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A Look at Port Cogolin

At the same time as we were walking around Port Cogolin spotting things that people were doing on a Sunday afternoon we tried to capture some of the small port’s beauty and here is that set of photos.


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Port Cogolin On A Sunday Afternoon

We had a recent holiday in the south of France and in the middle of it we went to Venice for a crazy, busy three days of sightseeing. As a counterpoint to this we had a lazy holiday either side of this three days by the pool in Port Cogolin. On the Sunday afternoon we took a walk around this sleepy little port to see what was going on. Mrs P was armed with her big zoom and soon found that there was more going on than she at first imagined.


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Venice – Venicescape Part Two

These are the more general shots, vistas, panoramas, landscapes, cityscapes – you get the idea – and we shot them over the three days we spent exploring Venice. There are a lot of them so we have blogged them in two halves and this is the second set in our Venicescape theme. I would hope that after seeing our photos from Venice it would make you want to visit this beautiful city. It has certainly left a lasting impression on us and God willing it won’t be too long before we return. We were armed with the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-50 lens, which is a perfect walk around set up and the Canon 400D with the 70-300mm Sigma zoom. Most of the shots are from the Fuji but between the two cameras we had most bases covered.


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Venice – Venicescape Part One

These are the more general shots, vistas, panoramas, landscapes, cityscapes – you get the idea – and we shot them over the three days we spent exploring Venice. There are a lot of them so we have blogged them in two halves. I would hope that after seeing our photos from Venice it would make you want to visit this beautiful city. It has certainly left a lasting impression on us and God willing it won’t be too long before we return. We were armed with the Fuji X-E1 with the 18-50 lens, which is a perfect walk around set up and the Canon 400D with the 70-300mm Sigma zoom. Most of the shots are from the Fuji but between the two cameras we had most bases covered.


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Venice – Statues

This is just a collection of photos of statues that we grabbed as we wandered around Venice. I have not long read Dan Brown’s Inferno so check out the four horses atop St Mark’s Basilica. Were the heads removed and the cut disguised by harnesses around the horses’ necks as he speculates?  Check out the two statues either side of the huge bell on St Mark’s Square. Look at them from above and note the fine steps leading to the bell, it all amazes me. the lion in St Mark’s Square is a handsome fella too.


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Venice – The Market

The fruit and vegetable and fish markets are along the Grand Canal by the Rialto Bridge on the San Polo bank. We could have spent the whole day there photographing the stalls and the people, while soaking up the atmosphere and buzz of the place, whereas in truth, we were there for probably less than an hour as we meandered around Venice. When every corner, every turn, every new canal, begs to be photographed you feel like you get pulled through the city drugged by its wonder.


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Venice – Street

We were pleased with our photographs from our three day visit to Venice. This set – Street – is an attempt to capture the reality, the hustle, the bustle, the rest and the pause. We mix in the reality, such as the refuse collection and the street cleaning, with the hustle of the market and the bustle of the Rialto Bridge. We capture the pause, such as the gondolier grabbing a quick drink mid shift, with the rest of the gondoliers relaxing in their gondolas. Everywhere we looked there was a photograph to be taken and we are pleased with the way this set captures the streets, walkways and canals of Venice. After this we will look at the market, the statues, panoramas, and the cityscape of Venice, but for now we hope you enjoy Venice – Street.


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Venice For Lovers

Out and about in Venice for a three night break and when in Venice, you notice a different sound track. No cars, or cycles, no roads, lots of bells, and singing and chirping, laughing and whispering. And you notice that people are in love…

While in Venice we shot mostly with the Fuji X-E1 with the kit 18-50mm lens on, which makes for a near perfect walk around lens. However, we also spent some time walking around with two cameras and also used our Canon 400D armed with a 70-300 Sigma zoom. This is a much less discreet look but it does let you get the occasional moment of intimacy, or detail. Most of these were Fuji shots but a couple are from the Canon with the Sigma lens. The Fuji certainly makes for minimal post processing and just a little tickling using iPhoto editing has been applied to these. There are more Venice sets to follow but our initial thought is that the Fuji has performed really well. Most of these by the way are using the Astia film effect. velvia was gorgeous but at times a tad rich on the skin tones. Tempting though!


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Blog A Pic – A Walk Over The Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills

Mrs P was working a night shift last night and came home at half past 8 this Sunday morning. The forecast was for sunny weather so we made a plan to go straight out, and walk over The Malvern Hils from our house on the Malvern side of the hills to The Kettle Sings for Breakfast on the Colwall side of the hills. Continue reading