Monthly Archives: December 2013

Christmas shopping

I am a terrible shopper.  Well, at least, that is what my wife says.  I actually think that I’m rather an expert in the field.  What is clear to me is that my wife an I have differing opinions on what ‘shopping’ actually means.

For me, ‘shopping’ is an efficient process.  You’ve already given some advance thought as to what you want to buy.  You know where you’re going to get it, and you know how much it’s going to cost.  The act of shopping is little more than a collection exercise.  Short.  Surgical.  Precise.  Not stressful.

My wife’s interpretation seems a little different.  Around this time of year, we usually go ‘shopping’ together.  The planning has been little more than ‘this is the list of people we must buy presents for’.  The result is seemingly endless meandering from shop to shop, browsing, picking up and putting down.  This is not enjoyable.  It is stressful, and I don’t like it.

That said, the photograph I am sharing today reflects some of my happier shopping memories.  It was taken at Galeries Lafayette in Paris.  Other than a jolly nice lunch, I don’t think we bought anything.  Shopping heaven.

Nikon D90 | Sigma 10-20mm | 10mm | 1/60sec @ f9.0

Retail therapy?

Retail therapy?

PS I love my wife

An evening stroll

An evening stroll

An evening stroll

I didn’t think too much of this photo when I was first reviewing my catalogue from this trip, but my wife quite liked it and we ended up having a print of it displayed in our downstairs bathroom.  Truth be told, every time I see it I become a little more proud of it. The framing/lighting are just great. Little elements like the spacing and placement of the two larger trees, the mummy elephant’s trunk reaching out to the calf, the dust being kicked up and the way the light is falling across the elephants are the things l like most, as well as the memories it gives me of an amazing trip to Tanzania!

Shot in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania in July 2009.

Nikon D90 | 70-300mm | 95mm |  1/1600 sec @ f4.5

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

OK, so day three using WordPress!  Time to start joining  some community items and so I’m sharing a picture for The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge.  This week’s challenge is ‘One’.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/photo-challenge-one/

My entry was taken on the day after my brother’s wedding in the Domican Republic.  My beautiful neice (normally incredibly shy and nervous of strange surroundings) toddled off along the deserted beach.  When realising she was all alone, she stopped and pulled her hat down over her face, waiting for someone to come and resuce her.  Of course, I completed my caring Uncle duties, but only after taking this picture.

Nikon D90 | 70-200mm | 135mm | 1/4000 sec @ f2.8

Alone on the beach

Alone on the beach

My first photo!

OK, so admittedly this is much a test as anything else.  However, it’s all part of the learning curve so here goes.

This photo is currently my desktop wallpaper, so was one of the first images that popped into my head as a potential test image.

I took this photo at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK in 2010.  This was right around the time that the MP4-12C was unveiled, and there was a lot of excitement around.  We arrived early, and I rushed my wife through/past/around various stands and exhibits to get here before the hordes.

The car looked truly stunning  burnt orange.  Here’s hoping that I get the opportunity to drive one some day!

Nikon D90 | Nikon 18-105mm | 66mm | 1/40 sec @ f5.3

McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

My first post…

Well, I’m giving WordPress a try as a place for me to share and talk about some of my photographs.  I’m strictly an amateur photographer, and it’s one of my many hobbies, but it’s certainly one that I am passionate about.  I intend to post my favourite photographs and offer some insight into why I like them, or why they’re important to me.  I might even end up talking a little about my gear, although that would definitely put me on shaky ground!

This could end very quickly as a failed experiment, but there is an equal chance that it could blossom into something that others will enjoy.  I’m going to be an optimist on this one.

Until next time…

Rick