Notes : Daniel Ridings

July 30, 2009

Between Sweden and Denmark

Filed under: Nikon D300,PAW 2009,Photography — at 9:47 am

Up until now, I’ve crossed between Sweden and Denmark by ferry between Helsingborg and Helsingør instead of the bridge between Malmö and København. I say up until now, because I won’t be doing so in the future. The ferry companies have raised the fare just too much. It used to be worth a little extra when compared to the bridge, but now the difference is just too much.

I’ll miss it.

Ferry between Sweden and Denmark

LUG Print Exchange

Filed under: 35/2.0 Summicron,Leica M4,Photography — at 9:41 am

The Leica Users’ Group (LUG) print exchange had “heat” as its theme this July. I don’t have a lot of shots illustrating head, even if I’ve been in a lot of “hot” situations, Africa and other places. This is what I could come up with, “Dancing in the heat”:

Dancing in the heat

May 24, 2009

An exhibit

Filed under: Photography — at 5:27 pm

I had an exhibit a while back. Playing around with Lightroom, I converted all the digital files behind the exhibit to a web page. The files were intended to be printed, so the profiles and all of that are wrong (contrast too on some of them, since it was fine tuned when I printed) but … just for fun …
Here it is.

May 12, 2009

On the road (again)

Filed under: Nikon D300,Photography — at 2:29 pm


Seems like I’m hardly ever at home anymore.

On the ferry between Helsingborg and Helsingør.

April 18, 2009

Way back

Filed under: Photography — at 7:16 am

Sometimes you wonder have things have turned out for a person.

I was going through some old files and ran across a collection that I had used for an exhibit at Scandinavian Photo a few years back, 2005, I think. Most of the pictures in the exhibit were recent, but I added a few from years back, for reasons I don’t really remember.

It was probably the same thing. What happened to this little boy?

St. Louis

St. Louis county had deemed the apartment he lived in to be unfit. They wanted to take him away from the mother. The reason? Lead paint falling off the walls. There was a risk he would eat the flakes and get poisoned.

Lead paint

The woman in the first picture is his grandmother, in the second, his mother. His grandmother was offering to take him in to live with her.

I don’t know how it ended.

April 13, 2009

Philip Tambala

Filed under: Malawi,Photography,Rolleicord V — at 4:18 pm

One of these days I will gather the strength to write an in depth report of the on-going story of my contact with Philip Tambala and the aftermath. I write “aftermath” because he has died. There’s a story there too.

Philip Tambala 1

From the same ditch where we were sitting:

Philip Tambala 2

Manpower: Lumberjacks

Filed under: Malawi,Photography,Rolleicord V — at 4:12 pm

In Africa there is not the same incentive to automate or to create efficient work-flows. There are so many people looking for work.

I passed by these men working in the stream in Zomba (Malawi). They had already felled large gum trees (Eucalyptus) and were breaking the trunks down into small pieces; not small pieces, just smaller.

These pieces of timber were then taken up on land, propped up, lines are traced and then they manually, using the same technique of two workers on one saw, cut out planks from the smaller pieces of tree trunks.

Lumber jacks 1

A closer look:

Lumber jacks 2

The next stage, on land:

Lumber jacks 3

March 23, 2009

Malawi: Feb. 2009

Filed under: Malawi,PAW 2009,Photography — at 12:01 pm

There’s a family I’ve been involved with for a couple of years now in Malawi. The father, Philip, died a few months ago. If you dig around on my blog or ask me, I can point to some background information.

This year the priority is food. It always is in Malawi. The price of fertilizer has gone up almost 3 times from last year and cost around 90 USD a bag. That is a total insult to the masses of farmers out in the country who rarely see cash. The majority has never seen 90 USD at one time. It takes about 8 bags to cover a field large enough to supply a family with food.

You can see the difference. The corn (maize) on the left is a field that belongs to the family I am helping. The corn to the right, to someone else in the hamlet who couldn’t afford fertilizer:

With and without fertilizer

Dorte said one thing to me in English: “blankets”. And this is when she said it:


The cold season is coming and sleeping on the earth can be very, very cold.

There’s some more pictures here:

Feb. 2009

January 25, 2009

LUG Print exchange

Filed under: Nikon SP,Photography — at 1:27 pm

This is my contribution to the LUG (Leica Users’ Group) print exchange, January 2009. I chose this particular shot, over 30 years old, in order to compare the results from an Epson Stylus PRO 3800 with an old print I made in the darkroom on Agfa Portriga Rapid, selenium toned. That particular combination has been what I have been working towards every since the paper disappeared from the market.

St. Louis

The picture was taken on one of my bus-rides back and forth to work when I worked on the south side (scrubbing Dutch) of St. Louis. This shot was taken in downtown St. Louis where I changed buses.

Nikon SP, 50 Nikkor, Ilford HP4

I was pleased with the results from the Epson. I’m just starting to get the hang of it, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it will work out. Finally! (I hate the darkroom). After scanning the negative with a Nikon LS-5000, all work, adjustments, spotting etc, and printing, was done in Lightroom.

December 28, 2008

2008 PAW 50

Filed under: Fomapan 400,Jupiter-9,Kiev 4a,PAW 2008 — at 4:23 pm



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