Storm Erik comes to Shelley Banks

I’m hoping to do a bit more personal work over the months, this is the first in a series. Shot using a variety of Nikon lenses mounted on a Canon C100ii. This is new (to me0 camera, a fantastic piece of kit with a great sensor and fantastic colour science.

Shot in 2 hours, edited in 4.

Kimchi

In an effort to eat cleaner, I’m going to try making kimchi, fermented Korean style cabbage (and other veg). The version I’m making isn’t vegetarian because it contains fish sauce.

The first link is the one that I’m making with a few variations in the ingredients (addition of capsicums, carrots and cabbage).

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/brussels-sprouts-kimchi

https://www.mnn.com/food/recipes/stories/how-to-make-kimchi-in-5-easy-steps

The prepped veg are sitting patiently in their jars, fermenting away for a few days until I sample. It may end up being disgusting, but it’s a reasonably cheap experiment and it may be good. Time will tell.

Tribesman, near Geda Yesus, Amhara, Ethiopia

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The office today, man and cow, near Geda Yesus village about 40km north of Dejen. This is about as Old Testament as it gets apart from the AK47. The people here haven’t seen rain for two years, and adjacent to where this picture was taken is a waterhole which services two kebele (villages) totalling about 1500 people. It’s a trickle – women queue all day for a chance to fill a 20l jerry can with a cup, then carry it back to their village. Life is unbelievably tough, the landscape is harsh, mortality is high. Sustenance is provided by the government but the diet is poor.

Greystones

The X100 is versatile, even with its tiny sensor you can make short ass depth of field images if you crank it open. Definitely my favourite camera of the moment. Love its size and power compared to its bigger, uglier, heaver full frame dslr cousin.

6 million steps

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For the last few years I’ve been interested in wearable tech and I’ve ended up using a Jawbone Up for a lot of this time. They’ve been convenient devices to wear but in those few years I’ve broken two and lost one, so as a result I’m on No. 4 (an Up2 I think).

I’m not convinced of its accuracy, there seems to be a 12% error over a known course, which is a bit on the high side. However regardless of its accuracy, it does give me a reason to get up off my arse and walk more, so I try. I really like the software you use with it though, you can view trends and set reminders to get up and move after a period of being stationary, you can set wake up alarms and get it to remind you to go to bed.

U2 at the Point

Had the good fortune to come across tickets for the U2 gig in the Point, very unexpectedly. I hadn’t seen them live for a good few years since they placed Croke Park, which wasn’t a great experience because the venue isn’t suited to it and we spent a large part of the night trying to get to somewhere we could actually see the whole stage. Anyhow, the gig in the Point was great, they played maybe 2 1/2 hours, even song a hit. Bono is an easy target for slagging off, but I had to admit that every song was a hit and he sang beautifully. The fact that they can play for so long and not one dud amongst the songs is a real testament to their endurance. Terrific gig, great music, great visuals. Edge is my hero 🙂

 

Sylvan

Love the X100 more and more. This is now hanging on a couple of walls in my family’s houses. Looks terrific in the frame. Taken on All Saints’ Day, my mother-in-law’s birthday as it happens. It was photographed somewhere around here.

 

Happy Gooner

Benno proud as punch outside the Emirates, as part of his 16th birthday celebrations. Arsenal beat Everton 2:1 and went (briefly) top of the table. Fantastic seats almost bang on halfway and about 12 rows back, nicely sheltered from the rain, of which there was a lot. The Gaffer wasn’t so lucky though, he was getting drips down the back of his neck for the entire match, perhaps that’s why he looks so miserable the whole time.

We did an Air BnB which was great – really interesting place in Hoxton

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Fuji X100

A couple of weeks ago, I had a rush of blood to the head and got my hands on a good, use Fuji X100. There is a lot of eulogising about this camera in far flung reaches of the Internet, and to date I can’t disagree with any of it. It is by far and away the funnest camera I’ve owned. Quirky, sure, but remarkable results. Mostly I like that I can just stick it in my bag and not know that it’s there, unlike the monster dslr I use (less and less). 

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