It was hot. Advantage to me. It was humid. Advantage to him.
He drove a Suburban. Tinted. I was used to camels, supercharged, V36. Can go for days without gas. I knew of him. He too knew of me.
We were in narrow streets. Advantage nil. His Suburban. My camel.
I saw him from behind the pillars. Saw him go in. Came out. I hid behind a pillar. In. Out. Many places. Sun, shadow.
He was looking for something. I was looking for the same. Following him.
He went in. A little longer. I got ready. I saw he had found it. It was time.
I was quick. he was quick too. I was just quicker.
I raised it quickly. Heard the precision metallic click. One, two, three.
Professionals both of us.
See you later, Rayyan. He said. Catch up with Ayesha, Linda and me. He said.
Sure, Mr. Smith., I said. As I discreetly melted amongst the Japanese crowds.
Unseen. Just another nobody. Mr. Smith had found the ice cream vendor..
I had to see a stone cold person. He was dead. His name was David.He was a statue. I wanted to make sure. We were in Florence, Italy.
Good one, Rayyan
It's still a bit cold here for ice creams lust, but soon i'll sure look back at this photo with greed
Rayyan...Another Well Deserved BRAVO For You!!!
OK. No coffee yet, but this series featuring some "soft" and refreshing "drinks" for Rayyan
And yes, we had some sun a couple of weeks ago, so water was in order. Selected below are 4 photos out of 17 consecutive shots, strolling down a street by the canal.
Everything is old fashionned there, surpringly preserved from the modern craze.
Even public service is...
"Watering the Flowers"
When it's out of reach, you need an extension though:
Now, looking closer.
(all with D3X - 105VR - @f2.8 - NX2)
Listen, I said to Hamza. Listen to what grandpa? asked Hamza.
To the stones, I said. They are talking to me.
Hamza thought his grandpa had gone mad. Hamza, I asked..do you know
what will happen in 1000 years?, 2000?, 5000?, 10000?.
I know Hamza, because the stones talk to me. They talked to me in Greece,
Turkey, Baghdad, Damascus, Egypt, Lebanon,Mexico, China. They were talking to me now.
We were in Rome..
What are they saying grandapa?
The same as all the others Hamza. I said.
I told Hamza about a people. They thought they were the richest. They were
the most powerful. The earth would split when the Roman Legions marched.
They thought they would rule forever. They were the gods.
The had the banners of power, invincible power. They had the science, they
had the culture, the had the might, they had the wealth and their centurions
marched with the strongest armies known to man. Mounted on the best
stallions. SPQR displayed proudly. They marched for Rome. They marched for Augustus Caesar. The world lived in their fear.
Invincible..the legions of Augustus Caesar. Invincible..like the Pharos of Egypt. The turn of a thumb. The power of life or death
What happened to them grandpa?, asked Hamza. What always happens Hamza, I replied. Just ask the stones. They know. Learn from the stones Hamza, I said. Hear the stones cry..
I picked up a small Augustus Caesar's stone and threw it back amongst the ruins, where it belonged.
Hamza's fortunate. This is something he needs to see and understand to be a good President. How did he like the cats?
Because then he would feel the same towards us. I couldn't ask for more. I would hold my head up high. I would have taught him well.
Looks like lots more to catch up on! Lots of great stuff as usual!
Just got back from a shoot in NYC and thought I would sneak this one on the board...
Matt... was really wanting your 14-24 on the shoot. I am still kicking myself for being overly cautious with my spending... Looks like you're kicking it with the 16-35 though. Miss the extra stop for DOF purposes at all?
Corlan, Your Making Me Want A 3rd Copy Of The 105VR! Why I Keep Trading This In Is Beyond Me! Sharp Set!
Rayyan...Deep, Deep History Lesson & Above The Atmosphere IQ & Shooting!
I like the ice-cream man, Rayyan. Looks like he has stolen a few moments of pleasure.
I've been trying out the GH1 lately. Photos on the 4/3 forum. So far, my impressions of the camera are mixed. It has a couple of flaws that makes me long back to my Nikons. Ergonomics are important. Interesting situations last so short sometimes that having to push two buttons instead of one might make the difference between getting the shot or not. Then there's DR. Even the D80 easily beats it there, at least at low ISO. The Panasonic is great for video though. Nikon can't touch it there.
Oh, and I would seriously like to see some rumours about new Nikons. I'm ready for a new body, but would hate it if I bought a D90 or D300s and 18MP replacements with clean ISO 500,000 were out the week after.
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Initially wanted to post "Cause" and "Effect", but thought giving a bit of context wouldn't hurt.
Steve, can't figure out why you would do that. Oh, maybe you own too many great lenses, that's why I don't Hey btw, you don't seem to shoot this junk 200mm of yours lately. If the closet needs a bit cleaning up, let me know.
Matt: not only a macro kit -more to come from the same day, soon more seriously, i know you didn't mean it this way... it's still true that despite having tested and/or owned a number of lens, in the end i do show a strong inclination using those with macro (or PC) design for all-purpose shooting. Maybe i'm weird.
Rayyan, love the composition on the first one, then for some reason the second one looks very impressive to me (not only the angle). Nice.
Jason: love this shot . Somehow a classic, but quite nicely revisited. It'll be a superb illustration for a CD/DVD booklet (as long as they still print these, that is ).
nice to see you back already. From your previous post we thought you were gone for weeks, if not months. Haven't looked at the GH1 photos yet, but what you're saying makes me think... remember when photo cameras used to be smaller than their much bulkier video couterparts? Modern times are full of paradox, aren't they...
D700? i posted a few things and considerations about it (again, i know) on last page or the one before that. I really think it's one of the very best tools out there short of higher pixel count. D3 are still more expensive, D700 represents the best value and flexibility in the Nikon world. And btw, not unlike other people 24 Mp are not always twice 12Mp: from experience usable print size between a D700/D3 file and say a 5DMkII is much closer than expected. Go figure.
(the D3X though produces nicer, much larger files -but beside the pixel count, as mentionned before we're a little bit into MF territory since the files can take a good amount of processing if needed, thanks to the extended DR and... well, i don't know why for sure, but they do handle the heat well )
I only use the GH1 with "alternative" lenses now (Zuiko, Nikkor and Zeiss). My two gripes with the camera are:
- Enlarging details for manual focusing is a two-button process, and my thumb can't reach those buttons without the left hand carrying the weight of the camera, making focusing awkward. The ideal solution would be to be able to re-program the AF/AE-Lock button for this, automatically selecting the area used the last time. This would probably save me around 75% of the time I spend focusing.
- DR isn't great, which is more or less as expected, but the blue channel seems to clip later than the others, often leaving a cyan fringe around the blown area. I'm obviously spoiled by the Fujis with regards to this, and should Fuji launch a m4/3 camera, I would be first in line. Should Olympus launch an m4/3 pro body with a Fuji sensor, I would travel to wherever they make it and pull one right off the assembly line. The ergonomics of Olympus pro cameras suits me well.
The logical upgrade for me would probably be a D700 plus whatever they replace the D90 with. A D3X would be perfect, but at the moment, it's not possible. None of these are perfect for travel (the good Nikon primes are simply to large and heavy). The Pentax K-7 is ideal, but I would have to invest around $2,500-3,000 for camera plus three Limited primes, and that's not on my budget either.
Sometimes, I wonder if it's possible to have too many cameras or too many lenses. Every time, I reach the same conclusion: I use almost all of what I have, and see great future potential in the rest, so why worry?
Why are we here grandpa?, asked Hamza, sitting down besides me.
I want to tell you a story about this place Hamza, I said. Like in Rome.
No grandpa. said Hamza, let me tell you. I hear the stones too!
For the next 20 minutes Hamza told me a story.
Hamza got somethings mixed up..
But he was listening to the stones..speaking in whispers. As if sharing a secret.
Hamza would pause sometimes; as if listening carefully...
Hamza stood up. Looked around.
Do you know what happened here grandpa? Hamza asked.
The same as always, grandpa. The same as always. said Hamza as
he threw a small pebble back into the ruins
This is were it belongs, said Hamza. Grandpa, why don't they ever learn?
I don't know Hamza.
Maybe they think it would be different this time grandapa, said Hamza.
Hamza was learning, learning fast.
Thanks for looking. Cheers, Matt
1. D3s; 16-35mm f/4 VR; 35mm; 1/400s @ f/8; ISO 250
2. D3s; 16-35mm f/4 VR; 35mm; 1/400s @ f/8; ISO 250
4. D3s; 16-35mm f/4 VR; 35mm; 1/3200s @ f/8; ISO 250
Wooo!! As a sidenote, shot was picked up!