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Private gardens or sheep?

Yeah that title is a bit strange isn’t it…. Sorry about that.

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I was planning on doing a bit of a post about London’s private gardens. The squares that should in my opinion be open to the public to enjoy but instead are there for the privileged that can afford to buy or rent homes in the areas that have these large open green spaces within our concrete jungle. There just for those that can also afford to pay the annual key costs; not the average working class person, not your average Londoner.

This beautiful looking green space is Eccelston square in London, SW1. Increasingly it feels like I need to move away from my city. Increasingly it feels like you need to be earning a huge income or next to nothing – topped up with housing benefits, tax credits, child allowance and other benefits that people wouldn’t need if they were given a decent London Living Wage.

Increasingly I find things like these private gardens frustrating. Perhaps its my shifting political opinions, perhaps its because I just think its bloody unfair the way hard working people that fall within that middle income seem to be the worst off in this bloody city I love.

These park areas are dotted around and closed to the hoi polloi; God forbid that the elite should have to mingle with commoners… Don’t get me wrong here, I have nothing against wealth but I do have what some might call ‘a chip on my shoulder’ about particular issues.   I don’t have the time to do a full personal project on these gardens and perhaps that is just as well.

You might be wondering where do sheep come into this? You might have even forgot that the word sheep is in the title?

I read a post on one of the blogs I follow, how this chap came across some fish leaving the  water as they ate, he stood and watched for a while because he had not seen this before. His post reminded me of seeing a long line of sheep walking across a field. One by one they stopped under a tree and looked up before they carried on with their journey across the field. Have you ever heard of the saying ‘People are like sheep’?

Well its true. I stopped to take the image above and people stopped to see what I was photographing. Its not the first time; it happens a lot. It amuses me that I will stop to take a photo and then two three or more people will stop to take the same photo. I’m not talking about the tourist attractions or something spectacular but just normal things like concrete stairs. What is that about, why on earth does that happen and what do they think they are missing?

Want to try an experiment?  You and a friend stand in the street and look up at something and I guarantee people will join you.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James

School boy error!

I have two projects on the go at the moment. One is a 365 day project, a photo a day for one year. Sounds easy but its not. Well taking a photo a day would be but taking something interesting every day is pretty tough. Tomorrow is day 14.

The 365 album can be seen on flickr.

This is one of the images I was really disappointed with today:

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While I wanted to use a bokeh technique to get a image of the London Eye, Westminster Bridge & Elizabeth Tower, I didn’t intend on cutting off the top of the wheel.

The photo still works but it really was a case a school boy error!

Thanks for viewing,

Jim Jimmy James

 

BT Tower

There is loads of stuff I could look up about the BT Tower and tell you. I can tell you about threats & concerns someone would bomb it. In fact I vaguely remember something about a bomb going of in the tower and that being the reason for the restaurant being closed. I guess I should add that it was actually The Post Office Tower at the time and this occurred long before I was ever aware of such things. I think it was in the very early 1970’s so I was either a baby or just a very young lad.

I could tell you facts like when it was built, how tall it is and lots more but I’m hoping you’re here to look at my photos rather than learn about the post office / telecom tower.

Okay, now I’ve mentioned those things I feel obliged to fill you in with at least the details from above.

The 33rd floor was bombed and it did result in the restaurant being closed. It has opened and closed a couple of times and was recently opened for a charity event.

The tower started to be built in 1961 and is 620ft.

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The images were taken on the Fuji XT2 © 2016 Jim Jimmy James

Thanks for stopping and looking.

 

Fuji XT2… Scratching the surface!

I’m only just scratching the surface with my Fuji XT2 but I’ve gotta say that I am finding the XT2 a great camera to carry around and I’m looking forward to seeing just what I can get out of this camera.

Here are a couple of images taken today while looking for an image to add to my 365 day photo challenge that can be seen here on flickr.

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Westminster trip hazard! ©2016 Jim Jimmy James (Marr)

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©2016 Jim Jimmy James (Marr)

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Lemmy by Martin Häusler http://www.martinhausler.com

This portrait of Lemmy by Martin Häusler is fantastic and should be seen in a setting where you can see the original. Currently on display at The Sanctum Hotel in Soho.

I also post images on Instagram & Tumbler.

Thanks for viewing, Jim Jimmy James.

That Canon G5X

Yes its that camera again. The Canon G5X….

Well I wanted it to work out well but it hasn’t. It was no good for my street photography project and I feel I wasted valuable time trying to find the positive in this little powershot camera; there are positives but it just isn’t the camera for the project I had at hand.

The real deal breaker was when I decided to look at the possibilities of using this camera as a shoot from the hip kind of thing while using hyper-focal distance as a focusing option.

So what I needed to do was figure out what my focal lengths are.

There are no markings on the camera and the focal lengths in camera are marked in centimetres. Its just a little bit math one thinks quietly to ones self… Simple, its a 2.7 crop factor, what on earth could be difficult to work out!?

Well, you knew there’d be a well didn’t you? There had to be a well; the sentence and subject could only lead to a ‘well’. (I’m sure some clever grammatologist [is that a word?] or equally clever person might suggest otherwise).

Well…. It wasn’t making sense. It was frustrating the hell out of me. I looked online and had a peek at some forums. No joy!

I emailed Canon who reply with a standard cut and paste response giving me the details that anyone has access to via any page selling this camera.

I thanked them for pointing out the obvious and then explained the problem to them again.

Amusingly their next response was in regards to the cameras sensor size and images would not be of the same quality as the full frame sensors. What on earth warranted that response was confusing me even more. So I read the email I had sent them and replied, asking them if they could actually look at the question instead of sending random replies about sensor size and sensitivities. (I’m not one of those men that is worried about sensitivities or size!).

The long, and, short of it (no pun intended), was that Canon were unable to tell me how to set particular focal lengths and informed me that the camera measures in units of 5cm increments.

If you are interested the 5cm setting shows up through four nudges of the focal length switch, 10cm has one setting, 20cm has two, 30cm has one and finally 40cm has two options on its focal length.

I still though I could work it out but what I discovered was that although the camera gave me 24mm to 100mm equivalent view of a 35mm camera, I could not set and use the more standard focal lengths of 35mm, 5omm and 85mm. This was important for me because I am using different cameras on this project and being able to standardise my focal lengths would help with framing and overall aesthetics of the final project.

The G5X looks great on paper, it feels great in the hand and actually is very pleasing on the eye. It just did not live up to expectations and I don’t think my expectations were particularly high.

I can’t say that the Canon tech support or customer services filled me with any confidence that they know there product either.

I’m really disappointed this camera was such a let down and I can’t help but feel that Canon might have rushed this camera out for a christmas release date rather than holding onto it for another six months.

It seems Canon were perhaps a little lazy and happy releasing an average camera rather than putting in a bit more effort and tweaking an okay camera that has real potential to be a great camera.

The folks at Canon can rest assured that they will get no more emails from me in regards to the G5X, it has been part exchanged for a Fuji.

Here is the disclaimer: I am not paid by anyone to put this post out & Fuji don’t sponsor me. However if Fuji want to sponsor my ongoing education please feel free to contact me.

Likewise, if Canon would like to let me have a play with and test an updated version of the G5X or would like to discuss what I think worked or didn’t work in detail, simply send me a message.

Also, hello to my first visitors from Guatemala and Panama.

Thank for you, yes you, for  stopping and reading.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James