March or Die.

It can sometimes be hard to decide what images to share with people. As a photographer it seems natural to want to show ones best images but sometimes the best technical or aesthetically pleasing isn’t the best for the text and story.

That kind of sounds like I’m making excuses for images that people might look at and think the composition and other aspects should or could’ve been done differently.

Yes they could but its about the story… March or Die is the title for a movie about the French Foreign Legion that I have seen but remember pretty much nothing of.

I have just returned from a trip to Fuerteventura and when I spied the landscape ahead of me it was the title of that movie that immediately sprung to mind. The wife didn’t find that very reassuring when I blurted that out as we strolled off into the hills.





I very nearly signed up to the French Foreign Legion when I was a lot younger. I think at 16/17 years old I was stubborn enough to have been mentally strong enough to cope and I’d like to think at that age I would have managed the physical demands but I was talked out of it. The whys, wheres, and hows are far too long winded for this ‘photo diary/blog’ but I do sometimes wonder how things might have panned out if that was the route I ended up following.

It would be great to have an opportunity to enrol on the training without having to commit time following that training but even if that was possible, I’m a lot older, heavier and most definitely not fit enough; I’d probably end up in hospital after day two. Thats if I’d managed to survive day 1!!!

Anyhow, back to the photos. All taken handheld with a Fuji XT2 and prime 35mm lens.

Thanks for stopping and looking at the images. Constructive comments always welcome.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy or James.

A trip up north.

With mixed emotions we headed up to The Highlands.

There is a joy at catching up and socialising with friends and family but also a sadness due to the purpose of the trip; ashes placed at a family grave and within the childhood village of my mother-in-law.

As usual the trip was far too short. I consider myself a Londoner but I was not born in London. I am, as my mates call me; a sweaty or to give you the full term ‘Sweaty Sock‘.

I don’t know why and can’t really explain it but, I feel my most relaxed in Scotland. That said, I am perfectly happy living in the hustle and bustle of London. Its home!

I got my hands on a Canon G5X and took a few photos whilst away. I wonder if it might be that camera that is the perfect travel companion for when top quality images are not needed and for when reasonable photos are required but without having to carry different lenses around.

The camera is easy enough to use, especially as I only use Canon. Unfortunately lightroom does not recognise the raw files for this camera yet and I only have jpegs to play with for the time being. (yes I can use other raw converters but at this time I do not feel the need).


©2016 Jim Jimmy James.  Loch Ness – Taken with Canon G5X 

I did not have a tripod and this image was taken hand held.



Royal Marine Memorial – ©Jim Jimmy James – Canon G5X 

I have never been to this memorial to The Royal Marines  on a bright warm day. It has always been cold, overcast or raining. Perhaps that is one of the reasons I have always found this to be one of the most sombre & makes me feel most reflective?

These images are not of the highest quality but so far the Canon G5X looks promising as a lightweight day trip camera.

Thanks for visiting…

Jim Jimmy James

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Landscapes. Again!

So As I said before landscapes are not my thing. Again, I like other peoples images but it is not a genre of photography I thought I would enjoy because I guess its not exciting, not sexy like gig photography or cut and thrust like reportage.

Oh boy way I wrong!…. Sort of!!

I decided that I would get up early and get out to practice a bit more. We are told practice makes perfect and my logic is that practicing any area of photography, including that which does not excite me, will ultimately improve my ability to capture images at a later date.

So the plan; up at 04:00 hours and then off out to London’s Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens.

When I first started to look at landscapes I was not really sure what that was; I kind of just thought it was trees and a bit of open land. But looking up what makes a good landscape there was plenty on composition rules and the use of filters but the useful…really useful information was that landscapes are an ‘image that captures the environment and atmosphere of a scene’.

That sounds obvious but it actually made a big difference to me and what I was looking for.

So a fresh perspective and definition of landscapes and the joy of going to bed late and that 4a.m rise. (A bit more planning next time I think).

Arriving at the park I started looking for somewhere with a nice easterly view. I spotted some mist and found it a little frustrating trying to really show it off….. A swan heading towards me that I thought would be good on its own and it was a rush to get the camera ready. Of course, had I of thought about it I would have taken some bread with me and thats all mentally noted for when I get around to future landscapes.

There is no real detail in the image with the swan but if I’d flaffed about getting my exposure right I would have missed the shot.

Shoot and get a shot of mess about and get no shot. No brainer!

So its not detailed but I do like the image as a silhouette. I had bought a polarising (British Spelling. The correct way!) filter and a cheap graduated filter set. I had fun playing with the filters and getting set up quickly… I was really surprised how fast the light changes and alters everything. I thoroughly enjoyed myself this morning and have learned loads from the experience.

Here are a few of the images I caught:ImageImageImageImageImageImage

I hope you liked the images?

As always, constructive comments are always welcome.

As a side note, if you are one of my American cousins or you are from elsewhere using American or international standardised English (British Spelling. The correct way!) please don’t take my little dig about correct spellings to heart. They are disposable comments made very much tongue in check.

Besides, my spelling and use of grammar is definitely not as good as it could be.

Thanks for stopping and looking.

Kind regards,

Jim Jimmy James.