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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Mar 242015
 

Hi,

I have been a photographer for 20 years and I assure you that photography is my passion and my life.

In my photography work I am consciously seeking the link between sheer esthetics, values and meaningfulness that images can propagate. It’s therefore not accidental that my photography work mainly encompasses images of people in their worldly environment, and preferably far away from here. Actually, photography and travel is the ideal combination for me to express my passion.

My preference goes to contextual portrait photography, reproducing images which are telling a story, and this within the framework of complex tasks in a foreign context. In
doing so, I don’t shirk from any challenge.

These are portraits of all of Ghent (Belgium) Record stores.The 7 record shops in Ghent were part of a book, that tells the story of 50 years of music history. The main challenge was to make in each location in 10 minutes’ time a character picture of passionate shopkeepers. The technical implication is also that I had to manage with a minimal amount of equipment. The commission was an excellent combination of a subject to my liking and photography of people in a worldly context.

http://www.krisgoubert.com/albums/ghent-record-stores/

E-Wool-Shop

Kiekeboe

Vynil Kitchen

Consouling

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Music Mania Records

Mar 222015
 

Hello Steve, Hello Brandon,

I’m Daniel, I live in Bordeaux France.I am an absolute fan of your site, so for images that are a real source of inspiration that your opinion on the material I found wiseand very close to our real concerns .

After a Nikon D300 (too heavy), a NEX7 with his Zeiss24 (too poorly constructed body), a OMDEM1 and the 12-60 zoom (too much 4/3 ) I just fall in love with my Fuji xt1 (14mm, 35mm, 18-55 and 55-200 … waiting for the 56mm).

What real photographer instrument, no frills and extraordinary image quality! And what lovely lenses! (a problem shoulders makes me choose light equipment and I’m not rich enough to dare to dream of a M240)

But Thursday, January 29, around 21h it was raining when I was going to get my wife to her painting classes. And the light through raindrops on the windshield of my car is totally heckled me: the light has is to dance, popping … (I had not drunk anything …)

I am rather of the kind sharpness lover goal that night I was just a light and rain lover.

Again thank you for your work, your site, your advice.

Sincerely
Daniel from Bordeaux France

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Mar 202015
 

Dear Steve, my name is Matt Randall and I am a photographer from the Uk.

I wanted to submit a daily inspiration post to your website in the hope you would publish it because it was a couple of your daily inspiration articles about using a Leica M9 for fashion photography that inspired me to take some of my own.

The posts are one from February 2012 by Simon Lipman and the other by Andy Lee from January 2013. When I saw these two articles about fashion photography it made me realise I could use the M9 for such shots when you mostly read about them being used for photojournalism etc.

Upon visiting your website for the first time I did not own a Leica camera but after reading many of your reviews and especially the ones mentioned above I was convinced to take the plunge and buy my own. I eagerly travelled to London with the intent on buying a Leica X2 but was even more thrilled to return home with a previously owned Leica M9, a 35mm Summarit lens and a 50mm Summicron f/2.0. This was just before the release of the M240 and they made me an offer just too good to refuse. It was a wonderful experience and taking photographs with the Leica M9 brings such a joy to my life.

All 3 of my submitted photographs were taken using my Leica M9 with a 50mm Summicron lens f/2.0, ISO 160 f/8.0 1/125sec. The photographs were taken indoors using 2 Elinchrom Style RX300 strobes after monitoring the lights using a Sekonic light meter.

I really hope you like them.

My website: www.mattrandallphotography.co.uk

Best regards
Matt Randall

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Mar 192015
 

Hi Brandon,

I’ve decided to submit these three shots because they are a good representation of my goals in everyday photography. I have really enjoyed simply carrying my camera around on a daily basis and photographing whatever I find interesting. It has been inspiring for my creative process, but it has also forced me to tell a story with each photograph individually. I hope that these photographs convey that purpose.

Each of these photographs was taken on my Leica M6 with a Canon 50mm 1.8 LTM lens on Tri-X 400. I purchased my first Leica, an old double stroke M3, last year, and I am absolutely hooked.

The first image is of a man who frequents a town circle near my home. I believe he is homeless, and I recently struck up a light conversation with him. Through this, I ended up taking his portrait. I think many homeless are alienated by society, and I always attempt to treat them like regular, nice people in an attempt to show them that people still care for them.

The next two photographs are from a local Dia De Los Muertos celebration, and I wanted to convey the dark mood of the night with a few stationary items that depict the celebration.

Thanks!

www.finnphotos.co

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Mar 182015
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

It’s my first time for submitting anything, but I’ve been following your progress from way back when you used to post on dpreview! (From Steve: That was EIGHT years ago! Thank you!)

I mostly shoot on the street, but I am moving into documentary projects in my local area, Oxford.

These three shots I am sharing today, are from a recent trip to London, and are all related to public transport.

I shoot with a Leica M-M and Sony A7s. Since getting the Sony, I’ve all but stopped using the Leica for street, as the silent shutter on it gives me so much confidence to work the scene.

If you like these photographs you can check out more on my site here: http://www.peterdavidgrant.com/

Thanks all!
Peter

Image Captions

1. Coming into Paddington, Leica M Monochrom / Summicron 35mm f/2 / ISO 320, 1/180th
2. St Pancras, London, Sony A7S / FE 35mm F2.8 ZA / ISO 2500, 1/160th, F13
3. London Underground, Sony A7S / FE 35mm F2.8 ZA / ISO 4000, 1/160th, F6.3

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Mar 172015
 

Hi there,

Happy Shopping was taken in December in Manchester, UK. The woman on the left was singing carols with her son striding ahead.
Leica M-E, Zeiss 50mm f2 Planar, 1/250 f5.6, ISO400.

Shopping with Chess, shot last August in Leeds, UK. An intense game of chess outside the library with the young boy on the right advising on the moves.
Leica M-E, Zeiss 35mm f2.8 C Biogon, 1/1500 f5.6, ISO400.

The Old and the New. Taken last September in Manchester, UK. The old couple needing a rest, after shopping, in an unusually quite area of central Manchester.
Leica 111f, Leica 5cm Summar f6.3 1/100, Kodak CN400BW film.

Your reviews on the Zeiss lenses were the inspiration for me to buy them. I am not able to buy the Leica equivalents and now I’ve got the them I’m happy to stay with Zeiss.
The lenses are superb, however I need to tame the colour saturation especially green grass otherwise I get ‘Fuji green’, although I don’t do much in colour .
Most of my work is in Black and White and I tend to see the pictures I’m taking in Black and White as I take them.

I have photos in the LFI gallery http://lfi-online.de/ceemes/?page/show/371, in Search put Phil Harrison, click on Keywords, then click on Start Search.

I’ll be using your Amazon UK link from now on so keep up the good work.

Cheers and thanks
Phil Harrison
Rochdale
UK

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Mar 162015
 

Hi Steve and Brandon,

First of all, thank you for the lots of reviews and news and all kind of posts. You serve useful information about mirrorless cameras.

Three years ago I jumped into the m43 system and a new world opened for me. With a small camera I could take street photos almost always. And this kind of photography became my favorite.

Here are some picture from Prague. People of Prague.

Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 + M.Zuiko 17mm f.18

Other photos: https://www.facebook.com/locsmandisz

Best regards,
Szabolcs Locsmandi

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Mar 142015
 

Hi Steve, Brandon, and everyone on this site,

First of all, a little background of myself. I majored in finance when I was in college, but my greatest passion have alway been photography, street photography to be precise, and I plan to keep shooting along with my career in banking.
This is my first time sharing my daily inspiration on this wonderful website.
I’m going to call this series the “European” series, and it was from my trip to Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, and Slovkia last summer.

I packed my Leica M6 and M8 with two lens, summicron 35/2 Pre-A and Voigtlander 50/1.5 VM, into my backpack alone with 24 rolls of Portra 400. I usually shoot both film and digital, however about 80% of the photos in the series are film (Kodak Portra 400), and this is also my first attempt to finish a street photography series in color because I always think color street photography is really hard to master. But I still gave it a try!

During my trip I spent most of my time looking for interesting characters and interesting moments, and it was a very unique and challenging experience to shoot in a completely new environment everyday, but I enjoy it a lot as it reminds me of uncertainty elements in street photography. Sometime I spend too much time shooting on the same streets in Taipei, and it gets really hard for me to find new inspirations. I packed 24 rolls of Portra 400 in my bag before I leave, and I used every roll of film during the trip; I wish I have packed more of them! I usually shot around 15 frames every time I go out, I guess this tell us to alway be a tourist and keep our curiosity to our surroundings.

Some people look for the perfect composition in street photography and some look for perfect light and shadow, the point is everyone is looking for different things on the street, but to me it’s always the people. I’m always looking for interesting people, people with stories, or a happy smiley face. The overall experience of shooting a street photography project in such a short period of time and different locations is challenging but inspiring. The overall experience is pleasing due to friendly people on the street, interesting cultural elements, and the pure excitement of using a film Leica to compete these things.

I hope you enjoyed the photo so far, and if you want to see the full series, http://www.jimmyyangphotography.com/euro#1
I believe some of the photos are way better to be seen as a part of a series than a single photo.

My Flickr link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yang1219/

Thanks,

Jimmy

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Mar 122015
 

Hello Steve,

I have been a long time visitor of your site. Keep up the good work!

For a long while I was deep down in the technical specs of new cameras and was spending more and more time reading about which next camera I would buy. I rarely owned a camera for more than 6 months before I sold it and bought the newest. I was hunting the prefect picture trough technology and forgot the fact that I was shooting less and less.

Now I am back to basic and couldn’t be happier.

http://laphotography.se/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/127441894@N02/with/15147526935/

All pictures taken with Leica M6, 35mm Summicron and Tri-X 400

Best regards / Vänliga hälsningar

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Mar 112015
 

Hello Brandon,

I am a long time reader of the site and use it as a bible when it comes to cameras. I find the reviews and tests of the various cameras to be very useful and have purchased several cameras which were recommended on this site.

Recently, I purchased the Panasonic LX100 based on Steve’s pure enthusiasm about it. As soon as I saw that it was in stock, I ordered it and been using it since. Recently, a friend who happens to be a professional photographer was checking out my camera equipment and after examining the various SLRs, Lenses, Compacts and Mirrorless cameras he asked me how come I never purchased a Leica. My response was that first and foremost, they were out of my budget and second, I already got one. When he asked which one I responded by saying that I just got the LX100. You could tell by his disapproving look that he did not think much of it. As far as he was concerned, nothing could touch the Leica M Monochrome and its images. He asked me what I liked about it and the first word that came to mind was “versatility”. This camera is just awesome. It is small enough to carry everywhere, has an incredible lens and sensor, and can take amazing pictures. But up to then, I didn’t really play around with the built in filters. I decided that the next time I use the camera, I will only take pictures using the monochrome filter (I still shoot raw+jpg so if I ever need the color version, it is still there in the raw format).

My next opportunity was a friend’s celebration. I took my camera started shooting. The attached images are just some of the images that were all taken using the built in filter. These images are straight out of camera without any modifications (other than sizing them down). I personally love the results and am very impressed by the quality of the pictures coming out of the camera.

Thanks again for the opportunity to share my pictures with your readers.

Jim

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Mar 102015
 

Hi Steve and Brandon,

Sorry for my English, as you know french people don’t speak well English and I one of them!! First of all thanks for your really cool and interesting blog that you offer. My daily inspiration is about the events happened in France these last few days. I leave in Quebec and I participated to the Charlie Hebdo march.

Here a couple of images…

Here the others : http://www.francoismellet.com/p239972058

Fuji XT1, 27MM F/2.8, monochrome filter+yellow

Regards

François M

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Mar 092015
 

Hello,

I am a full-time photographer from Norway.

Have always used Nikon, but bought me a Fujifilm x100s this summer. This relationship did not last long, when I quite immediately found out that it was Leica M 240 I wanted.

Now I shoot Nikon at work and Leica for everything else. Leica has given me a photo joy I experienced at the beginning of my career, when I used filmbased Nikon. Love everything with the camera and I am considering going completely over to Leica.
First on my wish list is a M6.

With that said, I will thank you for a super website with lots of inspiring stuff and useful information!

The pictures below are all taken with Leica M 240 and 50 Summilux. I shoot mostly wide open.

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Mar 072015
 

Hi,

I’m Dave Davies. I’ve enjoyed your reviews for quite a while now and thought it was time for me to have a go at submitting a few shots. I’m a keen amateur photographer and particularly enjoy travel & street photography along with informal portrait shots. These landscapes were all captured locally (Surrey, UK), the 2 colour shots using my Nikon D810 and 14-24, and the b&w shot with my Fuji XT-1 and 18-135.
I hope you enjoy them.

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