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Iconic, American Landscape Photographer Ansel Adams Was Born This Day 116-Years Ago.

by Anura Guruge

Though not well known, Ansel did shoot in color.
See text below.

Click to ENLARGE. A color photo by Ansel Adams.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansel_Adams

I wrote about Ansel Adams, quite recently, in my latest books.

So, I am going to reproduce ‘chunks’ from that, since that will also give me a chance to air this text and see what typos I have. {Smile}

He definitely was not a ‘straight out of the camera’ photographer. He treated his exposed negatives as canvases to be worked on. He manipulated and worked with the original image captured to get the picture he wanted to project – particularly when it came to its tonality and dynamic range.

He is best known for his black-and-white masterpieces. He, however, did shoot in color – often so when he was doing work on commission. In the 1940s he was hired by Standard Oil (now Esso and once Exxon) to shoot a portfolio of color images, per the theme ‘See Your West’, that were used in a giveaway promotion at gas stations.

Ansel, given the grandiose scale of the subject matter he preferred, opted (as did other professionals at the time) for large format cameras – usually capable of producing 8” x 10” ‘plates’ or negatives.

Ansel worked hard to get his iconic images. Sometimes when optical filters alone would not provide him with the light contrast and gradations he sought, especially when water was involved, he would use pieces of card, he held in front of the lens, to achieve the desired exposure. Then, he would work on the negative.

Ansel was known to be a darkroom maestro, who knew and employed every trick of the trade when it came to ‘doctoring’ negatives and controlling the images obtained from negatives. He predated ‘Photoshop’ and the magic that can be wrought from the RAW data available from medium- to high-end digital cameras. The options for ‘post processing’ digital images that are available today are likely to exceed Ansel’s wildest dreams. It is, however, possible that Ansel’s best, pre-digital and in b&w, cannot be photoshopped to be any better!

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by Anura Guruge

Dear Winston Churchill, ‘THE LION’, Alas, Died This Day 52-Years Ago; Spare A Second To Reflect.

by Anura Guruge

For I, my devotion to Dear Winston is very simple.

IF NOT for Winston you would NOT be reading this in English.

For that I am eternally GRATEFUL to Dear Winston — one of my greatest inspirations.

Sir Winston Churchill’s tomb in Bladon, Oxfordshire,
not far from the magnificent Blenheim Palace where he was born.

I have made my pilgrimage to this tomb, on a wintery day, in 1998 or 1999.

I was the only one there. It was gray, cold and drizzly.

I stood there in awe, silence and solidarity.

Click to ENLARGE and read. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill

My devotion to dear Winston has no caveats. I know that some claim that he was a racist. But, in that I do not think he was that different to that many of his class, from that time. He was Prime Minister when we still had an Empire and despite his understandable reluctance to lose India, I really can’t believe that he set out to undermine coloreds. I know one thing. He was NO Donald Trump! Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.

I was 11-years old when he died.

I can’t say I was that familiar with him at the time of his death. There was no TV in Ceylon.

I do remember, vividly, my parents taking me to see a film of his funeral. That would have been in 1965. It was in color and I think it was over 1 hour long. My adoptive mother cried. I distinctly remember the film ending with a heading splashed across the screen ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother talked about that on the way home. They (i.e., my adoptive father & mother) had completed one (of their two) round-the-world diplomatic trips, at the behest of the Ceylon government, the year before. As was her wont, and the fashion of the time, she completed an elaborate scrapbook to document that trip. On the last page she wrote ‘A Journey’s End‘. My adoptive mother, who was an ultra-sensitive person, was ‘rattled’ that the film had used that same phrase! Yes, small things like that bothered her — albeit, not in a bad way. So, whenever I think of Dear Winston’s funeral — ‘A Journey’s End‘ comes to mind.

Anywho …

Just take a second to reflect. Pay homage.

Like I said, IF NOT for dear Winston I would have had to learn frigging German and I am BAD at learning new languages.

Thank YOU, Dear Winston, KG OM CH TD PCc DL FRS RA.

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by Anura Guruge

In 2016 The Paul Cummins’ WW I Centennial Ceramic Red Poppies Will Be At Caernarfon Castle, Wales.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “Reuters” original with pictures.

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August 28, 2016 “Go Topless Day”/”Free The Nipple” Was Quite The Hit — New York, Denver, Vancouver etc. etc.

by Anura Guruge

Click to play YouTube Video — New York.

Click to play YouTube Video — Denver.


Click to access NYC “Daily News” coverage.


Click to access NYC ABC News coverage.

As is to be expected lot of (sometimes breathless) coverage in the media.
Google “Go topless Day” and select “News“.

Also YouTube videos being added ALL the time.
Use the same “Go topless Day
BUT use “This WeekFILTER to get the 2016 videos.


I have shown you the way. Do your own Googling. SMILE.

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Videos On YouTube Of The Fuji X-T2 — My Dream Camera.

by Anura Guruge

This is like a bespoke camera — made just for I.

Fuji really should make one with a note that says:
“Made Specifically For Anura Guruge”.

I have been lusting after the X-T2
ever since I realized it was going to be for real.

Now there are a series of YouTube videos of actual Fuji X-T2s.

This is, by far, the MOST BEAUTIFUL camera
I have ever seen.

I would have sold a kidney to get one. Luckily I don’t.
Have the money. Already budgeted. SMILE.

8 Control dials. EIGHT! Wow.

Check out these YouTube videos.

Click on image to access the video.






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by Anura Guruge

4K Videos Shot With The Just Announced Sony RX10 III On YouTube — By Sony.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access YouTube video.


Click image to access YouTube video.


You know the drill. Click away.

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“Great British Bake Off” (GBBO) Season 6, i.e., 2015 — Last Few Episodes No Longer On YouTube.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access Season 6 Episode 1 on YouTube.

All of the Season 6 (2015) episodes, including the Final, i.e., Episode 11, were available on YouTube in October/November last year. We know because we watched them all on YouTube — typically 36 hours after they aired in the U.K. We got it down to a fine art towards the end. We knew who posted decent clips and who were just pretending to post.

A few days ago I got a message from somebody I did not know on Facebook asking if I knew how to find the Season 6 Final on YouTube. I thought it would be trivial. It wasn’t. A lot of Season 6 videos have been deleted. It is possible that the BBC or PBS is doing this. I sought help from the kids. We found a YouTube ‘library’ with 14 supposedly Season 6 videos. So we assumed that Episode 11 was in there. Wrong. Appears that Season 6 episodes beyond episode 6 are not on YouTube.

If you know better PLEASE help. I am going to look around on the PBS channel on Roku etc.

So take this as a Heads Up.

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by Anura Guruge

Boston Chinatown Chinese New Year 2016 — YouTube Videos Of Dragon Parades.

by Anura Guruge

Boston Chinatown on Sunday, February 21, 2016
for the Chinese New Year Dragon Parades
& Dim Sum at ‘China Pearl’
as is our yearly tradition.

See this post for 6 pictures

IF you have never seen these parades,
replete with fire crackers (hence the smoke)
check these short, fairly decent
videos out.

Shot with my new Panasonic Lumix LX 100.

Click image to access YouTube video.





These are the only videos I shot BUT I have about 350 photos from the Lumix LX100. I will post most of them in batches, as I have done with the Philadelphia New Year’s Day 2016 “Mummers Parade“.

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Must See Light Show For Pope Francis, Projected Onto To St. Peter’s, For ‘Holy Year Of Mercy’ — Fiat Lux

by Anura Guruge

This was on December 8, 2015, the start of Pope Francis’Holy Year of Mercy.

It was funded by the World Bank Group ‘Connect4Climate‘ — and was themed to highlights Francis’ call for climate change.

Fiat Lux‘, Latin, translates to ‘let there be light‘.

The full official name of this literally quite brilliant initiative was: ‘Illuminating Our Common Home’.

My adoptive mother, a French resident for 18 years, and a huge fan of the genre would have called it a ‘Son et lumière’ (French for ‘light & sound‘).

Check it out. Definitely worth doing so.


Some Examples. Click to ENLARGE.



Ironic and I wonder how many prelates cringed. Buddhist monks projected onto St. Peter’s. Definitely a first and most likely the last.


Two must see videos, on YouTube, the first posted by the Vatican.
Click to access.


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The Fremont 2015 Solstice Nude Cyclists, Saturday June 20 — The YouTube Videos.

fremont2015ridepictures.Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail
by Anura Guruge

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Summer Solstice 2013

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Click to access YouTube video. This is probably the best one. Slowed down.

There are a few more.


Click to access the other YouTube videos.