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Brandon Huff

Apr 192017
 

Daily Inspiration #1030

By Lee Webb

Love the website. Thanks for keeping it running all these years.

My name’s Lee and I like to shoot street photography with vintage lenses. Living in Shanghai gives me plenty of scenes to work with and I try to get out whenever time allows and the light is good. These three shots were taken with a Yashica Yashinon 45mm f1.7 on a Sony NEX. The lens is from the old Yashica Electro 35 film camera. Unlike most vintage lenses I’ve owned it was never meant to be removed from the camera. This means that instead of using a separate adapter, the back of the lens itself is modified to fit your digital camera body.

Hopefully someone can get some inspiration from these images, this being a daily inspiration post and all. :)

I blog myself. Mainly about street photography and philosophies behind creative pursuits. I also review all the vintage lenses I use. If anyone wants to learn more about the 45mm Yashinon used for these shots, they can here: www.myfavouritelens.com/yashica-yashinon-dx-45mm-f1-7-lens-review/ And to see more street shots taken with all different vintage lenses, my Instagram is here: www.instagram.com/myfavouritelee/

Keep up the great work, Steve and Brandon.

Cheers.

Lee Webb

Apr 142017
 

Friday Film : A roll of T-max 400 from shooting to sharing 

By Jerome

Hello Steve and Brandon,

In November last year I had the chance with the local photo club to shoot a roll of t-max 400 during a film « Grenowalk » (a shooting walk once a month, each time a different theme ; and the club is from Grenoble, France). I restored the Yashica FR I 35mm reflex camera lent by my step parents, throw a roll of t-max 400 (36 views), and here we go.

 

Shooting was very enjoyable ; the viewfinder is very big and bright (paired with a 50mm f/1.7), composing and focus are easy, metering very good (confirmed by the images later). Once shot, the film was developed by myself in an associative lab, La Bifurk, where I was taught how to develop and enlarge a 35mm film. Scan was done with a DIY box, where the film is back illuminated with my smartphone and scanned with an Olympus E-P5, the same 50mm f/1.7 used one the Yashika, and a couple of close-up filters, and post processed with Lightroom (curve inverting, contrast, local dodge/burn, spot removal). The t-max is a low grain film, and with pleinty of informations in hightlight and shadow to recover ; PP was easier than I tought.

I am quite happy with the result, I think some images are worth showing, I hope you will enjoy some of them.

Thanks for reading,

Jerome
www.flickr.com/photos/jeromedoutaz
www.facebook.com/jeromedoutazphoto/

Mar 312017
 

Film Friday! Downtown Antwerp with the Hasselblad Xpan and Kodak Tmax 3200

By Dirk Dom

Hi!

When I just had my Xpan, a few years ago, I felt like going downtown and shoot at night with it. I only had the 45mm lens (field of view horizontally equivalent to 24mm full frame) and used Kodak Tmax 3200. Because the Xpan only does automatic exposure with shutter times shorter than 1/15th second, I kept the camera at 1/15th or 1/30th manually and eyeballed it. All shots hand held. The Xpan shoots 24 x 65mm negatives on 35mm film, 20 shots a roll. It’s a rangefinder, but with the 45mm I always zone focus except when I need it to be super accurate. It’s one of my most favorite camera’s.

The Xpan with the 45mm lens

The 24 x 65mm vertical shutter

The park near where I live, between the houses and the railroad

These are old water cisterns from the time when there were still steam locomotives. They’re a very beautiful sight, very close to my place

An old building they refurbished into apartments

A pedestrian / bicycle tunnel under the railroad

The Antwerp cathedral is beautifully lit

A group of statues at the Cathedral, commemorating the building. They worked at the Cathedral for over 200 years. Take that, 21st century!

A shop window, downtown

The Meir, a big shopping street, completely deserted at night. The stone pillars were later removed as in the very crowded street during the day people didn’t see them and got hurt walking into them.

An office buillding on the Melkmarkt

Of course a Mac Donalds on the Meir, and to the left the Antwerp Central Station. This was a difficult composition and exposing the very brightly lit Mc Deonalds and the tower was difficult. Burning and dodging are your friend!

A last one of the Cathedral,

And a last shop window

Walking the city at night is fun. Hope you enjoyed them!

Film exposed at 3,200 ASA and normally developed in Tmax developer, developing time as on the bottle.

Bye,

Dirk.

Mar 302017
 

Hi Steve,

I hope you’re doing well. Below are 3 photographs of my wife, Missy—who always unconditionally tolerates me photographing her at all hours of the day. She’s the sweetest person I know and will always be my muse.

I also run a weekly “Photo a Week” mailing list. After 4 years and much deliberation, I have decided to bring it back. The hiatus gave me time to focus freely as a photographer, and to practice and devote myself 100% to film. Most photographs I send are shot entirely on 35mm, developed myself in my home lab, and scanned using a dedicated 35mm film scanner. Photos will be embedded into each email with a link to view a higher res version on my website. If you like my particular style of photography and never want to miss an update, you can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/cF-wiD

The rest of my galleries can be viewed on my website here: www.khunyalamatpan.com

Best,
Khunya

Mar 282017
 

Daily Inspiration #1028

By Alexander Staveoudis

Dear Steve,

First, let me say how much I admire you and you’re website. I think both are a great service to the photographic community.

These picture are of my sister (a frequent subject, willing most of the time), on a night out, just her and I, to my favorite restaurant and cafe. My go-to camera for low light situations such as these is the Fujifilm X-E2 set on auto ISO and with the great Fujifilm 35mm f1.4 lens. This mostly a B&W camera for me as I post process the images in SEP. It’s my poor mans Monochrom.

Thank you again for what you do for us and thank you for the opportunity.

Be well,

Alexander Stavroudis

Mar 232017
 

Quick Shot: Olympus Pen-F

By Graeme

Hi Steve,

Here is my submission for the Quick Shot post.

Last year, I sold my entire pro Nikon studio and simplified my life with a Leica SL, an M9, and some nice primes. The SL is a marvel, and is my first choice when the purpose is explicitly photography… for example a photo trip, or a wedding, or a portrait session. However, the SL is big and expensive, and I found it a burden when on vacation or when the purpose is not explicitly photography… when photographs are secondary to actually living my life.

With this in mind, and based on reviews from this site, I bought an Olympus PEN-F and couple of the inexpensive primes. I have to admit, it is a revelation… so small, so fast. It just gets out of my way and lets me take pictures. For an everyday shooter, it is practically perfect.

The image below was taken this past month on vacation in Aruba, and was totally unplanned (the shot, not the vacation!). My wife shouted over to me that she was going to jump. I crouched. She jumped. ONE frame. We got lucky! I especially like the way her shadow is hugging my son.

For those interested in the details, the image is basically an OOC JPEG. I never shoot RAW for personal work… JPEG is perfectly acceptable for recording everyday life. In this case I did apply a very slight skylight filter in Color Efex Pro, just to compensate for the (very) blue skies. The lens is the very capable 17mm f1.8 (apparently set at f5). As far as I can tell, the little Oly’s autofocus nailed it. The same image with the SL may have had more pop and character, but I doubt it would have gotten the focus in just one frame. And the lack of noticeable shutter lag on the PEN gave me the confidence to time the shot quite well.

Cheers,

Graeme
www.graemebshaw.com

Mar 202017
 

QuickShot: RX100

By Mike

Hey Steve!

My family and I took a cruise to the Caribbean, which led me to purchasing Sony’s little pocket rocket. I cannot begin to tell you how much research I did prior to making the purchase; agonizing between the Ricoh GR II, Fuji X70 and finally the RX100 and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.  Below is a shot after we disembarked our cruise back in NOLA and we were catching a shuttle back to the parking garage. Luckily I was to be in the right place at the right time to capture this image as the sun was rising over the morning fog.

This image is straight from JPEG, edited to taste within Snapseed. I hope to write up a short experience about the RX100 over the weekend for your site as well. IMO, it really is the perfect travel camera and cannot recommend it enough!

Cheers,

-Michael

Mar 162017
 

Daily Inspiration #1027

By Daniel Simon

Hi Steve

Long time reader, first time submitter. These photos are my first real attempt at street portraiture and were taken in the boat-building yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Chittagong is not a pretty city, so the people there were as intrigued by us as we were of them. Additionally we got to (unofficially) tour one of the ship-breaking yards, where huge ships are dragged up the beach to be broken up for scrap (plenty more photo opportunities). This was also my first extended period with my new Olympus 12-100 f4 PRO lens on my trusty and somewhat battered O-MD E-M1. Hope you like them!

www.armthedoors.com – my travel photography and writing site (not a portfolio site, so please feel free to exclude this if it breaks submission rules!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mar 142017
 

Quick Shot:Olympus OMD EM5 W/ 25mm f1.8

By Johan

Went skiing with my son in Ramundberget, Sweden, a couple of weeks ago. One day the weather on the mountain plateau was very tricky; biting cold, strong gusty winds, thick clouds and blistering sunshine, changing back and forth. Just a few seconds before I took this picture the visibility was close to zero. Then, for a short moment, the sky opened up and the two skiers appeared.

Cheers
Johan

OMD EM5 with Olympus 25mm f1.8 lens, 1/2000 f10 iso200.
Jpeg developed from raw file using the Olympus viewer software. Decreased the highlights a bit. Camera and lens bought after reading Huff reviews 

Mar 082017
 

Daily Inspiration #1025

By Thomas Chan

Dear Steve,

Hi! I’m Thomas from Hong Kong. I just want to share some photos taken by my Konica Hexar RF with Leica 50mm Summicron rigid, with Fujifilm X-tra 400 as my favourite film for street photography: One of the cheapest colour negative ISO400 films in the market with some promising colours.

The city is so crowded in Hong Kong, such that bridges are built around the city to maximise the use of space. It gives photographers a great opportunity to take pictures around these bridges, and I start to develop an interest of record people’s life from top down (haven’t quite put it into execution yet though). The first two pictures with the construction workers and the market were taken in Central, along the famous Central-Midlevels escalator. It’s a popular place for tourists, as it was built in between buildings, it gives tourists a different perspective in seeing things, in particularly those who come from Europe or the States. The third one was taken at an estate near my home, with some people enjoying their meals outdoors.

I hope it can be my second post on your website, after the first one about the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.5 ASPH. When it comes to the difference, I think the time when the Leica shows its value is during cloudy weather. When it’s sunny, the Voigtlander delivers a bright and colourful image on film, but during cloudy weather, the photos with Nokton tends to be a bit dull and heavy, especially the green colour. On the other hand, photos with the rigid are more consistent, and it still delivers good pictures during cloudy days. The bokeh is very different, and it’s about your taste. Anyways, I’m really satisfied with the Rigid in general, despite being 50 year old.

Here’s my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thomasthtc/

Cheers,
Thomas Chan

Mar 032017
 

Daily Inspiration #1024

By Tomas

Hi Steve!

I am sending You my 3 photos. They were taken in Prague (Czech Republic), Kampa Park, at the John Lennon Wall. The wall is filled with graffiti representing symbols of love and peace. I was there with my children – my daughter was just relaxing, absorbing emotions coming from the wall, while my son was full of energy.  The last shot represents how hungry my son was after the walk….

Taken with sony A7rII, FE24-70GM. Edited in lightroom

Thanks for watching!

Tomas
https://pantoflicek.myportfolio.com

Mar 022017
 

Daily Inspiration #1022

By David

Hello Steve,

Thank you for posting my Film Friday submission early last year. I mentioned that I might send a submission with some photos taken with an Olympus OMD EM1 M4/3 mirrorless camera. Well, here it is. I continue to enjoy this camera as my passion for photography continues to deepen. I am impressed with this little beast and its fast focus, EVF WYSIWYG (now there’s an old acronym), weather sealing and great lenses. Even though I often itch for full frame resolution, dynamic range and high ISO performance, the EM1 continues to satisfy me and support my growth in capturing moments.

Last month my lovely bride and I went to Monteverde, Costa Rica to visit the family of my son’s fiancé. What a wonderful trip, up in the mountains surrounded by nature and beautiful, warm and welcoming people. The EM1 was a great companion and made it through heavy rain and a couple of bangs and drops. I decided to bring two lenses with me, the Olympus 12-40 and the 40-150 f2.8 PRO lenses. A great travel duo, up to the rough elements and plenty of focal range for landscapes, nature and people.

Photo one is from a night nature tour where we happened on this Side-Stripped Palm Pit Viper. The longer 40-150 lens kept me at a relatively safe distance and the light supplied by our fellow hiker’s flashlights meant an ISO of 3200 as I had stopped the lens down a bit to f6.3.

Photo two was taken at a family farm in San Luis de Monteverde, Costa Rica. Again with the 40-150 lens at f2.8. These two beautiful Yellow-crowned Euphonia, male and female, where enjoying a ripe cuadrados (a type of banana).

Photo three was taken late in the day on the farm while we gathered to watch the sunset. We were fortunate that the weather had turned from the constant rain to sunnier days. The pacific coast is almost 100km away and we were about 2,000 metres above sea level. Every evening when the skies were clear the sunsets were amazing.

Lastly, I thought I would include a black and white edit of a photo taken while on a day trip to Playa Jaco on the Pacific coast. It was a hot and sunny day which was a welcome change from the wetter, cooler mountain weather we had been enjoying. This street scene of a local surfer captured the essence of Jaco for me.

Thanks for the opportunity to share these photos and a bit of rambling with you. I continue to enjoy your Original Real World Camera Review Site and all of your inspired content. Thank you for also including posts from other enthusiasts and photography lovers. Oh, and thanks for continuing to fuel my desire for a Leica camera and lenses!

All the best,

David

Instagram: @007photo

Feb 282017
 

Daily Inspiration #1021

By Luke Mikler

My first foray into the fungal kingdom came on a trip I took to Prague in the early 2000s. I had been visiting family in Bratislava, Slovakia and had taken a short trip with my grandpa to visit his brother in Prague. After spending some time in the city, we ventured out into the countryside to spend a couple of nights in a small cabin belonging to my grandfather’s brother, foraging for mushrooms. Coming from Eastern Europe, generations of my family have grown up foraging for food, especially mushrooms. I feel that an interest in foraging for wild food, and mushrooms, in particular, was passed down without me even realizing.

We set out the next morning into the forests that surrounded the small village cabin. Immediately I was thrilled and intrigued with the possibility of what we may come across. I began asking my grandpa and his brother many questions.

“What are we looking for? How do you know what to pick? Have you ever been poisoned?”

I was fascinated by the amount and variety of mushrooms that we found. We were mainly hunting for a species of mushroom similar to the Porcini (Boletus edulis) known in that area as the Dubák (Boletus reticulatus). We found many Dubák, but what really excited me were the countless other species we came across. This was the first time that I noticed the Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) and remember being enchanted by the fact that it did not just exist in fairy tales and cartoons.

A gill shot of Lichenomphalia umbellifera, a tiny mushroom not more than 15mm​ across the cap.
Nikon D610, Sigma 105mm f2.8 macro + Raynox DCR-250 macro conversion lens
105mm, f6.3, 1/125 sec, ISO500

This trip can certainly be credited with piquing my interest in wild mushrooms. I was pleased to find out that my home in Vancouver, BC, I happened to live in one of best places on earth to take up mycology (the study of mushrooms). Not long after that trip to the outskirts of Prague I joined the local mycological society and began exploring the diversity of fungi found in British Columbia. Due to their size, mushrooms are often overlooked, despite being an important part of many ecosystems. They aid in decomposition of organic material, provide food for animals, insects and humans, and also connect trees with a complex system of underground mycelium (like fungal roots) which allow for nutrient distribution in complex symbiotic relationships.

With a background in fine art with a focus on painting, I’d always been a visual learner and interested in communicating through artistic expression. Soon after taking up amateur mycology, ​I​ felt the need to document the strange specimens I was discovering on my outings. The textures, colours and shapes that can be found within the fungal kingdom are awe inspiring. Vibrant reds, deep purples, honeycomb structures, and strange coral-like formations, just to mention a few.

Wide angle shot of my dad walking through one of our favourite chanterelle patches in early fall.
Nikon D610, Sigma 24mm f1.4
24mm, f5, 1/160 sec, ISO1600

Coincidentally, shortly after my trip to Europe, I had bought my first point and shoot camera​, a Canon Powershot SD750,​ and fell in love with photography. As I was becoming more engrossed in the world of fungi, it was my desire to document these specimens that allowed me to improve my photography skills and really made me passionate about the art. Photography, and mycology, has taken me through some of the most stunning landscapes in the province, and perhaps the world. From the lush forests of the Northern Cascades, to desolate expanses of burned forest in northern British Columbia – these are places I can’t imagine finding myself in before my fungal and photographic hobbies took hold.

I gather inspiration from other nature photographers, and find macro work to be the most intriguing; providing a up-close glimpse of subjects we often ignore. I’ve learned an immense amount from studying the work of Nicky Bay, Steve Axford, and Dr. Tan Ji.

I’ve dabbled with many different cameras and techniques in the last decade and have continued to learn at every opportunity. Currently, for my fungal photos, I use a Nikon D610, with the help of extension tubes, macro conversion lenses, reverse lens techniques, and dedicated macro lenses.​

As my subjects are generally found in the dim and dark woods, I use different types of lighting in my photographs to make the subjects stand out including softboxes, reflectors and speedlights. It is not uncommon to find me wandering through the woods with an inconveniently sized speedlight softbox hanging over my shoulder.​ I also love wide angle shots that allow me to capture the stunning locations I find myself in. One of my favourite lenses for these shots is the Sigma 24mm f1.4.​

A view of Mt. Slesse, part of the Northern Cascade mountain range. Chilliwack BC, Canada.
Nikon D610, Nikon 50mm f1.4
50mm, f8, 1/400 sec, ISO100 Panorama of 10 photos

I don’t profess to be a master of the art or to be a wise teacher of photography, but I feel confident to offer at least one piece of advice. If you wish to better your photography, choose to shoot something you are passionate about and connect with people who are interested in the same field. Before you know it, your skills will grow exponentially and something bigger and better will come of it. And if not, at least you’ll be having fun while you’re shooting.

Thank you for taking the time to review my submission.
Cheers,
Luke Mikler​
www.lukemiklerphoto.com​

Feb 202017
 

Daily Inspiration #1018

By Steffen

Hello Steve,

last summer, we visited friends on their farm in the Mecklenburg Lake Plateau in northern Germany. We went to a nearby lake for swimming, and while we passed a forest, we saw a magnificent small pond with dead, white trees inside. After getting the kids back to the farm, I came back with my trusty Sony A6000 and, unfortunately, only the Sony 24/1.8 ZA and the Helios-44 58/2 because I was only prepared to shoot people.

The situation was more complicated than I expected. Around this dead pond was swamp area, lot of mosquitoes were attacking me, too many trees and bushes and it was impossible to find the perfect view that your eyes see from a distance with the ability to filter out certain distractions. To make it worse, the pond was larger than expected, I choose the wrong direction in the beginning, just to notice it won’t work half way around and 60 min later, the sun settled quickly and, meanwhile, I got calls from my family where I was and I should immediately get back for the barbecue.

You may think there’s something to learn here, to scout the area afore, to study the light and sun position, to pack better suitable gear, clothes and boots, free more time … but that is the reality I (and most of us) live in. The only learning here is to adapt to the new found situation. And I got home with some wonderful back-lit, high contrast, almost graphical landscape photos that I’m very happy with. Next time, in one or two years, the pond will look completely different and I’ll need to adapt again.

More images from the dead lake can be found on my Flickr album:
https:[email protected]/sets/72157675987039753/

Happy shooting and a free mind,
Steffen

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