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2003 Bristol Onion Sellers
When it comes to vegetables, no one knows their onions like the folk from Brittany. And nothing, many would add, can beat the taste of a real Breton onion. So if you want to buy some you're in luck, because Fancois Seite the third generation of so called "Johnny Onions" is back in Clifton selling his famous wares from the handle-bars of his old French bike.
Before the Second World War up to 1,500 cycling onion sellers could be found up and down the country - even as far as Orkney and Shetland - loaded down with strings of the pungent red bulbs called Lard de Roscoff.
The Johnnies had been coming over here from Britanny since 1828, landing at Plymouth and then making their way inland between July and December, peddling their wares as they went.
For many decades they were the only Frenchmen that the average Briton ever met and their Breton beret and stripped jumper soon became a stereotype for the French race.
They would sleep in rented barns, string their onions and then walk or cycle around the country selling them to busy housewives. The British called them Johnny for "little Jean" and the name stuck.
The tradition dwindled as competition increased in the 1950s but there are still about 20 farmers in the Roscoff area who are prepared to travel to Britain to sell their onions.
The president of the Onion Johnnies Association (no, its not a joke) Pascal Creach said: "The British recognise the quality of our pink onion. We are much less known in France."
In fact most French people are flummoxed or amused by the British idea of the cycling Frenchman and his onions, and Roscoff farmers have no real place in the French psyche.
Now, however, they have their own ?120,000 museum at Roscoff devoted to its history and events such as bike races with a full load of onions - and onion soup suppers have already taken place this summer.
Pascal had this to say. "We haven't used the Johnnies image properly, so it is time we did to sell ourselves".
The onion sellers were always the poorest sort of the farm workers but now they are being pushed to the forefront with pride. The Mayor even plans to create a Brotherhood of Onion Johnnies!
One of the last of the cycling Johnnies is Francios Seite, who is now 63 years old.
His family have been bringing their onions to Bristol for three generations.
It started with Eugene, who was the onion seller to people in the Clifton and Westbury-on-Trym area where he built up a trade and many friendships over the years.
He died in 1989 but his son Guillaume, although well into his 80s, carried on the tradition.
He had been coming to the area with his father since he was just 12 years old and brought his son Francios with him in turn.
He comes back to Britain twice a year for short trips, now driving a van but keeping his bicycle in the back to keep up appearances.
After 50 years of selling onions around Bristol he is enthusiastic about the revival of the Johnnies.
"It's old times coming back, just before the tradition dies for good," he says in his excellent English but with a slight West Country accent.
The story told in the museum at Roscoff is of canny Breton Henri Olivier, who in 1828, charted a sailing barge, loaded it with vegetables, including those famous onions, and sailed for England.
He returned home with an empty barge but with pockets full of money.
Obviously this was the market to go for and the Frenchmen kept on coming.
The 1930s were the onion men's golden age. Teams of up to 50 worked together under the leadership of a master seller. Each team had to swear to behave, and not to fight or get drunk.
Then onions were tied together in strings with rushes. There was a skill to it and the best binders could make the strings look attractive, symmetrical and solid - but without using too many onions.
The sellers travelled cheaply in the holds of cargo ships, sleeping on their onion sacks.
They didn't actually get paid until they returned home, but skffied binders got tobacco and two pints of beer a day as well as then- wages.
Once in England they lived like tramps.
They stayed anywhere they could find, such as barns, sheds and derelict houses.
At first the onions were carried on sticks over their shoulders, then came bikes, which could carry up to 100 kilos and finally cars and vans.
It could he harsh and miserable for the sellers in the old days. There were tales of Breton children bursting into tears on demand if any housewife should refuse their wares.
They had one phrase that they used constantly: "Want you onions, Missus?" but it got them by. . Unlike tinkers or gipsies they were welcomed with affection by the people in the towns and villages they visited.
Let's hope the tradition continues. It's one of the things that brings a bit of colour into our lives and we can all do with some of that.
Do you remember the "French Onion Sellers" on their push bikes going around the hou
Powtomak Harbor, Alexandria Va: winter sunset
[Canon SX130 ISO80 28mm effective F5.6 -1eV ~1/160s handheld > Gimp]
"full wide-angle" as I sat on my bike in the parking-lot
So tell me: would you pay $2500 for the camera and lens that took this shot?
It's certainly not perfect, there's a hint of chroma noise and the shadows are a bit pale, the jpegs are coming out well-sharpened but not overly-so, and the shadows show a bit of NR, the dynamic-range is not that great, like any real p&s it has to be knocked-down a bit for good overall DR. And the lens is only F3.6 wide-open at wide-angle. And the zoom and AF while slow are not overly-so. I shot it comfortably with no complaints.
But for $200 retail?
I don't even care that it's 12MP, that's just a bonus.
I see nothing really obviously, blatantly wrong with these images.
And this camera was half as much as my G9 brand-new in the same store.
I paid more than this for my A610IS and got less out of it.
Yes this is just ISO80 but if this is what it will do at ISO80 I would be very happy with it. I suspect that it has trouble shooting in low light as the image-processing chip seems to want to fiddle around too much but that's a small bridge way down the road. The main thing is that I can ride around with it in my jacket pocket easily and take quite-decent shots with it. Easily. Without it costing me a lot of money. For a "casual" shot where I really don't care all that much about the IQ, this is just fine. It's not great but it's not bad either. And most of all it isn't hobbled by a lens that is too dull, full of distortion (not in jpeg at least), too slow (not with IS), too short or too long.
And have I mentioned that it was only $200 brand-new in Walmart?
Honestly I got sick of watching eBay and trying to get this camera for under $100, at least under $150. I just said fuck it and went out and bought it. It was either that or wait months, maybe years, for it to come down to around $100 on eBay. And for what?
How could I know if it was worth waiting for if I'd never shot it myself?
And is it really worth waiting months, maybe a year, for a camera to drop 25% even 50% in price when it only costs $200 to start with? Not really. You're still spending $100 on it vs $200. Big deal. We're not talking about a filter here, something where $100 is outrageous and $200 is ridiculous, we're talking about the whole camera, and you're going to pay at least $100+ for any decent digital camera in good shape for a reputable supplier. Much less a brand new one retail with a 15-day "no questions asked, no restocking fee" return policy. And it doesn't blow-out highlights as bad as the A610, it doesn't have the fine-detail problems that the A710 had, and so far the only thing that makes me wistful for the Coolpix 9100 is the in-camera HDR. If I had gotten it for say $150 on eBay that would have been half the cost of a Coolpix 9100 but I would have lost the return option. I took it at $200 brand-new with a return option and ran. I will eat that 33% penalty no problem if after 15 days I want to keep the camera in the first place. Especially knowing that they are selling for $150 on eBay, it's not like buying a $1200 DSLR retail when I could only get $600 for it on eBay.
A DSLR just has completely-different economics: you're rationalizing the cost of an outrageously-expensive new camera for the slight improvement in IQ and control that it provides relative to film or a good point & shoot. When you go the other way the economic benefits just leap out at you. Go ahead: compare this to what you'd get out of a GH1 and a 14-140IS, or even a D90 and an 18-200VR. Don't even think about the price. Just look at the IQ. Spend an hour analyzing the IQ to death. Then realize that even if you bill at $100/hr you could spend 6 or 7 more hours analyzing this and still not equal the cost of either of those other two rigs over this little p&s. I just don't need 12 stops of DR, 38dB of SNR, 14 bits per color-channel and 22 bits of overall color-resolution or even SX130-level IQ at ISO6400 to produce decent shots. And I'll bet that you don't either. I'll be the first to admit that having that level of performance makes it real easy to produce good work. But I'm not going to sell my soul for something I don't need especially when it provides little if any real benefit on most of the shots that I take and when I'm not shooting it is literally a pain in the ass to deal with. I love DSLRs, don't get me wrong, but I'm not paying $2k for a camera that's going to sit on a shelf most of the time and when I do carry it, it's an extra 3 pounds of weight and it has to go in a bag. I did that once, I'm not doing it again. Especially not when I have 5 other cameras that I like to shoot, which altogether cost me $350. Including this one. And they *all* can produce good shots like this. Just not at 1/1500s F11 ISO3200.
But you don't need anything *like* that level of performance to take this shot well handhe
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