The Deck – Week 39

I took photos on three days of the last week (from last Friday to this Thursday) but most of it is not worth even processing.  The day that I took this photograph was eventful, so I will mention some of that after I put the photograph up.  I was going to just put the photo up and leave the rest of the story out, but many people are expecting the story, so I will put some of it up.

The photograph is one of those Sunsets where the area around the sun is now warming up (so to speak) and the remainder of the sky is a cooler blue.

Kingston seashore, Georgetown Guyana. 5:37pm, September 28, 2010

Nikhil and I were out on the Kingston seashore photographing driftwood, waves, and whatever else caught our eye, including the setting sun and the resulting effects in the sky.  Approximately 10 minutes after I took this photograph, we were back on the Promenade area around the area by the “Roundhouse”, there are usually some homeless men living in the Roundhouse.  We were looking in that area for other things to photograph when we noticed that the sunset had changed to a much more orange and red cast and decided that we would return to the end of the promenade to photograph it.  Just about this time two young men on bicycled passed us and stopped their cycles on at the end of the Roundhouse and disappeared behind the wall there.  As we approached the end to photographed the sunset, we noticed that they were urinating and we naturally averted our gaze and concentrated on the sunset.

We were focused on the scene before us when they finished their business and walked behind us towards their bicycles, the next thing I knew I was falling to the ground and being attacked about my body by one of the men who now had a piece of wood in his hand.  We were being robbed.  My spectacles had fallen off  and I could barely make out the man now shouting at me and hitting me, I told him to stop hitting and just  take whatever it was he wanted, we were not going to fight them.  It seemed he didn’t believe me and shouted to his companion to throw the gun.  I repeated myself and seemed to get through to him, he searched my pants pockets and took all my cash and my cellular phone.  He threw my wallet and licence on the ground and demanded that I not get up and try to follow them.

Nikhil helped me to my feet and also to find my spectacles, I really am useless without them.  Some of the homeless men were returning to the Roundhouse after their evening bath in the sea and were shocked that in the short space of time that they had gone, we were attacked and robbed.  Of course, we then called for help using the cellular phone that I had in my shirt pocket which they missed, we went to the Police and now one of them men has been captured.  I learnt from NIkhil that although he was not assaulted with a piece of wood, the man who robbed him had a pistol.  Amazingly, I still had my camera, but Nikhil’s camera was gone.

Fortuitously, one of the photographs I had taken earlier had captured the two men when they had passed us, that photograph assisted the police to identify the men and thus far apprehend one of them.

We are both fortunate to be alive.  I have always been told by people wiser than myself that in a robbery, do not be a hero!  Give them what they want and live.  Some of that advice must have sunk in since that is what I did after the initial resistance.  Of course, a few blows to the back of the head and neck puts one in a more submissive mood.

The photograph may not be great, but it certainly is not the last Sunset that I have seen.

The Deck – Week 38

This week was busy, I got more photographs than usual 🙂  I have quite a number that I would love to use as the photo for The 2010 Deck this week, but I have to choose one, so after some thought I chose one that I am unlikely to replicate anytime soon, it is a wide-angle shot from a low perspective:

Lighthouse, Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana

This is the “Lamp Room” at the top of the Lighthouse in Kingston, Georgetown, Guyana.  It was taken from the stairwell at the level with the floor.

Lawyer and/or Photographer

I’ve had this one in my upload folder for some time now, since Nikhil tried his self-portrait, and I thought at the time to just get a slightly different angle to his “back-of-the-head” shot he was going for.  Of course, my version is a little darker and more moody, but I rather liked it, but I don’t think that Nikhil liked his “stomach” showing as much as I have it  🙂

Nikhil: attorney-at-rest, photographer-at-work

I happen to think he is a very good lawyer, and quite possibly a much better photographer, but what do I know?

Market Day

You can call this an introduction to a new album I decided to start.  Part of Nikhil’s fascination with Street Photography led us into the market area at Bourda, and since I am less of a street photographer and more of a non-human subject type person, I took more of the items being sold than the persons selling them  🙂  So, I decided to start a Market album, it may not go far, or if Nik drags me screaming and kicking into the markets again, it might grow  🙂

Just one stall

In the Streets

I find that I am not fixed in my photography habits as yet, as I spend more time with Nikhil, I tend to absorb some of his outlook on different types of photography.  Going into “taking pictures” I never even knew that there were so many areas of photography; Macro Photography (or macrography), Model Photography, Product Photography, Landscape Photography… You name it and there’s probably some type of photography associated with it! Anyway Nikhil has a fondness for Street Photography, he knows the Famous of the genre, like Henri Cartier Bresson, and also some of the not-so-famous  🙂  Anyway, some of it is rubbing off on me, maybe because I usually accompany him on his jaunts to find his next subject.

While it is still “not my thing”, I don’t discount it as a style that I may adopt from time to time, I just don’t think that I am any good at it  🙂

So just for starters, here are three recent ones that may fit the category.

I heard the drumming before I saw the drummer, and by the time I got across the street the original drummer had switched places with this youngster.

Drummer Boy

A popular sight on the pavements of Georgetown, everyone wants to see the latest movies:

DVD Versions

And this one is outside a busy “Betting Shop”

Locking it in

So goes my first forage into Street Photography, but I have others from the past that may fit the category, I’ll add them to the collection later  🙂

The Deck – Week 37

This week I took more photographs than normal, but that’s because I went to a Birthday Party  🙂  I had quite a selection this week, but went for one that actually surprised me, since I never thought I could see this particular scene in this was, very little of the wires that I always see in this general area.

Not much to say about it really, just a photo I like.  It is of the National Library, here in Guyana. The Library sits at the corner of Church Street and Main Street, it faces the Bank of Guyana.

The National Library

The battle for Vision (via James Bunch)

James Bunch put this as succinctly as I think it can be put, my friend Nikhil has expressed the same development of “Vision” to me over the course of this year, I think this blog-post is well worth the read, if you can spare the two minutes it will take to read it, you will be well rewarded.

The battle for Vision What is vision? We hear it talked about a lot especially in photography circles. Whether its online, in your local camera store, or even amongst friends at a camera club gathering, it's everywhere; but what is it and what is it all about. I will begin by saying that David duChemin has written extensively on this subject and I would recommend that you check out his stuff. But I would like to say a few things on what vision is to me and what it is … Read More

via James Bunch

End of an Era

I doubt if I have all the facts, but I think I have the general gist of the thing.  For as many years as I can remember, and probably for as many years as I have existed, there have been three “Gas Stations” on Vlissengen Road, right next to one another; from north to south it was Texaco, then Esso and then Shell.  I think most Guyanese grew up calling these places Gas Stations, instead of the more internationally acceptable “Petrol Station” or “Service Station”.  At Mashramani time, these stations were always popular meeting places, and even “drinking places”.

A few years ago, the Shell service stations were purchased by Sol, and are operated under the Shell brand/franchise, shortly after that Sol also bought out the Esso service stations, these now operate either unbranded or as Sol service stations. So at this point Sol had two service station competing with each other, right next door to each other, on Vlissengen Road.  I figure that it was only a matter of time before one had to close down.

The Esso service Station was known by many as the KC Correia Service Station, and it has been under that management for more years than I care to count.  I was told that it is now closing its doors.  That is sad, but changes are inevitable and we must either change with it or be left behind.  It seems that the old Esso Station was chosen to close its doors over the more modern Shell Station.

I took this photo last Friday, not knowing when I would get the chance again.

KC Correia Service Station, Vlissengen Road. Canon EOS REBEL T1i. 18 mm. 25s at f/16, ISO 200

Fence Topper

One of my favourite photographs is one that I did twice  🙂  You know, so nice I did it twice?  Anyway, I took it originally when I shot with the Canon PowerShot S5, a beauty of a camera, bigger than a compact, but a super-zoom with amazing results, and then when I moved onto shooting an SLR, I tried again to shoot a similar shot, similar because you can never get the same shot twice, not really.  That was my “Fleur de Lis Fence Toppers“, and although I was less pleased the second time around, it was probably because I was expecting more.

Recently I took another shot of a Fence Topper and did a monochromatic rendering, several of them had already “disappeared” off the fence, so instead of trying to catch several of them I concentrated on one and tried to get a nice background, nice not as in scenery, but complimentary.

Silvertone Fence Topper

The Deck – Week 36

It wasn’t a very good week for me as photography goes, but of the few good ones I did put aside, I had a hard choice as to which one I would be using for this week’s Deck photo.   What I ended up doing was displaying them all on the screen and see which one jumped out at me, whether it was just different because of colour, composition, content, or if it was just very different to what I’ve taken recently, this shot stood out from the rest.

Bora, Merriman's Mall, Bourda.

It is simple, but I like it  🙂  In Guyana, this is called “Bora”, taken at one of the stalls on Merriman’s Mall by Bourda Market.