Got up early this sunday morning to put the fuji through some paces. It is almost 2 weeks old and if I plan to keep it I should test it before the return policy becomes invalid. I used the Velvia film simulation mode and I find it a bit too overpowering in colour saturation, but this may have something to do with the early morning rays as well. The dogs in the park were heavily post processed to give them a painterly look, the B&W is a converted colour shot, but the others are pretty much straight out of the camera with little post processing. The lens used was also being tested. It is a Fuji 16-55mm f2.8. A very nice piece of glass, that performs well. No question that shooting mirrorless will take some getting used to but I think I can make that adjustment in time. The camera is not second nature to me yet having been a rangefinder and DSLR shooter previously but I do like the feel of the camera in my hands and the controls seem to be intelligently laid out. At least they are if you come from 35mm SLR background, then it feels quite familiar. The verdict is not in just yet but I think I’ll hold onto this set up and try to utilize the $4000 investment and not think about what amazing destinations I could I have visited with this money, grow where you’re planted, right.
Really? In Medicine Hat on a darkened street after 9pm?
Paid a visit to Galarija 11/07/95 today. It was a sobering reminder of the Balkan civil war, mass murder, refugee crisis and an a useless United Nations intervention. A sobering exhibit with testimonials, films and images exhibited alongside walls with the name of missing and murdered persons. Ron Haviv’s images are featured here and he is one of the workshop instructors which I came for. Watching the films, viewing the images, reading the names of the dead and missing, shook me. Please look into this exhibit further. http://galerija110795.ba
Later I came across pigeons in the market square and although the images do not fit the theme I include them as part of the days shoot, hopefully the street shots will Segway into the bird man and not detract too much from the Galarija images.
Nick Otto is another workshop participant waiting for the start of this thing as I am. We just walked around, killing time. Saw a dog, first one I saw here. He was loose in old town, looked healthy but leary. Also saw the spot where the first world war broke out in 1914. So many more conflicts followed. I never feel threatened or unsafe here, its hard for me to imagine these kind people at war. Met up with the painter Mersad Kuldija again in old town, I really like his work, he was with his daughter and wife today. Later in the evening met up with our fixer Nikola for beers later on food and then called it a night. The city is alive and the market is busy with tourists and locals, having dinner smoking at the hooka bars, I’ll have to try that, but I can’t imagine Medicine Hat having such a vibrant culture of street life. In any event, here are todays pics from the walkabout.