A different busker

Berlin, October 2015.




Suddenly – baloons.


Berlin, by Night (3)

Still the light, at night, in Berlin.

IMG_0131This boat was projecting images against the sides of the river.

IMG_0153Playing with manual controls – or why I will definitely continue to shoot an SLR!


Riga in colour

From the recent flying visit to Riga I posted a few of the photos in black and white as the light was quite challenging and I just couldn’t get the colours to come out the way I wanted. However, there were some exceptions to this, included here.


The buildings on the left of the picture make up part of Riga’s central market which I had a quick look around. The market (both in these buildings and the surrounding streets) was huge and there were so many things I wanted to buy – mainly honey and fruit – but with only hand luggage I had to resist. DSC02231

Opposite the building where I had my meeting. The Leica shop. No purchases this time…maybe one day. DSC02242








An alternative self-portrait. DSC02297

From the limited amount of the city I saw, Riga was anything but cultural vacuum!DSC02299


Monotone Riga

This week I had to go to Riga for work. I was only in the city for a little over 24 hours so I didn’t get to explore as much as I would have liked, but here are a few shots from wandering to and from my hotel.

Riga Latvia] Riga Latvia

It’s not difficult to see why the centre of Riga is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Riga Latvia

Like many other cities across Europe, Costa Coffee is becoming ever present. Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Another city with a lovers padlocks bridge, much like the one in Paris on a smaller scale. Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Riga Latvia

Riga seems like a fascinating city, I will hopefully go back at some point soon to explore properly.


Spotted in Berlin recently…


Berlin: Playing with Light

While at the Festival of Lights in Berlin  recently I took the opportunity to play with the light a little with some interesting results.

The light projectors themselves created interesting patterns in the sky.


An different view of the Brandenburg gate. IMG_1159



Berlin: Leaves and lights

Berlin is a great city to explore at any time of the year, but recently we were there for the Festival of Lights, and got to see the city as the leaves turned golden and autumn appeared.



The Ampelmann, the little man on the traffic lights of East Berlin has become a symbol for the city, so much so that there are several stores dedicated to it, and even a cafe.




Really given I knew the Festival of Lights was going to involve a lot of low light photography I should have taken a tripod. Across the city buildings and monuments were lit up with different lights.  IMG_1102



Some of the buildings had lights which changed every few seconds. It was amazing to see the buildings we had seen in the day lit up with so much colour. IMG_1128




Crowds gathering around the Brandenburg gate for a lights show, a very clever animated picture show which used the gate as the screen. IMG_1166

During the day we wandered around the cities streets and parks.

Like most capital cities, Berlin is full of markers of history – the photograph below shows the Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.

Of course since we were in a different city, we also took the opportunity to try out a few cafes. One of my favourites was a chain called Balzac coffee where you could get an apple-cinnamon latte. IMG_2047


Berlin, by night (2) – Wurst!

Berlin again. Having loads of fun with my new camera.