Colombo Celebrates Vesak
City skyline over the Beira Lake. May 2023.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO1000 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •


Tales of Power
A two-storey stone fresco (above) on the exterior of the Gangaramaya Temple, in Slave Island, depicting different chapters in the Buddha’s journey from birth to enlightenment to death, is mobbed by sightseers on Vesak Poya night. Colombo, May 2023. Meanwhile (below), a more traditional pandal sits forlornly in the waterlogged Stanley Jansz Grounds nearby, its electricity supply disrupted by faulty wiring.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO3200 • Canon R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •
• 45mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO2500 •

Mövenpick, Colombo
Turret Road, October 2022.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/200 • ISO25600 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Evening in Pettah
Prince and 2nd Cross streets, Pettah. January 2023. If there ever had been a Tintin in Ceylon, this would be the place in one of those large illustrations a la The Calculus Affair or Tintin in Tibet.

• 14mm • f/4 • 1/100 • ISO1250 • R6 & RF14-35/4L •

Make a Wish
The Lotus Tower, Colombo. October 2022.

• 70mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO32000 • R6 & RF24-70/2.8L •

Coke of the Masses
Colpetty Junction, Colombo. October 2022.

• 24mm • f/2.8 • 1/125 • ISO12800 •

Life, in the Valley of the Wolves
Armed police on Wolfendhal Lane, in Hulftsdorp. October 2022.

• 35mm • f/2.8 • 1/2000 • ISO160 • R6 & RF 35/1.8 courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Why Can’t I Just be Happy with My DSLR?


It’s been a full decade now since Canon dipped its toe into the mirrorless camera business, but they’ve only really cracked on with it since launching the full frame EOS R in 2018; which seems a lifetime ago. Since then, Canon’s brought out seven more R camera bodies, and almost thirty new lenses for them, and announced the discontinuing of two entire camera systems in favour of this new one. But it wasn’t until they launched their first two pro-level R bodies (the R5 and R6) in 2020, that people really began to take notice. But a COVID-caused slowing down of manufacture and supply, followed immediately by economic collapse in Sri Lanka, meant camera imports were severely restricted. Testing out the new babies were just a dream, until a few weeks ago.

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The Sun Fallen Beneath Trees of Stone
Downtown Colombo, from the rooftop of Cinnamon Red. September 2022.

The sun is fast fallin’ beneath trees of stone
The light in the tower, no longer my home
Past eyes of pale fire, black sand for my bed
I trade all I’ve known for the unknown ahead

— Bear McCreary This Wandering Day

• 24mm • f/4 • 1/125 • ISO5000 • Canon R6 & RF 24-105/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.

Pelicans at Sunrise
The Beira Lake, Colombo. September 2022.

• 105mm • f/4 • 1/320 • ISO400 • Canon R6 & RF 24-105/4L courtesy Canon/Metropolitan.