Oct 202014
 

Hi Steve!

This time I send you some black and white pictures from the Northern part of the Tuscany. A not very well-known region called Apuan Alps. This is where the Romans got their Marble from (e.g. Carrara). I spent seven days there – and loved it! A really inspiring landscape and only very few tourists although there are really great attractions – like an enormous „La Grotta del Vento“ with wind velocities up to 50 km/h and miles of hiking trails.

Hope you enjoy my photos!

Greetings from Germany,

Roman

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Oct 182014
 

Hi Brandon:

This is Michael again, a third time repeat offender in the daily inspiration submissions. Steve’s recent posts on the Leica M, MP, and Monochrom inspired me so I took out my M240, taped over the red dot, and went shooting. This time I drove over to Massachusetts and went to the Old Sturbridge Village. For those who don’t know, Old Sturbridge is a private museum where actors reenact a 18th century colonial village in New England. The houses, transportation, and daily routine of the villagers are kept frozen in the past. Some of these shots are lucky to be included in the next promotional magazine of the Sturbridge Village.

I brought only the 35mm Summicron ASPH lens with me as I wanted to focus on subjects while having a little room for background, but not too wide. It was a bright day so I put on a 3x ND filter. That’s it. the combo really kept me light and mobile without attracting too much attention.

The M impressed me all over again. Now at the end of 2014, there are cameras out there that does many particular jobs better than the M: the A7s (which I own as well) in low light performance, the A7r in resolution, the Sigma Quattro in image quality, the EM1 in versatility, speed and weather sealing, etc. However in my opinion none matches the M for all around performance. The superb lens offers resolution in gobs; the M240 sensor renders a more accurate and neutral color than the M9, which provides wilder post processing possibilities for me; and the range finder plus manual settings keep the images precisely the way I envisioned them. The Leica M is the only camera that I feel is a true extension of my body (meaning I don’t have to think about it when I shoot). Never once I found myself saying: “ man I missed that shot due to XYZ or man I wished I had XYC feature on this camera.” The thing just works, for me.

For example, on that shot of the woman who was smacking her lips while the stove was cooking. I saw the moment come up, stepped close, raised the camera and shot the scene in the general direction without too much thinking. The camera did the rest.

As you can see, the colors are vibrant on that day. I also got lucky with some surreal clouds to keep things interesting. I converted a couple of shots to Monochrom, and the M240 again demonstrated its rich tonality and wide dynamic range as I pushed those files pretty far in the conversion. I owned a Leica Monochrome before, and I can say that 95% of the times I could not distinguish a M240 B&W conversion from a Monochrome. I’ve since added the A7s as my high ISO B&W shooter.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit rural New England and the Old Sturbridge in particular, I highly recommend the trip!

More of my work can be seen at Http://mikema.photos Thanks for running such a great site Steve!

Michael Ma

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Oct 162014
 

Daily Inspiration #697

By Shane Wiebe

Thanks Steve and Brandon for hosting this amazing site.

I will start with the basics. My name is Shane Wiebe and I’m from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. I am a hobbyist and am constantly trying to scrape together funds for the elusive “next lens” that will complete my kit but it’s looking like that might be a while.. I started taking photography more seriously about a two years ago after my camera was stolen out of my hotel room on vacation. I bought an old Minolta X-370 and a Rokkor 50 1.7 and shot film for a year relearning the basics of photography, all the while reading every review I could get my hands on trying to decide what to buy. I was almost sold on the E-M5 but I couldn’t pull the trigger. I guess it was the familiarity of shooting with an SLR and being slightly afraid of trying something I had zero experience with. I ended up buying a used Canon 7D(with grip) and a Canon EF 50 1.4 and shortly after, I found a good deal on a Canon EF 70-200 2.8L IS i and that rounds out my kit for now lol. I enjoy shooting concerts and sports but I haven’t seen a lot of “extreme sports” on this site in the past so I will be submitting some pics of my good friend Mason riding his dirt bike. He regularly gets off work and then rides till sundown and he recently invited me out to his parents ranch to take it all in. For those who don’t know, Freestyle motocross or FMX as it’s known is where a rider will hit jumps and perform gravity defying aerial maneuvers on a motorcycle. In this case, he had his 10’ high ramp roughly 75’ away from the landing. I hope it’s ok if I submit more than three photos.

Framed Canon 7D with 70-200 2.8L IS

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Cliffhanger Canon 7D with 70-200 2.8L IS

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Rock Solid Canon 7D with 70-200 2.8L IS

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Look ma, NO HANDS!!! Canon 7D with Canon 50 1.4

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All pics were shot in RAW and edited in Lightroom
Rider- Mason Bozarth
Thanks for looking :)

Oct 152014
 

Hi Steve,

I had no interest in photography at all, until a few years ago the battery on my old P&S died and could not be replaced, so I started my homework looking for a camera that’s “a little more capable”, giving me a little bit more control for artistic creation … and that’s when I read your site, picked up my first mirror-less camera in the E-PL1, and started getting into photography.

The past few years I visit your site every couple of days to start my day at work, just to look for inspiration (and excuse for new toys). Recently armed with my new toy in OM-D E-M5, I went on a weekend getaway trip to Washington DC with my wife, and it was the best trip we’ve had in the last little while – not just because we’re both interested in history and museums, but because Washington is such a photographic city where every time you turn around there’s something you want to take a photo of … so good that my wife and I each brought our own camera, and we looked at and rated each others’ photos when we get back to the hotel at night!!

So as a tribute to you and your site’s contribution to our new found hobby, we’d like to submit some of our photos for daily inspiration for the very first time … we’re very much beginners in photography, but hoping our photos can inspire others to get into photography as well!!

Here are the pic’s!

“The flag” was taken at the WW2 Memorial at DC. (E-M5 with the Olympus 15-150mm lens at f16 1/1250). We were walking in the national mall, touched by all the lives the country has sacrificed I felt an urge to take a photo of the flag, and my wife likes this picture the most of all the pics I took that afternoon at the mall.

“Pool” was taken by my wife at the WW2 memorial pool. (E-PL1, and the 14-42 kit lens at 42mm f11 1/800). The peace and fun the kids can enjoy playing in the pool, the Lincoln memorial in the background, the WW2 Memorial .. that’s why my wife took this photo.

“Alexandria” was taken at the Alexandria Old Town. (E-M5, the Panny 20mm f1.7 lens at f2, 1/3200). I just loved how the yellow hydrant looks in front of the blue siding.

Hope you like the pics! And keep up your excellent work!
Cheers,
Derek

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Oct 142014
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

My name is Ahadi Bayu Tejo from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am a frequent reader of your site. Your site is very useful for me in developing my photography knowledge.

I just switched from a DSLR user to micro 4/3. I enclose several pictures that I took during my first try of my new (second-hand) camera, an Olympus E-PL5 with Panasonic 20mm and Olympus 45mm lenses. I took the photos at my home and the Botanical Garden, and saved them in JPEG. I find that using Olympus art filter is very interesting, reminds me the days when I shoot with B&W film.

Hope your site readers enjoy the pictures. Thank you.

Regards,

Bayu

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Oct 132014
 

Hi Steve and Brandon

I have read your blog for some years now and it has really helped to get me interested in photography again having lost my muse during the change from film to digital. I went for around ten years without taking any proper shots but have finally made the transition to digital photography. After borrowing a Fujifilm X100 from my brother (who is very firmly Leica and had no use for it) I decided to buy an X-Pro1 and get back into photography properly. I have never looked back. The X-Pro1 has been a great camera but the autofocus is really quirky and I think it was probably released before it was quite ready. Have had some good results with it but once the X-T1 came out it was no competition and I’ve now made the switch. It is an excellent camera and everything the X-Pro1 should have been. Recently I’ve been working on a theme of using an anonymous figure to add a sense of scale to the images and thought I could share some of these with you and your readers.

The photo of a winter tree was taken on Hampstead Heath with the X-Pro1 and 14mm lens (1/150s at f/8.0 and ISO800) – the sunlight was very harsh but made a good silhouette of the tree. The 14mm lens is wonderful and has become my favourite lens for this type of photo. Didn’t look half as good in colour so was developed using Silver Efex Pro 2. Likewise the one of the crane (which is near Millwall Dock in London) used the same camera and lens as well as SEP2.

The final photo (the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern) was taken with the new X-T1 and the 18-55mm zoom (1/200s at f/22.0) – the light there is very dramatic in the late afternoon in the summer. The electronic viewfinder on the X-T1 lets you preview your shots in black and white before you press the button if you switch to BW film simulation mode which for me makes a real difference when composing a photo.

Any constructive feedback on the photos would be great – always hard to know if you are going down the right path!

My website is at http://photoponica.com/ and there are more of my photos on Flickr here https://www.flickr.com/photos/gadzooksman/

All the best and thanks for providing such an inspiring website.

 

Mark Richards

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A Winter Tree (Hampstead Heath)

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The Silent Guardian (crane nr Millwall Dock in London)

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Oct 102014
 

Hello Brandon and Steve,

I would very much like to submit three photos for your “daily inspiration”.

My name is Jan and I have been taking photos for two years now. Before that, I took snapshots while on holiday for many years, all very, very bad, but that was it – never anything more.

So, then I got my first digital camera, one with a lens that came off to boot, and I found it pretty good fun. Which in turn lead me to pick up two Nikon V1’s for X-mas presents as they were dirt cheap and apparently not at all bad. Alas, the one I got for my wife was not “good enough” for her, and I thought: well, damn! I bet it is for me. And of course, it was. What a great learning tool it is, I have not picked up my first camera since early last spring.

Anyway, as a severely disabled person, I only managed to use my V1 outdoors a total of five times last year. I was having to learn while hanging out through the window. But it really helped keep me sane all the same, and gave me some purpose on endless days.

All three pictures are from my walks around Amsterdam. That’s right: walks. I’ll spare you all the long story about the experimental treatment and a winter spent at a hospital fighting for my life. The only thing you need to know is that the V1 ROCKS!!! What a crying shame Nikon is neglecting this format so badly.

I am submitting two pictures taken with the 6.7-13mm zoom and one with the 30-110mm, I love them both. I must have taken about seven or eight thousand frames with the 30-110mm zoom – it was the only one that was usable from my window up high and let me achieve some kind of subject isolation. Now that has all changed, of course; I am able to just pick up my V1 and walk out the door and into the fresh air. Life is pretty good. = )

Submitted by Jan H. Maaso, Zeedijk 65-A, 1012 AS Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
More of my photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/janmaaso/

Oh, and thanks for a great blog! Love it.

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Oct 092014
 

Hello Steve and Brandon!

I’m a hobbyist photographer from Athens, Greece. I’ve been reading and enjoying your site ever since I got bitten by the photography bug, around 3 years ago (thanks to my dad, an avid photographer himself)! I have to say, you are doing a terrific job! The way you manage to present useful information, photography subjects and elaborate reviews, without getting overly consumed into technical details (and consequently missing photography itself) is marvelous. You seem really passionate about photography, and it clearly shows.

I’ve wanted to write to you for you “Daily Inspiration” section for quite some time, but I’ve always been postponing it, mainly because I wasn’t sure what to write to accompany my images! Oh well…! Today, after giving it some further thought, I decided to take the plunge! After all, it is all about inspiration through photography, right?!

All shots were taken with my beloved Olympus OMD EM-5, a camera that even after 3 years, doesn’t stop to impress me. They were processed with Adobe Lightroom. Trying to select 3 images to send was very hard – I’m sure anyone into photography will understand! I hope you like them.

If anyone is interested into seeing more of my collection, feel free to visit my personal website: http://www.dimpappasphoto.com

Thank you very much for your efforts, and keep up the good work!

Kind regards,

Dimitris Pappas

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Oct 082014
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

My name is Hai and I would like to share 3 different photographs of my experience in Brazil during the World Cup if I may. I had such a wonderful time there and met many people who shared the love of the world game. At the same time I was a little paranoid about theft, so I only took one camera and one lens with me (well 3 cameras if you include my GoPro and phone), just to keep it discrete, simple, and light.

The RX1R is discrete enough to stay hidden among the DSLR users, and small enough to tuck away in the pocket of my light-weight jacket. A 35mm lens was all I needed, and usually around the focal length I normally only shoot anyway so it was perfect for 90% of my holiday. One day, walking around Salvador, a local pointed to my camera mounted to my bag’s shoulder strap, and waved his finger warning me not to have it out in a public place. To be honest though, as long as you practise common sense, – in any country – you should be safe.

The first photo is of the Milky way shot at the base of Morro do Pico (Pico Mountain) on an island called Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. Brazil is also famous for its beaches so the second photo is of a shorebreak also on Fernando de Noronha. Another part of the World Cup experience is travelling between cities, which also means waiting for your next flight, so the third is at an airport where “Fun Zones” are set up for people to continue their World Cup experience. I hope you enjoy my photos (all taken with the RX1R).

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Oct 072014
 

Hi Steve & Brandon,

I am a frequent reader of your excellent site for quite a while now.

Thanks to your engaging Ricoh GR review, I decided to get one for myself to replace my GRD 3 which has gone dead from water damage. The portability, discreetness and snap focus function makes it a great compact camera.
The portability is liberating; I can bring the camera to work everyday and even go for ad hoc photography strolls on the way to my after work activity.  A simple Think Tank Little Stuff it is all I need to protect the camera during transit and I hardly notice the weight of the camera.

I have been shooting with the camera for 2 months and want to share some photos taken with the Ricoh GR.

More photos for viewing on my blog: http://lucpher.wordpress.com

cheers
ChiKhing, Pher
Singapore

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Oct 062014
 

Hi Steve & Brandon!

After following your site and advice over several years I took the plunge in 2011and purchased an M9 with 35mm sum micron, Tri Elmar wate and 90mm Elmarit. I have loved using this kit for my travel photography due to the high quality images and compactness of the outfit in one small bag. My two great passions are cycling and photography spanning nearly 50 years between them, starting out in my teenage years with an Ilford sportsman and guessing the exposures. The cycling club had some amazing photographers and so the standard was high and all the more satisfying when credit was given for a fine image captured.

Last year I upgraded to a Leica M240 and some nice fast glass and started to carry these along with my Nikons when capturing cycling action images. I have been pleased with the results and also the Leica M240’s ability to shoot a sequence of shots in a reasonably short space of time. The images in the mountains have been captured during the Fred Whitton Challenge, a 112 mile loop of the English Lake District, billed as one of the world’s toughest cycling sportives.

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3.  Mark Connery Honister 92 Leica M9 & Waite

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Oct 032014
 

Hello Brandon and Steve, I’m Zoe, a Taiwanese born currently living in Los Angeles. I became very interested in photography about a year and half ago, after having the cellphone and the auto mode of various point and shoot cameras fail on me too many a time. I have been lurking on your site from the beginning of my learning process, feasting on the wealth of information, anecdotal reviews and photos of so many different styles. Thank you for all your hard work maintaining an unique site such as this!

The combination of Sony Nex 5R and the kit 18-55mm lens, while neither particular fast nor all that sharp (and the award for understatement of the year goes to…), has mostly been a great enjoyment to use in good lighting conditions, giving me results that are to my liking. Please see below photos I took at the most recent Nisei Week Grand Parade, which is an annual festival celebrating Japanese American culture in Little Tokyo, downtown LA. Nisei Week is just so much fun with performers and many of the spectators in beautiful traditional Japanese costumes, dancing, cheering, laughing, and just having a blast. Should anyone be interested in seeing more photos from the event, I uploaded some more on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/20799935@N05/

Thanks for your time :)

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Oct 022014
 

Hello,

My name is Jimmy and i am working as a childhood educator in Sherbrooke, QC. I am living in this city since few weeks and i had great times while discovering this city and taking photos of it.

I am a daily reader of your website since last year and I would like to share some pictures I took during two concert events here in Sherbrooke. Those pictures were shot in RAW and converted on my camera (D5100). The lens used was the nikkor 35mm f/1.8G (a versatile and cheap lens, but so valuable to me).

I hope you will enjoy it.

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eddie shaw and the wolfgang

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For info, here are the names of the artists :
– Denis Chang Gypsy Quartet ;
– Jazz Street Boyz ;
– Tiken Jah Fakoly ;
– Eddie Shaw & The Wolfgang.

Here is my flickr if yoou want to see more :
https://www.flickr.com/photos/61985257@N08/

Cheers!
Jimmy Riviere

Oct 012014
 

Dear Steve and all readers of stevehuffphoto.com,

My name is Gonzalo Broto; I come from Spain but I have been living around South East Asia for the last 6 years, and I’m currently based in Bangkok. Ever since I packed my suitcase to leave my country 6 years ago (with just a point and shoot camera at that time) it has been an incredible ride of trips and discoveries. At first, photography was just an afterthought, a secondary way of capturing some of the places and people I encountered along my way, but as time passed, photography slowly became almost as important as the journeys themselves, as it was a perfect way to retain memories and moments that otherwise would probably be lost in my fragile memory.

Now, all these years later, I still feel as thrilled and excited to travel as the first day I set foot in this part of the world, and I cannot help but realize that, the more I travel and the more I know the region, the more mysteries open up and the greater my enthusiasm about traveling and photography becomes. There is just so much more ahead to explore!

Last April, during Thailand’s New Year celebration (called Songkran) I traveled to a country that, despite its proximity to me, I had never visited before: Myanmar. I only had 3 days to spend there, so all I could see was its former capital, Yangon, the most populated city in the whole country and, as such, a place where the changes this country is experimenting in the last years can clearly be seen: amidst piles of rubbish everywhere in the streets, mold taking possession of every wall, colonial buildings showing a relentless abandonment and new signs of development sprouting randomly here and there, Yangon is a city full of life and energy, contrasts and even contradictions.

I would like to share 3 captures I took during my stay there to give a very simplified idea of how the city feels like: a common block of houses, chaotic yet lively, a street vendor, omnipresent throughout the city, and a little boy wearing the thanaka paste all over his face, as most kids and women still do.

Hope you enjoy these little glimpses. If you want to see my full collection of images from Yangon head to this entry in my blog, and continue from there: http://gonzalobroto.blogspot.com.es/2014/07/streets-of-yangon-ii-color-scenes.html

If you want to see my pictures from Thailand and other Asian countries, this is my blog address: http://gonzalobroto.blogspot.com

Thanks!

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Wicker and fruits (Gonzalo Broto)

Thanaka face (Gonzalo Broto)

Sep 302014
 

I’ve enjoyed Steve’s reviews for a couple of years and thought it was time. I’m a 35 year pro who’s just now having enough time to begin exhibiting the work I made “for myself”.

Here’s 2 images from a long time ago but from a pretty profound collection of work that I made almost before I knew what I was doing. The Italy picture was made in Siena with tri-x on a borrowed Minolta SLR after my Nikon was stolen (along with all my possessions) in Portugal.

The Brighton Beach image was made with a Leitz Minolta and a 40 mm lens. Probably f/11 1/250th (over exposed and under developed) was how we did things back then in the bright sun.

There are several portfolios on my site which highlight my work from the 70’s as well as my latest work which is all digital and color in the “diptych” section. They’re pretty good too but still a work in progress.

Your effort is good!

http://www.tommybrownpictures.com

Best,

Tommy

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