Apr 252015
 

Dear Steve and Brandon,

Thanks in large part to your site I’m now close – 2 to 3 months – to having saved enough for a long lusted after Leica M.

It feels almost like full circle as my first camera was a Russian Zorki 4 copy. It was the camera that started my life long love of photography (and gear!)

So, the 3 pictures I’ve attached in the hope that you might like them are versions of my first ever successful (well, I mean at least I like it!) photograph, taken on hands and knees as a 14 year old crawling around the garden trying to catch the light playing through leafs and flowers.

My favourite is the soft, ethereal monochrome version, done later using ‘Aviary’ on my iPad, but I like to play with pictures and see what I can get from them, so also quite like the other two, quite different takes, including the original – the 3rd image – shot on good old much missed Kodachrome.

The lens was the standard 50mm Jupiter, shot wide open to get the leafs to stand out from the foliage, cluttered as this was growing in the roots of a thick Hawthorne hedge. I’m probably still carrying some of the thorns…

If I were lucky enough to be selected and you did have the space to link my websites, I do have both of a Flickr and Crated accounts here

https://www.flickr.com/photos/127115993@N05/

https://crated.com/DGHawkes

as I build towards retirement and have the time to develop my own website and build my catalogue of slides and negatives by moving into this exciting new world of digital imaging.

Thanks for your time and for the blog. I read it pretty much daily and have gained so much from it.

Best wishes

David

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Apr 222015
 

Hi, Steve!

First of all, I’d like to say thank you for creating such an amazing site!

My name is Nikita. I’m from Ufa (Russia). I have been doing photography less than 2 years. I can’t say I got my own style or special kind of vision so I just take shots of what I do like.

I live near Ural mountains. This is a natural borderline between Europe and Asia. We got really spectacular sceneries here. These mountains are the oldest on the Earth that’s why they aren’t so high (1,6 km as max). Nevertheless, the Urals possess an epic look and image. I hope you will get the same feeling as I get looking at it.

Parts of Zuratkul’ ridge and frozen geyser nearby are on the photos.

Shot with Sony a77 kit zoom lens 18-135 mm and Samyang 8 mm fisheye lens.

Welcome to my flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/ 74704131@N03

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Apr 202015
 

Hi Steve,

I am a fan of this site and have been reading up on your reviews, which also inspired me to make a switch to Leica about 2 years back. I am very pleased with the output and getting more into street photography which previously I dare not try out with my DSLR. Below is my attempt for a daily inspiration submission on a short journey with my M240, hope the readers here enjoy it.

Regards,

Teck Haw

1st attempt of using M240 with 50mm Summilux ASPH

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Experience of getting portrait shoot on villager in Bali with 28mm Elmarit

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Lastly sunset at Krabi of Thailand – with 50mm Summicron APO 

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Apr 182015
 

Hi Brandon

I have been following this blog for quite a few years and have learnt a lot. Many thanks for that. The reviews published here are the most real ones I have read. I do not shoot professionally but photography is probably the only thing that keeps me sane besides my family ;-) Still am amateur though.

I started shooting back in 2012 and soon upgraded to a Canon DSLR. But on my recent trip to Hong Kong I acquired a Sony A7II with a Canon EF Mount adapter and a M mount adapter. With that I was able to mount the fantastic Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar II and my Canon Lenses. I also took the trouble to drive down to MXCamera to get the Mitakon f0.95 50mm e Mount. I immediately fell in love with this setup.

But what was life changing for me was that I shot the entire trip on manual focus and I have since tried to shoot manual all the way. For me this has been the most profound experiences in photography. I would like to share a few of my shots at Hong Kong with this amazing setup

 Hong Kong from Kowloon Bay (Sony A7II, Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar II, f4.5 ISO 100, 70 Secs)

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 Mong Kok market (Sony A7II, Voigtlander 15mm f4.5 Heliar II, f4.5 ISO 1250, 1/60 Secs)

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 Nathan Road, Kowloon, HK (Sony A7II, Sigma 50mm F1.4 ART, Canon EF Mount, F1.4 ISO 100, 1/1250 Secs)

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I had a great time with this setup. Now I gradually plan to sell of my Canon kit barring my Canon 85mm f1.2 which I will use with the EF to E Mount adapter.

Thanks for taking time to look at these. My work can be seen at www.adityaagarwal.me

Aditya Agarwal

Apr 152015
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I’m Luigi Torreggiani from Italy. I send you three street portraits taken last summer during a trip in Albania, a wonderful land but not so known, full of really interesting people!
All of picture are taken with my Olympus EM1: a great traveling companion!

Meet these people, talk to them and ask them to be photographed was a great way to learn more about this land.

On my Blog “Scrivere e Fotografare” (write and photograph) You can see all of my photos:
www.scriverefotografare.com

Thank You for your great work!

Luigi

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Apr 112015
 

Steve and Brandon.

Hello again. I wanted to show off the wonderful experience that still is embodied in the Sony RX100 (Mark I). Took it to Vail for a snowboarding trip and it provided everything I needed: quick, small, great lens, reach and could take a beat of a beating.

I can’t think of a better camera for such things unless you’re looking at a GoPro or Olympus E-M5 type. It just gets out of your way, the colors pop and the b/w conversion is a breeze.

Nothing more lovely than the reflecting dish that is snow. Hope you can enjoy these images and your readers can see what YOU have been talking about all these years with regards to this camera.

All the best, Justin

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Apr 092015
 

Hello Steve,

I have been enjoying your site for some time. It was introduced to me by a friend, who is a big fan of the site.

I live in the province of Alberta, Canada about 4 hours drive from the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Alberta offers some beautiful opportunities for photography. I thought I would share some images with your viewers.

Our winters are cold and ruthless but they do present some wonderful vistas. These images were shot on medium format black and white film. The cameras used were Hasselblad 501 and Mamiya 6.

My preference is to shoot film. I still keep a working darkroom and make my prints in trays of developer. For me, this is a magical experience and a beautiful process for creating images. I think of myself equally as a “print maker” as well as a photographer. I hope you enjoy my photography.

Regards,

Arda

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Apr 082015
 

Hi Steve,

I’m writing from Memphis, Tennessee and first want to say thanks for continuing to run an excellent photography site! I found your website about a year ago while looking for gear reviews and enjoy the personal and real world perspective often lacking in many equipment reviews. The user reports are also excellent and I like that there is something new to read everyday.

I’m currently using a Nikon D5100 I purchased two years ago as my first “real” camera and bought it on a whim before a vacation. It’s ended up serving me well and has allowed me to grow as a photography enthusiest but this site is really tempting me to pick up a smaller mirrorless system like the Panasonic GX7 or Fuji X-T1. However, a significant portion of my photographic interest has gravitated towards the action end of the spectrum. I’m not sure if the current crop of mirrorless cameras are up to the task of shooting auto racing or an airshow but and would be interested to hear if your readers have any first hand experience.

All the shots below were taken with my Nikon D5100 and Nikon 55-300mm f4.5-5.6 lens. The first two are from the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park and the second two were taken at the Memphis Air Show in September.

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Apr 062015
 

Hi Brandon and Steve!

My name’s Luigi and I’m from Messina, a beautiful city in Sicily (check it out!)

These are some shots I took few days ago in occasion of a very rare phenomenon in my city… the snow! In 80 years of life, my grandfather said he had never seen so much snow in Messina, so you know, It was a pretty interesting day for me :) All photos were taken with Nikon D800 and 50mm f1.4 Sigma.

Ciao!

my flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/62069871@N02/

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Apr 032015
 

Good morning Steve,

I enjoy your website and gear reviews. I recently switched from a Canon 5D MII to a Fuji outfit (X-T1, X100S) and have loved going the mirrorless route.

I recently went to Florida for a quick trip to get away from the Michigan winter and had a good time. Here are a few snaps of the trip using the X100S. I find it to be the perfect travel camera. Light, small, good IQ, etc.

The three pics are of a sunset at Pine Island Beach on the gulf side, a panorama (6 shots) from a park near Hernando Beach at sunset, and the USS Victory located in Tampa.

You can find more of my work here: www.mattrussellphoto.com

Keep up the good work.

Regards,

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Apr 022015
 

Hi Brandon,

My name is Jean-Louis Coffre From Paris, France. Fan of your site and your real review, i send you my vision of street photography. Only amateur but so addict !

My current and favorite camera is the Fuji X100s. I find inspiration while walking the streets of Paris as the most prestigious photographers like Doisneau, Cartier Bresson and Depardon did before me.

These photos were taken at the Saint Lazare train station just before leaving for the weekend.

jeanlouiscoffre.tumblr.fr

Thanks

Jean-Louis

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Mar 312015
 

Hello Brandon & Steve,

It’s been almost a year since I’ve submitted anything, oh how time flies by! These three photos were apart of the same series I did last summer with my partner, Missy. Taken with my trusty Pentax K1000 and Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4 with Kodak Tri-X 400 film.

Feel free to visit my website or follow me on Flickr:

http://www.khunyalamatpan.com/

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

Hope all is well!

-Khunya

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Mar 282015
 

Hi,

Thanks for providing a great site with lots of user content!

I send across 3 snaps of Japanese autumn I hope you can post. Autumn colours here are awesome, adding sunny and warm weather makes a great season for photography. (at least compared to autumns back home in Sweden!)

The first one of the stairs is taken in Nikko, this is a famous spot with thousands of visitors each day. The two other ones are more interesting as I took them at a shrine complex close to where I live in Tokyo. I happen to stumble on it randomly when on a bike ride a few years ago. As it’s not well-known few people ever come here even though the buildings and garden are beautiful. Most temples and shrines in Tokyo are replicas as they were destroyed during the war. However this one wasn’t for some reason.

All photos are taken with a Leica M240 and 50mm summilux aspherical which I got back in October. Since then this hobby of mine has taken almost unhealthy proportions…

Here’s my flickr stream:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/h0lidays1/

Thanks,
Toby

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Mar 262015
 

Hi Steve and Brandon,

Thanks for this great opportunity. I’m a beginner in analogic photography and I start with a medium format camera. This set is taken with my Yashica Mat 124G and ILFord HP5+ 400ASA.

You can find me at:

website : http://www.maiemyphoto.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/maiemyphoto
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/maiemy
500px : http://500px.com/maiemy

Thanks
Emiliano “Maiemyphoto” Maiolo

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