Vivid Sydney 2017

There is an event in Sydney, Australia that is happening right now, well 24th May to 17th June and it lights up Sydney from 6pm every night to a colourful display of buildings, light trails, the opera house, Harbour bridge and more, here are a few photos of this event, more can be found at Vivid Sydney Photos available at https://500px.com/mchphoto2015

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Plastics and Jelly fish in the Ocean

I have just had a short walk via a marina in Sri Lanka, but this could any marina around the world. I looked at the water and initially saw some fish, then the small jellyfish, but then looking a little deeper I saw the sad realization that the area had plastic and other debris in it, polystyrene, glass bottles, bottle caps etc. Now, I know there are turtles in this area as there is a small sanctuary on Lavinda beach not to far from where I was standing.

As turtle’s eat jelly fish, but when they look exactly like a white plastic bag, then we have problems. I can see in my minds eye the turtle eating this plastic stuff that mankind put in the water either by accident or deliberately I do not care. Plastic is not fish, turtle or anyone’s food, well would you eat a plastic bag?, Thought not.

The turtle will die eventually, so would we if we keep eating contaminated food.

So why does our sea life eat them, because it looks like food to them.

These photographs I took made me sad and we really have to stop using plastic bags in our lives, in reality we do not need them, there are plenty of alternatives out there. Lets get using the alternatives NOW.

Our Grandparents did not use plastic bags, so why do we have to? Clean out our drawers, cupboards under the sink etc and dispose of those plastic bags ASAP in the correct manner. Why not take them back to the supermarket and get them to dispose of them correctly, after all it is them who are responsible for giving them to us in the billions.

To all you supermarkets, there is no excuse now, stop giving them away or charging for them. Do something else than what the government tells you to do for the sake of the environment and your children’s future on this planet as we are suffering now, just think what your children’s future looks like if we do NOT do anything now.

I wonder which supermarket will be the first to do something different on this front?.

Take them off your inventory list and never order them again. Introduce better ways to carry out shopping home. Force us to do so. Even those plastic bags for life are no good, we want bags that are made to last that do not come out of plastic derived in any form. They are out there, you have to source them for us at a reasonable cost you can do it, you have the teams in place to actually do this, so why are you not doing this?

 

A snap shot of Sri Lanka life on train Journey

A snapshot of Sri Lanka Life

I have just taken a train from Colombo Port to Mirissa which is around 120 km and take 3-4 hours and cost me in 2nd class just 220 rupees or approx £1.20 what a bargain.

I do not normally do this, but the windows of the train can be opened due to the heat and with my new Nikon 1 camera I thought I would experiment in trying to take photographs from a moving train.

As the countryside sped past me at a leisurely 40 mph did not seem any fast that this, I saw a small piece of Sri Lankan life pass by me. So I just started to take photographs along the way when I saw somethings of interest. Mind you I had to be quick as if I blinked or the camera was turned off I missed the shot. If you ask me where I took them in the train journey I could not tell you exactly, the only determinable ones were when we were at a station and this could be identified, but the rest are random shots and now I feel I am on this big trip around the world. Observing life through a camera, as up till now I have an agenda with festivals and things that I wanted to photograph, that phase has now finished. I am in a new country one that I had never seen before and I hope this small set of photographs will convey a little of what I saw.

There will also be some video of the train trip uploaded as well when I get some good internet connection.

When I started this trip I had in mind these kinds of little snapshot of life, the ones that just pass you by and do not take notice of them. Yes I can get the “postcard” shots, but these have been done thousands of time before and I do not want to repeat this. The world needs new images and perhaps a more casual approach to photography, so that you may capture the soul of a place and not just what everyone else observes during their time here.

Enjoy the photos and video and I will do more of these kind of photos and videos in the future, so watch out for some more snapshots of life from my travels.

Delerect train

Moving the local honey

Playing Cricket by the sea, what else would Sri Lankans do on their time off?

More freight moved by train Just a typical house on the rail side

Family waiting for the next train to whereever

Some road stall by the road and sea

Decorations track side

Recycle bins on the platform

Man with a bike going about his business

Bundle of Rope waiting for pick on the train freight

Platform at a station

Platform at a station

Platform at a station

Just a typical house on the rail side

The Sea Side

A simple crossing at a junction

This blog is moving at the end of May 2017

Hello all

I have now set up a new blog  at www.michaelcrawfordhick.com and as of around the End of May 2017 this blog will be deleted.

On my new blog, there is a lot more travel, and photography posts, as I travel the world on an amazing trip as I have given up my main job and life in the UK to pursue a career as a travel photographer and digital nomad.

I will be also doing some Eco and volunteering projects as I travel, as I want to enjoy life and not be burdened by just earning a living.

You might ask why have I done this?, well initially the weather in the UK was getting me down (not a lot of sunshine), the work situation was hard, could not do what I really want to do and that is Photography full-time.

Here are my social media links, please feel free to drop by or subscribe to any of the feeds that take your interest.  The most active one at present is my Instagram page where I am posting photographs of all kinds of things I see as I travel and events that I attend in Asia.  The main website will expand what I have taken on that day, but due to the slow internet sometimes in Asia, this might take a few extra days to upload a full gallery of photographs.  I aim for everything to be up in 48 hours of an event happening.

I will now have stock photography available to purchase, via my main web site at

http://www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com and Also at http://www.500pix.com/mchphoto2015

I will be listing where I am going to in the next few months, so if you have a particular photo request please let me know and I will see what I can do.  The next Stop from April 26th is Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

I invite you to subscribe to my blog, as I would welcome comments and look forward to the interaction I get from my readers.

Thank you in advance and please share where possible

Michael Crawford-Hick

 

 

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Just a few new photos from this year already

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Recycling plastic bottles as planters painted yellow

Random Light trails as abstract Art

The image file is using ANOTHER photo of mine on their main Page :)

I am please to announce that the web site “the image file.com will be displaying this photo of mine on their front page of the web site.  As of Tomorrow – 19th September

This is the 2nd one this month, to say I am please and excited is an understatement!

www.theimagefile.com

Painted houses on the River , Melaka, Malaysia,

Painted houses on the River , Melaka, Malaysia,

River and the Painted Houses , Melaka Malaysia ,Copyright Michael Crawford-Hick

Click the link here to go direct to the wave photograph on the web site –

https://www.theimagefile.com/?Action=VF&id=11144806202&par_l=1&par_p=1

You can find more of my Malaysia images at www.theimagefile.com and search for Melaka, Kuala Lumpur or Penang, or you can see a more extensive collection of my photographs at www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com where I showcase around 3000 images from the places I have been recently.

Enjoy and please forward to anyone who might be interested in seeing the photographs

thanks

Michael 🙂

My wave photographs is being used by “the Image file.com” on their main web page

I am please to announce that the web site “the image file.com will be displaying this photo of mine on their front page of the web site.  As of Tomorrow – Sunday 8th September 2013

www.theimagefile.com

Wave from Nice, France Copyright Michael Crawford-Hick

Wave from Nice, France Copyright Michael Crawford-Hick

Click the link here to go direct to the wave photograph on the web site –

https://www.theimagefile.com/?Action=VF&id=11144830002&par_l=1&par_p=1

You can find more of my wave images at www.theimagefile.com and search for “waves, Nice, France or you can see a more extensive collection of my photographs at www.imagesfromaroundtheworld.com where I showcase around 3000 images from the places I have been recently.

Enjoy and please forward to anyone who might be interested in seeing the photographs

thanks

Michael

Camera Shops – Where are they?

I miss local camera shops, we used to have 6-8 in the Bournemouth area, we now have 1 pro (always too expensive – more than London prices) and one other main camera shop that used to be good, but now hardly stocks anything really photographic. I want to go and browse these stores and look for new ideas and equipment – but sadly the nearest one to me is 30 miles away – This is doing a disservice to the whole photographic Industry and the 2nd hand market.

I even went to London around a month ago for other things and went by the local camera shops that were in London, they have all gone, and I always liked the 2nd hand shop in Tottenham Court road – Gone!

What is the solution? I could open up a camera shop, but it would set me back in the region of £150K with no guarantees and I do not have that kind of money anyway. There is probably a market for a real old fashioned camera shop with knowledgeable staff who love photography. It’s a shame that Jessops brought up all those small independent shops over the last 10-15 years or so.

Sorry my rant for today on photography things, as I have had to order 3 items from 2 separate companies today, where as normally I would have walked into town and purchased it locally today, and I could play this weekend, but no I have to wait for up to 5-7 days to get my goods and I had to pay 2 separate postage charges on top of the item price.

Had I been able to do this locally, then I may have purchased some other items on impulse as I used to use when I went into a camera shop.  I remember when I went to one in London a few years back with the intention of spending around £5-6 on one item, well that went out of the window and eventually I paid around £90 for 6-7 items – talk about impulse buying – but I did use all those items over the next few months so it was not wasted money on things I did not need or want.

People say we get a better deal online, but I beg to differ, as I cannot make an informed choice about the item I want, the camera shop may have a cheaper or more expensive item, but when I touch it, it is better than my original item I needed?.  I cannot get that feel from seeing a description and photo of it in a brochure or online.  I do not know if its right for me.  I also want to discuss it with a sales assistant and get more info out of them about the item, seeing if I am making the right decision what ever the photographic item is.

Not a good day for photography – I want more local camera shops please universe!