May 23, 2015 § 2 Comments
This blog is now 5 years old…. it doesn’t feel like it. Today I am feeling somewhat introspective….
I am not my parents…
I am not my ancestors…
I am not a representation of one particular political party or the other, of one race or the other, of one ideology or the other…
I am the debris upon our coast, that which is a product of the actions of others, whether deliberate or accidental.
I have been cast upon the shore, faithfully placed or carelessly thrown.
I have been left on my own, to survive or perish.
I may be strong or I may be weak, but mother nature will still prevail.
I may be solitary, or in the company of others…
I am the debris upon our coast.
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April 17, 2015 § 2 Comments
Each week it is hard to make a choice of a photo for the Deck Project, mostly because its hard to separate the emotion involved with the image at the time of it’s being taken and the merits of the image itself, but for Week 8 of 2015, I think it’s mostly because I think to myself that I came away from that week, which was mostly Mashramani images, with what I thought of as very uninspiring and “average” images.
Seven weeks later and I was finally able to look at them and chose one that I felt was different, or maybe just not the “usual” of the crop.
Am I happy with it? Yes. There are quite a few that I’m happy with, but it seems to me that I now want a little “more” from my images than just the “pretty picture”. I’m not there yet, but I’ll keep trying.
Context: this reveler was very close up behind the truck, it was 3 in the afternoon, although the sky was partially overcast, the sun was shining nicely down on the parade at this point.
Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L
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February 19, 2015 § 1 Comment
A street photograph – as much as I can get one :-)
It really needs very few words, but what caught my attention was the way the police officer and her companion deliberately walked diagonally off the pedestrian crossing…
In Guyana… is just suh!
2014 | Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-50mm
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February 12, 2015 § 1 Comment
I almost regret using the photo “Removing the Lines” for the Four Days, Four Photos challenge that James Broscombe had set for Nikhil and I… It is a photo that had something to say… and would have allowed me to have something to say too :-)
That left me going through the rest of my week’s haul looking for something that stood out :-)
Although I go out with hopes of getting nice landscapes or seascapes, I am usually also looking for anything else that might be useful to my own vision of my photography, and recently, I’ve been shooting some unusual scenes (for me, anyway)
This is one I think that is more Nikhil’s subject type, but not necessarily his style, There was something about the way the shadow fell that caught my attention, and then the way the shadow changed as the surface upon which it fell changed made me look again.
In this light (no pun intended) I was drawing a comparison to the way our actions and our attitudes to others often elicit different reactions and responses from each person, while we cannot control or even predict how others react to what we say or do, we should be observant of that reaction, so that we may learn from it, and be aware of it for future reference.
All shadows are not equal, and each shadow changes with the surface upon which it is cast, sometimes the shadow is sharp, and defined, at other times it can be diffused or even murky.
Canon EOS 6D, Canon 24-105mm | 1/320s, f/10, ISO200
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February 10, 2015 § 1 Comment
I shoot some odd scenes (more often than I’d like to admit) and when looking back I sometimes wonder what had gotten into my head to shoot them, then in a few cases, after a bit of consideration, I decide to process one anyway…
This is one of those “odd” scenes; it was almost twilight I guess, the sun had set (officially), yet there was light in the sky… and the crescent moon was still in the sky… clouds were covering parts of the sky, not necessarily in a pretty way, yet I had the inclination to snap a few shots.
At this time of the year, the crescent moon is more like a smile than during mid-year when it’s more sideways… I’ve heard it referred to as the Smiling Moon, or the Cheshire Moon (a reference to the smile of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland); in Hawaiian mythology and folklore it’s also called the Wet Moon, because of the “bowl” shape it resembles at this time, with “wet” referring to the moon holding the waters of the rains that were soon to come…
It’s an odd scene for me, so I took some time to process it since it was not an easy one (processing-wise, that is)… I used Nik Silver Efex, and did some exposure reduction in the upper portion to further emphasize the moon and the star (nothing has been added or removed).
2011 | Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 18-270mm
Depending on our cultural, religious or scientific knowledge and beliefs, we will each look up into the sky and wonder different things; about what is “out there”, the myths and legends of ancient civilisations colour our imaginations, the teachings of our theologies ask us to believe in our maker(s) and for some an after-life, astronomers and movie-makers give further impetus to our imaginations of worlds and galaxies more spectacular than the pin-point stars we see with the naked eye… poets and song-writers pull at our heart-strings with words and melodies, with stories of love and lust under the darkened dome,
Most of us will never leave this rock we call Earth, but that should not stop our imaginations, our desires, our dreams, for there is undoubtedly more out there than we know.
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February 6, 2015 § 2 Comments
A new Koker takes shape at Buxton.
In the context of current instability mostly due to imminent elections in Guyana, this can lend some social commentary, if one chose to look at it from certain vantage points.
You may have to look twice, but there is dog running away from it all in the scene.
I leave the storytelling to your own imaginations :-)
Buxton, East Coast Demerara | 2015 | Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 10-20mm
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