Opening door

This was a lovely set of doors which were an entry to a hutong that Pamhule took me to in Beijing.

I closed the doors so I could take this shot and very much surprised a resident who was returning home and opened the doors to find me pointing a camera at an empty box of drink containers I had moved from a neatly stacked pile just so I could get a better angle of them.

I love the detail on this door, and am fascinated by both the makeshift peephole and the two iron handles on either side that I presume used to hold a nice big piece of wood to keep people out.

On the scene I can’t recall noticing the writing on the door, so if anyone knows what it says on the right hand frame please do let me know.

In other news, it may be of interest to some of you to learn that the .photography TLD has now been released and is open for anyone to register. Over the next year we’re going to see a lot of these being released, ranging from brand owned ones such as .canon, .nikon & .flickr, geo locations such as .london & .newyork, and indeed others such as this one, .photos, .beer and .ninja. Over time it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the likes of .com or country codes such as .uk.

Though hundreds of these are going to be released, .photography is the first to have interested me. Visiting http://murphyz.photography will redirect to my photography site at this stage, but at some point in the future I can see me moving to that domain rather than using the .co.uk. Likewise there is great potential for making something out of http://hdr.photography or http://learn.photography and a few others that I have registered.

These are interesting times.

So, for those of you out there who have your own domains, and especially those who have ‘yournamephotography.com’ or ‘yournamephotos’.com – are you going to stick with a .com or simply get ‘yourname.photography’?

I see some savvy companies have already gone ahead and secured their names, such as Smugmug securing smugmug.photography; whereas some others appear to have missed out – i.e 500px where the domain name 500px.photography already appears to be taken by a 3rd party.

Now is a great time to get them if you see the need.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 160
  • Shutter speed: 1/30s