EXAMPLES OF STREET ART IN BELFAST MARCH-APRIL 2011
When I visited Belfast in 2011 I took a bus tour [highly recommended] in order to get a feel for the city and I visited areas that I would never visit again for various practical reasons. I took some photographs of the famous Belfast murals even though I was/am more interested in what might be describe as normal street art.
Back in 2011 mirrorless cameras were not used by serious photographers but I had decided to switch from DSLR to mirrorless as I believed that they were more suitable for street photography. I purchased Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III [close to Euro 9000] in 2009 but I never liked it but at the time did not know why. A few years later I discovered that the auto-focus was faulty. To be fair I still use the camera in manual mode and the results are excellent but now I only have two lenses and both can be used with my Sony A7RIV.
When I was young. back in the 1950s, we lived about six miles from Derry and about once every two months we visited Belfast. We moved to Dublin in the early 1960s and from then on we visited Belfast only a few time a year. In the early sixties my father brought us to Smithfield Market in Belfast and he purchased a “nine transistor radio” and for the four children got “six transistor” radios. My mother was unwell and could not come with us and did not get a radio and she was furious … until then she did not know what a transistor radio was but that made no difference. My father got a Sony and we still have it and it still works. I think that I got a Regency TR1 and it changed my life and lead me to become an electronics engineer.
For those of you too young to know, a transistor radio is a small portable radio receiver that uses transistor-based circuitry. Following the invention of the transistor in 1947—which revolutionised the field of consumer electronics by introducing small but powerful, convenient hand-held devices—the Regency TR-1 was released in 1954 becoming the first commercial transistor radio. The mass-market success of the smaller and cheaper Sony TR-63, released in 1957, led to the transistor radio becoming the most popular electronic communication device of the 1960s and 1970s. Transistor radios are still commonly used as car radios. Billions of transistor radios are estimated to have been sold worldwide between the 1950s and today.
The pocket size of transistor radios sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went.
Because of civil unrest in Northern Ireland we ceased our regular visits to Belfast in the late 1960s and no one visited the six counties until 2011 when I visited with the intention of photographing the city centre. I arrived in April 2011 and based myself at the IBIS hotel in the city centre.
I used two Sony two Sony Cameras a NEX-5 and a VG10E camcorder. I still use the VG10E even though it does not have a RAW option. When I purchased I could not get the lenses that I needed. One day my local dealer phoned me and told me that the VG10E came with an 18–200 mm lens at a total price of Euro 1999 but he had a demo unit that I could have for Euro 1000 and of course I could not say no,
The Sony α NEX-5 is a digital camera launched on 11 May 2010. It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with the body size of a larger model fairly compact point-and-shoot camera with a larger sensor size (APS-C) comparable to that of some digital single-lens reflex cameras. Its major competitors in the market are the cameras based on the micro 4/3 standard created by Panasonic and Olympus, and a few low end Canon, Nikon, and even Sony α DSLRs. The NEX-5 shoots 14.2 megapixel stills and has a 7 frame/s continuous shotmode. It has the capability to shoot 1920×1080i at 60 frame/s in AVCHD or 1440×1080p at 30 frame/s in MPEG4. The NEX-5 was replaced by the 16 megapixel NEX-5N in August 2011.
The Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 (model variants NEX-VG10E, NEX-VG10A, NEX-VG10J) was the large sensor interchangeable-lens video camera made and distributed by Sony in 2010-2011. It uses Sony E-mount camera lenses that were first used on the Sony NEX-3 and Sony NEX-5. It is capable of shooting in 1920×1080 full high definition using a large APS-C sensor. The video is captured in the AVCHD format. When capturing still photos the NEX-VG10 is capable of 14-megapixel stills. The camera kit comes with an 18–200 mm lens that will also be compatible with the NEX Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera systems. The 16 mm ultra wide and 18–55 mm lens E-mount lenses will also work with full auto-focus support. The built-on microphone is made of four directional mics that record in two-way stereo with the ability to capture both front and back sounds. The mic handle also has support for a hot shoe to connect a supported flash gun and a cold shoe to add on extra accessories. There will also be a 3.5 mm microphone jack to add an external microphone for more accurate sound capture.First shipments of the NEX-VG10 commenced in September 2010. Its launch price is 1999 US dollars and it comes in a kit with a Sony SAL-18200 lens with hood and a free download of Vegas Movie Studio.