Last trip to Europe as a citizen

So, off to Amsterdam with bodies, lenses and a new Ultimate Lens Hood and a suction cap based window mount for night based cityscape pictures. I’ve mapped out about a dozen locations, some of them brutal, some not. There will be at least an afternoon spent around the Eye Film Museum which I think might be my favourite building on the entire planet.

Also considering a day out to Rotterdam as well to look at some of the really severe architecture there.

I should also mention that I’m sad and angry about the UK departure from the EU and this has had a huge influence on my decision to come here, now. I’ll be abroad as we leave and there’s a large part of me that wants to find a way to stay, as feel that England is leaving me, not the other way around.

Christmas inspirations…

Got a beautiful Barbican Towers poster from the family, they found it on wearedorothy.com – lots of good stuff there. Also got a couple of books, Soviet Ghosts; about decaying relics of the Soviet era and another called CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed; really good selection of buildings built during the Soviet era, right across the empire and the way they adapted the centralised ethos to the local style. The ones built as the central influence waned are fascinating.

Stock Photography is dull

Or rather, the process of it is. I’ve signed up with four agencies, all of whom use slightly different criteria for selection and rules for formatting. This leads to a lot of duplication of work and is quite frustrating. I think I’ll be able to work it all from Lightroom, using the FTP plugin and custom metadata fields. If not, I’ll have to create a database to track all the information this process generates – I don’t think a spreadsheet will cut it.

Estonia

I freely admit I knew almost nothing about Estonia when I decided to visit. Geography is something that has always interested me but all I knew was that the capital is Tallinn and that it had been a part of the USSR. There was an element of surprise when I saw how far north it was. Recognising the need for a bit less ignorance, I got a couple of books that helped:

Wallpaper* City Guide Tallinn gave me an deeper look at the cultural and artistic aspects of the city while the Bradt guide provided more practical advice.