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December 2010

The Business of Dying

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

Earlier this month I went on a three day 1500km photographic journey mainly through the North West and Freestate provinces. I dont know these areas well and wanted to explore them with my camera.

What struck me though was that the smaller towns had definately seen better days. The main business areas were dilapidated, dirty and unkept and the streets were covered with potholes. It was as if many these towns had accepted their fate and were helpless(or unwilling) to change it.

United Burial Services, Biesiesvlei
United Burial Services, Biesiesvlei
Tirisano Funeral Parlour, Wolmaranstad
Tirisano Funeral Parlour, Wolmaranstad
The International Funeral Society & Undertakers, Boshof
The International Funeral Society & Undertakers, Boshof
Created: Tue, 14/12/2010 - 20:46

Portrait of Karla

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

Recently I bought a new compact camera, the Leica X1. The X1 is a very compact digital camera with a high quality 12mp aps-c sensor. It has a very nice 'feel' and a very simple control layout. The lens is a 35mm f2.8 Elmarit prime. The only real drawback that I have noticed so far is that the focussing speed is a bit slow. Once the camera has locked focus though, the shutter release is fast enough and the exposures are very accurate.

Portrait of Karla, November 2010
Portrait of Karla, November 2010
Created: Mon, 13/12/2010 - 16:53

A Camera for my Bag

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

So, as I mentioned previously, I have a new bag but no camera....

Konica Hexar rangefinder with 35mm f2 lens. I still have one!
Konica Hexar rangefinder with 35mm f2 lens. I still have one!
Konica Hexar, Leica X1 and Canon 5d mk11 with 35mm f2 lens. Leica smallest of them all...
Konica Hexar, Leica X1 and Canon 5d mk11 with 35mm f2 lens. Leica smallest of them all...
New and the old... Leica grip is removable to make it even smaller.
New and the old... Leica grip is removable to make it even smaller.
Hexar on left doesnt have a LCD screen...Leica on right does.
Hexar on left doesnt have a LCD screen...Leica on right does.
Daddys new toy!  X1 with flash raised, optional grip and leather strap.
Daddys new toy! X1 with flash raised, optional grip and leather strap.
At last my bag now has a camera!
At last my bag now has a camera!
Created: Mon, 13/12/2010 - 15:12

English craftmanship at its best!

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

In 1995, on my first and so far only trip to the UK, I bought myself a small and very stylish camera bag made by Billingham of England. My camera at the time, a Konica Hexar, fitted perfectly plus there was room for a few rolls of film, passport, wallet, lip ice, sweets, pen and a few other things. I paid less than 50 pounds for the bag and used it almost daily. It was great for travelling and could even accommodate my Contax G1 with three lenses. The bag was made from leather, green canvas and was waterproof.

My old circa 1995 Billingham Pola bag in faded green!
My old circa 1995 Billingham Pola bag in faded green!
15 years of wear and tear..
15 years of wear and tear..
My new bag with perfect detailing....
My new bag with perfect detailing....
My new bag with stainless steel hardware,black leather and canvas
My new bag with stainless steel hardware,black leather and canvas
My new Billingham Pola in B&W
My new Billingham Pola in B&W
Created: Mon, 13/12/2010 - 11:27

Rainbow Landscape

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

On Tuesday morning this week I left my home for a three day photographic journey via Vryburg and Christiana. I arrived back on Thursday after having travelled almost 1500km through the North West and Freestate Provinces, but more about this journey in a later blog...

Rainbow, Tree and Yellow Grass, near Christiana. Canon 5dmkII with 24-105mm lens.
Rainbow, Tree and Yellow Grass, near Christiana. Canon 5dmkII with 24-105mm lens.
Created: Sun, 05/12/2010 - 20:04