Hi Steve, hope everything is well.
My name is Nuno Lopes, I’m 42 years old and live in Lisbon, Portugal.
Your site was one of the first I came to see information on how to make pictures and new gear, just about two and a half years ago. It has inspired me in many ways.
I got interested in creating photographs 3 years ago with my iPhone, mostly inspired by the iPhoneography movement and Instagram. Before this moment I confess that if I’ve taken 10 shots in my life were probably one too many. Also never bought a dedicated camera for myself. Photography was not part of my life at all and my interest was basically next to nil. But life is a learning process. My passion now is in photographing life as it unfolds in front of me. I’m a very curious guy and creativity is one of my strongest facets … so people say.
Soon after I started creating photos with the iPhone, decided to buy my first dedicated camera. Your review on O-MD was mostly influential in my decision for the Olympus O-MD EM-5 and the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. Next bought the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens and soon after the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens. Amazing lens. Amazing gear.
Some might say that I’ve got the gear bug, but that wasn’t really the case. For instance the main reason I have bought the 75mm lens was because of Saul Leiter. Read in some sites that sometimes he used long focal lengths on the street to create images out of compressed spaces. His photographs provoked tears in my eyes, don’t ask me to explain it because I don’t know why. I thought “I want to photograph like Saul Leiter and Eduardo Gageiro”
Being a new-born photographer with all these options and no formal guidance, learning by experience and reading books and articles, my photography went down hill. It was depressing. So much that starting thinking, “maybe if I buy a 50mm effective focal length my photography will get better”.
After thinking hard about it, realized I was going on the wrong path. Decided, no. I don’t need all this to develop my photography. All I need is one camera, one lens, much like had with the iPhone. Keep it simple.
Sold all my gear to fund for the RX1r. So here am I.
I’m not much of a technical person and I’m giving my first steps with Lightroom. The blacjk and white conversion is not really that good yet Before, the iPad along with Snapseed were my tools of choice because of their simplicity. But the RX1r deserved more PP effort on my part.
The photos bellow were taken in Lisbon this May with the RX1r.
Hopefully the photographs aren’t that bad, thank you for the opportunity.
I don’t have a website. But I do have a Facebook account were people can see my future posts if interested.