No 7

This week I have been travelling around Ireland and between wifi signals, when I discovered that my image of travel documents (shot for #FlickrFriday theme #BusinessAsUsual) was selected to be featured on the Flickr blog. This made me very happy because I started entering this weekly challenge in January and this is my seventh time to be featured. Which is fantastic considering the talent submitted each week into the group pool of images.

See the blog here and the all my submissions for the year here.

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Explored While Exploring The X20

So finally made a decision about which camera to get as a travel buddy. After selling my first image to a publishing house I bought myself a Fuji X20 enthusiast compact camera for travelling. I chose to get the retro silver version and got a great deal from Calumet Photography in Belfast. As you can imagine I couldn’t wait to go home to unbox this new toy, so instead popped into the Starbucks on Elmwood Avenue.

While there I submitted the above image taken with the X20 for the #FlickrFriday theme ‘Yesterday’ featuring a black and white print of an original Starbucks shop on the wall of the newly furnished Elmwood store. To my surprise this morning it was Explored.

Click the image to see other my other explored photos or if you would like to see the rest of my snaps taken yesterday with the X20 in Starbucks click here.

Finding The Right Travel Camera

One of the most difficult things about taking pictures while on the move in developing countries, is finding the right camera as a travel buddy. If like me you want a camera that’s discreet, light, easy to carry, feature rich and takes a great image, well it’s not easy on an affordable budget. In the past I have used a Panasonic ZX-100, which is fine outdoors (like the shot above) but not much use in low light conditions. So I have been exploring the current options before I head to Rwanda again in August. There are quite a few options between waterproof compacts to enthusiast compact cameras, but it is hard to find one the gives you the type of manual controls of a SDLR and yet in a size to fix your pocket.

I have checked various websites, blogs, forums and the opinions are vastly divided. Some are fiercely loyal to brand, others keen on changeable lens or crazy about the sensor size. Yet many are split over what actually constitutes a travel camera. However, I have narrowed it down to three cameras in my budget between the Nikon P7700, Canon G15 or Fuji X20. All great choices for various reasons, but after much debate I think I’m settling on the X20. It looks great, has a brilliant viewfinder, good size sensor, quick, easy to carry and takes a great image even in low light.

Check out this fantastic photo blog on the X20.

Update: Picked camera up today and here is a few snaps in Starbucks

http://www.flickr.com/photos/derekhall/sets/72157634516023080

Lifebuoy 

Lifebuoy’s are one of those everyday things you never seem to notice much. Yet they are orange, iconic lifesavers that I find striking against a strong blue sky.

Click the image to see close up!

Afternoon Tea For Two

An excellent way for me to develop my photography has been through participating in #FlickrFriday weekly themed challenge. Resulting in me trying out new things or finding better ways to express these themes when I’m out and about. This Saturday I visited coastal old town Whitehead and while taking photos, I looked for a way to help this couple become my theme submission.

Click the photo to see the final entry and more image from Whitehead in my photostream.

Holy Land Remembered

Click above to view a selection of images from my trip to the Holy Land in 2011

A Geneva Photo Experience

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A Geneva Photo Experience – http://fp.mu/d5QL1J some images submitted to Fotopedia Reporter.

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