Nov 232015

Hi Steve

I have been following your site for a while and it i s a very good inspiration! These three pics are from last week and our holiday in Paleros, Greece. Paleros is a fairly small village with not so many tourists as many of the other parts of Greece. I think there was a special mood amongst the locals due to the financial crisis and upcoming election on sunday 5th of july. The pictures are taken with Olympus E-M10 and the Sigma 60/2.8 and Olympus 25/1.8. For postprocessing I often use Snapseed on my tablet which I think is handy and quick.

Best regards

TerjeJohnsson, Sweden

At the bakery Portrait of the woman who runs one of the villages bakery


Morning conversation Even if its a small village there are a lot of small cafenions where the men gathers in discussions and coffedrinking.


Morning after the elections The morning sun had just reached over the mountains and this guy showed up in the window for about half a second


More pictures from this trip and other things can be found on Instagram @terjejohnsson

Nov 162015

Hi Brandon!

I have recently switched from the M8 (see my posts and ) to the M9. I still have the M8 though and I will keep it forever, as it holds so much good memories and the a signature of the famous Anton Corbijn as well!

Last week I visited a festival in Rotterdam,The Netherlands and watched the awesome band ‘Vintage Trouble’. The amazing singer and the rest of the band left me all excited but also with some nice pictures. All shot at ISO 400, mostly wide open with the 50mm Summilux and processed with LR and VSCO.

You can check these pictures and others at my site and my Flickr:
All the best!

Vincent van Kleef

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Nov 122015

An Englishman in Miami….

Before I talk about my photos I want to say it was Steve’s reviews and enthusiasm back in the days of M8’s that brought me to the Dark Side…aka Leica rangefinder digital cameras and lenses.

For which I will be eternally grateful….Thanks Mr. Huff…. (Thank you for reading my reviews Andre! – Steve)

I now use a Monochrom, old model, with which these shots were taken, using a 35mm f2 Cron.

Whilst London is my home, born and some would say ill-bred, I visit the USA very often. One of my favourite places is Miami and I always spend time in the Little Havana area just chilling out, drinking coffee, meeting the locals and taking photos.

Andre Bogaert

Cafe Life

Just Shootting The Breeze

Masked Dominoe Player

Nov 012015

Hi Brandon & Steve,

A few shots from a recent trip to india. Was tricky to just pick three.


Shane Griffin

First Image IMG1516-2 “The Traveller”:
Canon 6d
EF85mm f1.8 @ f3.2 & 1/200
ISO 100


At the hilltown of Kumily in Cardamon Hill, Kerala, India a travelling man waits for a ride, shouldering his possessions in a sack and a life of stories on his face.


Second Image “Drummer boys Elephant Tribute”:
Canon 5d (mk1)
EF35mm f1.4 @ f3.2 & 1/1600
ISO 250


At the Pooram of Peruvanam elephants are serenaded by drummers to commence the festivities of the festival. This was one of the best days of my life, the golden afternoon light was a photographers dream.


Third Image “Life at the Mart”:
Canon 6d
EF85mm f1.8 @ 8 & 1/320
ISO 160


Travelling from the Keralan hills to the coast I couldn’t believe what I saw in front of my eyes – in a small clearing in the woods was a busting cattle market, the high vantage point from the road clinging to the hill gave me a unique perspective.

Oct 272015

Hi Brandon / Steve,

Thought I would share some photos from a recent (wet) family vacation to Norfolk in the UK, left the Nikon D810 at home and took my Sigma DP2M. With the Sigma I find myself looking for shots that I know will suit this little pocket rocket, usually hunting for anything slightly rusty, distressed or with bags of detail that can be pushed a little in Lightroom – more via my flickr page







Oct 222015

Hi Steve and Brandon,

Big fan of your site here. My name is Alexander Graah, I live in Sweden and I shoot because it’s something I enjoy – I am not a professional photographer. Mostly travel photography in a fairly documentary style but I also do a bit of non-studio portraiture, editorial etc.

My camera set-up currently consists of an OMD EM1 with the F1.8 primes as well as a Leica M (240) + 35mm Summilux. I also have a couple of film cameras. So, a bit of Gear Acquisition Syndrome going on but nothing unmanageable.

With this post, I would like to not only show some photos of mine but also make a case for the 35mm focal length. In my view, it’s all you really need. I would go so far as to say that, unless you’re shooting wildlife, forget everything outside of the 35mm lens. Zoom lenses? Nope, don’t need them. Long portrait lenses? Only if you want to hide the lack of composition behind a massive amount of bokeh. But most likely, any lenses outside of the 35mm are just a waste of money – you should be using your feet and composing instead of buying lenses.

With my 35mm Summilux lens, I have shot everything from street photography to travel, landscapes, portraits, fashion editorials and various other projects, so it really is versatile and I don’t see myself ever adding another lens to the Leica. Less really is more.

Ok, I’m making strong statements here and they’re admittedly not absolute truths but I do believe that a shorter focal length makes for more interesting images and also demand more from the photographer than longer lenses do which in turn makes one a better photographer.

Having said that, here three different photographs all shot on the M + 35 Lux combo which I’m hoping will illustrate some inspiring variety that can be done with the lens.

The first image is from a shoot I did with art model Kara Neko back in April. The train shot is from the Salton Sea area and the last one probably needs to introduction – not exactly a unique subject but I quite like the light so I included it anyway.

Feel free to check out some of my stories on which, by the way, is an excellent platform for sharing your work.

Thanks for looking!




Oct 212015

Explore the world and your cameras

By Bouwe

Dear Steve and Brandon,

A couple of things happened last years:

-I went to Nepal on holidays and realized that traveling is easy
-Therefore I went to Iran, shot some pics with a friends DSLR and met a guy with a Sony A7
-decided it was time to buy the Sony A7 with the 55 1.8& 35 2.8 (jan2015)
-found your amazing website and started following your blogs and daily inspiration
-holidays to Kirgistan and Tadjikistan and enjoyed the camera

From this last holiday I would like to post some pics and hope to learn from it myself as well. I hope it will encourage all readers to explore the world and their camera’s more. Often I wonder: why should one take a picture instead of painting it? All these shots were made while hiking. For that the 35mm f2.8 came in really handy. I shot all in JPEG and don’t do post processing yet (advice?).

The first obvious answer is: because sometimes things are beautiful for real, even though you can also paint it. This lake is in Kirgistan, with abundant Edelweiss.

Shot at 1/100, f7.1, iso400


The second answer: because you can shoot some motion or capture the decisive moment. The sheep picture is taken while in action: I saw the sheep coming down on the other side and had to run to take this picture.                       

Shot in Kirgistan, at 1/500, f11, iso200

Running Sheep

The third answer is: because you can trick&see things that normally can’t be seen, often in the night. Shooting at night is great when camping: The skies are often much clearer than in lived areas, different sources of light can stand out, after dinner what else can you do? and the differences in light are less.

Shot in Tadjikistan, at 30sec, f5.6, iso 1000. (When shot at night it seemed ok due to low light, when looking during the day I realized it was to dark, and I should have checked the diagram, so this one is corrected for brightness.)


The fourth answer: because I can’t paint. I still am a beginner in photography, but I like it a lot! I guess that a possible answer to the question could also hold something with people, but I have to explore this area better! And any tips are more than welcome, also on composition, light & postprocessing etc!

Regards Bouwe

Oct 132015

Hi Brandon and Steve!

Thanks for the chance you gave me to tell about snow in Messina in daily inspiration #767! Today I want to share with you three shots I took a couple of weeks ago in Milano. The first shot was taken during a visit in the Castello Sforzesco, where was displayed the Rondanini Pietà, sculptured by Michelangelo during the last days of his life. Second and third shots were taken in Parco Sempione. The guy on the third photo is called Marnio; He told me he was an economy student but after his degree he decided to completely change his life, dedicating it to poetry and living in contact with nature. Meet this guy was pretty interesting and “bizarre”… that’s why I love street photography! For this trip I decided to use the D800 with just a Zeiss 35mm f2 Distagon and it was FUNNY!

Luigi Pietropaolo







Oct 062015

Hi Steve & Brandon,

I was fortunate enough to fly to The Philippines for the second time this year, this time though, it wasn’t in the sunny tropical island of Borocay for work but the concrete jungle of Manila for a sports competition. I brought my X-Pro 1 and the 35mm f1.4 and 18mm f2 Fujinon lenses as a travel kit to have around me all the time without getting in the way, it certainly did a great job and took better photos than any phone could. Check out my full blog on




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Oct 052015

Hi Steve,

first of all, many thanks for all the hard work and insightful knowledge and experience you share with your many readers through your excellent site. I’ve been swallowing it up recently as I’m saving up for an A7RII (though having a newborn son doesn’t help that cause).

I’m writing today to share a slice of a project I created earlier this year. The project, titled Apstracted, began as an artistic response to the notion of a photograph being taken on an iPhone. My works are literally taken on an iPhone, specifically the surface of the glass screen. Just as each photograph taken with an iPhone is an individual and personal perspective on the world, I became interested in the unique physical actions performed in the process.

While one’s handwriting is singular to one’s self, surely nothing is more personal than one’s fingerprint. My photographs capture the surface imprints and smudges created by my touch upon the phone when using a variety of apps. For each composition I started with a cleaned screen, used the particular app for a minute or so, and then took my Canon 6D and Sigma 50mm Macro lens down to the glass to capture the remaining marks, each a temporary “oil on glass” painting. My surroundings at the time reflect in the screen to give each shot its hints of color.

I do hope you find the project interesting and will consider it for your Daily Inspiration column, it would certainly be an honor to be featured. A portfolio link would be most appreciated if so, it’s
With warm regards,





Oct 022015

Hello Steve & Brandon,

I’ve just returned from another trip providing me with some more interesting photo opportunities, so I thought I’d send you a few impressions that might make for a nice set of ‘daily inspirations’.

Once again I brought along my Sony a7II and a couple of new & vintage lenses, and thanks to the subjects in front of the Sony I found myself using my Voigtlander 15mm Super-Wide Heliar Aspherical III the most. One word about the lens: it’s amazing, but tricky. Luckily I had time for extensive testing and after my return I must say that it’s not an easy lens to use, needs fixing in post (now not a big problem with newly available profiles in PS / LR – note that the ‘II’ profile does’t work well on the ‘III’), and is risky to use when shooting professionally and don’t have the luxury to screw a shot up.

However, after becoming close friends with this ‘character’ lens, I find it a fantastic addition to my lens collection that I would’t want to miss. It really has minimal distortion, is very sharp, light and small, and cranks out really impressive wide shots outdoors and indoors.

So, here I am sharing a few photos from the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi – the world’s second largest mosque. All hand-held – they are actually promoting photography (even have an annual contest), but not necessarily tripods :)

1. CHANDELIER 2.0 – This is a shot of the mosque’s centre pieces – one of the gigantic chandeliers hanging from an impressive ceiling which is a beautiful architectural masterpiece that defines the character of the mosque’s interior.

Sony a7II; Voigtlander 15mm at ISO 800, f/22 – hand-held.


2. WOWKWAY – This is a shot taken ‘inside’ the outer walkway of the mosque that leads all around in a square arrangement (around a gigantic courtyard) and ultimately guides you to the entrance once you leave this large corridor halfway at a centre point. As I went very early that day, I was lucky to get a clear shot without (many) people, and as a bonus caught this female visitor taking her own pictures with a phone. I feel I was a really lucky to get this kind of combination.

Sony a7II; Voigtlander 15mm at ISO 100, f/22 – hand-held


3. TAKING A STEP BACK – Finally, this shot was taken opposite the main entrance to the mosque’s interior wing, all the way back and outside the actual structure, looking back across the corridor and the central square it surrounds, catching the nice floor pattern in front of the mosque.

Sony a7II; Voigtlander 15mm at ISO 100, f/22 – hand-held


Thats’s it for now – hope these impressions are worth sharing with the community.

Thanks a lot and best wishes,



J (Jens Niedzielski)

Bangkok, Thailand

Sep 282015

Hello, my name is Ilya Perfilyev, I am based in Russia, China and Thailand
My main gear is Sony RX1, everyday camera Ricoh GR, sometimes i use my wife’s e-p5 and sometimes Leica m6

I love all my cameras – all of them are unique: Ricoh GR is a ‘ninja’ camera for street photography, RX1 is the best compact fullframe travelling camera!

You can find some of my pictures here

and all of my uploads are here




Sep 272015

Hi, Brandon, Steve and every one,

My name is Val. Back in 1977, I got my first camera as my ten years old birthday present (it was Smena 8M), and I am seeing life through the viewfinder since then. In the old days, my favorite one was Contax III – quiet, shake free, and discreet. It was always with me ready to capture the moment. I used to have scales and photo chemicals at home and went through all possible film developer recipes until I found what I was looking for – a stock solution that had all four developing substances plus preservatives etc (some people would call it crazy!). It produced so nice and tiny grain and a wonderful tonal range, especially with overexposing one stop and slightly under developing.

After moving to digital, I enjoyed the Sony 727. It served me well for four years, until one day all of a sudden its shutter stopped and the old trusty friend departed to the camera’s heaven (which is at the shelf with my old cameras). Currently, I am shooting with the Olympus OMD EM1 and I am very happy with it.

I like taking photographs of the life around me – landscapes, people, events, macro objects – anything and everything. People are my favorite. Not all my pictures are technically perfect, and even less of them have any artistic value. Still, each of them is a reminder of my life experiences, places that I have visited and people who I have met. I like flipping through my old and not so old photographs, and even more I like to get out and shoot something new.

The first picture is taken at the Maverick Air Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was shot with the Oly and PL 25 mm f1.8. To lift up the in-hangar details, I’ve combined three shots 2 EV apart from each other into a one HDR image. Nothing too special but it did the trick. The biggest challenge were the people watching the airplanes. After taking a couple of pictures of that airplane from inside of the hangar, I wondered around the field taking pictures of the other crafts. When I came back to the hangar about forty minutes later, those three guys were still there chatting if they were glued to the ground. Probably, they were destined to be in the picture. So, here they are.


The second picture is taken in Rapid City at the Art Alley. Rapid City is a photographer’s paradise, and the Art Alley is one of my favorite places there. What makes that alley special is its graffiti. Most of the graffity is a real piece of art. Anybody is allowed to draw anything and everything with the only one rule – the new graffiti needs to be better than the one it replaces. For that reason, this alley is never the same. It is very possible that when you visit the alley this graffiti will be replaced with something new. If there were no “three pictures only” restriction rule at this blog, I would post a couple more pictures from that alley with the graffiti that are already gone. By the way, the camera and the lens used for taking this picture are the same.


The third picture is taken at the recognizing Native Americans event not far from Vermillion, South Dakota. There were about half a dozen models. This lady was with her son and daughter dressed in the native costumes who you could enjoy seeing in the other picture if there were no  … you know the rest.The picture was taken with the same Oly and the Zuiko 75 mm and an external off the camera flash. The photo shoot took place about 7 pm which seemed to be the dinner time for the local mosquitos. The model’s son and I instantaneously became the mosquitoes’ favorites, so I quickly took a couple of pictures and then ran for my life. I was lucky to have a light and portable Olympus system which disappointed those blood thirsty half-inch sized vampires a bit. The other photographer was not so lucky – she had a Nikon 800 with 24-70 and 70-200 zooms, an 85 mm prime and a strobe on the wheels. As expected, no happy Oly owner was harmed, and the happy Nikon owner stayed alive too … eventually.


I still have no web site but I will make it some day.

Happy shooting,


Sep 222015

Hi Brandon & Steve,

I’ve been a reader for several years and have submitted a few daily inspirations over that time. I continue to enjoy the balance of gear/photography content that you publish on your site. Keep up the great work!

I thought my GAS was cured a few years back when I purchased an RX1. Unfortunately, I have since switched to an A7, back to another RX1, then back to an A7II, and now I’m shooting an RX1R exclusively! Every time I think I want to move back into an interchangeable lens system, I just miss how compact, discreet & high quality the RX1 is! For me, it really is the perfect camera!

I just got back from a week-long family vacation in Little Current, Ontario in Canada, and I thought I would share a few of the shots I took with my RX1 that show how I put it to use in a variety of situations.

The 2 black & white shots, as well as the sunset shot were all taken with a Ricoh GW-3 .75x wide angle adapter attached to my RX1. It’s a 49mm thread, so it screws right on! The image quality is garbage at f2, fuzzy between f2.8 & f4, but after you stop down to f5.6 & beyond, it’s tack sharp corner to corner, with very little added distortion! I also used a 9 stop neutral density filter on top of the GW-3 for the river shot.

Thanks again for all the great content you provide! Your site continues to be at the top of my list!





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