Havana Classic

No I haven’t been to Cuba, not yet at least. This classic chevy was outside the Fraumunster awaiting a wedding party.

I’m sensing a bit of a theme in my last 3 posts, black and white from Zurich, I didn’t plan this, I never really put much thought into the photo I am going to post. It’s rather random and wherever the mood takes me. Now that I’ve started with the theme I may as well see it out till the end of the week.

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Zurich Central

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Fraumunster Murals

I’ve been using the Fuji X-T1 quite a bit recently, it’s nice and light, quick and has a load of features that the more serious photographer will love. Manual control of shutter, aperture and ISO using dials has to be one of my favourite features, the only reason I ever go into the menu on this camera is to format the memory card. I also like the film mimicking it does. The fuji cameras are the only cameras I set to RAW+jpeg. I’ve been shooting exclusively RAW on the nikons since late 2008. The jpegs from the fuji cameras are impressive and it seems lightroom has some trouble with the RAW images from the fuji sensor, I’ve noticed issues on a few shots but I’m more than happy with what lightroom can do in all but a few images. For those few that lightroom can’t tackle I have the jpeg from the camera. None of these issues want me to change my workflow by adding another software that is supposed to be better at handling the RAW files.

These murals are on the walls of the courtyard of the Fraumunster church, It’s hard to know if they are very old murals that have recently been restored, or are new murals depicting historical scenes.

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End of Harvest

I just noticed that I have over a thousand spam comments on my blog. Where does the idea of spamming blogs come from? It doesn’t make much sense to me. I do know that  when I started this blog I had to go through and mark them all as spam. I added the plugin called akismet to deal with it, now they just get automatically marked as spam and I don’t even notice they’re there anymore.

Most of the wheat and grass fields in Switzerland have been harvested so the landscape is dotted with patches of brown.

 

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Dune Patterns

It’s good to get other people interested in photography to look at your photos, if you haven’t had someone go through your photos before try it. It’s amazing what they may say about some of your images. This one for example, I’ve always liked the patterns in the image, what my friend has done here is cropped the sky away from the top completely, it makes for such a simpler and stronger composition.

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Limmat Boats

Well the first week with Max has been kind of busy with a steady stream of visitors and some of our best friends from South Africa staying for a few nights. All of that combined with waking up every few hours has meant very little time for the internet and blogging. Though with our friends here it has meant that I managed to get out and take some photos finally. I traded my Fuji X-E1 for an X-T1 and I must say I am really impressed with the viewfinder. I prefer the controls on the X-T1 too. All in all a good upgrade, it wasn’t really necessary but I do like playing with new toys.

Here’s a shot taken with the camera in Zurich early one morning last week.

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Swiss Farmers Hut

I suspect my photography is going to be a bit more local for a while. That’s a good thing, hopefully I’ll get to see a bit more of the Swiss scenery for once. I kind of feel like I always skip it.

I took this photo a while wandering around the hills close to Amden.

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The Four Dutchmen

What a crazy weekend this has been, first it was Swiss national day on Friday, which means a day off from work so that’s always good. Then the street parade on saturday all this was going on while I was spending most of my time at the hospital. I managed to slip out for a bit to catch a glimpse of the street parade, something I really enjoy photographing. I only managed an hour before I headed to the hospital. So sadly this year I won’t be producing one of my stop motion videos of the festivities.

Everyone says my life will change, well yes I know it has and still is but some things are still the same, take these guys for 3 years now I have photographed the four of them sitting in the exact same position on the limmatquai.

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First Sunset

I haven’t posted anything on here in nearly two weeks. I decided to take a break for a bit and just allow myself to wait for our son to be born, without adding the pressure of posting something meaningful to the blog. The wait is over and here is a photo from the first real sunset in Max’ life, I left the hospital a little late so it’s a little after the sun has set. And he was born yesterday but there was no sun to be seen behind some mighty dark rain clouds.

Max, welcome to the world. The second photo is the first photo I took of him.

Max' first photo

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Warm Sunrise

As I was about to upload another photo to my smugmug portfolio, it dawned on me that I’ve been posting photos with quite a bit of blue recently. So let’s warm it up a little with a sunrise from Namibia.

I took this photo with a D600, I’ve recently sold it, it’s an excellent camera but owning a D4 and a D800 means that it got very little love. It was mainly used by my partner when we travelled to Africa together, as that won’t be on the cards for a while it made sense to sell it.

People like to hold on to cameras and talk about them being investments. Cameras aren’t investments, in this day and age they are replaced by newer tech every 2 or 3 years. In some instances that newer tech is worth the money. That’s becoming less common, there haven’t been many game changing cameras of late. Especially when it comes to DSLR.

You’re better off spending your money on good lenses and accessories Like a good tripod, I have a really right stuff tripod and I know it will outlast any camera I own. It has already taken a beating in the last four or five years I’ve owned it and it still functions flawlessly. The only maintenance I ever do on it is to rinse it with a hose or in a sink.

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