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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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4th Apr 2007, 19:00  

Helen says:

Tulips : )

4th Apr 2007, 19:03

Dhamaka says:

just left on the table with nobody there.

4th Apr 2007, 19:07

nige says:

well done D

4th Apr 2007, 19:07

Dhamaka says:

Still a way to go..

4th Apr 2007, 19:07

paintist says:

if no -one came back for them its very sad... :-(

are you in the market for a new camera D?

4th Apr 2007, 19:30

Dhamaka says:

Someone did - not a Londoner she just expected them to be where she left them!

In theory yes, Paintist. I need an 8-10 Megapixels camera because most of the big publications won't accept less. In practice I may have to save a while longer...

4th Apr 2007, 19:33

paintist says:

its nice looking and testing...have you one in mind?

4th Apr 2007, 19:34

Tori says:

I seem to have a unquenchable craving for better cameras and/or accessories. :/

4th Apr 2007, 19:35

Dhamaka says:

Ideally the D200 but I may have to settle for the D80. My friend Jeremy was helping me today. He's a pro travel photographer and introduced me to people-who-can-maybe-give-discounts in the process.

(edit) actually that's not completely true. I like the D200 better but it's heavier. It's much better for low-light dance and action shots which is important. However anything would be better than what I've got. The D80 is lighter and not as robust. I have memory cards that could fit the D80 but none for the D200. However they're all less than a gigabyte...

Robust is important - I've managed to scratch my phonecam screen and that's protected when not in use. The camera will get more of a pounding because it will hopefully get carried through the Andes etc on a mountain bike.

Light is important because I expect to carry it on the bike for at least 7,000km and have the weight of water, satphone and laptop to consider as well.

Then there's the difference in cost.


4th Apr 2007, 19:36

Bueno... estuve un tiempo afuera de esto, pero he regresado. Soy Matias vivo en Argentina, Precisamente en una ciudad que se llama Paraná.
Tu de donde eres?.
Gracias por contactarme...
He observado tus trabajos. excelentes.

4th Apr 2007, 20:41

JokerXL says:

I'm in love with my D80, though it may be a bit heavy and bulky.
What about the Cannon?

4th Apr 2007, 21:16

Dhamaka says:

Joker - Because Jeremy uses the Nikon I know there's someone close I can go to for advice. Also the shutter speed is even slower.

AntesDeLaNiebla - Gracias. Te mando un email

4th Apr 2007, 21:34

kyoob says:

oooh both nice DSLRs i'm sure you'll make a great decision.

4th Apr 2007, 23:28

Dhamaka says:

I wish I was..

4th Apr 2007, 23:51

kyoob says:

ahh i misinterpreted. But still, you should just get one anyway :D heh

4th Apr 2007, 23:56

Caine says:

Lovely series, D., and I'm drooling over that camera. ;)

5th Apr 2007, 01:29

Dhamaka says:

Kyoob - I will in the end
Caine - thank you. Me too (although I still like the look of the D200)
AAH - I wish. Nobody bought me dinner or a camera and there's a distinct lack of interested men around. However it was a great day and Jeremy (who is happily married) is always good company

5th Apr 2007, 08:30

Jigalong says:

Good luck with you camera decisions.

The lens choice maybe just as important as the camera, but seeing what you have done with your camera phone, I am sure you could get marvellous pics from a pinhole camera:)

5th Apr 2007, 12:08

Gael says:

Glad you had a productive day

5th Apr 2007, 12:15

Dhamaka says:

thanks guys
taniwha - so do I
Jigalong - that's a lovely thing to say :-)

5th Apr 2007, 19:00

MaggieD says:

Wow, D, had no idea you needed such expensive equipment .... you take such wonderful pics with what you have .... but then again the world of proffessional photography is a world away from Moblog .... possibly ....

5th Apr 2007, 19:44

Dhamaka says:

Maggie - these cameras aren't actually what a professional would call 'professional'. They're very good amateur cameras that I should be able to get away with using for pro work

taniwha - it is, isn't it!

5th Apr 2007, 20:19

Geodyne says:

For a moment I thought you'd jumped...!

Glad you had a nice day out, even if there was a lot of waiting.

5th Apr 2007, 20:41

Dhamaka says:

Geo - you were supposed to, it was a wind-up
There was no waiting actually. Pretty full on from the first meeting, then just as we were planning to go Vim turned up so I stayed a little longer. He says hi, btw..

5th Apr 2007, 22:31

Geodyne says:


Hi back to the lovely Vim. :)

6th Apr 2007, 11:32

Dhamaka says:

will tell him

8th Apr 2007, 17:24