Sep 172014
 

Fine art photography, without camera?

Hi Steve and all the readers. (I earlier posted 634 “The camera does not matter… or does it?”).

I started a new project a few years back called www.onehundredyards.com. I wanted to see if it was possible to turn traditional photography at it’s head by not bringing any camera to the woods at all, but instead bring small pieces of nature back home and after selecting, capture these objects with a scanner.

Several of the images has been enlarged to 60×60”.

This is what I wrote then as a project description…

Nature creates wonderful designs. Today, we are easily impressed by great architecture, intricate constructions and innovative design. We are inclined to overlook and forget that Nature has quietly been doing it for longer than any of us. Unfortunately we do not take the time to see what Nature has already created and perfected over millions of years.

My aim with this project is to show a tiny part of Nature’s creative genius. And I’ve found that you don’t need to travel abroad to see wonderful things, on the contrary, it is right on your doorstep. To demonstrate this I have limited myself to looking no further than in a 100 yards radius from my home, hence the name of this project. All the objects shown here have been found within this parameter.

Even if he was claiming the idiom in the field of architecture, Mies van der Rohe said; ”God is in the details”. Nothing could be truer when it comes to Nature.

Jan

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Sep 162014
 

Greetings Steve and my fellow Huffians!

Back in 2008 – 09, I remember being fed up of my bulky DSLR (Nikon D90), alternatively the compact camera market, albeit, offering impressive products, did not quite capture my attention as they only worked best at low ISO. Back then; my choicest fantasy was imagining a Leica like, medium-sized, fixed lens camera, with a decent viewfinder and DSLR like high ISO capabilities. I was quite unimpressed with what Nikon and Canon were churning out at the time, the same formula, just better specifications. Any Leica offering is probably going to be beyond my financial grasp for, perhaps, a very long time, if not forever.

Then one day, of all camera makers, the least unexpected company, Fuji releases the X100. Back then, I must say, in theory, that was the answer to all my psychological camera ramblings. For me, it was a dream come true, and I thought it being a real shame that neither Canon nor Nikon thought of anything like it. However, one big problem, although for what it was, the X100 was very reasonably priced, but I could not afford it as I had freshly gotten married back then and was still saving up for my postgraduate degree.

A few months earlier, my ever-wonderful wife had gifted me a Lumix LX-5, and with a somewhat heavy heart I accepted the fact that I couldn’t afford the X100 and decided to be content with the D90 and the LX-5, both wonderful cameras in their own right, and both served me very faithfully over the years. Fast forward to 2014, and the X100 was still on my mind, by now the whole camera market had been shaken up by the X range from Fuji and Micro 4/3 offerings from Olympus. One day at work, yes at work, I was browsing e-bay for a used X100 and was able to find one, in excellent condition, including extras for, nearly 75% less than what it was worth four years ago. Selling my long serving D90 and couple of lenses financed this purchase. Finally I held what I desired for four long years.

This also came at a very fortunate time, I had been offered a job in South Wales and we decided to leave the big busy city, i.e. London for quieter, serene pastures. We have since been living in a very charming and picturesque little town in Swansea called ‘The Mumbles’. There are beautiful beaches all around as it is a coastal city, and taking a bad landscape picture here seems nearly an impossibility. I have enjoyed taking my X100 to wherever we went and have actually taken pictures on a more regular basis due to its small size and my general love of the camera.

However, this too proved to be a short-lived joy as my toddler started to run and walks out with him meant carrying a bag of sand toys and a bag of nappies, food, clothes etc. Carrying the X-100 in a separate smaller bag just seemed too big a deal. I decided to sell the X100 off and opted for the extremely pocket-able RX-100 by Sony, this decision was also fuelled by my growing frustration and impatience with its writing time and frequent focus lock issues. Something I’m fine with usually, but add an inexhaustible toddler to the picture and simple things get complex. The RX-100, however, ticks many boxes, most of all I can simply put it in my jacket or trouser pocket, I only miss the viewfinder, but the latest version of the camera solves that issue and I do intend to get it at one point, when my pocket allows. In theory, I would like to predict that the RX-100 III would be a digital camera I would like to keep for a very long time.

I have attached a few photos, taken over the last six months in our new home, featuring renderings from both cameras. I am not much of a photographer and have non-mentionable post processing skills, but I hope you find them worthy to publish on your site. Keep up the great work Steve, you are doing one great service, by simply pursuing your passion and making it available, for free, to the rest of us. May you live a long healthy life ;).

Zeb

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Sep 142014
 

Hi Steve,

After we won the world cup last night, things have been quite crazy over here in Germany. In Munich everybody rushes to the city’s main road, the Leopoldstraße, just like they do after big games of Bayern München – but this time in much greater number. Although I didn’t go there to take pictures, but to celebrate, I had my tiny GM1/Pana 20mm combination with me and could capture some nice moments.

You can find some more of my pictures at Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/75019127@N07/

1 Up in the air

2 Climbing the street signs

3 Get on your knees...

4 The travelling sun shade

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Sep 132014
 

Hi Brandon & Steve,

I’ve been reading/visiting this site for a quite a while now. Thanks for all the valuable information you provide through reviews, opinions and advices. Like many photographers here I decided to jump in and share some of my work with others. Thanks for making this possible for all of us.

I live in Saint-Paul de Vence, a Medieval village close to Nice on the French Riviera. I moved from Montreal, Canada in 2010 (Crazy how Love can change someone’s life). After almost four years here I still have a constant desire to go places and discover as much as I can, never ceased to have that ambition to see everything. Located between the mountains (The Maritime Alps) and the Mediterranean Sea, beauty can be found in all directions, with any camera and any lens. A Feast for the eyes.

In 2010 I unexpectedly fell in the Leica soup and decided to swim cheerfully instead of trying to get out of the pot. I’ve been shooting for about 20 years now and the Leica M8.2 and soon after the Leica M (Typ 240) with a variety of fast lenses brought some fresh and spicy ingredients to my photography. There’s no explanation, it just feels right for me, like second nature and in a very simple and unobtrusive way. In 2011 I had to decline a management job at Leica in Marseille, by choice and in the name of Love (Again!). As a big fan and user of Leica gear, declining the offer seemed like a strange process to go through. But I had to say no because it involved moving away from my wife, for which I had moved from Canada. Nonsense. So with my Leicas and lenses I have kept looking for things to see, people to meet and places to discover. This proved to be the right choice for me, considering the circumstances and output. I’ve been traveling a lot since then and having a great time.

In June I went to Cahors and Bordeaux and thought I could share some of that with everyone. Bordeaux itself was a blast for street photography, especially when a light rain began to fall, adding a pleasant effect on everything.. and everybody around. The Grand Hôtel de Bordeaux was particularly beautiful after sunset with all the illumination. The shiny ground and busy people created a nice setup. A classic was also the fountains on Quai de la Douane. People gather around it early in the evening to watch (and even walk in) the action when the fountains begin their show. There is so many opportunities in that area, there is something happening all the time.

Here are some photographs from that short getaway in Bordeaux. More on Bordeaux and other locations in France can be found on my website.

Cheers!
Norm

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Sep 112014
 

Good Morning Steve,

I’ve been up since 4:30 am reading your website and after a few cups of coffee and some good reading I’m feeling inspired to send in a daily pic. I can’t say that the ones I’m choosing are all that great but I like them. I love interacting with my family and friends but when it comes to taking pictures of them I seem to shy away and shoot from afar but the images I’m sending you are up close and personal and totally out of my comfort zone. These images are of my son and of my cousin, who is visiting from Afghanistan, he’s been in the sandbox for about 5 years and I haven’t seen much of him so hanging out and taking pictures together was a lot of fun. We both just purchased the XT-1 and were having a great weekend. Thanks for the great website I really enjoy reading your reviews. I liked the about you page also, you seem like genuine guy, thanks!!!

Mark Cranston

Here is my flickr page, not that impressive as I have only been shooting for a year.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrcranny/

This is my business site and most of the images of my homes are mine.
http://www.moonlightmesaretreats.com

Fuji XT-1, 35mm f/1.4, aperture priority, ISO 1600

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Sep 102014
 

Hi Brandon,

I’ve been a big fan of the website for a while and I thought I’d finally submit some photos of my own.

So, recently I took a risk and sold all of my DSLR gear. I had been considering it for a while and although I did really love the quality of the results of a DSLR, it just seemed to me that I never really pushed the equipment to its limits, being only a hobbyist photographer taking mostly holiday snaps. I love having the flexibility of manual controls, lenses and settings but I felt that I could never get over being “that guy with the heavy camera”. I guess with more experience I would have gotten over that, but even so, I thought, while looking at reviews and photos from Fuji X series cameras and the like, why can’t I have a camera with one lens that does everything I need it to in a much less cumbersome system? So I considered many cameras and after a time I found a used Ricoh GR on eBay and went for it.

I love this little thing. Sure it’ll take a little while to get used to having only a 28mm lens, but I think it suits the style of photography I want and it’s a perfect size. Although I have no keeper portrait shots yet, the camera is so unassuming that I can easily just point and shoot without feeling like I’m peering down a sniper rifle scope.

It’s not absolutely perfect and maybe I’d prefer a 35mm lens and a bigger max aperture, but it’s fantastic just being able to take the GR wherever I go without it impacting on my actual experience by being too heavy or by forcing me to think too much about which lens to use etc. which is exactly what I want from a camera. Again, with experience maybe I’d have become more natural with a DSLR, so maybe later on I’ll consider a mirrorless system or something.

These shots were taken in Paris, Tarragona and Barcelona.

See https://www.flickr.com/photos/samstopher/ for more, mainly from my old D90.

Thanks,
Sam

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Sep 082014
 

On the 17th of May 2014, my mum, who has been, until recently (She now charges for her skills) an avid amateur photographer, asked me to check the 2nd hand market prices of the Sony NEX-6 here in the UK. She lives in South Africa and the second-hand market is small and expensive. Unbeknownst to me, this little piece of research would reignite a passion which I had not explored since my teens some 17 years ago . . .

I then discovered I was living in a time where technology had found a way to give me all the things I wanted when I last explored photography.
A camera which was small, cheaper than $1000, produced excellent photographs and allowed me to change the lens which I felt I needed for my specific artistic desires . . .

This camera is the Sony a6000. I was shocked at how I no longer needed a DSLR. The more I read and the more I researched different cameras and their abilities the more I got excited about what the future held for me and my desire to create art and express myself. I spent 10 years as an actor and musician and now I’m no longer in that field. I desperately needed an outlet and I’ve found it. Thanks to Steve I also discovered the Voigtlander Nokton 1.5, the latest version and in Chrome. Heavy, Beautiful & makes for sensational photographs.

(Side note: When I have my camera around my neck with the Nokton attached, I get so many people asking me to take their picture with their camera. Even when there are a load of other camera enthusiasts around. I think they trust the “old school” looking camera guy over the modern DSLR guys . . . makes me laugh!)

I bought my camera on the 27th of May and I can’t stop shooting. I’m a Super-newbie, not even two months in, but I’m loving the journey. Steve, thanks to you, and my dear mummy, I have rediscovered an art form I once loved and love again.

Kindest regards

J

PS. I Shoot RAW! :D

J Anthony Packett
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/janthonypackett/
Website: www.Qtheband.com

Gear:
Sony a6000 with 16-50mm kit lens
Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f1.5
Lightroom & Photoshop

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Sep 072014
 

Dear Brandon, Dear Steve

This is my first submission to “Daily Inspiration”, after more than one year of lurking I decided to send you these shots. I am italian amateur photographer living quite close to one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Provence! I like to go there at least once every year and I think the lavender blooming is a Nature masterpiece, Plateau de Valensole its perfect gallery. I shot these three pictures early July, inspired by the Impressionism masters

Shots have been taken with A7R + FE 55/1,8 ZA and I hope they will be good to you and blog’s followers as I am

More works at www.pbase.com/maxfar/lavande

Ciao!


Massimiliano Farinetti

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Sep 042014
 

Hello Steve,

I have been reading your blog for sometime now and I have learnt much from
you and other photographers. Inspired by many range finder shooters in this blog, I have decided to try out range finder photography about two years ago. I must say that it was a (photography) life changing experience for me. I have been enjoying this journey down the road of capturing that illusive “decisive moment” ever since.

Thank you.

Here are some pictures taken in Feng Huang Old Town, Western Hunan Province,
China.

Camera: Leica M9P
Lens: Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH for first two and Voightlander Super
Wide Heliar 15mm f4.5 for the third.

Regards,

Kean Teo

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Sep 032014
 

Hi Steve,

I’ve been visiting up your website for a while, and it drove me back into photography. Keep up the good work and thanks for the active community !

After enjoying my Canon 6D as my first FullFrame I took a step aside going into film. I started with the small Pentax Mx from my father, but as it had some film roll problems (that made nice double exposures though). I finally got a Contax Rx and a Zeiss T* Planar 50mm 1.4 and went on the streets.
What a nice camera, it feels built like a tank, a bit on the heavy side, but so comfortable in hands and it’s heaviness can actually helps for stabilizing. It also has automatic modes and an exposure dial which is quite convenient from me as I come from digital.

My experiences with film has been all joys and disappointments. After getting rid of film rolling problems as I got the Contax, I also had to find a good lab to develop, some can make really bad work but some other ones really give life to your photos. Concerning taking pictures in itself, I have a very lower keeper rate with film, but when it “works”, I think that it shines with magic !
I was hard to get used to manual focus but I’m getting more and more into it. And I don’t know if it is me but I feel like the Zeiss 50mm has a shallower depth of field compared to my Canon 50mm 1.4 at the same aperture.

I really enjoy shooting film, it’s an experience in itself, you think more, you shoot less, and I also find myself taking more time as I shoot to frame and choose settings. I also mostly do black and white with film (sometimes converting from color), thinking that you get less distracted and focus more on the story of the picture itself. I mostly do street photography, and as I’m a graphic designer I like pictures to be quite graphical and not too busy, and of course try to get emotion when shooting people.

I hope you like the pictures, and thank you for all the love and energy in your website :)

Baz

All pics shot in Paris

More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/therealbaaz/

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Sep 022014
 

Dear Brandon and Steve.

Thank you for a very inspiring web-site. I’m a loyal follower and picks up a lot of inspiration, which has also influenced me in my photographic life. I just want to share my short evolvement in photography. Both with regards to gear and subjects of photography.

Im’ a 44 year male from Denmark. Years back in the 1980’s I played around a little with analogue and developed a few rolls on my fathers equipment. After my kids were born 7 years ago I picked up photography again. I bought all sorts of Nikon DSLR and relevant lenses. At a certain point I fell in love with “being limited” by my gear, and now I’m “only” owning the Fuji X100s (on the digital side).

Subject-wise my DSLR and digital period was just about experimenting. I had no clear idea of what I liked to shoot, except for my kids. I was caught by the growing street photography hype, and felt it as a great challenge to photograph strangers. Although it was funny and educating it was no real passion. I found that the change to Fuji X100s made me shoot more of my daily life. And slowly I got away from street photography and into everyday photography.

Eventually I simply decided to narrow my photography down to the bare essentials: I only want to create photographs that I’m truly emotionally attached to. Period. What others think, is not important anymore. Of course it’s nice to get likes on Flickr, FB, Instagram etc. But that doesn’t compare to a print or book of something you REALLY feel passionate about.

A lot more can be said, but the whole process ended up with buying a Leica M6 with a 35mm Summicron to compliment the Fuji X100s. After developing only two rolls of film the Fuji turned into complimenting the M6. Back to where it all started for me. I have never been more in love with photography than now. I’m so limited by my gear with respect to manual focus, manual shutter/aperture and no other settings at all. I’m limited to 35 mm. I’m limited by the process of film development and the waiting time associated with it. I’m limited by 36 shots per roll. I’m limited by black and white. I’m limited by the unpredictability of analogue photography. And yet I feel more free and unlimited than ever…..

I’m sure there is 1000 ways to enjoy photography, both gear- and subject wise. This was my way. There will most likely be more turns down the road. Here are three photographs from this summer I feel truly emotionally attached to. All Leica M6, Summicron 35, Kodak Tri-X 400 and self-developed, no Photoshop or Lightroom.

“Quiet”. My father died recently. This is taken two days prior, in the hospice.

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“Bedtime Reading”. My kids having their bedtime story, half way through “The Brothers Lionheart”.

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“Morning Dance”. My kids having a blast one summer morning.

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I will post new photos now and then on my facebook page facebook.com/nesellis or on my portfolio page www.sillesen.info. Thanks again for an inspiring web-site.

Kind regards

Morten

 

Sep 012014
 

Hi Brandon,

This year in Sweden is filled with political rallies and meetings. We recently had the elections to the European union parlament and later this fall we’ll have elections to Swedish parlament as well. This of course leads to public political rallies all over the country.

Living in Gothenburg, second largest city in Sweden, we get our share of things so to say. I have submitted five images from different protests or political happenings, all taken with my Leica M9 and Voigtländer Color Skopar II 35mm f/2.5.

This series of shots are all with the old Capa saying in mind; “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”.

1) Antifascist protest to support a young man nearly beaten to death by neo-nazis

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2) Policeman and protester with a vuvuzela

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3) Discussion between cop and protester

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4) May day protest

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5) Protest against the neo-fascist party “Sweden Democrats”, old and young, everyone showed up

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Regards,
Jonas Aronsson
http://foto.zxvf.se

Aug 302014
 

Every July, the first weekend of the month, some 20,000 cars and many times that in the number of people visit the city of Västerås in Sweden. The event called Power Big Meet is one of the biggest car shows in the world, some say the biggest. For three days the town’s population almost doubles and american classical cars are seen all over. Love it or hate it, Power Big Meet really puts Västerås on the map and it’s full of exciting opportunities for anyone interested in photography.

This year I wanted to keep the load light so I only used a Canon 6D with a Canon 50mm f1.4. The high ISO-capabilities really came in handy and meant I could get shots that I could previously hardly have imagined. Here’s a small collection of what I think are some of my best shots from this year’s Power Big Meet.

You can see daily new photos by me at www.vasterasbilder.se and I keep my portfolio at www.nystedt.org.

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Aug 272014
 

Hi Steve,

I am reading your web site for over a year now and I enjoy it a lot. You are doing great job in spreading the news, passion and understanding for mirrorless cameras and passion for photography in general !
My name is Mateusz , I am polish and live in Warsaw/Poland. Photography is a hobby for me, I take camera with me pretty much everywhere I go. Most of weekends I am trying to get out of the city to some interesting places.
I used to be Canon fan-boy, using 5D Classic and some L lenses (also had short episode with 1Ds and 1D (mark II), but those were waaaay to big). However I quickly realised that is too much for my amateur photography needs. Then I switched to Olympus e-pm2 and tried micro 4/3, which was very ok experience, but still was missing something. So I tried Fuji x and … stayed with it, playing with most of the lenses from the fuji line-up . Recently I had some opportunity to buy 2nd hand Sony RX1 and I pulled a trigger on it :). Then decided to minimize amount of gear that I own and ended up with set made of 3 elements, which I think should fully address what I need:

1. X-M1 with Samy 12 2.0 (I sold Fuji 14 2.8 , spend half of the amount for Samy and put rest into fund for when 50-140 2.8 is introduced ;-))
2. Sony RX1
3. X-E2 with Fuji 56 1.2

Last weekend I went with my friends to excellent event of old-school VW Beetle owners meeting. It was great location in small village on polish sea-side, called Niechorze. Weather was not the best for sea side weekend, but it still was excellent time. Great gateway from busy city live in Warsaw, to the small sea-side village with people who are crazy about their old VW cars.
The 3 pieces set worked perfectly for me, allowing to cover pretty much all I needed. Below are 3 sample photos, I invite you to my flickr for more…. :)

1. Really cool Karmann Ghia that was drawing a lot of attention (with Fuji X-E2 + 56 1.2)

1 - X-E2 + F 56 1.2

2. Rusty style is very popular, its surprising how much work people put into those cars to make them look like that :) + the whole group was allowed to get into a concrete peer, this was sure spectacular (with Fuji X-M1 + S 12 2.0)

2 - X-M1 + S 12 2.0

3. There was number of contests in the afternoon and evening, this one was called ’the wall’ and was about driving blinded as close to a wall made of cartons, as possible (with Sony RX1).

3 - RX1

Let me know what do you think about it ! :)

Cheers,
Mateusz

My flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/mateusz1977/

Aug 262014
 

To travel and discover new cultures and people is inspiring, but capturing images that translate your experience is a challenge. We set out on a seven-day trip to Roatan, one of the bay islands off the coast of Honduras. It is a popular destination for cruise boats and tourists looking for sun and sand, so to penetrate past the tourist centric areas and experience Roatan on a different level takes some effort.

Our first few days were lost on the West Bay beach soaking in the sun and liberal amounts of beer and rum, but during that time relationships were made with locals and expatriates.One particular local, Lindy Matute, offered to take us away from the cruise boat tourist filled beach of West Bay and into the interior of the island. We quickly agreed. So, l finally pulled out my Fuji kit tucked away in my Domke canvas bag and was ready to go. I, my wife and two good friends climbed into a van with Lindy and off we went.

It was another bright beautiful day and l was ready to put my camera to work. We made stops at souvenir shops and the museum at Anthony’s Caye, not quite what I was looking for, but interesting never the less. We managed to push past the zip line, iguana farm and plush resorts; instead we opted for the Garifuna town of Punta Gorda, BJ’s backyard bar in Oak Ridge and Flowers Bay. The photos presented here are from that excursion.

My camera bag holds the Fuji x-pro1, the Fuji 14mm, Fuji 27mm, Fuji 35mm and Voigtlander 75mm 2.5.The images were shot as raw files and processed with Photo Ninja and Color Efex Pro4.

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