When will It be My Turn? #3

The Workshop Players rehearse Akuna at the Lionel Wendt. February 2022.

• 53mm • f/4 • 1/50 • ISO12800 • EOS R & RF24-105mm f/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan


No More Street Cred

Protestors in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, demand the reinstatement of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his United National Party government, in October 2018.

• 200mm • f/5.6 • 1/400 • ISO200 • 600D & EF-S18-200/3.5-5.6 • polariser •

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A Soupçon of Refreshment #2

Bowls of hot soup are served up from a cart on Prince Street, for porters, vendors, and evening shoppers in Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/60 • ISO400 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Evening on 2nd Cross Street

Pedestrians, traffic, and pavement hawkers vie for space in Colombo’s major bazaar, the Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO800 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Dinner in Pettah

A kiosk on Keyzer Street provides a light takeaway to weary workers heading for home. Colombo, January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

If I was a 16th Century Portuguese Photojournalist


And had the camera been invented, my photos of the Portuguese-Sinhalese wars might have looked a bit like this. Instead I’ve committed a bit of sacrilege and had a look at what all the fuss is about with AI, and used it to create a bunch of pictures from scratch. This is a first for my blog (and likely the last), since its whole point is to showcase my actual photography, but I thought this experiment was worth sharing.

This set of pictures is entirely AI-created, with even the prompts that created the images being composed by AI, with just a bit of editing (to the prompts, not the pictures), by me. It started off with me asking ChatGPT to give me a brief explanation of the 16th century Portuguese presence in the Colombo Fort. I then told this OpenAI chatbot to come up with a set of prompts which Midjourney could use to create pictures to illustrate its explanation. I then fed the prompts to Midjourney, adding that the pictures must look as if I had shot them on Kodak Tri-X film in my style of photography. These are the results.

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Rush, Rush, Rush

Daylight begins to fade on Prince Street, in Colombo’s Pettah area. January 2023.

• 14mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO2500 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Prayer Time in Pettah

Muslim men remove their footwear and enter the Memon Hanafi Mosque on 3rd Cross Street, for Friday evening prayers. Colombo, January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/10 • ISO400 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

A Soupçon of Refreshment

Glasses of hot soup are served up from a cart on 3rd Cross Street, for labourers, vendors, and evening shoppers in Pettah. January 2023.

• 35mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Evening Tea in Pettah

A kiosk on the corner of Keyzer and 3rd Cross streets provides sustenance to shoppers and departing city workers alike. Colombo, January 2023.

• 26mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO4000 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •