The Christmas market in Zurich Hauptbahnhof has been underway for a few days now. I like the tradition and I like the fact that year on year you can depend on regular and familiar sights and entertainment. I'm a conservative!
Here are a few quick images - hopefully some more to follow over the next few days.
NB These are quick candid shots - if you recognise yourself in any of the photographs and would like to be removed, just let me know. email@example.com
In a recent post over at The Online Photographer, Mike Johnston highlighted a deal on a low spec Macbook Air and asked his followers if it was a good deal or not. A lot of people replied saying that it might be ok for email and blog publishing but it wasn't powerful enough for photo processing (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD etc).
I'm not sure how many of these folk have used such a machine for photo editing. I've been using one for a couple years when I'm on the move and the portability has totally liberated my work methods. For image editing I find the the performance is fine. I'm processing mostly 16-24mb RAW files in Lightroom 4 for catalogue management work and often with quite heavy editing. I also use it for software development, and despite the small amount of screen real-estate it copes fine. Sure I'd love an ultra portable 27" screen, but they haven't made one yet.
Here's a short video showing the sort of response I get editing a 300mb TIFF file - a beefier handful than normal, but still no real problems.
It's quite liberating shooting handheld at slow shutter speeds. All worries about image quality go out the window. Generally all expectations of getting a decent shot go out with them.
I quite like these two, shot in a spare minute or two while waiting for a bus.
Sometimes it's a mistake to fetishise blurry speculative shots. To try and imbue them with something more profound than they actually are. This is just a quick impression, but genuinely inspired by the subject matter - people on a function tram (food, drink, party or something). I think if the image had been pin sharp it would have lost something by becoming too descriptive. Here we can just use our imagination.
Shot in the Jewish quarter. Small iconic details can make all the difference.
I've been using digital Leicas (M8 and M9) for a while now, but I'm not 100% convinced that they are a better option for me compared with the "old" film versions.
I'll be in Venice later in the year for an extended stay, and I've resolved to shoot only film. (I can change my mind...). As a prelude here are some shots from previous trips. I'm probably being sentimental, but I like them a lot more than more recent digital efforts.
These were all shot with the M3
Juxtaposing billboards and people is nothing new, and has become a bit of a cliche. It's a bit lazy because you can take just about any image and come up with some justification or witty commentary.
You still see original versions of this theme from time to time. This isn't one of them, I have to say, but I don't have anything better from the weekend to show. Its saving grace for me is the rectilinear composition. If you want to stretch a point you could comment on the spacing and the social order, blah blah blah...
(No, I'm not talking about Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton and the other dude.)