It’s been a tough week, Louise broke her foot, sadly it was doing something a lot less dull than jumping around the rocks on this very cool coastline in Sweden.
I wonder how many times this particular binocular thing has been photographed, probably more times than the total amount of shutter clicks I have made on all my cameras I have ever owned.
On our recent trip to Venice, they had an interesting exhibition on some of Leonardo Da Vinci’ inventions. He was a bit ahead of his time this guy. Here’s my take on Da Vinci, he invented the time machine, went back to way back when and planted the seed for modern machines that we live with now. Pretty far fetched idea I know.
You have to be slightly mad to want to strap a giant catherine wheel to your back and run around in an LED suit, I saw these guys in the Auckland domain a couple of years ago and it was great to watch, a real cool mix of fireworks, lights, lasers and music.
Group F are the guys that put these show on.
I don’t recommend everyone do what I was doing with my camera in the Seychelles, my gear was getting pretty wet. I spent hours in the water with my camera or up close to the surf, luckily the waves are fairly timid there. I don’t have an underwater housing and all I did was wipe the camera down with a damp cloth to remove any salt residue. If you want to get unique shots you are going to have to put your camera and sometimes self at risk.
This shot was taken with a Nikon D4, a camera that can take a beating. I have treated most of my cameras this way including the non weather sealed ones, most of them have survived, dust, water and dirt can be wiped off the one thing that’s been effective at destroying my gear is dropping them. In the nearly 10 years I have been taking photographs I have destroyed 3 bodies and 2 lenses.
It’s amazing how deceptive a photograph can be, this fire was very hot but not as big as it looks in this photo. I stepped over it on numerous occasions to take images from different angles.
You need big lenses for flamingoes, by big I mean long. I’ve never managed to get close to them on the shore of any lake, they’re very skittish. I took this shot while lying down in the mud at the edge of lake Ndutu.
So what images come to mind when you imagine Africa, this has to be one that I imagine quite a bit. Wildebeests, a landrover, a dusty track and the Serengeti plains.
Istanbul is a cool city, it was very pleasant to wander around and the people fantastic. The hotel we stayed in was fantastic, when we arrived we had to give them our passports. They figured out it was Louise’ birthday and organised and birthday cake and a gift. I never asked them to do any of that.
This was a nice little spot on the cape peninsula away from the tourist crowds. The water was freezing, South African surfers are tough, there were a few out there practicing in the cold atlantic.