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Old 06-29-2013, 06:09 AM   #391
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Not even tempted to clone the lights and wires out of the picture? Or is it the wires and lights that add to the picture? Kimangao, all your photos are so void of litter. Do you look over the ground before every shot to clear away the odd paper wrapping, or coca cola can?
Sorry if my comment appears elementary, I am just trying to learn composition from you.
Hi Edmont,
no worries. Cloning or stamping is not my thing (if it is not the camera-own dust particles). I like the situations as they are. If there's litter, wires etc and I don't like it in the picture, then I don't take it. Ok, if it's just an empty can that is one meter from me I try to find another nice location for it But in general I take a picture and if it doesn't please me right away I delete it instantly. And take another one ...
But there's another important factor that keeps me from working on pictures afterwards too much (especially stamping): F.e. from this journey I brought about 25.000 (good) pictures home. To me it would be a waste of (my) lifetime to go over all the pictures.

Have a nice weekend!

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Old 06-29-2013, 09:02 AM   #392
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Hi Edmont,
no worries. Cloning or stamping is not my thing (if it is not the camera-own dust particles). I like the situations as they are. If there's litter, wires etc and I don't like it in the picture, then I don't take it. Ok, if it's just an empty can that is one meter from me I try to find another nice location for it But in general I take a picture and if it doesn't please me right away I delete it instantly. And take another one ...
But there's another important factor that keeps me from working on pictures afterwards too much (especially stamping): F.e. from this journey I brought about 25.000 (good) pictures home. To me it would be a waste of (my) lifetime to go over all the pictures.

Have a nice weekend!

Cheers

Dirk
Hey Dirk,

Far from having your photographer's eye and skill... but I wanted to agree with you. I too never touch photos after they have been taken. I want the final product to be done before I move to the next stopping point on my ride. However I do not delete a few of my tries unless they are obviously wrong because I don't see very well on the small camera screen when on a ride, glasses and all. And I noticed something when I get home and see them on a large screen: usually my first photo, in terms of composition, is better than all the subsequent ones of the same subject.

I really enjoy your photography, and I'm learning from you. Looking forward to what is next.

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Old 06-29-2013, 08:59 PM   #393
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Hi Edmont,
no worries. Cloning or stamping is not my thing (if it is not the camera-own dust particles). I like the situations as they are. If there's litter, wires etc and I don't like it in the picture, then I don't take it. Ok, if it's just an empty can that is one meter from me I try to find another nice location for it But in general I take a picture and if it doesn't please me right away I delete it instantly. And take another one ...
But there's another important factor that keeps me from working on pictures afterwards too much (especially stamping): F.e. from this journey I brought about 25.000 (good) pictures home. To me it would be a waste of (my) lifetime to go over all the pictures.

Have a nice weekend!

Cheers

Dirk
Thanks Dirk. Very much appreciated.
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:02 AM   #394
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Good morning!
The movie clip narrates that I'm already in Italy. But on the ferry from Barcelona/Spain to Civitaveccia, the new port of Rome there was a little incident that made me doubt if it's really that bad that I had to take the big detour and skip Algeria. Though there is still a little chance of entering Algeria: After being refused at the Algerian consulate in Alicante I've sent my passport to the their embassy in Berlin... In the meantime I move on to and through Italy. For non-Europeans: No passport required in the EU.


Ok, back to the ferry that brings me from Barcelona to Italy. The passage lasts 20hrs and to me few things a more boring than cruising on a ship. I'm strolling around taking a picture here and there. All over sudden somebody else shows interest in pictures and the camera....





Vanessa is on her way from Barcelona where she'd been working with a friend Patrizia to the south of Italy. Wouldn't you have given her your camera, too?




We play around with the cameras and - thank you Steven - some nice shot come out. Here's one I like from Patrizia ...




... and one from Vanessa. She looks much better without glasses, doesn't she? Maybe I should forget about the 'motorcycle-in-a-landscape' pictures and try something else?





Arriving in Civitavecchia my thoughts are again well grounded. The HP2 refuses to ignite. The reason is pretty simple: The spring that holds the sidestand in driving position is gone. As long as the sidestand is down the engine doesn't work. The solution is as simple as the problem: Tie the sidestand to the frame. Ok, solving one problem leads to another one: How to park the bike without a stand?





Time to have a closer look to so other elements which are no longer in immaculate condition: The mount of the sidestand ...




... and the rear left indicator. Nice souvenir from Morocco. I wonder how the sand went in and why it's not pouring out. Anyway whatever needs to be repaired or replaced, Rome is the place to go.





Without a GPS I'm trying to find my way to a dealer in Rome. And without wanting my destiny spills me out on St. Peters Square where I bump into a procession.




I lean the HP2 against a wall (sidestand still tied to the frame) to take some pics as one of these Carabinieri arrives and tells me unambiguously that I can't park here. I don't speak that much Italian but I get what he says straight away. I want to explain the problem (spring of the sidestand) to him but ... what does 'spring of the sidestand' mean in Italian? The guy, now less aggressive has a quick look at the bike and talks to himself: "Ah, la molla!" And then to me: "Come, come!" He jumps on his bike turns on the flashing blue lights and escorts me to the next BMW dealer. Did I ever said a bad word about cops? Grazie, Signore Carabinieri!




I buy the spring and I'm welcomed by inmate Ladygodiva. She's my guide to the absolutely fantastic city of Rome.




The next days see me following her GPZ and the yellow helmet criss-crossing Rome for some sightseeing.




Though Rome is a modern city you run into a decent number of famous buildings. Castel Sant’Angelo, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, later used as a fortress and prison...




... and the Colosseum. Whatever happened in this walls: The striking thing to me is, that these stones have survived 2000 years of history. And now that I'm here I feel that this is one of the places to touch it: History.


(thank you Ladygodiva for pushing the button)


Cheers for today

Dirk

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Old 07-02-2013, 02:25 PM   #395
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Italy and especially Rome is a motorcycle and scooter habitat. They're everywhere and always in the pole position at traffic lights. No matter if there's a cop around or not. Close to heaven ;-)




Besides bikes this is one of my favourite vehicles. The Fiat 500. Made to go in every corner of narrow Italian villages ages before someone built a Smart. And yes, here they are still alive.




In the heart of the city it's obvious that the tourist season has started. Though the faces of some protagonists look like end of the season.








And here we are at one of the hot spots, at the Pantheon. Cameras are clicking, flash cards changed, swearwords when the battery is empty.












What a rush! And this is or at least was a temple ... To have this building (nearly) on your own you have to get up very early.




Very early I got up at six and was there at half past only to find some people already admiring the best preserved Roman building.




At St. Peters the coloums mark the border between the State of Vatican and Italy as a country. Would be nice if every border would be that easy to cross. Pope Benedict is still in power and because he's German I think of paying him a visit.




But I'm not the only one. These people are queing at the cashier. One of the guards sees my disappointed face and tells me that I'm lucky. It would take only about two hours for me to pass the cashier. And another two hours to the Sistine Chapel.




Man, I have a lot of time for this journey. But for this here I'm still too unpatient. The Vatican, the Sistine chapel and everything else have waited for me for ages. So they will wait a bit longer for me.
Meanwhile I'm strolling around in the no man's land between Vatican and Italy. And what I see here brings me back to the real life. This nun with her trolley for example. I always thought that in the Vatican there are servants for this and that. But, as I see now, they've to care for themselves, do their shopping like ourselves.




And Benedicts charwoman. She's cleaning with ordinary water. Like me. That's somehow appeasing, isn't it? I always thought life in the Vatican is somehow 'holy'. Whatever that means. But now I realize that it's just as ordinary as my little life back home.




On the square I meet this fellow photographer. He's carrying a bunch of extremely nice portraits. Pictures I could never take. But his business is declining. He wonders why. I try to tell him about cellphones with integrated cameras, facebook and in the end I doubt that there was anything meaningful I said to him. Maybe that's just our time: If you can't put your pics online straight away you're out of business.




In the evening Ladygodiva and me rush to an appopointment with someone I have met earlier on this trip...




And here he is: Mr. Kktos went all the way from France to accompany me on the way through Italy.




Of course this meeting needed a proper celebration. Part one plays in this restaurant where one of these fish was turned into a proper meal.




Part two plays in a bar on the Piazza degli Zingari. Ssank ju for teikin sis picsure of mee. Who wassis?




With Kktos I'm heading south along the coast till we reach ...




.... Mount Vesuvio. But this is the beginning of the next chapter already.



Hope you enjoyed!

Cheers

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Old 07-02-2013, 10:15 PM   #396
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Città di Gaeta
Nice little city on the road to Napoli.
When some people left the city around 1700, some went to France, in Sète.
And they brought a special dish they had in Gaeta which is now the "spécialité" of Sète, the Tielle.
It was funny to see that in the streets of Gaeta, they are still making those little pies.
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:21 AM   #397
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.... Mount Vesuvio. But this is the beginning of the next chapter already.



Hope you enjoyed!

Cheers

Dirk
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Cannot wait until the next episode Dirk
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Old 07-03-2013, 04:24 AM   #398
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You ve got the magic touch..........................great photography!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:45 AM   #399
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What camera does the old fella have there? It is sad to hear he is struggling to make ends meet.


Being German, I would have thought a Leica would be in your camera bag Dirk?
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What camera does the old fella have there? It is sad to hear he is struggling to make ends meet.


Being German, I would have thought a Leica would be in your camera bag Dirk?
It really looks german indeed: Rolleiflex http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolleiflex. My father has one too.

Thanks for the great report and photos!
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:42 AM   #401
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Great stuff here! You're very talented. I didn't see this asked anywhere, and forgive me if it has, but how are you using a remote for these shots? You don't look to be aiming anything in the cameras direction, and there's strong sunlight in a lot of those pictures and I at least have always had a ton of trouble with remotes in those situations.
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:01 AM   #402
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Città di Gaeta
Nice little city on the road to Napoli.
When some people left the city around 1700, some went to France, in Sète.
And they brought a special dish they had in Gaeta which is now the "spécialité" of Sète, the Tielle.
It was funny to see that in the streets of Gaeta, they are still making those little pies.
Mate, you're bringing back the culture of cooking back to the thread

Bisous

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Old 07-03-2013, 02:50 PM   #403
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Being German, I would have thought a Leica would be in your camera bag Dirk?
Leica seems to be more a religion than a camera


I never felt like buying one. And pricing is another theme ... german or not.

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It really looks german indeed: Rolleiflex http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolleiflex. My father has one too.
Thank you.

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Leica seems to be more a religion than a camera


I never felt like buying one. And pricing is another theme ... german or not.
I hear you. Amen!
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Great stuff here! You're very talented. I didn't see this asked anywhere, and forgive me if it has, but how are you using a remote for these shots? You don't look to be aiming anything in the cameras direction, and there's strong sunlight in a lot of those pictures and I at least have always had a ton of trouble with remotes in those situations.
Hi Thanatos,

when I'm riding alone (which I did on 98% on this journey) I'm not using a remote but a Canon TC 80n3.



It allows you to have a self-timer with a countdown of 99hrs, interval shots f.e. (1pic/sec), long exposure and to set the amount of frames (max 99) you like to shoot. You can of course combine the settings.

Some pictures are however created a more natural way: With a human remote control. They are sometimes called kktos, ladigodiva ... Unfortunately, most of the time they're not available when they are needed. And they offer more functions than required: Talk to you, talk to someone else, want to eat, drink, pause ...

Have a nice day!

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