Dec 182014

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I’m Bach, writing from Vietnam. I have been following your page for a while now but this is the first submission ever! Mainly because I shoot alot, all over the world, but rarely have time to sit down to process them in recent years. I’ve been shooting for about 8 years now and most of my photos are street and landscape.

Here I want to share some photos from a recent trip to Edinburgh, on a foggy and rainy day, with the Olympus EM-1. It performs magnificently and I got some best street scenes I have so I thought it’d be great to share :) I don’t have an online portfolio yet as I mainly shoot film and still have a huge backlog to scan and upload, but hopefully that will come soon.

All images are shot with Olympus E-M1 and Panasonic 20mm f1.7







Dec 162014

Hey Steve and Brandon,

Here’s a bit of daily inspiration for all of the Sony RX100 owners out there. Though I’m also a proud A7 owner, my favorite point-and-shoot never ceases to amaze. I love holding little pieces of glass or plastic (sunglasses work well) in front of the lens for blurred edges and unique color casts. Happy shooting and keep up the great work!

My portfolio can be viewed at






Dec 112014

I’ve recently got back into film photography and more specifically black and white film. There is something to be said about going the analogue route…it is both simple and timeless.

Simple: ISO, shutter speed, aperture; click.

Timeless: the images b&w film can create.

Don’t get me wrong, for it can be an entirely frustrating experience as well…but it’s entirely worth it. My foray back into b&w film also involves the mixing of chemicals required to develop and create the images trapped within my roll. I took a leap of faith and bought all the equipment needed to develop b&w film, which cost me no more than $150. And no buyer’s remorse here. Developer, stop bath, fixer; I love ‘em.

I dislike using cliche statements, yet the feeling I get after removing the film from the developing reel, sliding my fingers down the film to squeegee the remaining water, holding the negative up to the light, tilting my head and admiring my organic creation…is pure gratification. I’m hooked.

Last Saturday night I brought my Voigtlander Bessa and 40mm f1.4, a roll of Ilford HP5+ pushed to 800 speed, and myself to downtown Chicago for some evening photography. No distractions. No menus. No chimping. Simply focus, compose, and click. My frustrations; I’ve learned the Bessa underexposes by a full stop during night photography. Lesson learned. Yet the part that was worth it…a timeless photo.



Dec 082014

Hi Brandon,

The last time you heard from me I was traveling though France with my trusty Leica M9 and 21MM Super Elmar. Having just read a fine review of the M9 on your site by Ashwin Rao I thought I would share a few shots from a recent trip to Boston using the same M9 and 21MM.

Coming from California this trip was planned several months ago and was timed to catch the colors but unfortunately I was a couple of weeks late. I decided to make some adjustments to the itinerary and stayed in Boston for most of the week. That was fine with me. It was my first time there and I really enjoyed the city. There is lots of history, easy to walk the Freedom Trail, and the food on the north end was fantastic. As usual there are too many photos to show here but anyone interested in seeing more of Boston I’ll be posting them on my website.

This is Boston Harbor taken from the top of the Custom House observation deck

Boston Harbour

The Trinity Church is across the street from the John Hancock Tower so getting the church’s reflection is fun to do

Trinity Church

We spent a day in Maine and drove along the coast primarily to see the famous Nubble Lighthouse

Nubble Lighthouse

I would encourage anyone looking for a fun few days to visit Boston and the surrounding area. It is a wonderful place with many photo opportunities.

John Ferebee
My Photo Site

Dec 062014


Here are 2 pictures taken yesterday at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal, Quebec (Canada) while I was taking a break after an appointment following my father-in-law’s passing. Both pictures were taken with a Leica M-240 and a Summarit-M 1:2.5 75mm The B&W was converted using Exposure 6 with the Ilford HP5 preset (the film I was using when I was shooting in B&W back in the good old days). I really appreciate your site and of course, your reviews. Your Leica M-240 was very influential for me to dive in and buy that camera.



Yves Messier CPA, CA

Dec 032014

Hi Steve,

My name is Mauricio Bacellar from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, I’ve been reading your reviews for quite a while now and I’m a big fan of your work. This is my first venture into a Photography site, ever! I hope it’s not too bad. My dog Amora was to have a surgery next morning and there she was laying down so peacefully with no idea of what was going to happen. I was giving the whole thing a thought and decided to grab my OMD E-M5 and take some pictures before the event using the Olympus 75mm 1.8, Olympus 12-50 f3.5-6.3 kit lens and the LumoPro 180 pointing at camera right to get the reflected light source.

Olympus 75mm 1.8 at ISO 200 1/200sec f1.8


Olympus 75mm 1.8 at ISO 200 1/200sec f1.8


Olympus 12-50 kit lens at ISO 320, 47mm, 1/250 sec at f6





Dec 012014

Good Day Steve and Brandon,

These were some images that I took on January in Hong Kong. In between my assignment there, I had a one day off, and I took that one full day just walking around the city, with my good-old D700 + Nikon 24-70mm lens. Just me, my camera and one lens. It feels really good to actually took some pictures without any particular assignment, just observing the life that’s happening around.

Really hope that you’ll like the photos.

Keep well. Thank you for sharing. :)






Best regards,


Dec 012014

Dancing in the Snow

By Chris Dikos

I took these shots on my day off with my daughter (and eager model).  We got hit with a snow storm and what better way to enjoy a cold heavy snow than go out outside and dance.  I’ve been visiting this site for several years and thoroughly enjoy all the reviews, photos and inspirations.  Thanks!

These were taken with my Sony NEX-7 paired with the Sony Zeiss 24mm 1.8.  






I evenwrote a corny, Clement Clark Moore inspired short poem about our little adventure.  I hope you enjoy.

“It was the day before Thanksgiving with a turkey to make, a snow storm was raging all through my home State.  My daughter woke up with visions of snow running through her head; but wanting to spin, twirl and jump instead of sled.  She donned her outfit and grabbed me with my camera and out the backdoor we went in an impromptu manner.  The flakes were falling fast and the weather was cold, was this being crazy or just being bold?  We found a good spot and she started her plie, while I adjusted my settings without much delay.  I took plenty of shots, most of them iffy, but the ones that I kept I think are rather nifty.  So here they are; Dancing in the Snow.  My daughter and the weather put on a great show!”


Chris Dikos

Nov 302014

Hi  Brandon & Steve

After being a regular follower of your site and advice I recently replaced my point and shoot with the Olympus OMD EM-1 and as a result have become addicted to photography.  I love seeing the works of your readers in the Daily Inspiration posts.  Each day I look forward  to the new eye candy shared by the community. I thought I’d join in on the fun, so here are a  few shots from a recent trip my wife and our 8 month old son took to Iceland.  We spent 2 weeks traveling and camping around the country.   I took my EM-1 with the Oly 12-40mm pro,  25mm, 45mm, and a rented 75mm prime.
If anyone is interested into seeing more of my Iceland collection, feel free to visit my personal website:   and

Thank you very much for your efforts on this wonderful website, and keep up the good work!


Chuck McQuade






Nov 262014

Greetings Brandon and Steve,

My name is Michael Prideaux. I am 63 years old and live in Melbourne Australia.

In the course of searching the internet for a review of the Sony NEX7 in late 2011 I discovered your website and have been an avid reader ever since . I bought the NEX7 and several cameras and lenses since as a result of your excellent reviews.

Recently I had a small exhibition of 13 photographic prints and one lightbox in a Melbourne gallery called 45 downstairs. With the exception of the total eclipse sequence all the photos are of Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne within a radius of 25km from my house. I either walked or cycled to all the locations. Some of the photos were taken a few years ago but most were taken in the last 12 months. Cameras used were mainly a Sony A7R and Olympus EM1.

Other cameras were Olympus OMD EM5 Canon 50D, Canon 5Dlll and Sony RX100.



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Nov 242014

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I’m Edouard, a French copywriter living in Amsterdam. I read your site almost everyday and it is an invaluable source of inspiration and information. Like many here, I love photography, but I also love cameras; they are amazing pieces of technology and design and it has always been difficult for me to resist them. As a result I do have shelves covered with gear which my wife gives me hell for. It is still totally worth it. I like to take a different camera with me every day, depending on the mood, the weather or just because it’s sitting on the kitchen counter.  Being somewhat of a nostalgic I still shoot mostly slides but I don’t deny the advantages and versatility of the latest cameras. To give you a bit of background, the first two pictures have been taken on holidays and the third one during a week-end stroll around town.  The blue umbrella was taken on a beach in Ibiza with a Nikon L35 AW-AD and Fuji 400H. The Martian landscape was taken at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa last April with a Canon EOS 3, 70-200mm 4.0 and Fuji Velvia 50. The last picture was taken at the Amsterdam EYE institute with a Bessa R, 35mm 2.5 Color Skopar and Kodak Gold 200.

Thanks for your time and the opportunity to share my pictures.
You can visit my Flickr gallery if you want to see more:



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Nov 212014

Hi Steve,

My name is Marc and I am really a fan of your site, which is not as deadly serious as you can find it very often in the www. I am a great fan of analog Leicas especially the MP which I use a lot. Therefore your Leica reviews are really a highlight for me. For digital purpose i use a Nikon. On the one hand I really like street photography but on the other I am also very interested to improve my portrait photos.

The first photo I would like to share with you (girl in red) is a portrait from a beautiful girl with red hair. I took it with the MP with the 75mm Summarit and the Kodak Portra 400 in a photo studio. Especially for portraits I think the 75mm Summarit is really a beautiful lens.

The second photo was taken at the Munich airport (in the shadow) with a full frame Nikon and the 24-70 zoom lens. In comparison to the Leica Equipment (I always use one lens one camera) it is really much heavier but in some cases a zoom is really a perfect tool in order not to miss the opportunity for a good photo.

The last photo (object of desire) was also taken with the Nikon and the same lens at the Munich train station. I liked the situation that nobody dared to come closer to the blond girl but if you have a closer look to the photo you will find that many people look more or less secret to the girl.

I hope you like the photos and thanks to the other photographers who show their daily inspiration which is for sure also an inspiration for us. You can find more under [email protected]

best regards


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in the shadow (1 von 1)

girl in red (1 von 1)

Nov 202014

Hello Brandon and Steve,

I would like to submit three photos for your “daily inspiration”. My name is Vasileios Malisiovas I’m a non professional photographer from Athens, Greece. All shots were taken with my RX100 during a business trip in Prague. All images are taken using the RX100 at 28mm.

I hope you enjoyed it.

More of my photos here:

and here :

Congratulations for your great blog!

Kind regards, Malisiovas Vasileios




Nov 192014

Hi Steve & Brandon,

I’ve been gunning to use the 75mm Summilux ever since reading Steve’s review on it. It’s been permanently on one of the M240 ever since. Just come back from today’s wedding, wanted to share these shots, with 4th attached (BAZ19792.jpg) that is RAW untouched file; I’m pretty astounded by the performance in lowlight.

As always thank you for the treasure trove that is!







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