Crouching Lion, Hidden Snake

It’s Chinese New Year’s Eve today and I ventured into the most obvious place in the city to see if I could photograph some festivities relating to the welcoming of the Snake year, London’s Chinatown. Not a slither. No Snake paper dolls, no cheap and nasty rubber toy Snakes, no Snake-shaped balloons, not even a Snakes and Ladders board game in sight. I guess, realistically speaking, the Chinese hate snakes as do most people. However, there were lots of Dragon symbols and toys selling like hotcakes in the gift stores. I guess a Dragon is a sort of snake with legs, both belonging to the reptile world. And Lions strutting to the beat.

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Took a stroll in Hyde Park this evening, when the late summer sun was low and setting, shadows long. Before long, Summer will turn into Autumn, so its best now to catch some summer images. Here are some images I shot over the last 2 weeks with my little Ricoh GRD2, always still astounded by it’s amazing resolution and tonality. (Click image to view larger image.)


Approaching storm

I captured this approaching storm yesterday on a wet and windy, freezing cold day on Shanklin beach, on the Isle of Wight. It was a pleasure to use the highly portable GRD2 again. I just love the tonality the RAW file captures, and the ability to shoot 1:1 square is a bonus.