These were taken in 2015. At first I didn’t like them, particularly these first six. Now I find them calming.
Earlier this year before the approach of The End Times, we took a family holiday to Gran Canaria. Much beaches, such sand castles. Family holiday and hence family pictures (the best sort…), but I snuck away a couple of times in the early hours with my camera to take a few non-family pictures.
Though I brought a tripod (a tiny little carbon fibre thing – another advantage to small mirrorless cameras), it was always buried in some luggage or other or we had child things to carry and so was not readily available whenever I needed it. And that’s my excuse. I did bring it with me for these shots on the sand dunes, however.
I really enjoyed trying to find the odd abstract image here and there.
We stayed predominantly in the south although we couldn’t resist a journey all the way to the other end of the island to the aquarium in the north (about 1 hours’ travel). Whenever I go to aquariums I’m always looking forward to the jellyfish. If you’re ever on Gran Canaria, go to the aquarium
And besides the aquarium we also took a submarine ride. We didn’t see much, but, have you ever been in a submarine? Me neither. Was beautiful, and the boy and I got to drive the wife mad with yellow submarine renditions for the rest of the holiday. For the astute, yes that is a Yashica FX-D.
Long ago in a faraway time, we traveled the globe.
I took a Sony a6000 with me to document it. Not because I loved it, but because I was sick of carrying kilos of Canon 5D2 everywhere. The autofocus made up for a lot (actually the autofocus was amazing), especially coming from the 5D2, but the colours out of the camera were awful and the buttons were tiny and I just didn’t like it, despite it being so highly rated. It did however have a very lovely 50mm 1.8 (75mm on the crop sensor) with image stabilisation, and I got some nice images out of that. I wish Fujifilm produced something like that for the ~280€ I paid for it.
I previously paid the images little attention as I found the colours even more detracting than usual. Holiday snaps from a lovely time to help us remember what we did, but not photographic images with worth in and of themselves. As I also previously disliked the artifice and unreality of black & white they were left untouched, but as I presently love it I am able to improve them somewhat.
This guy was nice. His name is Shareef Clayton and I hope he’s doing well nowadays and that’s happy and healthy. Technically the picture doesn’t belong here as it was taken in Helsinki Airport, but after seeing him practicing in silence and asking to take his picture, I got talking to him and he told me he was giving a concert in a library in Queens in a few days. He gave me a copy of his CD to boot. We turned up at the library where the concert was being held, enjoyed their music, then queued to say thanks and pay him for the CD we already had.
I spent some more time browsing the Africa trove, and came up with these. I re-edited a few, because the old editing didn’t appeal to me as much. Additionally, images that I skipped over 4 years ago are interesting to me now. Tastes change, of course.
It’s interesting (for me at least) to see the differences in the edits side by side. Previously I scorned shadows, the Lightroom clarity slider, and almost never – unless requested – did anything in black & white.
In 2016 we took a sabbatical and traveled the world for four months. The dumbest thing we did was not travel for longer. We spent a large portion of time on the African continent: Botswana and Namibia, and a bit of South Africa.
Stuck in lockdown means time to go through old pictures. And before I start scraping the barrel of home-shots before I’ve even really begun this site, I thought I might as well delve into the archives. It was really nice to do – sometimes I cringe at older images I’ve made but I think these have managed to hold up quite well. I guess that comes from the heady mix of nature, light, and memories. Though I obviously didn’t post the worst of the bunch, these are more or less randomly chosen from the Lightroom Catalogue. Quick edits.
I’ve got a few prints on the wall and in storage (it’s backup!), but like many people I’ve not kept up as well with the editing as I should have, and I kind of feel guilty about that.
I’m not done with the African trove yet.