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A City United by suberashi

Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom

Local derbies in England are revered things, every town or city has some kind of tribal mindset when comes down to football loyalties. Manchester has always had a pretty fierce divide, the two city clubs have sometimes had an inbalance in on and off field status. That's changed obliviously in recent years and it's seems we are at the zenith of the Manchester stand off. 

2-2 yeah?  

2-2 yeah?  

Arguably this is now the world's biggest local derby with the histrionics, star names, the cash sloshing around and of course ego's of two clubs trying to be the best in Europe.  I've heard lots over the years about the red and blue halves of Manchester's disdain for each other.

Sir Matt Busby Way  

Sir Matt Busby Way  

The overall vibe though  here is a city dominating the landscape of football globally, the volume people  knocking around gives the Staduim a feel of a stately home or national landmark. It's true for some this is a pilgrimage, just as many international voices as Salford twangs.                                                

Dream Factory  

Dream Factory  

Even me as an Arsenal fan can see the theatre of of it. And on a day like today with the new Gods of Olympus holding court it had an extra pinch of occasion.                                    

Hype  

Hype  

Anyway United lost 2-1 I don't think the significance is lost this was a huge game, Pep saunters back to the Ethihad knowing he has caused pain and is a few miles up the hill than his nemesis. Enjoy the pics, stealth mode with the Fuji x100 and Oly Mju. 

Cobbles

Cobbles

Little word in the Olympus Mju that was a quid from a local car boot. Discreet is the word, it's champagne so it has no "real" camera steez about it but it's steller.    

Yyaaaaaaay - Mju 

Yyaaaaaaay - Mju 

Don't point, end of roll - Mju  

Don't point, end of roll - Mju  

Quiet, fast this is the zoom version but that helps out extra reach. It has become my daily pick up  over my x100 and is perfect for knocking around streets and games. 

Ones  

Ones  

Skull Island - Mju

Skull Island - Mju

Overall a good insight into the battle of Manchester. I held off posting until United and City had played in Europe. Seems both works in progress are at different places United struggle, Pogba not settled Pep has. Jose already not naming but shaming. Going to be a corker this...

Rivals - Mju  

Rivals - Mju  

Propaganda  

Propaganda  

The Ritual by suberashi

Loyal

Loyal

A set of images to show the weekend faces and views of the national game here in the UK. Something different than trees, landscapes. Over the next few months I will be taking in the visuals of Midlands football prior to kick off seeing the faces and scenes that become rituals and routine for thousands.

Kick Off 4.00 for the fallen giants

Kick Off 4.00 for the fallen giants

Known fact I love football! and thought it would be good to see how the weekend ritual is played. Here are the results. The faces and environment the, rituals of the game that seem to be everywhere during match day. It's the great leveler football, match day showing full support to your club is important. It was West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United this day. West Brom are situated between Smethwick, Handsworth and the town of West Bromwich is annexed to Birmingham so a real multicultural club, and it has big support in those districts. Next season they will be the only representatives of top flight football in this part of the world, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and another lost soul Wolverhampton Wanders are all probably in the league below next season, all clubs are up for sale but the fans still turn up for the routine and rituals of match day. As for United we pretty much know about them. The United away fans had their casuals game sorted by the look some of the best dressed support in the country.

Merch

Merch

Having spent a fair bit of time in the land filled with hills and mountains it felt good to go stealth for a bit. Nothing more than gloves the Nikon D750 and a 50mm lens, ISO was cranked up so no worry with bad light getting in the way. Great places football grounds in the UK, the weekend or midweek ritual of thousands hoping or expecting their team to does the job. I want to see was the pre-match routines and rituals of folk who love football. Quite an appropriate game to scope out too, West Bromwich Albion against the stuttering giants Manchester United. Both clubs with rich history West Brom pioneered giving black players a platform to play, Cyril Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Remi Moses stole the show back in the day and Bryan Robson left West Brom for United for a record fee of a hefty 1.5 million pounds not to mention "Big" Ron Atkinson managed both clubs.

Food at football has a smell and you know folk have their preferred stalls, programme sellers pitch up in their normal spot and the scarf sellers set up like bosses to get that wrap sold. Its still fascinates me theatre of football before kick off, and with a new global following i'm not sure the wider world sees this so its good to get that out there show its not all Jim White, glitter and glitz.

⬅︎  Match Day Parking  ⬅

⬅︎

Match Day Parking

There is massive buzz around the game for both, WBA needing to ensure survival and United trying to recapture some of that allure lost since Sir Alex walked. From there I strolled, not having any affiliation to either club it was cool just to feel and see the day build. As it was United there was an extra crackle not because they are any cop, but they where there for the taking and yup they kept up their dreadful season they losing 1-0. A week for baggies fans to live off and be happy for as they ensured another season in the top flight. Looking forward to hitting more Midlands football establishments to snap more scenes and celebrate routine and ritual.

Shot on Nikon D750 x 1989 50mm 1.8, Adobe Lightroom for edit.

Amsterdam and a camera by suberashi

I have said it before apart from New York, this is the best city in the world. This was the first time I have had the chance to take the xt1 for a whirl overseas so here's some pics with that camera in that city.  

That Dutch Skyline  

That Dutch Skyline  

This city never gets boring, give me Chocomel and some sunshine and I'm set. Exploring, hearing languages from all over the world, Amsterdam is beyond cosmopolitan full of street smarts. Even as someone who visits often I still find new things to see and snap. 

Tags  

Tags  

The New Dutch skyline  

The New Dutch skyline  

Catching Fish  

Catching Fish  

This classic BMW 2500 sat cool as ice in the city and the xt1 loved it's colour and steez. 

BMW 2500

BMW 2500

Waiting  

Waiting  

below is some low light magic, the xt1 has a good feel for high ISO.  

Night Moves  

Night Moves  

Art Attack  

Art Attack  

Stacked  

Stacked  

how did the xt1 get do? Proper . simple as, everything is stepped up from the xpro1. I never not wanted to have the camera with me. When I had a DSLR I would get weary of carrying that lump, even the xpro for some reason did the same thing. this is different plus the addition of the wifi transfer was slick for me. shoot export edit in VSCO upload and go again. I enjoy this camera a lot, I really do it has even more stealth quality over my old Fuji great for trekking though the urban. I have had chats about people ditching Fuji for Sony full frame yaaawwwwwrn it's a boring debate for me. I don't see it for one reason the glass, if Sony ever came close to this glass then maybe but they don't so why change? You can have all the full frame sensors you want if the glass sucks game over.  

Commuter  

Commuter  

So there it is some images wth the xt1 in Amsterdam. Well done Fuji still killing it ... 

Eye Film Institue  

Eye Film Institue  

Perfect beaters for the Amsterdam Streets. All Star slippers 

Perfect beaters for the Amsterdam Streets. All Star slippers 

X-T1 v Slum Village and some low light by suberashi

So, recently I made the upgrade from my loved Fuji X-Pro1, my mind told me the jump from the X-Pro to X-T1 wouldn't be that big... wrong it is. So with that in mind I was curious to see how the low light would work in the real world. Luckily I found the right event to see its game. Slum Village making a stop in Birmingham at the Hare and Hounds to show love and play a bit. If not aware Slum Village have been around for 15 years and are hip hop gold from Detroit founded by the late great J Dilla they have a mainstay. On hand to support old friends and cohorts A Few Good Men who I don't think I had seen for 10 years!!!

 "you heard Tribe have split up?!" I still remember who and when told me my favourite group of all time had split up, A Tribe Called Quest had gone no more... rows, bust up's and time had done for them what had happened to many great groups. The void was there and big, hip hop was changing more glam more glitz. Tribe filled the void along with De La Soul but what next who and from where? the answer came from within, see Tribe had been using the studio skills of a guy from Detroit. The late and great J Dilla aka Jay Dee he was key to the last Tribe Called Quest albums but beyond he had produced for Common, Busta Rhymes even Janet Jackson, but he also had a group Slum Village containing Dilla, T-3 and Bataain and in 2000 the void was filled. They put out an album Fantastic Vol 2, in 2000 which to this day in hip hop is regarded as a classic, myth surrounds it from bootlegs to delays release. I could write so much about Slum as a fan but, those who know don't need the history and for the rest of you search the web, there are better that can tell the story than me it's worth it to find out how influential they became. For me to have a few images of a group who have two songs, Fall in Love and Thelonious in my 20 of all time and one of my most treasured albums of all time was a thing for sure. 

 As for the Fuji 35mm 1.4 standard issue glass, ISO up, up, up too 2500 no higher than 2.8 on the aperture and away we go. No you will never get the cleanest image but workable and fitting of environment. Thoughts it's light years on the X-Pro1 speed is one big difference faster more consistent. Big notice was in the EVF this new X-T1 kills the old camera hands down serious detail under these condtions. Now, the depths of Kings Heath Birmingham at 1.30am isn't the best place to try and edit upload and deliver, but the Fuji APP works a treat. Shoot, export via the network set up between iPhone and Camera and an edit in VSCOCAM and its good to go. Slum came went ,I caught up with old friends reminisced about the old and new. The Fuji delivered big time and for that I'm happy. 

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http://www.slumvillage.com