Shot this video on a trip to Montreal.
So far the testing indicated the lens is a good copy. Images are a little softer than I hoped, you can see that in todays shot over yesterdays, but maybe the slow shutter speed on this one is a factor, or maybe I have simply been spoiled by the sharpness of the professional f/2.8 lenses I have been using. Exposure is off too. But once I get a change I will do some more extensive testing and give you verdicts.
I have not had much of a chance to test this new one yet but so far it seems good. This shot is a little off in terms of exposure and has some blown out highlights, but it was a quick shot taken in JPEG so the exposure it is a photographer issue not a lens issue, I hope.
Of course missing is Nicole. For those of you who donated to the memorial fund, thank you. It was gratefully received by the family.
I am off to China again soon but the place will not be the same without her, but everyone is left with fond memories of her, and that is the way she will be always remembered.
So I was walking past this bar in Cuba and liked the scene so much that I indicated to this girl, by pointing to my camera, that I would like to take a picture. She smiled back nodding and then took this very natural pose that fitted nicely into the scene. Any kudos for this shot have to go to the model, not the photographer.
This in the Imperial Roman Senate which is quite small really, I thought it would have been bigger. There were a few buildings that housed the Roman Senate before this one, this one is the third and was started by Julius Caesar in 44BCE, and finished by Augustus in 29BCE. Much of what is seen here is the repairs undertaken by Diocletianus of about 290AD. Even so, starting about 2040 years ago and on this very spot, the fate of the world was discussed for several hundred years. Why I say "discussed" and not "decided" is because under imperial rule it was the Emperor (and later the Praetorian Guard) not the Senate that held real power in Rome.
When I first saw this scene through western eyes I thought that here is a poor girl being chased by a nasty dragon, but likely she needs no St. George to rescue her, because she seems to be some type of Kung Foo expert. But then I remembered that Chinese dragons are not bad like their western counterparts, in fact they are quite nice and noble. I also remembered that each dragon has a pearl which is a great treasure because it is the source of their strength and wisdom. So another interpretation of this scene is that this girl has stolen the dragon’s pearl and he (dragons are usually boys) of course is not too pleased and is simply trying to get it back without being poked in the eye by that sharp sword she has. I think there is even an ancient Chinese legend of a queen mother from long ago sending a guard to steal the Jade Dragon’s pearl. Maybe this is that guard and the scene depicts that story.
The other more modern meaning and the official reason for this mural is that these alleyways have had a graffiti problems and the Toronto Mayor’s solution was to sponsor this art. That will work – not only are dragons good at chasing Kung Foo girls — they are good at cleaning alleyways up too.
Anyway enjoy - and thanks to rrz for the original idea.