Aug 242015
 

Hi Steve,

Still a fan of your site (and quite disappointed on the days where there is nothing new), still living in a small town in Lorraine, still 71 and still making b&w pictures with my Fuji X30. Here are three more from January 2015:

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I liked the contrast between our very geometrical sports centre and this little tree.

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Swamp Selfie 

As you my have noticed I like selfies where there’s not too much to be seen of me; on this one you just see my shadow in a rather large puddle.

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Nice Haircut

Of course this is just a tuft of grass, but to me it looks like the hair I wish I still had.

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Thanks again for running this great site of yours, I hope you liked these pictures.

Many greetings from France

Pierre

Aug 212015
 

Hello,

Thanks for a great site but some very inspiring content!

My name is Tobias Dantoft and I was featured here earlier this year capturing autumn colours. Now its summer and I have been shooting the same set up in Shibuya here in Tokyo (Leica M240 + 50 sumilux)

Summer here means tons of people out + very hot and humid. Especially the humidity goes well with the neon lights of Shibuya, it gives a hazy feel to the shots. You can almost feel the heat coming out of the picture!

Here is my flicker:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/h0lidays1/

and here is my previous autumn post here:
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2015/03/28/daily-inspiration-786-by-toby/

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Aug 182015
 

Hi Steve and Brandon,

I’m a portrait and music photographer based in the UK and I recently got back from a six week trip to India. The last time I was there was eighteen years ago, it was a chance to see family out there, have a look round and of course take pictures.

The equipment I took was my Nikon D3, with various Nikon lenses, and my “carry with me” was a Panasonic GF1 with 20mm f/1.7. The other camera I had was my mobile phone, not an expensive high end iPhone or flagship Samsung, but a budget Motorola Moto G. Even though a GF1 is small, it’s not exactly pocket-able, especially if you’re in a t-shirt and jeans because of the heat, so on many occasions the only camera I had was my phone. As expected it struggled in low light, but in daylight it worked remarkably well. All these images were shot on my mobile and processed in Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efex.

My Moto G survived six weeks in India without a scratch, but a few days after getting back home it slipped out of my hand and shattered after it hit the ground. Thanks for looking at the images, if you have any questions or comments please ask.

Harvinder Sunila

harvindersunila.com

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instagram.com/harvindersunila

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Aug 142015
 

Steve and Brandon,

I’ve been a reader of your site for a while now and really enjoy the mix of gear reviews, images and photography tips. I’m a pretty average amateur, but I thought I’d send you a few pics I took recently at The Louvre Art Gallery in Lens, France (yes really – Lens is a town in northern France – https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lens,+France/@50.4395259,2.8190701,11z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x47dd305f6f4ca1b9:0x40af13e8163e670). I like shooting in galleries – not for the art works (I see no point in photographing other’s art!), but for the people. Generally speaking, no-one really pays much attention to someone taking photographs and you can get some great candid shots. All these shots were taken with my Olympus E-M1.

Image 1 – “Here’s Looking at You Kid!” Olympus E-M1 + Olympus 75mm f1.8 1/180th @ f1.8. ISO 1250.

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Image 2 – “Observations & Reflections” Olympus E-M1 + Panasonic 7-14mm @ 7mm. 1/60th @ f4 ISO 800.

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Image 3 – “People In Silhouette” Olympus E-M1 + Olympus 25mm f 1.8. 1/350th @ f1.8. ISO 200.

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Thanks for looking and kind regards,

Paul Kaye – Royal Leamington Spa, UK
http://www.flickr.com/paul_kaye

 

Aug 122015
 

Hi Steve, hi Brandon,I’m always excited to discover your blog day after day. So I decided to share one of my latest works here again.

After my trip to the south East of the US in 2013 (take a look at the Daily Inspiration #649), I traveled to Vietnam last year. I always use one of my favorite combo : Leica M9 + Summicron 2.0/35 mm asph. Many people prefer to use a heavy bag with many zooms (14-24 mm + 24-70 mm and 70-200 mm) and they can’t understand this kind of choice. I really prefer to be « light », not losing time changing lenses and always keeping in touch with the reality ! I don’t remember a moment when I said « Heck, I need another lens ! ». I know many great photographers in Magnum (for example) who use just one or two lens. That’s my way.

But …

Only because I like real B&W enlargement on traditional paper (I always use Ilford FB paper), I took a Mamiya M6 with a 4.0/50 mm (eq. 28 mm in 24×36 size). Sometimes I compare silver prints and inkjet prints. Silver prints always win ! That’s the only reason I use this camera, instead B&W conversion with the CDD sensor of the M9 offers great results.

I really hope that you enjoy this article and pictures and I would be very (very) happy to see my work on your blog again.

Greetings from Paris.
Robin SANTUS

www.robinsantus.com

and here is my webmag !

http://www.magazine-flash.com

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Aug 112015
 

Hi Steve, I want to share to you and others about me and my wife’s first child birth process.

It’s been nine months and we’re ready to go to hospital whenever my wife feel a contraction. Then in May 26th 2015 at 17.04, our first daughter was born, Ayesha Alifa.

I’m lucky to have my Sony A7+55mm f/1.8 in my bag all the time. AF is struggling because I got only hospital ambience light.

Picture say thousand words, then here is our story.

Induced (f/1.8 1/60th ISO 4000)

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Before Caesar surgery (f/1.8 1/60th ISO 800)

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Hello world! (f/1.8 1/60th ISO 500)

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I have to bury the placenta (inside a clay jar)in the garden and put a light on it. (Indonesian culture) (f/1.8 1/50th ISO 800)

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Thanks to share our happiness in your websites,

Hamdi
flickr.com/hamdiichsan

Aug 092015
 

Dear Steve and Brandon, this year I had the opportunity to feed my passion for sports photography, photographing the entire season of the American Football team of my city: Muli of Trieste. The only second division side to have qualified for three years in a row to the Playoffs. I hope to pay tribute to this team, inspired by the passion for the sport. During the season, I used my new Nikon D750 coupled to Tamron 70-200 f2.8 VC and VC Tamron 150-600 F5-6.3.

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Aug 062015
 

Hi Steve and Brandon,

My name is Harry and I have been a fan of your site for quite some time. I am a university student in Hong Kong. I mainly do street photography and would also bring my camera while travelling.

I have been interested in photography for around four years. It all started with a crappy film camera bought from a flea market My father, who is also a photography enthusiast (though I consider him more of a gear enthusiast LOL), lent me a Minolta film SLR instead. It is quite funny that I started learning photography with a film camera in the modern time when digital photography has become the mainstream. I soon become addicted to film photography, not because of the colour or the image quality, but the experience. One would really treasure each shot with film because of its cost and the time it takes to process. Usually, I get the most satisfying photographs with film cameras.

I usually bring along with me a rangefinder camera during weekends. I used to enjoy using the “light version” of Leica, Minolta CLE, which my father bought back in the 80s. After its old electronic shutter stopped working, I started using Leica M4, sort of an upgrade to a more sophisticated model with less functions. I also use a Nikon film SLR and a Fujifilm GS645W for nature and travel photography. I process the black & white films myself and scan it with a crappy flat-back scanner. The resolution is just enough for posting to Facebook but hey, who cares about image quality?

Sorry for breaking the rule of choosing 3 photos but it’s really tough for me to choose between. The first two are taken in Egypt last summer. The next three photos are taken in Hong Kong within these two years. The last one is taken in Cambodia last December.

 

This photo is taken at Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt. It is still under restoration. The modern crane and the ruins of the old temple created an interestingly peaceful image. (Fujifilm GS645W, 60mm f/4.5 lens, on 120 film, ISO 160)

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The moment after I took this photo, the owner of the camel invited me to have a ride. Glad that I said no before he ripped me off LOL. (Fujifilm GS645W, 60mm f/4.5 lens, on 120 film, ISO 160)

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Took this photo in a pier in North Point, HK. It’s not really a busy one. Often find some fishing enthusiasts and elderlies here. (Leica M4, Leitz 35mm Summaron, ISO 200)

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Wanchai street market in HK in twilight. Delivering goods with bicycles seems obsolete but I guess thats still how some businesses work in the market. (Leica M4, Voiglander 15mm f/4.5, ISO 400)

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Highways and bridges crossing each other in Ma Wan, an island in HK. Explains pretty much Hong Kong’s reputation for high efficiency. (Leica M4, Voiglander 15mm f/4.5, ISO 100)

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Aug 022015
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

Hopefully this will be my second post since Daily Inspiration #691. About a month ago I decided to dive into the world of medium format and after a lot of research and factoring in budget, I went with the Yashica-mat 124G. So far I’ve shot with Portra 400 (13 years past it’s expiry date), and 2 Ilford HP5+ B&W rolls of film.

From what I read about film slowing you down, well in my experience so far, that is absolutely true. Knowing that each time I press down on that shutter button, roughly $3 goes down the drain, so I really have to think before my brain decides to tell my flexor digitorum profundus muscle to flex my index finger to expose that section of 120 film at the back of this black heavy metallic box.

I’ve also been reading around how you have to think differently when shooting black and white, and this is the first time I’ve ever shot with black and white film since using a pin hole camera back in high school. Keeping that in mind, I decided to mainly try to look for scenes with high contrast (ie. looking for light and strong shadows). I’m sure there is more to it than that, so I hope I can get some feedback from people on what they look for when shooting black and white.

I hope you enjoy these pictures I’ve taken so far with this very interesting camera I’ve acquired. All 3 shot on Ilford HP5+ attempting to use the Sunny 16 rule, scanned using Canon 9000f, processed in LR5. Any constructive feedback on them would be greatly appreciated as I am still learning.

Yours truly,
Hai Tran

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Jul 302015
 

Hello Steve and Brandon,

Photography has been a hobby for me over the last 18 months, and this blog is one of my favorite in terms of stopping by for some quick inspiration. I particularly love this Daily inspiration idea, and looked forward to the day that I would be comfortable to share some of my images. I’m an American expat working in Africa, and spend a lot of time during the year traveling. This in principal is what led me to photography as a means to document my various adventures. I initially started with a full frame DSLRss, but finally settled on a Fuji setup that I’m very happy with.

The images I am submitting today are from a trip late last year to north Thailand. My wife and I visited Anantara Elephant Camp with Lee Craker, whom we discovered through this site. The trip was absolutely memorable with 3 full days spent with the Mahouts and their noble elephants. Images below were taken with both a D800 with the 24-70 F2.8 & 70-200 F2.8, and also Fuji Xpro1 and 56mm F1.2.

My Tumblr
My Flickr

Thanks for the opportunity to share.

Regards
Chez

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Jul 282015
 

Hi Guys,

I’ve really enjoyed your site lots of good photography here and not a whole lot of the negative vibes I find on other sites.

I’ve been using the Sony A7 for a while now and have really moved into black and white. I’m using old minolta lenses like 20 2.8 and 35-70 F4 along with Voigtlander 40 1.4 and 28 2.0. I live in Massachusetts with easy access to the surrounding states and diverse landscapes. These were taken in Newport, RI. It is such an old and cool seaport town, many great things to photograph.

My site is www.erictoddphotography.com

All the best,
Eric

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Jul 242015
 

Hi Steve and Brandon,

First of all thanks for a great website! I visit your site weekly and it has been one of the main inspirations for me to start  my own journey into photography. I’m a Danish guy living in Bangkok close to Chinatown. Street photography has become an important way for me to relate to a culture so different from my own, and are bringing back the curiosity I had for the place when I first arrived 8 years ago.

The picture of the monk shaving his friends head was taken at Wat Thong Thammachat in Thonburi, Bangkok.  The temple is from the Ayutthaya period, before Bangkok was the capital of Thailand. Thonburi is one of my favourite places to shoot, and is a very laid back area compared to downtown Bangkok.

The cockfight picture is shoot close to my own neighbourhood. I have been trying to avoid cockfights as I wasn’t sure how I would react to it, but when I started taking pictures of this young boy and his rooster, his father arrange a quick little fight in my honour. It was clearly that the boy was closely connected with this gamecock, and didn’t like it when his cock took some beating. It was less aggressive than I thought it would be, but then again, this wasn’t a real match.

The street portrait is also from my neighbourhood. The old man used to be an engineer, but didn’t managed to save enough for his pension, and are now working as a valet for a restaurant in the area. He has a wonderful personality,  and are always good for a story.

The first two pictures are taken with a Sony A7II, with the Loxia 2/50, and the picture of the engineer with a Sony RX1.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. If you would like to see more, please visit my Flickr page at: https://www.flickr.com/ photos/bangkokexposure/

Best regards,

Peter Griebel

 

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Jul 222015
 

Hi Steve & Brandon,

I have been a faithful reader of your site and have been enjoying articles and photographs posted from time to time by your readers and yourself. I have recently bought an Olympus EM5 mark II and have had a chance to try it out at Bali. I also had a chance to use the m.Zuiko Pro 40-150 F2.8 lens from borrowing it from a friend of mine on the same trip.  Although this is not my first time to Bali, this is actually the first time I go to Bali for the sole purpose of taking photographs. The island is really rich in their culture and a wonderful place for photographer which I will definitely do this again next time.

I enjoyed using the new EM5 II very much and with the Pro 40-150 F2.8 lens, it gives me a great image quality and versatility that I have never really experienced before until now. I’m thinking of getting the 40-150mm lens once I could afford it and hope that will be real soon. Below are some of the shots taken mainly with the 40-150mm on the EM5 II for sharing. The 5-axis stabilizer used with the zoom lens is really a great combination and I have accompanied the last shot with the lens on a moving vehicle.

Thanks for reading this and more can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/kwaek/

EK Kwa

Worshipers at a nearby Ubud temple, 40-150mm F2.8 @ 57mm, f2.8, 1/1250 secs, ISO 200

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Ubud morning Market, 40-150mm f2.8 @ 40mm, 2.8, 1/2500 secs, ISO 200

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Ubud morning Market, 40-150mm F2.8 @ 142mm, f2.8, 1/800 secs, ISO 200

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Mt. Batur valcano shot on a moving vehicle, 40-150mm F2.8 @ 73mm, f2.8, 1/5000 secs, ISO 200

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Jul 212015
 

Hey Steve and Brandon.

My Fuji X100T has just arrived, and I thought I’d share some of the pictures from my first morning walk. I decided to go to a spot I know well. I mean it’s hard enough to get to know a camera for the first time, if you add to that a location you don’t know… well you get the picture!

This is big! At least for me. I have alway loved street photography, but never had the nerve to go out and take pictures of random people in the street. And since my main camera is a Canon 7D, It’s kinda hard to be unnoticed when that damn shutter claps away!! I mean, It’s called “Cannon” wright?!

Well, I guess there’s a first time for everything, and this was my first time shooting street action. And, let me tell you, I couldn’t be more pleased with it; both the performance from the Fuji X100T and the resulting images. Some say “Well it’s ok and everything, but ist’s no full frame!” to what I respond “Sure it’s not, but I’m not getting payed for my images (I’m not a professional photographer) ; and even if I was, an APS-C Type sensor is more than capable of producing great images.You don’t need full frame for that!”

Others gasp “It’s only 16 megapixels, wright?!”; what leads to a sligtly grumpy response from my part “Why would I need more? I don’t print mural nor building sized photos! I rarely print photos, which I regret; and when I do the biggest prints are 8×10. So I guess 16 megapixels is more than enough. Not to mention the storage space it saves me!”. Oh and don’t get me started on that whole lightroom RAW development “issue”. I know that, probably, there are other softwares that might be “better” at developing Fuj RAW files. And that if you sharpen the crap out of your images in Lightroom you might get the watercolor effect. Honestly, I didn’t notice it when I developed my pictures with this camera. Then again, I’m not looking at my files at 200%!! Just kidding, or maybe not !-)

No really; I know It’s not perfect. Although I love the X100T, I’m not blind to all it’s flaws. But like all good partnerships, It doesn’t come without it’s quirks. I’ll just have to know, what and where they are so I can deal with them.

All in all, It’s just a fun camera to shoot. At least for me!! But enough talking, here are a few shots from my walk.

 

 A father and a son, turn as they hear a helicopter flyby. The kid, of course, stares at the boats; while the father searches for the helicopter.

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Keep in mind, this place is full of people wlaking and running. But somehow, this guy just seemed slightly off. I don’t know why but, Johnny Walker comes to mind!
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This lady had a very gracious walk, she could have been Grace Kelly’s long lost sister. Not that she had one!
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Thaks guys, and keep up the good work.
Bye for now.
João Vieira
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