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Delhi with the Canon G10 | India Travel Photography

Bonkers!!!!

(Note this is a repost)

I had a great time, a great experience in Delhi last week! Really.. you have experienced nothing until you have been to Delhi…

 

The noise, the traffic, the food, the people, the colours, the heat, the history… wow. I’d love to go back and tour india a lot more (contact Prashant at India Invites for help, great service), see where my grandparents came from and learn more of the real india. Yesterday my nan’s sister died in South Africa so it’s only right that this week I blog this…

 

I don’t want to misrepresent India, so when you think of the poverty.. think of the extremes.. India is huge and so anything it has will be huge in relation… yes there is poverty, yes there are people sleeping in the streets, little kids begging but there are also many hard working people and also many who are extremely rich.

 

India is a country of extremes, disparity, warmth on many levels, and a country steeped in history and contrast.

 

Here are a few snaps from my short time in the capital

 Delhi with the Canon G10 | India Travel Photography:

 

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi

 

I loved this trip and would definitely go back. I love travel photography, and I don’t care if I said that before!

Now you can get the Canon G16 (yes… it’s been updated that many times since!)


 

 

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Spain with the Canon G10 | Spain Travel Photography

Yes I did it! I bought the Canon G10… and nervously waited for it to arrive in time for my little trip out to south spain.. Well here are some of the “snaps” I took. I love travel photography immensely… travel, food, photography… perfect.

It is a very capable camera, hopefully I can do it justice … just need a few more trips abroad, if anybody wants to send me somewhere I promise to take some photos 😉

Spain with the Canon G10 | Spain Travel Photography:

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And now you know I can’t resist a bit of wedding photography.. but this poor groom was left “out in the cold” for so long it was ridiculous.. love this shot though:

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This photographer definitely seemed to work a lot more natural! Great textures, colours and styles out there in Spain! Love Sevilla! ¡Viva la novia!

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A mate contemplating La Alhambra!

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And finally me on the last night.. messing with the ambient light and flash.. worked out well i think.. shame about the model 😉

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Wow, it’s been quite a while since I owned this camera now and to be honest the only thing that was a bit annoying about it overall was the size of the raw files compared to my pro gear. Bit of a stupid gripe now really. Loved that camera, very cool and very capable.

Now you can get the Canon G16 (yes… it’s been updated that many times since!)

Hope you enjoyed this repost, leave a comment!

 

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A trip out with the Olympus Trip 35

Don’t know if you all remember this marvel of photographic technology… The Olympus Trip 35mm… well a dear old friend lent me one recently to give it a bit of a service and see if it was still useable. So I carried it with me on a few trips … well, had a chance to see what resulted and thought I’d show you some…

REMEMBER: The following images were shot with an old Trip 35mm, which has fixed focus points and very few adjustable settings.. that and the film I used was rather old (my old favourite Fuji Neopan which I used to uprate)…

It was fun, not too challenging. Well the worst thing was not knowing if it was working properly! Actually I do need to return it still… and this is a repost so I am quite late.

 

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Good fun! I thoroughly recommend you take a simple film camera out for a spin.

 

 

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A tale for another day? | Memories are to be kept alive

So today we received a difficult phone call. My nan had been rushed into hospital, again, with possible pneumonia or as they thought a little on, her third stroke…
 
 
Now.. this isn’t supposed to be a depressing post. It’s a message about communication and about fighting to the death.
 
The two photos you see below were taken a while back. She was staying at a residential home.. oddly in an area not remotely near to us nor to her home, despite our efforts to bring her closer… shady dealings between social services and certain residential homes.. but that’s a tale for another day.
 
When she was taken into there, she had been unwell. She was seriously lacking in strength. Yet she kept trying to escape. Once in the hospital, she tried to leave… note to nurses, you might consider putting the bars up on the side of the bed when my nan is in your hospital!
 
Now anyway.. she’s a real fighter. She’s been in the UK since the 60s having moved from Kenya, where my mom was born. For decades she’s gone about her business, caring for her family, visiting the temple, so on. With no help. So how would you feel if you lose all your strength and can’t do that? How would it make you feel if no matter what you did for independence you always ended up back in that sick bed?
Take time to use what you have while you have it.
 

 
Also. It reminds me how important communication is.
 
Three doctors told me today that the outlook is very very grim. She was out cold all day, until 6pm when she came round, recognised us there.. and tried to tear off the breathing apparatus! Now while we had been waiting, one nurse told me that the last thing to go is the hearing. She recommended I take the chance to say to her any last words I had… now regardless what I actually said the point is this: Think about it, the last thing to go is the hearing.
Communication is vital in any relationship, even when someone you love is dying.
 
As an aside, I found Psalm 37 in Gujarati on youtube and played that to her while she was unconscious. She’s not a christian, she’s a hindu, but she appreciates what the Bible says.
 
Eventually the rest of the family came. They are definitely a topic for another day…
edit: She just died (00:54 11th March 2009)

 

 

This was originally posted on March 10th 2009.

 

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June 21, 2014 - 00:28

ReelLifePhotosElaine - How touching. Photographers, writers and artists appear to express their love and respond to the inevitable demise of their families by creating something beautiful.

My mother was in a coma for a week before she eventually breathed her last. A few hours before, I sketched her as she lay there. My father quietly watched me. That picture now hangs in the hallway, immediately outside my home-office door.

I agree about the importance of communication. Its helps a caring photographer create meaningful images, such as the ones you have included in your post about your Nan here. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images and caring words. xx Elaine

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Notte Sento – A Short Film made of 4500+ Still Images

So this was sent to me this morning… thought you might like it…

It’s a short film made with 4500+ still photographs. It was shot (very well I should add) with a Canon 30D Camera.

A girl misses her train to Milan and is set to wait overnight in Rome until dawn. However, a chance encounter with a guy changes her plans and the night lights of the capital turn into the background to a tender love story.

I really think this is beautiful and it must have taken some immense preparation and shooting. Absolutely brilliant.

In fact this featured on my old blog back on March 9th 2009. So much has happened since. This remains stunning. That’s how art should be. Classic and emotive.

This post originally appeared two days before my grandma died. I’ll repost that next. Memories shouldn’t be lost.

Notte Sento – A Short Film made of 4500+ Still Images

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