photography

Goals etc.

I love setting targets and goals and then not having to make up excuses for not reaching them

Most times we tend to set them too high, or just a little too high. This keeps us motivated and encourage us to try harder next time, or at least that’s how it works for me…

When it comes to cycling, I usually plan one month ahead, look at work and travel commitments, family stuff and try to predict the weather, not very easy when you live in the UK!

For July everything looked good, summer arrived and decided to stay for a while, which means not only good weather but also long hours of daylight and as I’m not a good sleeper I could get up early and be back just when everyone wake up. Also as Europe was entering the holiday season, I did not have too much travelling to do, giving some extra flexibility.

After a busy June, where I was able to squeeze in 645km, 55km off the 700km that I’ve set as a target, I thought that 900km for July would be challenging but maybe achievable

And today, the last day of the month, I was on the road at 06:30 and 1:15 hours and 28km later (and very wet they were!!!), I got back, stopped and looked at the odometer and was very pleased to see 1,004 km!!!

Yes, that is 104 kilometres more than what I was going to do!!!!

This is the most I’ve ever done in one month and especially after last year’s back injury, which took me off the road for 5 months, I am very, very happy with this progress!!!

And if you want to know why I do this, you can turn to my BHF Fundraising page

I do this because it is good for the body, the mind and the soul and one day it is going to help me, just like it helps thousands of others every day!

So I have to thank the great british weather and most of all to my loving and supporting family who are not only willing to put up with my hobby but who also encourage me to continue pushing!

Now the bike needs a good clean and lube and I need to continue training for the next event: Haywards Heath Howler Sportive Aug 11th

Ride safely!

A little road trip

Last weekend two friends and I took a little road trip to Wales that involved with some driving, some shopping, some “soft” hiking and also indulging with a bit of food and drink….I also tried to mix some photography into this hectic schedule:-)

I took two camera and two digital backs along:

A Mamiya 645DF+ with a Leaf Credo 80 with 3 lenses including the new 28mm/ F4.5 LS D and also a Credo 60 on an Arca-Swiss Rm2D with a Schneider 43mm.

The weather was excellent, not too cold (approx 2 degrees at night and a bit warmer during the day) with a mix of cloud and some blue sky. Both kits performed flawlessly and the DF+ with the Credo on it even took a little tumble into the mud (there was LOTS of it!!!) as we were walking through marsh lands. Lens, back and camera were not phased at all by the sticky stuff…

 

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Here’s a small collection from the trip, enjoy!  These are 2,000p wide images so you can click on them to view them at a larger size

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Winter is here

This morning as I walked back from the kids’ school I stopped to look closely at the frost that developed overnight on our car’s roof. I took these images with my phone and found the structures formed by the ice crystals quite incredible!

I promised myself that if it is going to be as cold tomorrow morning I will bring out an 80 megapixel camera with a macro lens:-)

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Dressed up

Last weekend we drove down to the Southbank to watch some of the pre-Christmas festivities and enjoy seeing London all dressed up.
I took a camera along as I was hoping for an opportunity to catch some of the blue hour light. These two images were taken with a Leaf Credo 60 mounted on my Arca Swiss

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Party of Five

The newest addition to our family, Alma, was born on Monday, May 14th 2012. What a bundle of joy she is!!!! Mum and baby are doing really well!

I took her sister Arielle and brother Omri to the hospital yesterday and we all came back together in the car. I kept looking in the rear view mirror and couldn’t believe there were 3 children there, all ours!!!!

It’ll probably take us a few weeks to get over the initial excitement and to develop a “routine”. Meanwhile I’m taking lots of photographs as Alma seems to be growing up already!!!
Alma in Hebrew means “Mis” or “young lady” and in Spanish it means “Soul” so surely this young lady will have to face some high expectations:-)

When it rains hard…

…you shoot…indoors!!!!

Last Sunday, between breakfast and brunch, I found 45 spare minutes and took the new Credo 80 to the RAF museum to see some of the cars that currently on display as part of the Bonhams classic cars auction

The Credo and the 645DF performed flawlessly, I had one of my favourite lenses, the Mamiya 150mm/ f2.8 D;

The Great North and a little Giulietta

A few shots from a recent trip to the Lake District. The weather did not disappoint and stayed grey and miserable for the duration of the trip. I found it quite nice actually as it made me go for a moody, dramatic look rather than the usual postcard like landscape images we’re so used to…

I also went with a “one camera, one lens” approach and took my trusty Arca-Swiss Rm2D with a Schneider 43mm/5.6 XL. The great thing about this tech cameras is that they are hand-holdable at very low shutter sped since they have no moving parts other than a small Copal-shutter.

Framing can be done with a variofinder but I find it just as fun and quick to do it by eye with some help of the built in spirit level.With wide-angle lenses when shooting landscapes, focus is usually set to infinity and for close range you just dial it back a bit.

I’ve been spoilt for choice of digital backs and this time I opted for two: A Leaf Aptus-II 10 and a Phase One IQ140; The former, with its unique 14:9 sensor shape is fantastic for great landscapes and in my view produces the best colours of any digital camera.

The latter, with its built-in spirit level and with Live View, is great for shorter distances where I could not use to full coverage of the lens. The Live View (similar to what we now have on the Leaf Credo) makes it really easy to frame and to focus on closer subjects like waterfalls and trees in the foreground

Earlier this week I had an email from my friend Steffen Jahn; he said he was coming to London for a car shoot and since this was only a few days after the launch of the new Leaf Credo, he wanted to know if I’ve got one that he ca try…It just happens that one of the prototypes came from the factory just a few days earlier. So of course I jumped on the opportunity to spend a day with one of the best car photographers (and a great guy as well!

I took a few “behind the scenes” photos with my iPhone, hopefully the tell a little bit about what se were doing:-)

More of Steffen’s work is available on his website