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Monday 22 April 2019

Sadness in Paris

I am sad that it has happened, but I’ll be interested to follow the debate over how the burnt-out roof and spire of Notre-Dame de Paris should be reconstructed.

people looking at a model of the building they are standing in

On my last visit to the cathedral, in September 2010, I joined these people to look at this intricate model of the building, in a mood of quiet contemplation.

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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Another month of Instagram

Another month on the road, another batch of Instagram pictures. This month I have continued travelling​—​in Italy, Scotland, Italy again, then in Austria. I have kept posting fresh daily photos to Insta­gram. The pictures are laid out below.

Thumbnail images of my 32 Instagram posts in May (I double posted on 9 May).

To continue the trivia from last month, a brief equipment score­card and review:

24 of the photos posted this month were taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens (it gave me high quality out­put as I expected, I found its usability excellent because I am so used to it, but it was a damn heavy lump to schlep around).

5 of the photos were taken with the FujiFilm X-E1 with XF 18mm f/2 R lens (output is remarkably good, I’m getting used to it, a delight to carry)

3 of the photos were taken with the FujiFilm X-E1 with XC 50-230mm OIS II lens (output from this lens is slightly better than I expected, its capabilities are typical of consumer-grade lenses so I won’t complain, and it was light and compact).

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The six most-liked photos for this month​—​of subjects in Florence, Bologna, Verona, Aquileia, Vienna and Salzburg.

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Monday 30 April 2018

A month of Instagram

I don’t like being the target of surveillance by Mark Zuckerberg and his gang. I wouldn’t want to add up the time I have spent on Insta­gram. I resent the ad­ver­ti­sing that gets more intrusive with each update. At times I feel like chuck­ing it in.

But, I do get a buzz from editing each image, composing a caption and hashtags, uploading the piece for my few fol­low­ers, and watch­ing their response. And so I keep doing it.

There is nothing insta about Instagram the way I use it. I select each image from my photo archive after it has had time to ripen and mature, per­haps for a month, or a year, or longer. These are pictures taken with a camera, not a phone. I edit each picture in Lightroom and upload it via the LR/Instagram plug-in.

I make it a rule to make just one post per day (I unfollow people who post too much).

I have spent the month of April travelling in Africa and Europe. For a change, I have been posting photos while they are still fresh​—​some on the day I took them, the rest a day or so later. Between 5 April and 30 April I posted the 25 tra­vel­ling pictures shown below.

Thumbnail images of this month’s posts. The thumbnails are linked to the full-size pictures on Instagram.

Trivia: I took two cameras on this trip​—​a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with EF 16–35mm f/4L IS USM lens (which I used for 15 of these photos), and a FujiFilm X-E1 with XF 18mm f/2 R lens (5 photos) and XC 50–230mm OIS II lens (4 photos). One picture is a computer screen shot.

I play a little game with myself, trying to guess what sort of re­spon­se each picture will get from my followers. If I guess a picture will be unappealing I am usually right.

I had fair success in predicting which of this month’s pictures people would like. See the six most-liked images in the slideshow below.

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The six most-liked photos for this month​—​of subjects in Soweto, Victoria Falls, Florence and Bologna.

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Sunday 25 March 2018

Making a wooden bucket

George Smithwick makes a wooden bucket, mean­while ex­plain­ing what he is doing, with a glimpse of the life of a family of coopers. Fascinating.

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