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Landscapes 2

Church of Saint Sebastian, Ramsau, Germany / Sony A200, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8


Relax

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Landscapes 1

Starnbergersee, Germany / Sony A200, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8

Clinging On

Plants are tough. I found this out when I bought my first house and discovered a liking for gardening. Despite my heavy handed and often ill-informed efforts most plants survived my ministrations, and many even flourished. So I wasn’t surprised to see on a walk along the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Georgetown these plants growing in bare scatterings of soil in cracks and crevices in the concrete walls and rocks.

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Urban Life – Munich

Odeonsplatz, Munich

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon, Utah


Hong Kong

Looking back over my files from 2011 it seems that as well as visiting Prague I also took a trip to Hong Kong. While I had visited Shanghai a few years earlier this was my first trip to Hong Kong. Here are a few shots from around the city.

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Winter in Prague

Flights from Tbilisi to Prague tend to arrive at odd hours of the day – either very early or very late. Perhaps things are better now, but when I visited back in 2011 my flight landed at around five in the morning. I arrived at my hotel before six where, needless to say, my room wasn’t ready. I dropped off my carry on, pulled out my camera and went for a walk. It was 29th January. At the airport it was -14° C, in the city it was a balmy -11° C. Brass monkey weather. I had just arrived from Tbilisi where it was a tropical 6° C. Still, on this, my fifth trip to the city, I finally got some pictures that didn’t consist mostly of tourists.

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Washington Monument

I’m not generally an early adopter. I prefer to wait until the reviews are in and the price has dropped. Yet when Sony announced the original RX100 I decided to get one as soon as they became available. I’m a fan of small, serious cameras and have been ever since I pickup up a Panasonic LX3 ten years ago. I sold the RX100 a couple of years ago because I was finding the slow lens a little limiting and as I – and my eyes – got older, I found the absence of a viewfinder frustrating. Sony corrected both those failings with the RX100iii and subsequent versions but they were even more expensive that the original RX100. I may yet buy another RX100, with the RX100vA very tempting.

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Tokyo

My visits to Tokyo have been brief, no more than a few days at a time. I would love to be able to spend more time there. During my short visits I have managed to take some photographs, which seems only proper in what is one of the great global centres of photography. Here are some of them, mostly taken around Shibuya and Shinjuku.

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