Move On!
This soldier told me to move on and I wasn't going to argue. Those machine guns and bullets are not toys!

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Media ID 20120805120151479 
Sat Aug 04, '12 09:42AM
Uploaded By: Ruud van Ruitenbeek  

 

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Media ID 20120805120151479  
Date Sat Aug 04, '12 09:42AM
Comments 4
Views 1148
Uploaded By Ruud van Ruitenbeek
Aperture Value f//7.1
Date/Time Sat Aug 04, '12 09:42AM
Exposure Bias 0 EV
Flash No Flash
Focal Length 45 mm
Image Description I was told to move on and I wasn't going to argue with him. Those are not toy guns or bullets!
ISO 200
Make Canon
Metering Mode Pattern
Model Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed Value 1/640 sec
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You certainly captured the seriousness of the situation and his strong facial features outlined against the bright blue sky.

 Superb shot Ruud, very iconic!

So is Lusaka interesting? I mean, aside fron this image ;-) Jeez, what a shot Ruud!

I suppose Lusaka is much like other cities in developing countries. There are slums and shanty towns, but I have not ventured there (yet.) There are some modern shopping malls and some nice leafy neighbourhoods, like the street where I work (I'll post a picture), but in general the infrastructure is very poor. Electricity has been fine in my house (only had a power cut once, for a few hours), but water supply can be problematic. We were without water for 5 days once and the pressure is so low that the hot water does not work. I do feel quite safe and am walking back home in the dark. Zambians are very friendly in general, they greet strangers in the street with a smile and 'moody bwange.' That is my phonetic spelling of 'How are you?' in Nyanja the most popular local language in Lusaka, out of the 70 that are spoken in Zambia. The official language is English and it makes things so much easier that everyone I come into contact with speaks it, although I did need to get used to the accent!

I am going on a short safari to the Kafue National Park this weekend, so I can hopefully post some wildlife shots later. It will be good to get out of the dusty city for a few days.