In passing

While the hairdresser beautified my wife, I walked around in our little town playing with my Nikon D750. I have had it for about a year, but I have still got a lot to learn about it. Among the things I tried was the manual setting. The last time I tried that was, with my Nikon D700, several years ago in London. It may well have been my imagination, but I could swear that I got better results that way. I set the camera back to aperture priority (my normal setting) and wandered about photographing streets, buildings and people. Close to the station I came across this scene. Back home I converted it to black and white and quite liked the result. At one stage I was very keen on street photography with people in the picture. NO MORE. I believe, that the photographer can tell strong and compelling stories about people by showing where they live or lived and the artefacts they have left behind. Still I liked this on, so I am sharing it here
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A cold day in Copenhagen

It was cold in Copenhagen the other day. The benches on the City Square were deserted, but the pigeons made good use of warm air from a ventilation shaft
Camera Nikon D750
Lens 50mm f 1.4

Phoenix Garden

I discovered it by chance on the net and we determined to look for it when next in London. Phoenix Garden https://www.facebook.com/thephoenixgarden/ is situated between Soho and Covent Garden. We found it after some searching. It is a little oasis in the middle of the busy city.It is bordered by Large apartment buildings, The Church of St. Giles in the Fields and the Phoenix Theatre, and yet is utterly peaceful. It is purposely laid out to encourage wildlife and insects, with dense bushes and the odd pile of bricks. Frogs spawn in a little pond and comfortable benches invite visitors to rest in peaceful surroundings. We have returned there many times

Flexible barcode

The second stage of the Copenhagen Metro is nearing completion, but the city is still dotted with its construction sites. This one is situated at the end of the beautiful lakes that flow through Copenhagen. The company constructing the Metro have put a lot of effort into making the sites as nice looking as possible and have decorated the hoardings in all sort of creative ways.
I enjoy walking along the lakes, that many hundreds of years ago were constructed to imitate the Seine in Paris and do it very successfully.

Friends

Few in the neighbourhood will remember when Udmirs Kiosk was not there. Udmir is Turkish. He is pleasant to all and often has a few little treats for the children. For most of the day small groups of, what looks like socially disadvantaged people, gather outside to chat and drink beer. The beer is often bought on credit from Udmir. He is always kind, but I have heard, that he controls the credit with a firm hand and should any of them get unruly he will send them packing.
This part of Copenhagen is undergoing great change. Situated near the old Carlsberg brewery, it was, and still is a “Workers” part of the City. A former socialist prime minister live for many years in his modest flat in the area. Now the old Carlsberg site is being developed with high rise luxury flats and shopping centres. This rubs of on the area and property prices are rising
Camera Nikon D750

The collector

He was reasonably nicely dressed. He did not look as if he was in any special need. I just think that he followed the maxim “waste not want not” So he carefully checked the dustbins for returnable bottles.
Camera Nikon D750