Apr 152014

Hi Brandon and Steve!

My name is Luis Fornero I’m from Argentina, now living in Spain. I read your blog very often and it had an impact in the way I use photography equipment. I’m in a migration process from DSLR + heavy zooms to mirrorless and fixed manual primes, mostly Leica M/L39 mount. No AF and fixed focal length changed the way I make photographs, it is a slower process than with DSLR, more calm and more creative. I could say I use more my own vision & imagination before seeing a picture in the camera’s view finder. Also full frame mirrorless camera brought to me the oportunity to use old glass, most of this glass is full of character and it motivates me a lot to go out and take pictures!

I have a blog in spanish: http://coolframe.wordpress.com from time to time I write about equipment I own and share my pictures.

Recently my wife and I went to Paris for our anniversary so I brought my Sony A7 and my recently bought: Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 Pre-Asph (type III) silver version. I also brought a cheap 35mm manual lens but since I’m a 50mm guy, the 35 spent most of the time in the hotel. So all images here are with the Sony A7 and the Summilux. BTW very nice combo!

Thank You,








Apr 142014

Hi Steve and Brandon

I am an amateur photographer from the Netherlands living and working in Curacao, Dutch caribbean.

I am using Leica equipment for the last 15 years. Currently I own the M Monochrom and M240. My day-to-day lens is the Summilux 35/1.4. Since my Monochrom is for sensor cleaning (oil smear:) and sensor repair in Wetzlar, I used the M240 for B&W. And I agree with your earlier conclusion that a M240 is capable to make as good B&W images as the MM. Nevertheless, I find the MM more pleasant to work with, I would like to show you 3 pictures that I made with the M240 at a dusty baseball field in Jan Doret, Curacao. Jan Doret is a poor area on the Island. Base Ball players in Curacao dream of a contract in the US leagues and some of them are indeed successful, like Andrew Jones. Baseball is the national sport on the Island. I am making a serie on this field. A few others from this series, which were made with the Monochrom, are displayed at the Leica Store in Miami at the moment.


I hope to hear from you and to receive feedback !

Thank you !





Apr 122014

Hi Brandon / Steve,

I’ve been reading the blog for a while and found the diverse contributions from around the world very inspirational. So I’ve decided to contribute some of my work. In the last year I’ve gone from shooting portraits during the day, to doing more ambient light shoots and I thought I would share some of the pics with you all.

The gear I shot these with is pretty irrelevant (m240 and 35 / 50mm lenses) only to say the M is a real joy to use and handles extremely well in low light.



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Apr 112014

A big Hello! to Steve, Brandon and to all the readers of this amazing site! This site has been a constant source of inspiration and information for me!

My name is Yeow and I’m from a little south-east Asian country called Singapore. I got myself a used Fuji x100 about 10 months ago as my 1st real camera, if you count an iPhone as a real camera, than the x100 would be my 2nd real camera than! So as you can see, I’m still relatively inexperienced in photography other than snapshots and selfies from my mobile phone. But I’m really loving my x100 so far! For its compactness and leaf shutter and IQ everyone has been talking about. It’s an unassuming little camera that makes you want to bring it everywhere you go. I normally just hold it in my hand, with a wrist strap, slap on the UV filter and lens hood and go on “photo walks”. And that was how street photography started for me. Sure the camera has the issues that everyone has probably read about, from slow focusing to some over zealous noise reduction. But still it felt comfortable and allows me to take the photos I like to take, and having fun while I’m at it! Recently, I’m starting to look into taking portraits and would love to have a system with a longer lens. And from your Oly Em10 review, that really got me thinking haa! But till than, the best camera is the one you have with you:)

Below are some of the images from a little personal project, “People in Commute” that I’m trying to put together.

More of my photos can be found here!



Once again, thank you Steve and Brandon for keeping this site running, really appreciate it.



Fujifilm x100, fstop 2.0, shutter speed 1/30, ISO1000


Fujifilm x100, fstop 2.8, shutter speed 1/30, ISO1000


Fujifilm x100, fstop 4.0, shutter speed 1/100, ISO1000


Apr 102014

Hi Brandon, Steve and all the readers. I hope all is well each of you and that you all are getting out to make images that are meaningful to you. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve submitted anything. Back then I submitted some images around my passion for bicycles and traveling the world. Today I am submitting a few recent images for consideration from my recent trip to Charlotte, NC for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. My love of bicycles came first followed by my love of photography. Recently, I have added a third passion as I have become quite addicted to and passionate about coffee. While in Charlotte, I was referred to Not Just Coffee at the public market. I was greeted with incredible coffee, great people and amazing light. I snapped away for quite some time as I shared stories with both old and newfound friends.

An interesting thing occurred at the coffee shop, that being a gathering of complete strangers with like minded hobbies. Coffee, cameras and bicycles brought quite a few people together on the two mornings I spent there. Over the course of the two days I talked with many strangers and witnessed quite a few very nice cameras and camera systems being used and talked about. It goes without saying that I enjoyed quite a bit of carefully prepared coffee as well.

As I travel more, I am finding just how universal the language of cameras, bicycles and coffee are? They break down language barriers, give us some common grounds and give us a connection. I sure found that to be true in Charlotte and with that, I’d like to share some images.






Thanks for considering this for a daily inspiration. Keep shooting, sharing and inspiring folks and I hope to share a cup and snap a few pics with you all someday.




Apr 092014

Hi Steve,

I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I really like the diversity and fresh ideas it offers!

I just made a trip to Cuba this February with freshly arrived Sony A7. I had the kit lens plus some Voigtländer primes I mainly use with my Leica M6. In recent years I’ve been travelling only with the Leica and enjoyed it so much! But two weeks in Cuba for a first timer required a digital camera and what could have been better than the new Sony A7. The kit lens is sharp, but dull and low contrast. The primes I used on the other hand were overly contrasted with blurry edges – something I was expecting. Anyway it was a perfect set-up for the trip and I really loved everything I got to experience in Havana and other parts of Cuba as well. I made a set edited with VSCO iPhone app to my website at http://www.joonasantikainen.com/cuba/ I hope you like it! I’m really happy about the pictures I got and now I’d like to share them and get some feedback.

Please ask if you wish to include some more photos as I have plenty of nice ones from Havana!


Joonas Antikainen

Helsinki, Finland

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Apr 082014

Dear Brandon and Steve,

Thank you as always for this beautiful site.

Street photography is universal, but some cities are more photogenic. I love my home in Denver, but there isn’t anything quite like New York City. I took a week and a half to explore the city with the original Leica Monochrom aka my Leica M3 and a Zeiss 50 Planar.

New York is a beautiful place and it has an infinite amount of stories to tell. The vitality can’t be described as anything other than a paradise for street photography. I find myself working hard to find things in Denver, but in New York it’s completely the opposite. Stories will just present themselves and even the most novice street photographers will do well there.

As far as gear is concerned, I’m convinced that a one lens/camera/film setup is the easiest way to work. There’s nothing worse than watching a scene unfold while fumbling around with unfamiliar equipment. I might get crucified for this, but I think it’s a bad habit for street photographers to carry more than one lens. The philosophy behind this is training the mind to think in that chosen focal length—always knowing the frame before lifting the camera.

On a final note, these were all shot with Neopan 400, which was recently announced discontinued. Rest in peace old friend.


Josh An






Apr 072014

Hi Brandon!

My name is Vincent, I’m french, and a daily follower of your blog, which is very inspiring for me, and show us that it’s not necessary to have big material to make big pictures, which is really decomplexing !

I wanted to share some pictures I did in Corsica, french island in the Mediterranean Sea, last winter, during Christmas time. Winter could be really tough in this mountain area, with grey weather, snow, low clouds and no light, but fortunately, this time, light was there.

Winter light : pure, contrasted, with sharp edges.

I used now most of the time my Olympus kit, thanks to its amazing quality/weight ratio (and your tremendous review Steve, with real user point of view ;-), which convince me that not only smaller is beautiful, but could be also really efficient. I own also some Canon latest body and L lenses, but it’s too heavy for mountain hiking : the lighter you are, the farthest you go ! My Olympus kit fits in Think Tank retrospective 5, which fits in my mountain backpack bottom.

All pictures done with Olympus OM-D Em5, with Zuiko 12mm F2, 75mm F1.8 and Panasonic 20 mm F1.7, processed with LR4.

Steve, Brandon, thanks for sharing your passion every day !

More pictures could be seen here :





Apr 052014

Hello Brandon,

First of all, let me stress that I am French and am really sorry for any mistake or mispell. I have been following the site for a time now and it has certainly shaped the way I approach photography. I love the daily inspiration slot, as it is a daily dose of stimulation to go out and take that special picture. I like the way all these pictures tell us so many different stories, of how the picture was taken obviously, but also of the person who took it. Great stuff.

I have been taking pictures since I’m a young kid, being brought up in a camera loving family. My first camera was a canon A80. I loved everybit of it. Of course, compared to the wonders I own now… Anyway, the reason why I took so long to send you pictures is that I was really happy to browse the work of others, but never felt compelled (or confident enough) to participate. But not long ago you published a daily inspiration from Alexandra SHAPIRO who shot in Iceland with a Leica M. The pictures reminded me of my favorite trip to date : my honeymoon in Iceland.

The country is beautiful, we toured it for 2 weeks. As typical overworked and overstressed parisians, we delayed our honeymoon for a year to accomodate work schedules, but the wait was worthwhile. Not only Iceland has the most beautiful landscapes, but there is so much of it ! We had a brilliant time.

It was my first long period with the -then VERY FINNICKY- X100 I had my boss offer me (yeah, greatest boss in the universe, I know). I also brought along my trustee Canon E500d, now replaced by a X-E2. This was the moment when I decided that it was the end of my DSLR days. I took nearly 8000 pictures on that trip, and though it took me another year to really master the X100 (focus was a real hassle before the last updates), I discovered that overall, I started using it more and more and leaving the Canon in the car. The trend continued in Paris. At the time, I also discovered the power of lightroom. I may have gone over the top with it then, but I am not going to start again : these pictures are a reminder of the moment I discovered all those possibilities !

All pictures bar the Puffin taking flight are from the X100. The puffin picture was a great photography moment. I tried more than 20 times to get it right and the end result isn’t up there with Nat geo, but boy did I sweat to achieve it ! The rest was just Iceland offering those beautiful moments. The two sheep on the road were a not-so-rare occasion when I would stop in the middle on the road, and wait outside of the car for animals to decide that, maybe, the middle of the road wasn’t the best place for a lover’s evening stroll. I also included in the selection a picture of my wife enjoying the view. Iceland was the first time I managed to interest her in photography and the results weren’t half bad.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and thanks again for the website. Keep on the great work !

Sylvain Dove

Encapsulating Iceland

Evening stroll

Puffin taking flight

A fjord

Great drive

Apr 042014

Hi Brandon!

Taking pictures at concerts combines two passions of mine and furthermore, it’s very time efficient! Due to other time-consuming activities I don’t shoot as much as I’d like to so I try to take my camera with me whenever this is possible. You are somewhat limited with a camera like the M8, but when you are able to get close to the artists, you can get great results. Furthermore it is almost a surreal experience to watch them just in front of you doing what they do so good! These pictures are taken at concerts of Eels, Kaki King, I am Kloot and Harry Sacksioni. Cheers, Vincent




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Apr 032014

Hi Brandon and Steve,

My name is Yudhi Krisnawardhana, I’m from Bandung, Indonesia and I have been following your site everyday for almost 3 years now. Your site has been an inspiration to me about all things photography.

Thanks to your review I recently traded my Nikon D90 and a couple of lenses for a used OMD EM-5. I’m not a professional photographer and I just shoot what is interesting to me so I’m sending you a few photos of my newborn nephew since he has been the center of attention in my family for the past few weeks. I loved how the OMD is so small and flexible that I can shoot it with my old Nikkor lenses and still have the “A ” mode work. I also loved that the sound of the shutter is not too loud so I can get close and not startle my nephew.

The images are all shot with an OMD with either a Nikkor 28mm f2.8 AIS or 50mm f1.4.

I’m glad you have the daily inspiration post so all of your readers even someone half across the globe like me have a chance to reach out to you, share their passion about photography and show you their appreciation of this great site.

Thank you,





Apr 022014

Hi Brandon, Hi Steve,

I come from Greece (previously published in the Daily Insiration about the Endless Greek Summer :) ), but live and work in Germany, in Cologne. Among other things, Cologne is known for its Carnaval, or the 5th season of the year as they call it. The seasons begin every year in 11. November at 11:11 am and it climaxes on a glorious 5day open party late February/early March. The people here live for the Carnaval, and its hard to find anyone working those days in the city. Everything revolves around it. You see all ages, from the very young to the very old, all dressed up, enjoying life and just having fun. I have been a few years here but it was the first time that i joined the fun, and fun it was! I took my camera with me all times and took a few pictures trying to document that care-free, happy feeling that was in the air.

I could have taken these pictures with any camera, but for the record i used a Sony A7 with the Cosina Voigtlander 35mm f/1.4 Nokton for all pictures but the Parade one which was taken with the Zeiss FE 2,8/35 Sonnar.










Apr 012014

Hello Brandon

I’ am regular follower of the page and its very inspiring and motivating to see all the amazing work that all the contributors do. I’ am an Engineer by profession but I like taking photos and on a recent trip to India I took some photos which I thought I’ll share with everyone. These photos were taken in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri which are two cities packed with a lot of rich history.

Shot with OMD EM5, Lumix 14mm, Leica DG Summilux 25 mm.

Hope you like pictures.

I do not have a professional portfolio but I have a Facebook page where I’ am trying to help financially challenged families in Houston area by taking their photos for free at any event. The link can be found here 


Sidd Gupta

1. These kites were outside a restaurant just waiting to be picked up flown.


2. These puppets had just finished a show in Agra and the puppeteer wanted me to watch his show. I took this shot and thanked him.


3. These are the tombs of women in Fathepur Sikri. There is conservatism even in death where they are buried inside vs. men who are outside.


4. The one at the Taj Mahal was shot around dusk from the northern side of the tomb. I think B&W does the most justice to the beauty of the building by removing all distractions and making it seem timeless.



Mar 292014

Hi Steve and Brandon,

First of all, thanks for working so hard on the site. I read it daily, and it helps keep the photographic fire burning in my belly. One thing I don’t like too much is that it also keeps the Gear Acquisition Syndrome burning as well! :) So I thought I would submit a bit of an anit-GAS daily inspiration post.

I come from Manila, the Philippines, and like all genres of photography. But street photography is one of the most accessible for me, and that’s what I find myself doing most of the time. I have a Nikon D300S, but that’s too big and intimidating for street photography. So I used to take either a Panasonic LX3 (nice, but too slow for me), or more often, my Nikon FM10. But as much as I love film, the cost and time involved were just getting to be too much.

So I got myself a Fujifilm X20, hoping that it would be my new street photography vehicle. I chose it primarily because of its great cost to quality ratio (you don’t want to bring an expensive camera in the places I go to), and because of the manual zoom, which lets me react quickly and is more convenient than a fixed lens.

Below are some photos. All are shot in JPEG and then I play around with dodging and burning on Photoshop. I don’t shoot RAW because I’m too lazy to fiddle around with RAW converters and because the JPEGS are usually enough to work with. (For high contrast situations where RAW would be useful, I use the ISO bracketing that the X20 offers.)

I’m amazed at the IQ this little camera has to offer, and I hope they show that while having the latest and greatest cameras can help, the less expensive cameras can often produce good enough results.

All the best,

Juanito Imperial







Mar 282014

Hi Brandon,

I have to admit, I am really excited about the new Fujifilm X-T1. It looks like the most perfectly designed digital camera so far, but it is killing me to think that I’m considering getting rid of my Olympus OM-D E-M5 to make room for the new Fuji system.

The real issue, is that I still really love the way the Oly images look. I don’t like the menus, the controls and layout are OK, but after trying the Fuji X20 for a while, and more recently bonding with the Ricoh GR, I wish the OMD had a different control layout and a menu system that made more sense.

So, with that as a prelude, here is a small gallery of reasons I am finding to hold off looking at a new camera. These are from a set taken Sunday afternoon in foggy San Fransisco. The amazing color rendition and malleable RAW files from this camera give me a lot of room to work even in poor light.

Also, these were all shot with the nearly perfect M. Zuiko 60mm f/2.8 ED weather resistant macro lens. I loaned it to a friend for a while, and just got it back. So, I guess this is also a set of test shots with the lens, since I wasn’t sure I would keep it. Now, I’m pretty sure I will – at least as long as I have the E-M5.

I’m a regular reader of your Daily Inspiration posts, and I think it’s great that you started working on the website with your dad as a family endeavor.


Arėjukas at gerafotografija.wordpress.com




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