Moving target

Recently, I found out about the VantagePoint project by camera startup light.co. They have a new compact camera called the L16 which has recently sold out and have set up some clever marketing campaigns to make people aware of their new cameras. It sounded interesting and so I decided to take part. The project involves sharing a post with a photo taken on a compact in my favourite location to shoot and tag it with #vantagepoint which they would share on their pinterest board.

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I chose this photo, as it was taken in my favourite location, Ibiza town and there is clearly a lot of activity going on and I do like street photography. This was taken last week in Ibiza town on 12th May so say hello if you were lucky enough to be there too. I have been to Ibiza several times now and knew a good location could be the market place.

There was little to no planning in this shot, except that I set the camera up with the following settings as I knew it was quite a bright sunny day and I would be shooting a crowd scene –  F / 5.6,  speed 1/320 and ISO 200. Other than that, I selected a busy vantage point (see what I did there) in the old market square (Merkat Vell) in front of the castle gate (Portal de ses Taules) and held my camera waist high and just shot the first thing that came along. As luck would have it, a stunning woman appeared from the busy crowd dressed like a super model from head to toe to take centre stage while from the left appeared a couple of holiday makers holding hands. At the last second, a young man appeared from the right (slightly out of focus) racing somewhere pushing a trolley.

Seriously, you couldn’t set this shot up if you tried.

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Is Morrissey having a giraffe?

Is Morrissey having a giraffe? Or is he perhaps lounging somewhere in Stuttgart draped in a black cape laughing his head off like Count from Sesame Street or am I the only blogger on the planet that genuinely likes his new book ‘List of the Lost’? I don’t think so! These reviews are harsh, almost vindictive. Surely such venomous wrath should be reserved for specimens the likes of the Karcrashians. Christ on a bike, it’s unreal! Is it disdain I wonder, for the words themselves that dwell between the FSC certified paper that stir such angst in people?  What have we become? A race of cripples to pangs of rage and jealousy? Can we no longer write about the things we love?  Is it the fact that a gentle solitary soul with no mind to cause harm to a living thing on earth could actually be cursed with not one, but two outrageous talents that is equalled by few? It can’t be the paltry sum for which some may have parted with for the drama of fiction as they would most probably squander the same if not MORE on a snivelling git like Ronald McDonald or Kentucky Fried Hell basket of death given half a chance. The mind boggles. More questions than answers. Maybe it’s this demented mind that is disillusioned from the heat of the midday sun or the slurp of one too many sangria under the Ibiza sky that thinks this book is actually quite good if not, dare I say a work of art. But who knows and does anyone care? Answers on a post to the above please.. This in not a book review of any description just a hangover on human behaviour, for humans  have fascinated us for decades and it would surely be a dull dark dreary world if we were all the same. God forbid! As usual, the moral rights of the author has been sadly averted in this case so I find I have no choice but to balance the books. With thanks and praise to Whores In Retirement as always.  mrdjdwyer, somewhere in Ibiza town, celebrating great art from a great artist, on his birthday 10/10/2015, mine not his.

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Life’s a beach at Forty Fives

Landed on our feet when we discovered new beach bar bistro ‘Forty Fives’ in Playa D’en Bossa, Ibiza. Run by London DJ James and his wife Melanie, this place was a regular hotspot for our crew to refuel at lunch hour or grab some much-needed retreat from the sunshine. A great spot for a midday beer, wine, tasty lunch or just relax with a cool water and watch the world pass by. Occasionally, James could be heard spinning the discs of Bob Marley, Soul II Soul or some vintage acid jazz 45’s. With attentive and cheerful staff, a world-class chef, a great vegetarian Sunday roast and personnel service, you would be cheating yourself not to stop by Forty Fives if you are heading to Ibiza. Here is a few shots taken on our recent trip. Thank you to James, Mel & Co. See you soon..