#408. Marseilles. Photographing a city in transformation

#408. Marseilles. Photographing a city in transformation

For urban sociologists (does that exist ? 😉 ) Marseilles must be an ideal playground. I’ve never seen a city change this fast or as profoundly. Dear Susan Sontag would probably disapprove but I can’t resist taking photographs of the city purely to note its evolution every time I visit.

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#385. A Black & White walk along Phoenix’s Holbert Trail

#385. A Black & White walk along Phoenix’s Holbert Trail

Let’s pause the travelogue for a while. For those of you who don’t get what I’m on about, my past few posts have been about pretty sites a long drive away from my lovely holiday home in Phoenix : Grand Canyon, Holbrook, Monument Valley, Biosphere. But my real photo love

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#374. Shooting Tortilla Flats, C-Sonnar Style

#374. Shooting Tortilla Flats, C-Sonnar Style

Shooting Tortilla Flats. As in shooting, rooty too too Only authentic stagecoach stop to survive the 1900’s (source), this is one busy ghost town, nestled on the Apache Trail, just an SUV-throw away from Phoenix. One of several interesting dwellings that can be visited along the Apache Trail. You can

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#361. Farewell my lovely (OTUS 85)

#361. Farewell my lovely (OTUS 85)

“What comes around inevitably goes around.” I bravely tell myself while packing the OTUS 85/1.4 lens that has been my constant companion for the past 4 months. While I’ve never understood the need for unboxing videos, this reboxing ceremony session certainly has a special emotional impact on me. What if

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#359. Cappuccino macro portraits (the correct recipe for macro)

#359. Cappuccino macro portraits (the correct recipe for macro)

To the photographer used to forests, rolling landscapes and the occasional street life, it comes as surprise to learn that some focus on the teeny-weeny rather than the huge. But it appears there is such a select group of enthusiasts and that they have developed a real know-how about lighting,

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#357. On location: the colourful streets of Marseilles

#357. On location: the colourful streets of Marseilles

A recent trip to streets of Marseilles, the vibrant Mediterranean capital of France, was a thought-provoking illustration of the age-old debate: colour or black & white ? The city is both very graphic, bathed in vertical sunlight (in the summer months, at least) and also very colourful. What form of

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#356. On location: The Sunny Streets of Marseilles

#356. On location: The Sunny Streets of Marseilles

In recent weeks, I have become somewhat obsessed with the idea of a Leica Monochrom (M246). Paired with a Zeiss Distagon 35/1.4 ZM, the most natural, delicate and transparent lens I have ever used, bar none, it is simply mouth-watering for someone who’s main interest in photography is the interplay

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#350. On location: Cap Bear to Paulilles

#350. On location: Cap Bear to Paulilles

Continuing the crusade to prove that there is more to travel photography than orbiting famous landmarks, here’s the “there’s more to France than the Eiffel Tower” installment. For this “On location” post, I’d like to describe a lovely coastal walk in the South of France. Starting off at the Cap

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#342. Zeiss OTUS 85/1.4 & Sony A7r: Reviewing the best money can buy ?

#342. Zeiss OTUS 85/1.4 & Sony A7r: Reviewing the best money can buy ?

I should have know better. The beast has a soul. People lucky enough to indulge in the most exotic Hi Fi equipment money can buy soon come to a surprising realisation: perfection is very subjective. Choose a silver-wired 2W triode amp feeding ultra-high sensitivity wall-sized horns and your sound will

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#333. On location : Magic is Might

#333. On location : Magic is Might

Part of being the world’s best dad is visiting amusement parks during travels, it appears. Part of being the world’s least grown-up dad is lovin’ it. (Insert grin here). So, my last trip to Oxford and the Cotswolds to visit my hard-working son and put the finishing touches to the

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