found out already alcohol really affects warfarin so it's no alcohol for me for 2 months.
Fortunately I have found a reasonable substitute for the short term. As part of their Oktoberfest promotion Aldi locally have on sale German Paulaner non-alcoholic hefe weissbier at only A$2.49 for a 750cl bottle. For non-alcoholic beer it's pretty good. Certainly much better than any others I have tasted in the past. It will have to do to early december.

25 Sep 2017

Spring in Australia


Terrigal beach-11.00am today-25th September. Temperature 29ºC. It's the school mid term holiday which accounts for all the children on the beach. Over the weekend NSW experienced the hottest September daytime temperatures since records began. To compound matters it has not rained here in Terrigal for many weeks. Inland it is many months and the farmers are in despair as they have now lost the winter crop.
As the editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald said a few weeks ago it is unthinkable that there are still climate change deniers out there. Sadly here in Australia we have more than our fair share of them. Over 60% of the members of the governing Liberal National coalition party are climate change deniers. Unless we change our ways we are heading for serious trouble on the climate front.

23 Sep 2017

Those were the days my friends



It only seems like yesterday but it was 8 years ago this month that I was competing in the wonderful Speed on Tweed event in Murwillumbah in the northern rivers region of NSW. Sadly that was the last year of Speed on Tweed. The previous year there had been a fatality involving an Austin 7 driver and the insurance cost for the event had become prohibitive. Additionally the driving force behind the event,Roger Ealand,had moved on so Speed on Tweed was no more which was very sad because the street circuit was superb as was the atmosphere. It was just a wonderful weekend and the weather was beautiful too.
I drove up in my 2.2 911T sharing the driving with John Marosszeky. We stayed in a pub right in the centre of town and our room was up a set of stairs about 5 metres from the bar where a local band played very loudly on saturday night. It was not luxury motor sport but it was fun.
I ran in the Masters regularity speed event. No trophy for me but a great drive and the car ran faultlessly.That's how amateur motor sport used to be. Drive your car to the event on road tyres. Slap on the numbers. Do the event on road tyres. Take off the numbers and drive home. Not a motorhome in sight -and we did have grid girls-see below.
The value of early 911's has gone up so much in the intervening years that I  would not be game to risk my car and enter Speed on Tweed today if it was still going. Friend Craig who bent his early 911 at Sydney Motorsport Park a few months ago would probably share my reservations now.
Photos above of me in action taken by John Marosszeky on my Canon G7. Who needs a Leica or a long lens? Thanks John-great photos.
Photo below of my car in the paddock surrounded by the local Castrol grid girls. Not at all PC I know-please don't complain. Photo by me.




20 Sep 2017

A barn find Lamborghini


Just when I was thinking that every barn and shed in every paddock/field  had been searched new barn finds turn up. Recently a very rare alloy body Ferrari Daytona was found neglected in a shed in Japan see  BARN FIND and just two years ago an amazing collection of cars was found in outhouses at a French chateau see   Chateau find.
Driven by a spirit of optimism whenever I have a chance I take a peak inside every accessible barn and shed when I am travelling. I live in hope of finding a long forgotten Bugatti 35 or maybe a missing Ferrari 250GTO.
Many years ago I came across what had been a shed find. A beautiful prewar MG in mint condition being sold by a country garage in Dorset ,England.The sad back story to this car was that it had belonged to their son, a fighter pilot, who had been killed in the second world war and his distraught parents had left his car in their garage undisturbed for 20 years.The car was for sale for £25 -yes twenty five pounds-but it was 1969 and that was what I was earning per week back then so buying it was out of the question.
I made my own barn find of a Lamborghini three years ago in a barn in a small village near Carcassonne in south west France. I was on an early morning walk and I took a peek inside a barn and there it was-a Lamborghini. Such a pity that it was only a tractor.

18 Sep 2017

Another beautiful day

Terrigal Beach 6.10 am today. The days are getting longer and the temperature is beginning to climb and there is the feeling of summer in the air. My early morning walks are well and truly back on schedule and a few photos are beginning to flow again.
I have a confession to make on this one. I used some mild HDR in the processing-something I do very rarely. The shadows were too deep and the highlights a little too bright on the straight file. I did not touch the saturation-it really was that golden.
The beautiful morning certainly brought out the walkers,runners and exercise classes -even the unicycle rider. The Esplanade was almost crowded.

16 Sep 2017

Charging time


Seen in Paris yesterday by my European correspondent, David Young. An electric Renault Twizzy parked in a no parking zone being recharged with the charging lead coming down from the balcony of a first floor apartment. Ingenious but is it legal? Renault Twizzy does not fall under the regulations for a car, rather it is apparently considered as a sort of 4-wheel motorbike so maybe it is.  

14 Sep 2017

Hold the gas.


If you are into photography you soon realise that there are two schools of photographers. The first school is into photography to take photos. They are interested in camera gear but only as a means of taking photographs.This group is a very small group in the photographer universe. The second group are the so called "gearheads" and they dominate the photographer universe. They are into camera gear and many suffer from "gas"-gear acquisition syndrome.
If you write a photography blog and you write about camera gear the readers come flocking. Write solely about photos or devote your blog to great photography and you will have a much smaller following.
A great little,free,online photography magazine from NZ devoted to Australian/NZ photography has just folded after 5 years because it can no longer attract enough readers and advertisers who are only interested in photographs.Their lament is that if they turned it into a gear/gas magazine they would be thriving-but that's not what they want to do.
You can even see this phenomenon in the best photography blog-Macfilos.See-MACFILOS
When Macfilos editor Mike Evans posts a camera gear story-particularly about Fuji cameras -his readership goes up significantly.
Mike walks a fine line trying to balance the content of his site between gear stories and more interesting general interest stories. Macfilos is not a commercial site so whilst he appreciates having good readership numbers he is not driven to maximise them.
The sad part is that so many enthusiasts devote so much time and money reading about the latest gear and looking for the latest camera which will magically open the Pandora's box of brilliant photography for them when they could be taking good photos with modest gear or the gear they already own.
You often read that such and such a new camera is "ideal for street photography".
The above "street" photo was taken 12 years ago in Malaysia with a Leica Digilux1-a very odd camera with a very underwhelming specification. See specs at  Digilux 1 It may have a very modest pixel count and a sensor with very limited sensitivity by today's standards but it still was capable of taking good photos. See also Three days in China
Great gear is great but it is not the whole story by any means.If you want to take a good photograph it’s about the moment and the light. It has nothing to do with your equipment .


10 Sep 2017

By the sea



I'm now feeling well enough to go down to Terrigal -by car-and then walk the esplanade early morning. Last week the mornings have been beautiful but really cold by our standards. Nonetheless I have managed to take some photos.
Now over the next few months I need to work on my fitness so that I can walk down the hill-the easy part-and back up as well as doing the esplanade walk.
It's good to have a camera in my hand again and even better to come back with some photos.
It was also very touching that so many people came upto me asking after my health and telling me that they had missed seeing me. I had not appreciated that me and my camera were a local landmark.
I particularly like the photo of the man with his unicycle.At the time I was regretting not taking a shot of him riding the bike but I am happy with the static shot. It was taken with the Leica Q and I like the colour rendition.
 At that time of the morning just a few minutes can make a huge difference to how light it is and the colour temperature of that light. The guy working out on the beach was shot about 10 minutes later than the unicycle man - not on the same day-and the light has changed significantly.

9 Sep 2017

Made in the USA


Made in the USA. A patriotic display to warm Donald's heart. Seen in a milliner's window in New Orleans.May 2017.


6 Sep 2017

Under cover

The two Porsches have not turned a wheel since early July whilst I have been in hospital and recovering. I'm still not well enough to drive them so yesterday friend Warren came around to give them a run.
The 2.2 was very reluctant to start but we did eventually get it to fire before the batteries threw the towel in.
The 2.7 fired on the second turn of the key and much to my surprise there was almost no oil smoke on start up. After such a long lay off I was anticipating that quite a quantity of oil had got down the worn valve guides and into the cylinders.
Anyway they both ran well or so my test driver reports so I am lookig forward to taking them out in a few weeks.

4 Sep 2017

Tracks


Vicksburg,USA May 2017. Down by the old docks. A typical scene of industrial decay and abandonment. Sadly it could be one of thousands of such scenes in the US.
Once this was full of wagons, trucks and cargo and teeming with workers. They have all gone and they will never come back despite the promises of false prophets. The world has changed-permanently.

1 Sep 2017

Chicago-early morning

Whilst I was in Chicago back in May-before my enforced hospitalisation-I did my usual early morning walks despite the bitterly cold wind blowing off the lake.
This view is looking east towards the lake.It would have been better if I had waited until the car had fully turned the corner before I pressed the shutter release but nonetheless I like it for the golden light which transforms the streetscape.
Leica Q photo.       

30 Aug 2017

Looking for a white horse.


Somewhere years ago I read that a white horse is one of the most difficult things to photograph well because you too often end up losing the detail in the white-whether you are taking the photo in colour or black and white. Ever since I read this I have been looking in vain for white horses to photograph so that I can challenge myself.
Driving down the Lakes Way in the Myall Lakes National Park back in July I spotted these two white horses in a field so I turned around and drove up the farm track towards them. As soon as I got out of the car they sauntered off . They were having none of it.
So I had to settle of this rather pleasant rural photo lit by weak winter sunshine.

In winter the Lake's way is a beautiful drive on a usually empty road. In summer it is full of  tourist vehicles. There are long straight stretches with a 100kmh speed limit.The temptation to go 120/130 on these stretches is great and on this trip I was just setting myself up for a fast run when far in the distance I spotted a car coming towards me. It was a Highway Patrol car.I would have been a sitting duck. My lucky day even if the white horses got away.

28 Aug 2017

Street market-literally

As I am stuck recuperating and I cannot drive nor walk any distance I cannot get out and take photos so I am sifting through my back catalogue looking for interesting photos with a story.
I took this one with the Leica X1 in Guilin,China, very early in the morning.These girls come in from the surrounding countryside and sell vegetales literally on the street.This was taken as they were setting up. They must get hours earlier in the dark to get onto their pitch.Most come by bike or pushing a cart. It's a very tough life.
The big advantage of the little X1 in these situations is that the camera is barely visible so you can shoot without making yourself the centre of attention.

In the background you can see the very distinctive karst scenery of the region.




25 Aug 2017

A drive into the mountains.


This photo was taken in the mountains high above Giulin in S China. The attraction of the area is the spectacular rice terraces which cover the mountains-see photo below.
The drive up into the mountains was not for the faint hearted-we did it in a small mini van. One of those Suzuki devices with the crash resistance of a wet paper bag. Fortunately our driver was cautious but most on the road that day were not.  I have never seen such dangerous driving and so many accidents in one day (or even in one year). The road is narrow,winding and steep.Trucks and buses freely overtake on blind bends without hesitation. Head on collisions are avoided every few minutes by sheer luck but not always as we saw where a minivan was hanging on the edge of a cliff. Close your eyes.
It was a long,slow and harrowing drive. When we reached the top of the mountain it was pouring rain. There were no western tourists,except us,but it was big attraction for many locals arriving by the busload. We walked down muddy tracks to a small village nestled in the terraces where we had a surprisingly good lunch in a restaurant in an old house. It was one of those strange lunches-the opposite of a group tour lunch-where two of you sit in a completely empty restaurant with a guide who has very limited conversational skills and every so often an old lady appears with another plate of food from a back room. She puts in down and retreats silently. At the end of the meal the guide summons us to leave apparently without paying the old lady.
The rain had intensified when we walked back from lunch to the bus park and water was overflowing from the terraces onto the already very muddy path.The glorious rice terraces were lost in low cloud but then almost miraculously the sun broke through for just a few minutes before the rain sets in again. It was definitely not good weather for photography. I had just my X1. No decisions to be made. No zoom lens-just my personal two foot zoom -my feet. I photographed this hill tribe lady selling her tourist knick knacks and having her noodle lunch apparenly oblivious to the rain. With the benefit of hindsight I should have bent down and shot it from a lower angle but perhaps the pouring rain made me act quickly. Anyway it is a colourful shot with a story attached.


21 Aug 2017

Cinematic

 I just saw in the NYTimes a portfolio of Hong Kong street scenes where the photographer is trying for a cinematic effect.See Hong Kong 
I really like the look he has achieved so I pulled out a possible candidate for the treatment.Taken in Yangshou,China with my Leica X1.
 If I had used a 28mm lens it would have been more cinematic but that was not an option at the time.

20 Aug 2017

Idle thoughts

Being confined to a hospital bed for 6 weeks as I have just been is not fun. It is,in fact,the antithesis of fun. When I first arriived at the Royal North Shore Hospital I was very unwell. The bacterial infection had really knocked me around and I had lost 10kgs. I was on a 24 hour IV injection of antibiotics and trying to sleep with an IV device permanently attached to your arm is a real struggle particularly in a busy hospital where there are devices sounding off every few minutes even through the night.
Over a six week period you get very bored with reading,watching TV and surfing the internet. Your mind wanders and you doze. My long confinement was due to the fact that the doctors were hoping that the antibiotics would clear the bacterial vegetation which had attached itself to my heart valve. It was not to be so in the end they decided to open me up and replace the diseased valve. Not exactly a minor procedure. They did this just two weeks ago and I was home 8 days later. Now I am recuperating and getting a little stronger every day although there is a long way to go. I am still only firing on 4 cylinders but looking forward to firing on 5 in the next week or so.
Of course having nothing constructive to do for such a long period of time does give you time to think. My thoughts were always on what I was missing-my lovely wife and her delicious food- why is hospital food so awful-,my cats,my friends,the grandchildren,the garden,the open air- I really missed the open air,my Porsches and my photography.
It may be a statement of the bleeding obvious but hospitals are full of sick people and a cardiac ward is full of very sick peope.This makes a depressing environment even more depressing. I seriously wonder whether my long confinement has left me a little traumatised it was so awful. It is certainly an experience I never want to repeat.
For now I will be concentrating on getting totally well and fit and when I am there are quite a few things which I had previously taken for granted which I will appreciate so much more.
Top photo by me.The open air. Spring flannel wildflowers Wyrrabalong National Park near Forresters Beach,NSW.Photo taken on my Hasselblad 500 on Kodak Portra 400 film.

19 Aug 2017

Thanks a million Warren

My great mate Warren has been an incredible help to my wife and I over the past five weeks whilst I have been in hospital. I cannot express my gratitude adequately. He took me out for a walk along the Esplanade at Terrigal this morning-I cannot drive for 12 weeks so he is my chauffeur. The sun was out, the beautiful people were out but so was a cold wind. I took my Leica X1 along hoping to get an interesting beach shot but the sea is flat and it was all rubbish but when we got home it occurred to me that Warren's car -which took so long to restore-looked great standing in the winter sunshine so here it is.

18 Aug 2017

Welcome back!

As I stepped in the front door after the 2 hour drive back from the hospital on Tuesday there waiting at the top of the stairs for me was my beautiful Phoebe. She was so excited to see me after 6 weeks and there has been a lot of purring and petting since.
Phoebe is 18 which is a very good age for a pure bred cat.I realise that she will not be with us for too much longer although she is currently in very good shape.The day we lose Phoebe will be a very sad day.She is an integral part of the family and she loves me-unconditionally. I missed you too Phoebe.
Photo Leica Q F1.7

17 Aug 2017

Rolling again!

Well not exactly firing on all 6 cylinders but spluttering into life on at least 4.
After over 5 weeks in hospital I was discharged on Tuesday - just 8 days after open heart surgery to replace a damaged heart valve. I should add that the valve was damaged by a very nasty and malevolent bacteria so this whole saga was sheer bad luck.
 Royal North Shore Hospital,Sydney, is a fine hospital but 5 weeks is an endurance feat which I never want to exposed to again. Boredom takes on a new dimension.
I'd like to thanks the many well wishers-many of them complete strangers-who sent messages of support.I did not appreciate how many people follow the blog.

It's a beautiful day here in Terrigal so I took the opportunity to take a gentle walk along the esplanade this morning. Sadly I did not take a camera -and in any case the sea is flat and the light is wrong so I have had to dig into the recent library for this shot.
If all goes to plan the photostream should get upto speed again in the next few weeks.

30 Jul 2017

From the cardiac ward


It's very difficult to find an appropriate photo to post from a hospital cardiac ward but this one probably fits the bill. I photographed this jolly chef cooking lunch in a beautiful canal side restaurant beside the Canal Du Midi in France a couple of years ago.
He seemed very happy in his work and his sausages were delicious but I cannot help thinking that if he spent some time in the cardiac ward of a hospital surrounded by overweight men waiting for triple and quadruple bypass operations he would consider losing some weight.
This horrible bacterial infection I picked up six weeks ago has resulted in my losing 8 kg- a not insignificant amount. Whilst I am keen to put some weight back on I am going to try really hard to stay lean and to banish my belly flab once and for all . I have seen quite a few very serious beer bellies in the last few weeks and they are not pretty or healthy.
This experience has really bought home to me the importance of being able to access first class medical facilities something you don't think about when you are fit and healthy.
Leica X1 photo.

21 Jul 2017

Rolling Road not rolling.

Sadly I am in Sydney's excellent Royal North Shore Hospital seriously unwell. The blog will have to go on the backburner until I am recovered.

12 Jul 2017

Away from it all

More reflecting on warmer days to come.Shot from the air over Cable Beach about 10kms north of Broome WA two years ago. A quiet fishing spot. It would be hot down there but probably good fishing. 

7 Jul 2017

American Beer- a good news story


I had some great beer on my recent US roadtrip. Beer in the US used to be a disaster story. Every bit as bad as beer in Australia. Everywhere you went it was the same big brewery product offer. And underpinning it all was the "king of beers" Budweiser-the original beer with no flavour. There is only one beer worse than Budweiser and that is Budweiser Light.You might as well drink mineral water.
I used to visit Milwaukee frequently and this was once the biggest brewing city in the US-famous for beer and Harley-Davidson and once home to Pabst,Schlitz,Miller and Blatz breweries.
By the time I was visiting Milwaukee its glory days as a brew city were well behind it.  Old breweries stood vacant and Miller -soon to be owned by South African Brewing-was dominant. Their signature beer-Miller Draught-is an insipid brown liquid almost devoid of taste. How it came to be revered I will never understand. A victory for marketing if there was ever one.
Over the past 20 years craft breweries have exploded in the US. It seems as if every small town has its own craft brewery or two. Even Milwaukee now has literally dozens of craft breweries.
The beers being produced by these craft breweries are excellent-full of flavour. Wonderful pale ales and Indian pale ales dominate but there is plenty of choice of styles and the US is no longer a beer desert. Fortunately Australia is following the same route although we have some considerable way to go before craft beer achieves the market penetration it has in the US. There are still plenty of Australians drinking the mass produced tasteless brews and the big brewers are using all the tools available to them to slow down the penetration of craft beer into pubs.
There are now 290 craft breweries in Australia and there are two within 20 minutes driving distance of my home on the Central Coast. Sydney and Melbourne are thick with them. Long may it continue.

4 Jul 2017

Fourth of July

As it is the fourth of July I thought that I should post an American photo and I have chosen this shot of the Grand Canyon taken by me from a helicopter last year.
Considering it was shot through perspex it is surprisingly sharp and distortion free although a white "shadow" is visible on the rh side. With work I could remove that.

To all my American readers enjoy the fourth.

Leica X Vario photo.

2 Jul 2017

Kimberley sunset



Another shot from the Kimberleys trip two years ago. Sunset from high ground looking down to the Chamberlain River. Spectacular country and spectacular colours. Leica X Vario photo.

1 Jul 2017

Sailing


I am feeling somewhat better and the beautiful crystal clear day and the massive sea enticed me to pick up a camera and take some photos at N Avoca this morning. Despite  the very heavy swell this small sailing boat was apparently intent on heading north and taking full advantage of the southerly wind whilst it could.Not for me.
Leica XV photo.

29 Jun 2017

Reflections

It's deepest winter here in Terrigal.The mercury is just scraping into lower double figures (ºC). That's a cold snap by our local standards. To compound the wintery feeling I have not been feeling at all well for sometime. I certainly have not felt motivated to pick up a camera. So my thoughts are inevitably turning to warmer days and warmer places to come.
For starters in mid August we are heading into remotest region of the Kimberley in Western Australia (WA)-the Top End. To a location which is only accessible by air. It certainly will be warmer and I am sure there will be plenty of photo ops.
My last trip into WA two years ago was wonderful. I just found this unusual shot  of reflections in the Chamberlain River taken on that trip.
It was taken with the Leica X Vario. The colours look oversaturated but that is how they are in the top end. Amazing colour. Even the sky is a shade of blue you almost cannot believe.

25 Jun 2017

A Proposal in Paris

I don't hear from my friend European friend Patrick as often as I used to. He is way too busy in IT security for the finance industry nowadays and we have not gone to Le Mans together since 2014.
So it was great to receive this wonderful little photostory--shot on his Sony RX100-outside St Sulpice in Paris a couple of weeks ago whilst he was on a business trip to that still beautiful city
The sequence of photos is self explanatory. Black limo deposits presumably unsuspecting girl kerbside.She follows the trail of rose petals to boyfriend waiting with a bottle of champagne. A few curious onlookers watch expectantly. The question is popped-we have to assume that the answer is yes.Smiles and kisses all round.Only in Paris.
Well spotted Patrick,well shot and thanks for sharing.
Footnote-Patrick thought that Leonard Cohen's Anthem is great postscript to this story.You can see it here ANTHEM