bookmark_borderSurprising Wroclaw

Close-up of love padlocks on Tumski Bridge, Wroclaw
Close-up of love padlocks on Tumski Bridge, Wroclaw

I had never thought of Poland as a great tourist destination. But, after spending five days in Wroclaw, I’m ready to go back again. The city has beautiful landmarks, great food, and amazing people.

Here is a close-up picture of the love padlocks on Most Tumski, a most original expression of love and friendship.

bookmark_borderReminiscing the Panasonic Lumix FZ18

Red Arrows at Farnborough International Airshow 2008
Red Arrows at Farnborough International Airshow 2008

The Panasonic Lumix FZ18 was an amazing bridge camera.

This picture was taken with the Lumix shortly before I upgraded to a Nikon D40. As the situation demanded, the aperture was set for a depth of field spanning from the hyper-focal distance to infinity, and the camera was pointed in a direction that would place the Red Arrows in the frame as they flew by.

My only criticism of the Lumix FZ18 was that it produced a lot of digital noise in pictures. This photo captured at ISO 100 is noisier than pictures taken at ISO 3200 from modern DSLR cameras.

bookmark_borderSaint Michael’s Church in Basingstoke

Old door of Saint-Michael's Church in Basingstoke, UK
Old door of Saint Michael’s Church in Basingstoke, UK

Saint Michael’s Church is opposite Festival Place shopping mall in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Besides its age, the church is interesting in that it bears the scars of aerial bombing by the Germans in their attempt to destroy a nearby ammunitions factory during World War II. Next to the church stands a former school. On the outside walls, there are still deep marks left by pupils who used the bricks to sharpen their slate pencils.