Apart from the many sights worth seeing and photographing in the city of Seville in the south of Spain, Plaza de Espana must surely be on the to do list of the visiting tourist.
I generally prefer to avoid talking about equipment because the photographer’s creative approach and experience is more important than what he/she shoots on. Posting about my latest gallery however requires mentioning kit as the combination of lens and body brought distinct visual characteristics to the images.
I meant to write an end of the year summary blog post in December 2015 about a highly productive year behind me, but it turns out it was so productive that I couldn’t find any time to actually write about it. To be honest, I didn’t have much to show at that stage as I’d been taking photos for various different projects but most of it was still sitting on my hard drive waiting to be processed and organised. But the images captured in Morocco finally went online recently so here are a few words about what it was like to be there.
I think one may have to be a psychopath to play Ecco the Dolphin through to its completion. As much as this may be an exaggeration, the level of difficulty of this Sega Mega Drive original nevertheless justifies it. Game creator Ed Annunziata acknowledged this by saying he didn’t want kids “to beat the game over the weekend”. Rental was common at the time and he wanted to set the difficulty so that a mere few days just weren’t enough take Ecco all the way to the final boss. This was such a success that poor little old me would have probably never finished the journey of the bottlenose dolphin if it wasn’t for the game’s Nintendo 3DS port and its “Super Dolphin Mode”.
I haven’t done any product reviews on this blog and don’t have any plans to do so in the future either, but on this occasion I couldn’t help it. I normally consider the pros and cons and take my time before making purchases, but with this mini tripod I hesitated very little. It wasn’t exactly cheap, but considering its tiny size combined with considerable load capacity, it had to be a part of my gear.
Playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the Nintendo 64 is a distant (albeit vivid) memory from many years ago and re-living the experience in its new updated form on the 3DS was loads of fun. It’s ironic how much better this game looks on the small screen of a portable device, but this really is the best way to play this classic as of now.
Photographically speaking as well as personal reasons, visiting Kotor Bay in Montenegro was one of the best trips I’ve had in my life. The scenery and the architecture completely blew me away and the atmosphere of the place was truly one of a kind.