English Language

I stared at this metro poster for minutes before understanding the intended meaning. I only paid attention because the organisation teaches English and felt I should understand the text.

"how douille houx doux ?" An unhelpful poster.
“how douille houx doux ?” An unhelpful poster. The business details are obscured.

The poster robs any easy meaning from the primary sentence. It does not scan quickly in either the English or French language. Thankfully the small print provides an answer.

Clever maybe but an effective advert?

As an aside, is the French phonetic translation of “do” really “douille”, why not the shorter “doux” twice?

Insects and Manual Focus

I have started playing with manual focus on the Canon PowerShot SX700. It is not the first camera I have had with this control but it is a feature I rarely use.

Even with excessive zoom, I love focusing in on the small and intricate.

These insect photos were taken during an evening walk in the nearby park. Look closely enough at any cluster of plants and there will be insects to be found and photographed. These photos were all taken with manual focus and some careful moving of the camera lens as close as possible to the tiny creatures.

For some reason, cropping the photos to a square just looks right.

A tricky photo as the wind swayed the stalk
A tricky photo as the wind swayed the stalk
A dragonfly stares back
A dragonfly stares back
Not perfect but fun
Not perfect but fun
An almost alien like world
An almost alien like world

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Excessive Zoom

I have been wanting to settle down and write something useful about the Canon PowerShot SX700 camera. My schedule has not allowed it this month. So a few recent photos will have to tide the topic over for a while.

Like most of my photos, these are untouched and straight from the camera.

Apples for sale in our local market in 6eme, Lyon
Apples for sale in our local market in 6ème, Lyon
Entrance to the marie, 6eme Lyon
Entrance to the marie, 6ème Lyon
An insect sits on the edge of a flower in the park
An insect sits on the edge of a flower in the park

Larger copies of these images are available via my RSS photo feed.

Serious Zoom

The PowerShot SX700 is a point-and-shoot camera with x30 zoom. The zoom is ridiculously capable and has me convinced that x25 is probably enough.

Below are two photos. The first is taken without zoom. The second is zoomed in x30 and then cropped to a 1:1 from an 8 megapixel image; not the highest resolution the camera offers but enough for my general photos.

The camera reveals detail I could not see with my own eyes.

PowerShot SX700 without zoom
PowerShot SX700 without zoom
PowerShot SX700 zoomed x30 - 1:1 crop from 8MP image
PowerShot SX700 zoomed x30 – 1:1 crop from 8MP image

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Marseille Highlights

A little while ago, before the summer sun arrived in Lyon, we visited Marseille for the weekend. I was looking forward to a couple of warm, sunny days by the seaside. But I wasn’t prepared for the wind. Unrelenting, inescapable wind, which Marseille is apparently famous for, along with its soap.

Marseille is known for its soap
Savon de Marseille soap
Vieux Port
Vieux Port
Fort St Jean
Fort Saint Jean
Notre Dame de la Garde
Notre Dame de la Garde
View from Notre Dame de la Garde
View from Notre Dame de la Garde

Wind aside, we spent the weekend exploring the city, and took a local bus to visit the calanques. The calanques are rocky inlets along the coast. The water shimmers blue and turquoise, and they are dotted with fishing villages. The contrast with the sprawling city of Marseille is made even more remarkable by its proximity.

Colours of the calanques
Colours of the calanques
Path winding down to the calanque
Path winding down to the calanque

Here is a short video of the highlights for you. I used Graham’s Movie Splitter app to put this video together – so much easier.