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Dyxum member Jozioau writes...

It was a real surprise to find a PM invitation to become an Alpha Eye in my mail box recently, and I happily accepted the honour. Dyxum has been my daily connection with a wonderful international community of enthusiasts for all things Sony/Minolta and photography in general. The inspirational weekly exhibitions, the challenges, the technical expertise, the comprehensive data on cameras, lenses and accessories, and perhaps most of all the friendliness, respect, helpfulness and civility to be found here are exceptional and a tribute to the founders and moderators /administrators. I look forward to actively participating for many more happy years.

Now to some narrative:
I was born in Łódź, Poland in December 1945 to Holocaust survivor parents. In 1947 we moved to Paris to settle until my parents were spooked by the Berlin blockade and the prospect of a war between the USSR and the USA. Their priority shifted to getting as far from Europe as possible – and we arrived in Melbourne, Australia in January 1949.

So from age 3, I’ve been an Aussie, growing up in this wonderful country, living a healthy and happy life, getting a good education, graduating from Melbourne University School of Architecture, and pursuing my profession.

I was drawn to photography as a child, encouraged by my father. First a Kodak Box Brownie, then in my early teens learning the intricacies of shutter and aperture controls and light metering with my dad’s YashicaFlex twin lens reflex. For my 18th birthday I received a Yashica 35mm rangefinder camera, then 5 years later I saved up for and purchased a Minolta SRT101.

In 1971 I purchased a Durst enlarger and all the kit I needed to develop and print my own black and white films and make enlargements, temporarily converting our laundry into a dark room. I did enjoy the creativity of it all, and that basic skill-set has translated to the digital darkroom with its 24 hour availability without all the blacking-out, the chemicals and the clean-up.

Over the decades I happily stuck with Minolta. In 1982 I stepped up to the X700 system camera (European Camera of the Year) with Rokkor 50mm and 28mm primes and a 70-210mm tele zoom. These stood me in excellent stead for the next 13 years. Then I read about Minolta’s amazing pioneering autofocus “fuzzy logic” algorithms and decided it was time to adapt. I bought a Minolta Dynax 500 Si Super (Maxxum 500 Si) with AF lenses, and a couple of years later up-graded to the Minolta Dynax 505 Si Super (Maxxum XTsi) which I loved until I finally went digital with a Konica-Minolta 5D in 2006.

After Sony bought Minolta’s camera division, I stayed with the brand. Progressively a100, then a700, plus a850, then a900 camera bodies, and through to the present. I now have an a99ii, an a99, and an a77ii plus a fine set of Carl Zeiss ZA primes and zooms, Sony G tele zooms and primes, a legacy Minolta 500mm f8 AF Reflex, and a couple of Sigma lenses including a 15mm f2.8 full frame diagonal fisheye.

As was the norm back then, after graduating from Uni in 1968, I married my darling wife, we worked and saved hard, and 18 months later embarked on our ‘grand tour’ before coming home to settle down and have kids. We had a wonderful time driving around in an old VW, following Arthur Frommer’s “Europe On $5 Per Day” as our touring and budget guide, and I took lots and lots of Ektachrome slides, a couple of which are included below, both taken with my Minolta SRT101, and scanned with a Konica Minolta Dimage Scan Elite 5400II.

1. Hong Kong, first stop-over from Australia to Europe.   
Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong, 1970 by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

2. On one of our many stays in Paris.     
Champs Élysées 1970 by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

We extensively toured France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain (under Franco), Italy, Holland and Belgium, before going to live and work in London during the winter months to regenerate our savings. Then Austria, Yugoslavia (under Tito), Greece (under the Colonels) and Turkey before heading home in time for the birth of our first daughter in December 1971.

I designed and we successively built two family homes, and pursued our careers. Our younger daughter arrived in February 1975, and six weeks later I was posted to London for 15 months as part of my specialist training as a hospital architect. During work breaks we travelled in the UK and to the continent, and finished with a study tour of some of the latest hospitals in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Back home we settled into our routines, with me working on various hospital projects around Australia and my wife teaching high school mathematics and co-authoring a couple of text books.

That part of our lives came to a tragic end with my 45 year old wife succumbing to a rare and incurable auto-immune disease in August 1992, when our daughters were aged 20 and 17.

Life of course went on. Some time later I was introduced to a lady doctor who had been long divorced and had three daughters. We hit it off and got married in 1996,and have been happily married ever since. Between our 5 daughters, we now have 9 beautiful grandchildren aged 5 to 13, the delights of our lives.

We are keen travellers and have been to many interesting places. Now both retired, we plan to keep travelling and seeing the world for as long as we are able.

Dyxum has been a wonderful community to be part of, and over the years we have actually met Shay (@Rovhazman) and his wife in Boston, Francis (@Francis) and his wife in Naples, Patrik (@Pyl) in Melbourne twice, and Bob (@Bob J) also in Melbourne on probably his most distant errand-of-mercy courier trip, as well as several local members. I’ve also had all sorts of advice and feedback here to my posted images, as well as suggestions and imparted local knowledge on places I have visited. Wonderful stuff. Some of my favourite images are the results of various Dyxum challenges.

As a photographer, I have been self-taught, but have of course compared notes with other enthusiasts and professionals, read photography books and magazines, attended photographic workshops, expos and galleries, and more recently gleaned a lot from the web and particularly from Dyxum. After my professional retirement I actually enrolled in and completed The Photography Institute’s on-line Diploma of Professional Photography which I really enjoyed and learned from.

So now to some images, grouped into my very broad areas of interest.

First of all, travel - I have always found photography and travel a very heady and exciting mix, discovering new worlds, new cultures, the natural and built environments, antiquities, and of course the local people.

3. Children dressed as Hindu Gods, receiving prayers and offerings, Amritsar, India
Durgiana temple, God-children, Amritsar by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

4. The Burning Ghats, Varanasi, India. The soul of a body cremated and returned to the sacred Ganges goes straight to paradise and stops the endless cycle of re-incarnation.
The Burning Ghats, Varanasi by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

5. A Maiko, apprentice Geisha, returning to her school, Gion District, Kyoto
Maiko, Gion, Kyoto by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

6. Baroque geometrical elegance by Borromini, Rome
Borromini staircase, Palazzo Barberini, Rome by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

7. Risking traffic on the Lower East Side, New York
Lower East Side, New York by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

8. Cobbled plaza in front of the Hofbräuhaus, Platzl, Munich
Platzl, Munich by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

9. The weekly livestock market, Kashgar, China
Sheep being bought, animal market, Kashgar by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

10. Registan Square, two of its three Madrassas dating back to the 15th to 17th centuries, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Registan Square, Samarkand by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

I've also taken a great interest in wildlife photography the highlights of which have been two photo safaris to Africa. The a77ii plus SAL70400G are a killer combination for this purpose.

11. Photo safari, a family group of elephants protecting their youngest, taken from an in-ground hide at the edge of a waterhole, Botswana
Elephant Tableau, Mashatu by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

12. Photo safari, a well fed and relaxed leopard about 12 metres up in a fruiting Mashatu tree, Botswana
Getting very comfy, Mashatu by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

13. Photo safari, group of elephants walking to a wetland wallow on the plains of Kilimanjaro, Kenya
Elephants with Mt Kilimanjaro backdrop, Amboseli by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

14. Photo safari, one of the alpha males in a troupe of wild chimpanzees walking though the rainforest on the slopes above Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania
Orion on the trail, Mahale, Tanzania by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

15. Bottlenose dolphin visible through the top 2 metres of freshwater layered over the salt water depths of Doubtful Sound, New Zealand
Bottlenose dolphin 1, Doubtful Sound, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

16. Parent and fledgling at the gannett colony, Muriwai, New Zealand
Adult and fledgling gannets, Muriwai by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Closer to home, and much closer to the subject, a few Macro images.

17. Lily stamens in a garden in my neighbourhood
Macro stamens by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

18. One of the inhabitants in our garden
Hairy legs, Melbourne by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

19. My violinist daughter's prize instrument, French 1866
Violin detail, back of scroll by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

The last image naturally leading on to my connection to music through my love of it, and my daughter and son-in-law.

20. One of my grand-daughters learning from her auntie
Teacher's steadying hand by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

21. Son in law at a gig with his band "Black Cab"
James, Black Cab, Melbourne by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

Next, a bit of live action sport.

22. Panning shot of a Polo match, Werribbee
Eyes on the ball, Werribee, Melbourne by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

23. Contestant at Bell's Beach, Surf Coast, Victoria
Surfer, Bell's Beach by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

24. A young skate-boarder failing to nail his landing, St.Kilda skate park, Melbourne
Wipe out, Melbourne by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

And finally, some seascapes.

25. Dramatic light and sky, Split Point lighthouse, Airey's Inlet, Surf Coast, Victoria
Golden dawn, stormy sky, Aireys Inlet by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

26. Dangerous surf and rip, Koonya Beach, Mornington Peninsula
Powerful surf, Koonya beach by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

27. Reflections of a solitary surfer in the fine black volcanic sand, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Reflective surfer, New Plymouth, NZ by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

28. Departing Korčula on the Croatian coast
Departing Korčula by Joe Lewit, on Flickr

It's been hard honing down to this set, but there's lots more on my FlickrPro site if anyone's interested, grouped into Albums by theme or location. Thanks for taking the interest in looking, and I welcome feedback, as always.

Joe
@Jozioau
(Józio was what I was called when I arrived in Australia aged 3, a diminutive of my birth name Józef, and au is for Australia)


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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mikey2000 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 10:57
    Welcome to the AMAE team, Joe. I'm very proud to publish your article here. You truly are 'One of Us'
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 11:29
    Welcome to the team and OuU Joe! Great story and photo's - enjoyed it.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 11:52
    It is great to read about your photographic (and life) journey, Joe. Reluctantly, I will admit to remembering the styles in #2. After the quality of you images, the next thing that struck me was the breadth of your travels and well-captured "exotic" locations. Thanks for your contribution to Dyxum and congratulations on your being selected as a new Alpha Eye and OoU contributor.

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    Post Options Post Options   Quote bigsi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 17:41
    An interesting and very enjoyable read with great some great images to boot. Congrats on your OoU!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Fred_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 18:37
    Congrats to be selected in this honourable team!
    A great story to read with wonderful pics. Very kind of you to have shared some of your personal life with us. I have a lot of appreciation for the AMAE team, and thank you in advance for your further contributions to this great forum.
     



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    Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 19:09
    Nice story and a good series of Photo's Joe. Especially liked the old slides from Hong Kong and Paris, both scenes (and fashion ) that can't be seen anymore today..

    Congrats on becoming OoU
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Dopol Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 19:59
    Congrats Joe. Well deserved OoU
    Recognize many photos (meaning I remember them)
    And good to read your story.
    and good to have you on the team.

    Be yourself, there are enough others Comment yourself there are enough interested readers
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mpb Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 January 2018 at 22:57
    Congratulations Joe for both OoU and Alpha Eyes.

    A good read and great photos.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote mirthseeker Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 January 2018 at 02:07
    Congratulations Joe, and great to know a little more about you, and the photos are wonderful.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote KoBra64 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 January 2018 at 08:25
    Congratulations Joe.
    Thanks for sharing your story and photos. Please keep on doing so as I love to travel with you, sitting in my chair.
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote warpy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 January 2018 at 16:34
    The first two are really good :)
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 January 2018 at 17:00
    Your story has been a most enjoyable reading - as has been viewing the enormous variety of your photography! I am (as often) amazed by the historical depth of your photographic experience - #2 could have been shot in the famous "May 1968" if I follow your story correctly.

    Most impressive for me are your images from Africa and from your homeland. You are equally skilled to do both, landscapes and people photography and it is always rewarding to view your images and learn from your commenting here on DYXUM.

    The honor of having an OoU page and becoming a member of the AMAE team is well deserved. My congratulations to your photographic journey, Joe!!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote rovhazman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 January 2018 at 06:26
    Congrats, Joe!
    It is really nice to see the great collection of photos (I still remember some of them from the time they were posted here) and read your interesting story.
    I feel lucky that we had a chance to meet, and hope we will have chance to do it again!
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