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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  

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 

Sabbath Town: Black Sabbath x Fuji X-Pro by suberashi

As a native of the city of Birmingham there a some things that make me proud to be a child of the town. HP Sauce, Duran Duran, UB40, and the original Mini to name a few. But there is one thing that stands above all of that, a band well, more than that an entire sound that shrouded the city then now and forever.

Bucket List. Fuji x-pro 35mm 1.4

Bucket List. Fuji x-pro 35mm 1.4

The story is well known, four working class lads from Birmingham who got together because there was chuff all else too do in Brum at that point in time. A real smoking sooty furnace of a place, the city was and still is a fairly hard place and for over 40 years Black Sabbath has been interwoven within that. The heavy bluesy soul that Birmingham emits is the heart of Black Sabbath even now. 

The Church of Metal. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

The Church of Metal. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

The first time you hear the rain on "Black Sabbath" you know its serious stuff. The humour in Fairies Wear Boots speaks to us who didn't fit into cliques, us the outsiders. So growing up with all this, wherever I went and had the where are you from? question when the response was Birmingham I and would point out... home of Black Sabbath.

Geezr's Blurred Lines. Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

Geezr's Blurred Lines. Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

Birmingham has changed some for the better some for the worse as all the new buildings go up scrubbing out the "old" Birmingham it's important not to forget the mighty impact of bands like Sabbath. I can think of other bands from the UK who have come from similar cities and are revered too near deity status some warranted others non so, but Sabbath have never really been given that status.

The Master, Tony Iommi. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

The Master, Tony Iommi. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

Creating a genre of music should ensure that, The Beatles, Oasis, New Order can be defined by the places they came from celebrated by the cities of their birth. Sabbath have too a point but they should have been celebrated even more. Heck have you listened to the new Arctic Monkeys record? its a Sabbath album as good as it is. 

Into the Void. Fuji X-Pro 35mm Vsco

Into the Void. Fuji X-Pro 35mm Vsco

The rest of the world though that was different, listen too other rock luminaries speak about them and its clear how important Sabbath are to music culture, not just metal but across the board. So with that they have gone on to become that band, the band too see an event, even now as the years march on its special. London at Hyde Park should ensure how important they are. Its like going to church, Ozzy the preacher along with Tony Iommi the riff King and Geezer Butler the heavy soul and this was a sermon.

Geezer Butler. mono tones. Fuji X-Pro 50mm

Geezer Butler. mono tones. Fuji X-Pro 50mm

The musicianship is still top of the class, Tony's battles with his health cannot diminish his craft and love of that craft. Geezer still plays bass like he is talking too your soul. Then there is Ozzy the poster boy if you want still able to excite folks like few can, sweary willing for madness within the crowd. The three still bounce off each other still enjoying the world they have owned forever.  Bill Ward isn't there we know and thats the only downer that the four horsemen can't be together anymore, remember the drums on Sweat Leaf its an education. Current drummer Tommy Clufestos is still a staggering addition to the band though. Anyway this isn't NME and its not a review I'm too much of a fan for that.

Geezer. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4  Vsco 

Geezer. Fuji X-pro 35mm 1.4  Vsco 

London though this was so good, per usual the Fuji X-Pro was along for the trip, seems he loved it too snapping away stealth when it needed to be and workable when to going got a bit serious. The privilege of being able too snap a few shots of the magic from the press pit was something you can tick off on a bucket list. Fighting the Canon boys who were looking for the stock shots for the press is all good I just wanted the feel the blues of it all. The 35mm and an old 50mm canon FD where all I had so you think differently, then throw the ISO up too 800 and let the Fuji tells story.

The Preacher, Ozzy. Fuji X-Pro Canon 50mm FD Vsco

The Preacher, Ozzy. Fuji X-Pro Canon 50mm FD Vsco

The madness. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

The madness. Fuji X-Pro 50mm Canon FD Vsco

Once the two songs where done a thankful chat to the press lady who gave me the access, you have to cherish moments like this as you may never get it again so being polite is a must. Then it was time to rejoin the group of us that had gathered up in the always slightly odd VIP area to revel in Birmingham's take over of this part of London. As days go one of those unforgettable ones, we even had fireworks and rain... Thank you to JB for the hook up, btw I finally made it. Love my Fuji, love Black Sabbath and proud to be a Brummie and as Brummies should be too, we did give the world Heavy Metal and creme eggs...

"my first gig was Black Sabbath" Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

"my first gig was Black Sabbath" Fuji X-Pro 35mm 1.4 Vsco

Now... please do not take these images without my permission, of which there is no permission if you do I will send out the Iron Man. non-commercial steez on these but all rights remain. So obey the rules.