Sunday, 30 November 2014

Buying Books

GR, f2.8, 1/320, ISO 560, RAW

It's funny how you meet people in one end of the world and then a few years later you meet up again in a different place. It's cool to meet someone again after a few years and have a chat and catch up.

This is how I ended spending the day in Blackheath again and it was nice to both meet a friend but also see Blackheath again.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Maid Talk

GR, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 25600, RAW

There are a lot of things about Japan that are different and that make it not only special but also different from any other country in the world. Some of it is tradition, some of it is more modern but it's always special.
Being a huge fan of Japan and the culture there, I had to go to the opening of a a friend's pop-up Maid Cafe in London. It was a big success judging from the many people who turned up and who were waiting just to get a seat.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Alley Talk

GR, f2.8, 1/320, ISO 12800, RAW 

Sometimes I take a lo of photos during my lunch break or walks to and from the station, other times I only take a handful photos. Although I wasn't hugely inspired, I did get a higher rate of keepers today than some other days where I took a lot more photos.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

In the Frame

GR, f2.8, 1/200, ISO 400, RAW

It's been a grey and dull day today. I spent it mostly in the office and packed in the train to and from there. Still, I had to get out for a walk and took some photos as always when I'm walking around.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wear Suits

GR, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 320, RAW

I wasn't too inspired to take photos today. Add to this that I spent a good chunk of my lunch break queuing at the post office so I didn't take many photos. This is liked best though.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Honest Work

GR, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 400, RAW

I didn't get round to take too many photos today. During lunch I had time for a quick stroll around Spitalfields Market and Broadgate.
This was actually one of the first photos I took but also the one I liked most. I saw the guy climbing out the windows and noticed the wall murals so I waited a bit and took the photo when he was working and looked similar to the figures.

Sunday, 23 November 2014


GF1, f1.8, 1/250, ISO 3200, RAW, 100mm (Canon f1.8 50mm FD)

There is some truth in the best camera is the one you have with you and it's always worth having a camera along as you never know what you come across. So happened this evening when I had the trusty, old GF1 with the even older Canon FD 50mm lens along and came across a fire.

Still, even better than having a camera along is to end a grey, cold and rainy Sunday with some great, live jazz music and a bottle of wine.

Saturday, 22 November 2014


GR, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 18000, RAW

Another day of having to do some shopping in crowded Oxford Street but now I managed to get everything so it should have been the last time. At least I could also fit taking some photos in between.

Friday, 21 November 2014


GR, f2.8, 1/125, ISO 3200, RAW

It's been a grey and quite cold day but I was glad for it to be Friday. The first time in over a year when I actually did care about the weekday, when you're travelling time and the day of the week just don't matter.

I've been out for a walk during lunchtime again and took some photos around the city.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Old Lady

GR, f2.8, 1/125, ISO 5000, RAW

Went after work to see a band playing at the Barbican for the London Jazz Festival, I took only one photo there and this is my photo for today.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


GR, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 3200, RAW

One of the things I dislike most about London is taking the Tube, nothing is more uncomfortable and slower to travel. Still, at times it can't be helped and I find myself taking the tube for a few stops. At least it makes for some nice photos at times so if I'm stuck I might as well take some photos.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Walking Past Street Art

GR, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 400, RAW

Althought it was raining in the morning the sun came out in time for my lunch break so I took the opportunity to go for a walk and take photos around Brick Lane and Shoreditch High Street. This underpass I liked and the light was very nice so I took a few photos around.

Monday, 17 November 2014


GR, f2.8, 1/250, ISO 25600, RAW

It's a strange feeling to be back at work after traveling for such a long time, it felt both familiar and different. Work was actually not even that bad and although it was a long day it didn't feel like it but the commute was pretty bad, there is no worse place in the world than London during rush hour.

Still, in between work, I managed to go out and take some photos although it was only once it got dark.

You will have surely noticed the ads under some posts, although I hate having ads bills need to be paid and unless people start donating something for my blog or until I find a better revenue stream I will leave the ads on. So in the meantime I hope the ads are not too annoying.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Destination Christmas

GR, f2.8, 1/125, ISO 1600, RAW

I spent the day going around shops in Oxford Street to do some shopping, one of my least favorite pastimes. It was very busy with a lot of people running around with shopping bags from one shop to the other. At least I managed to find what I was looking for so it was not fgor nothing but it was not the nicest way to spend a Sunday.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

A Walk with the GRD

I took my GRD I with me to go out and take some photos around London. I like the black and white quality and figured it would be nice to take some street shots with it.

The weather was quite nice and there were a lot of people out and about so it provided plenty of opportunities to take photos.

London is always nice if you can just walk around and don't need to be anywhere, when you can just wander and take photos.

Friday, 14 November 2014


GF1, f2.8, 1/500, ISO 400, RAW, 100mm (Canon f1.8 50mm FD)

What started with a lot of rain ended up being a nice day with some sun and blue skies in the afternoon. I went for a walk to get some air and take photos with the GF1.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Fridge Family

GRD, f5.0, 1/400, ISO 1600, JPG b&w

This is more a fun picture that I saw while out for a walk today. The fridges seemed just randomly dumped half on the road or maybe they were out for a walk, too.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

5 In London

I had to go into London to do one of the things I try to avoid as much as possible, shopping. Still, I figured before running around the shops I might as well do some photography first.

Instead of heading straight to Oxford Street, I started off at London Bridge and walked to the Tower to take some photos of the ceramic poppies they laid out before these would be taken away.

A long walk across the City and Holborn, I made it to Oxford Street and started looking around the shops. It was painful as usual and this time of the year it's even worse with people already starting their Christmas shopping.

After a somewhat unsuccessful shopping trip, it was time to go to the LPMG social meetup and get a (well deserved) pint.

On a day like today, the GR is the perfect camera because it's small, light and easy to carry while taking great photos.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Pink Umbrella

GF1, f1.8, 1/250, ISO 3200, RAW, 100mm (Canon f1.8 50mm FD)

While out for a walk in a light shower I kept taking photos and came across two girls with umbrellas, one with a pink and one with a green umbrella. Unfortunately by the time I got close enough the one with the green umbrella walked inside so I only got the girl with the pink umbrella in my photo.

Monday, 10 November 2014


GF1, f1.8, 1/250, ISO 3200, RAW, 100mm (Canon f1.8 50mm LTM)

When going out for a walk and to do some shopping, I decided to take the GF1 with me and put the foggy Canon f1.8 50mm LTM lens on it for fun.

I switched to the b&w mode but when developing the RAW files and batch applying my profile over them some color remained even after dialing the saturation down. It must be a bug in RAW Therapee with my profile but I quite liked the effect so left it like this.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sunny Sunday

GF1, f8.0, 1/100, ISO 100, RAW, 50mm (Holga f8.0 25mm m4/3)

After the mixed weather and rain yesterday, it was a great day with lots of sunshine and warm temperatures.
I had to get a few things done but managed to fit in a walk around Streatham Common.
Since I sold some more lenses and cameras on ebay, I took my GF1 and the (now sold) Holga lens with me for a last outing before shipping the lens off tomorrow.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Estreham Road

GRD, f2.4, 1/40, ISO 1600, JPG b&w

It's been a mixed day and I didn't quite get up to what I planned or even as much as I wanted to. In between the rain I managed to head out for a walk in the evening and take some photos with the GRD I.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Bag Search

GRD, f5.6, 1/400, ISO 400, JPG b&w

Took this while out shopping, I liked the light but also her expression when I was walking out. It's great to have a camera that's easy to reach and available to take a photo at any time.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Long Shadows

GR, f8.0, 1/2000, ISO 100, RAW

What's nice about this time of the year is the low hanging sun creating long shadows and nice light in the morning. While walking past the Barbican, the shadows caught my attention but I was missing someone walking past. A person always adds some life and more to a photo so I was glad hat after a short wait someone was actually walking across.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Streatham Bonfire Night 2014

Beginning of November is bonfire night and fireworks all around the UK so it's always fun despite the cold and usually rainy weather.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


GRD IV, f4.5, 1/500, ISO 80, RAW

Took this while out for a walk ion the morning, I liked the light and the blue in the sign and handles.

Monday, 3 November 2014


GRD I, f3.2, 1/400, ISO 400, JPG b&w

It started with a rainy morning and it lasted into the afternoon but then the rain stopped and the sun came out again so a great opportunity for a walk around the neighborhood.

I decided to take the GRD I along and even set it to RAW mode to play around with some color photos but in the end I just prefer the black and white images it produces over what I can get out of it's RAW files.

After asking the question if people want to see the EXIF information and putting up a voting for it, it does look like most who voted prefer to see the EXIF information. So from this post on there will be EXIF information under a photo but as before not when there is a series of photos.

Sunday, 2 November 2014


It's been a mixed day with a lot of rain in the morning and evening but in between the sun came out and made it quite nice.

I made use of the sunshine and went for a walk around and took some photos with the GRD IV this time. The GRD IV is a great camera and the most advanced GRD, it is a shame though that it pales when compared with the unique GRD I images or the way superior GR quality. It is a very capable camera on it's own but when it comes to the GR series nothing beats the GR and GRD I.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Classic Cars on Regent Street

It was another nice and sunny day so it made sense to go out and take some photos. I met with Kesh and we went to check out the car show on Regent Street.