I realised today that this is the first year since 2006 that we haven’t been to Africa. I’m not really sure how I feel about it, my 600mm lens has sat inside a case doing nothing the entire year. I’m happy that I took 5 weeks off work last year to go. I hope I can return next year.
This shot was taken with the 600mm lens, these two jackals seemed to be fighting for the affections of a lady. It’s funny how a photo freezes action and even remembering the event in my mind now it kind of unfolds in slow motion, the reality of it is very different this scuffle only lasted a few seconds before one of them ran off.
I’ll be on this beach again in a little under a month. I’m really looking forward to some time away from Switzerland. It seems that the second half of this year has somehow passed me by photographically speaking, while it has bought the most fantastic person into my life, my son. I can’t wait to see how he reacts to the ocean, he already has a very inquisitive nature and is always looking at everything with intrigue.
I remember the first time I went to the Oktoberfest, I was 12 or 13 years old. I thought the rides were amazing and the place was huge and I could spend days there. It’s funny when you get older and you go back to places you were as a kid how much smaller they seem and in particular theme parks rides seem a lot more tame than they were. The rides in Munich were still pretty impressive, I’m sure they’ve been updated over the years. I was looking for a ride my sister and I must have gone on 20 times, probably a bit of an exaggeration that’s my inner child remembering how great it was back then, it was probably more like 2 or 3 times. The ride was just a spinning cylinder where you stood up against the wall, as it sped up the floor dropped away. Loads of fun, especially when starting upside down.
Well I was a bit wrong with my last post and thought that I had suddenly managed to get some time and motivation back to write on the blog. I have gone out and taken a few photos nothing spectacular as of yet. The autumn colours have been pretty good this year, so I have been out a couple of times, close to home for shorts walks with Max in the forest and surrounding areas.
The autumn colours don’t last very long, I took this photo a few weeks ago when the colours had started to turn and now the trees are either bare of that very rich copper colour.
I like shots of cities from above them, some of my favourite photos of Venice were taken from up this type of tower. I’m always ask how far it is, worried that it will take me hours to get to the top of one of these towers, in most cases it only ever takes five or ten minutes.
Well this is the quietest I’ve been since I started this blog, over a month without any posts. Not really sure what happened, life just became a little overwhelming. Everything at once it seems, a huge amount of work came in that meant I was travelling about 20 hours a week to various locations. And as usual the thing that suffered from the lack of time and motivation was this blog.
I post photos to my blog and other places cause I enjoy it, cause I think people like seeing the photos I take and it seems pretty pointless to have and take all these photos without sharing them with the world. If one of my photos brings a smile to a person’s face that makes me smile, like the guy in this photo. When he saw me raise my camera and point it at him and he tried to put on the face of a bored booth attendant, I waited till he smiled and took the photo.
I guess what I am trying to say is sorry for the lack of photos let’s hope I have a bit more time from now on.
I regularly post the same photos on google+ that I post here, I must admit I don’t put a huge effort into it. On Tuesdays there is a group/theme called #africantuesday that I try to always post to. I like the community spirit of it all, though I feel somehow google+ is fading somewhat.
I admit it I have a sweet tooth. Though anyone would when they try the macaroons from La Duree.
The other day I went out for a walk with Louise and Max and while wandering around the countryside just outside our backdoor I was taking a few shots with my Fuji X-T1. I normally don’t preview my photos much these days in particular with the Fuji as it flashes the image briefly in the viewfinder just after the shutter is released, at least it appears to. Only once I took a photo of a horse that I wanted to check if it was in focus did I realise that I’d forgotten to put the SD card back into the camera. It seems the Fuji only warns you about no card when you turn it on. I never look at the screen when I turn it on.
Here’s a photo I took several weeks ago in the same area to make up for the mishap from the other day.
It’s always a joy when driving down a road in an African national park while trying to find wildlife to photograph to have it jump right out in front of you.
This pride had a total of 10 cubs they rather nonchalantly crossed the road in front of us one by one.