Sep 292014
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

About a year ago, I was fortunate to be gifted 50 Rolls of Tri-X 400 by my friend Peter (Prosophos). Thus was born The 50-Roll Project! I have now completed my endeavor using a variety of equipment and self-development techniques. A selection of the results and details may be found at:

http://iftimestoodstill.net/the-50-roll-project-page-five/

I have included a few samples below.

Thanks all in advance for your interest!

Warmest regards,

Mark Ewanchuk

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Sep 252014
 

Hey Brandon,

Here is a selection of work I shot at a pro rodeo event. I wasn’t very excited about going but once I got shooting I started to love the light at the venue and the images rolling off the camera at high ISO’s (3200 and above) were beautiful!! I shot most of the two nights with my Sony A99 and with the Sony RX1R. I used the A99 for the actions shots in the arena and loading gate area. I used that camera with thee lenses the Sony 70-200mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm 1.4, and the Sony/zeiss 24mm 2.0. The RX1R was used for the slower moving subjects around the arena. Anyways, It was great fun and I’ll be more excited for rodeos in the future.

Jay Hemphill
Hemphill Photography

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jhemp_00/

Thanks Brandon.

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Sep 242014
 

Dear Steve,

Thanks very much for running such a resourceful as well as inspiring place. I am Nam, an enthusiast from Vietnam. There are a couple of pictures of Hoi An, the ancient town that is now a must-go for tourists visiting Vietnam these days that I’d like to share.

The town is quite small but interesting. Those to-dos include wandering through antique shops and a lot of nice restaurants, or cruising along the river on traditional boats…

Those pictures are taken with my favorite OMD EM1 with either Olympus 12-40 f2.8 lens or the pleasing Panasonic 25 F1.4.

I hope that the pictures can encourage some to visit Vietnam and this town.

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Sep 232014
 

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 222014
 

Hello Brandon and Steve,

I’ve been an avid reader of your site for the last couple years. It’s become part of my regular rotation of websites I visit on a daily basis. I purchased the a6000 when it came out partly because of your review and, also, because I had been looking for a smaller camera that I could keep in my bag for my daily commute to work. So I purchased it with the kit lens and the 20mm.
I live in Virginia and like many people in the area I commute to DC for work.

The first shot is of the Columbus statue in front of Union Station taken with the 20mm.
The other two were taken with the 10-18mm that I rented for a weekend. That was an incredibly fun lens to shoot with and I may make it a permanent part of my collection. I took quite a few shots of the Capitol and the surrounding area and they can be seen at 500px.com/albertabney

Thanks for all you do,

Albert

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DC Brick

Capitol Night

Sep 202014
 

Daily Inspiration: 72 hours with an OMD

Hi Steve and Brandon I`ve been reading your site for the last 2 or 3 years and decided now would be a great time to share with you and your subscribers some of my recent photography experiences.

I took up photography around 3 years ago with the purchase of a Sony A55 (SLT) and although it`s a great camera I found myself taking it out less and less due to it`s bulk with the attached 17-55 f2.8 lens. This led me on the hunt for a replacement. I have found that 35mm is the focal length (in 35mm terms) I enjoy the most, so that was my priority when looking for a camera. I had a short list of the panasonic GX7, Olympus OMD em5, Fuji 100 and the fuji Xe-1. Of course there are other options, namely the x100s, but they were out of my budget.

Long story short, I picked up a used OMD em5 with 12-50mm kit lens and the Olympus 17mm f1.8. I have only had the camera for a couple of days but I am very smitten with it. I just can’t get over it`s small size and how inconspicuous it is while on the street. I have found the touch screen, snap focus (17mm prime) and image stabilisation real game-changers for me. Of course as with every camera it`s not without its quirks. The convoluted menu system is difficult to navigate, the on/off switch is a little awkward and the evf/live view button is a bit too squishy. These however are minor gripes.

I`d be grateful if you could share some of my photos from Osaka in Japan, with your subscribers.

All photos were shot with the Olympus 17mm f1.8 and processed in Lightroom.

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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/

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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

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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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