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Giles McGarry
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Please please help +Luca Cesari find his stolen gear
 
STOLEN CAMERA GEAR!

One of my biggest fears came into reality yesterday.


My camera bag, full of almost everything I own has been stolen. (except for a 200€ flashgun I accidentally left at home).

It all happened while I was having lunch, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon in a small bar in the city center of Milan. My backpack was between my chair (which I never left) and a solid concrete wall; I still can’t believe they succeeded in taking that cumbersome 10+kg backpack without me even noticing. 
Side note – just to give you a smile: I was drinking still water at the time.

It’s pretty hard to get insured if you’re not a professional here in Italy, so no chance of getting ANY money back.

Just below my personal information you will find a list of the stolen items; some are definitely uncommon like my infra red converted 5D MKII (their are not many 5d Mark II custom converted for infrared around), so please keep an eye on them.

Still extremely sick about it, those of you who know me personally are aware that Photography is my life, and losing all this hard earned gear has created a deep big black hole inside me. I started building this system at the beginning of 2008, which means five years of effort have been cancelled in a few seconds.

I’m trying to react, and will immediately start to build a new camera system – I can’t think of my life without Photography – fully aware of the fact that some ***** can take away my gear, but they WON’T TAKE AWAY MY TALENT, PASSION and DEDICATION, which is all that matters.

Help me by sharing this as much as you can.


Here’s the list of the material which has been stolen.

EF 50 f/1.4 – sn: 33906527

EF 17-40 f/4 – sn: 01151166

TS-E 24 f/3.5 – sn: not available – I bought it used and don’t have the box.

EF 70-200 f/4 IS – sn:  00290139

5d Mark II (infrared 720 nm converted) – sn: 0230109880

5d Mark II – sn: 1831112414

2x LP-E6 Batteries

3x CF Transcend 16 gb

Lee Wide Angle Adapter Ring - 82 mm

Lee Filter Holder

Lee Big Stopper

Lee 0.9 ND Pro Glass

Lee 0.9 ND Resin

Lee 0.3 soft GND Resin

Lee 0.6 soft GND Resin

Lee 0.9 soft GND Resin

Hitech 0.9 Hard GND Resin

B+W Kasemann Slim Circular Polarizer 77mm

B+W ND110 77mm

Rode Videomic Pro Microphone

Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack

And many other small accessories like a Manfrotto Bubble Level, remote control + wireless remote control, cleaning clothes and liquid, angle viewfinder, Lenspen, dust blower…

I can’t even remember everything....

Thank you.

Luca Cesari

www.lucacesari.com

luca@lucacesari.com

 +39 340 906 6362
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Brother...maybe too late to help you but someone else in possible similar circumstances....tough times..equal...thefts on rise...stolen gear means...check country/nations version pawn shops yourself...many local equal to police busy solving local crimes and may benefit you more to do own investigation .on own all the while seeing some local flavor...sorry for your lost friend
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Trinity Bridge Study

As I haven't been around here too much I thought I'd best show my face before the year ends.  This is a study of Santiago Calatrava's Trinity Bridge in Manchester iI undertook a couple of months ago on a trip to Manchester.  Its the first Calatrava structure I've ever seen and was hooked immediately.  The day was good for what I wanted with little or no cloud, blue skies and low direct sunlight illuminating the bridge against the sky.  Unfortunately the bridge is surrounded on all sides by pretty drab and un-interesting buildings so it was a bit of a challenge to get the right angles.  Its also the first study I've really undertook where I wanted to process the shots in the same way.  I'll definitely be doing more of this next year.

Anyway I do hope you all have a Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year

#architecturalvisions  curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou and +Joel Tjintjelaar 
#bwfineartle  curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar 
#plusphotoextract  curated by +Jarek Klimek 
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+Giles McGarry Very impressive work Giles....your processing is superb...be well
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New winner of LPOTY announced - Simon Butterworth for his Urban View image from Glasgow

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wow - quite a controversy!
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After a recent spate of burglaries in my area I had a rethink on my backup solutions.  Its all well and good backing up to disk - but if those disks are at home and you get burgled or you have a fire, flod anything like that then your imagers will be lost for ever.  I decided to look online and found the Amazon Glacier service to be just what I needed - this is a blog post about why I chose this service, the yearly costs (for me less than $10 USD) and how you set it up. 
Are you protected, are your images backed up, are you safe guarding against hardware failure, accidental loss, fire or burglary?
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+Giles McGarry what software are you using to access glacier?
I like the look of the servixce and pdicing but couldnt find good software to woek with it. You also need a net connection with good up speed.
At the moment i use godaddy online file folder for cloud storage its a great price upto 100gb so i have a couple of 100gb accounts which is a bit of a messy way to work. But it works, its reliable. I have in the past used a couple of the unlimted cheap services and found them unreliable and dropped them eventually.
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A quick snap of the new view across East London from the Emirates Air Line - or the Thames Cable Car to you and I

#london   #cityscape   #cityscapephotography  
A New View Across London. A couple of weeks ago a new landmark was opened in London – yes there was the Shard, but further along the Thames in East London a new mode of transport was added – a cable c...
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That is lovely +Giles McGarry!  I love how you've lined everything up just so.  I am feeling your pain of not having a camera.  That is awful Giles!  Ok, I don't feel it literally, but I do feel the rib pain literally!  ;)
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One Last Shot - a Catalog of Mistakes !!!!

Last night in London the #Shard  was finally opened - or at least the grand inauguration was held.  This was one of the last shots I took of the laser and light show.  Up until this point the evening had gone pretty much as expected and I was relatively pleased with what I could see on my screen.  So just gone 11pm I decided to head back via the DLR to my car and then the two hour drive home.  Surprisingly the light show was still going long into the night so before jumping onto the DLR I thought I'd just get the infamous 'one last shot' - a different angle, low down reflections in the Thames.  The one last shot thought that always creeps in was my first mistake.  My second was forgetting everything I've ever learnt at the beach, ie steps that go down into the water tend to be slippy you can probably see where this is going - unfortunately I couldn't.   Now for the third mistake, instead of packing away my kit into my nice secure padded bag, no I was holding camera and tripod in one hand, backpack on my shoulder relatively empty.  Now for the fourth mistake - a combination of the first three, I headed down the steps towards the river - it was low tide so there was a small muddy beach at the bottom of the stairs - which surprisingly enough was exactly where I landed - shortly after the camera and tripod landed.  Luckily you could say that the tide was out otherwise I'd be wet - but no I was now covered from head to toe in mud - stinkly london thames mud, oh and all of my right hand side hurt, oh and my camera, tripod and lens were a little worse for where.

Technical Details
Camera: D300 smashed
Lens: Nikkon 16-35 smashed
Tripod: Gitzo Traveller - snapped
Right angled view finder - lost
Me - short trip to casualty this morning to find out I'd cracked my ribs

So the moral of the story - forget that 'one last shot' its never worth it and its invariably not as good as the first one you took

#bwfineartle  curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar 
#plusphotoextract   curated by +Jarek Klimek 
#architecturalvisions  curated by +Julia Anna Gospodarou and +Joel Tjintjelaar 

#london   #theshard   #nightscapes   #nightphotography   #skyscrapers   #exposedphoto  
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The obvious choice for me is the Suffolk Norfolk coast as thats where I live. But I think the Doset coast coast offers such a variety of different opportunities that its worth a look at.  From Swanage in the east and its new and old piers, past Kimmeridge (not to mention Corfe Castle and its fogs), Durdle Door through to Portland Bill and onto to Lyme Regis with its iconic harbour in the west. Its a great coast to do in 3 days, and every bit is different - and everything is so dramatic.  Lots of places to stay enroute too.

I know Brighton / Shoreham would be the obvious place as everythings quite close you can be really stuffed with the weather there and get absolutely nothing, and most of the things you're going to photograph are all generally in the same direction.

Dorset coast albeit more spread out does give you a huge variety of locations some pointing south, others east and west, so if one place isn't favourable you can move to the next.  Lots of different tide configurations too.

#UKSeasidePhotowalk   #Photowalk  
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Yup that Welsh weather can be a real downer at times Ben ...but the travel is no problem for me ;)
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I'm pleased to have been featured on the fantastic photography blog the D Photo by Diana Eftaiha.  There's a number of shots of mine going back in time quite some way - its actually nice to be reminded what I've done in the past - anyway the links here.  Also there's some great inspiration on Diana's site too - have a look around quite literally something for everyone
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Many congrats +Giles McGarry!  All well deserved.mate. 
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I've never really been interviewed about my photography before - and in fact never really had to think about it, that changed a couple of weeks ago when Andrew asked to interview me - below is a link to that interview.  Big thanks to +Andrew S Gibson for his time.

There's also a series of interviews by other photographers all of which are well worth a read

#photography   #interview   #longexposure   #architecture  
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I really enjoyed to read the interview !!!  Interesting to know more about your vision on photography and to know the man behind such a beautiful work, +Giles McGarry !
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Fans of Photography in for a treat this winter in the UK with 7 must see photographic exhibitions in London between now and February next year.  
Must See Exhibitions in November and Beyond. November in London see's a true treat for any photographer – there are some amazing photographic exhibitions that all coincide with each other (just). It w...
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Thanks for the tip +Giles McGarry! Some really interesting shows on your list. I'll try to get to them while I'm in London. Too bad I won't meet you too :)
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Always a great pleasure to see new works from +Karen Atkinson - but to listen to them as well - just wonderful.  Listen and watch here
 
I've recorded a cover of The Legendary Pink Dots song, called Astrid - I was the vocalist on the original record too. This new version was just a home recording, however! The slideshow features a selection of my photographs - you should be able to hear it here :-))x
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Hey, Giles, congrats for all the honorable mentions in the IPA contest. 
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Trinity Laban Dance Centre

Just a quick reshare of an image I took back in January this year.  The reason for the reshare is that back in April I had a portfolio review with Elizabeth Roberts (Editor Black+White Magazine) plus Eddie Ephraums and Tim Clinch.  

For the review I had to print a body of work - 15 to 20 pieces and present them.  Since my LRPS a couple of years ago its the first time I've had to print out a portfolio that worked together - rather than just individual shots - it was a good exercise (although I think my wife got a little bored having to help narrow down my shots to 15).  The printing was a little fraught but with the help of the Printspace in London came up with some really nice prints (printed on Canson Baryta - which is a semi gloss paper with really deep blacks, good and sharp while maintaining a small amount of texture  

The review went well - they liked my work, gave me some ideas on the direction I should be heading and on what to do next oh and also what worked and what didn't work in terms of my photography.   

Anyway one of the outcomes of this is that they've published four of my shots today in the August edition of Black and White Magazine here in the UK - the shot below (a 2 shot panorama) is printed across two pages.  Looks great and feels even better having my shots printed in what I would class as a 'serious' photo magazine.  

Oh I should say its worth checking out - not for my stuff - but the fantastic photography of Jonathon Critchley

#pleasedaspunch #published #blackandwhitephotography
 
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Commonly known as the Laban Centre in Deptford London. This is a panorama made of two images, taken a few weeks ago in the glorious January sunshine we're having at the moment.

I'd been planning to go and see this almost translucent building for ages, I had exactly this shot in mind - what I hadn't banked on was the building that have sprung up behind and to the left - I really should have taken this the first time I saw it - you live and learn.

#WideWednesdayPanorama by +Charles Lupica and +Jason Dell
#ArchitecturalVisions curated by +Joel Tjintjelaar and +Julia Anna Gospodarou
#PlusPhotoExtract by +Jarek Klimek
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excellent
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