Feb 052016
 

Hi Brandon,

I have been an avid follower of Steve’s and your activities for some time.

Just returned from my farewell trip from my Nikon gear – I hope to finally switch to the Sony A7II next week to get back to using my Zeiss C/Y lenses, I thought it would be an idea to share a few pictures taken with my Nikon D700 and the good old Nikkor AF-D 28-200 3.5/5.6, which I use as my roadtrip lens. The pictures were taken in Marocco, in Marrakech and in Essaouira in Oct 2015.

Maybe you think that my pics are worth putting on your site – I would love to receive feedback.
More of my photography can be seen @ https://500px.com/marccontaxtonikon
Best regards from Germany

Marc

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Feb 042016
 

Hi Steve

My name is Bruno and I am from Brazil. I am not a professional photographer by any means I am just an amateur who happens to be very interested in photography in general. I’ve been visiting your website for years now. I truly like it.

I’ve always been fascinated by art and since my wife is an aerial silk teacher I had the chance to attend to this dance and theatre festival last year. It was also a great opportunity to test the very budget and highly criticized camera. Instead of carrying my 7D, I accepted the challenge to use exclusively the Sony a3000 with its kit lenses. Yes, I know I know it is terrible at autofocus speed, it is slow, not ideal for this kind of photography but it produces very good image quality if used properly. It was very hard to choose from the thousands of pictures I took and I am sure I’ve left some good ones out.

The performances were amazing, the movements, the details, the facial expressions, it was brilliant! The audience was incredible too! I loved the environment and the atmosphere, the attention to the smallest details and the professionalism. The school name is Fazendo Arte, I just can’t wait for my next pictures. I hope you all like the pictures.

Best regards
Bruno

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Feb 032016
 

Steve,

For the past several years I’ve enjoyed your site, especially the photographic work people contribute, but I’ve never shared anything myself. I thought it might finally be time to stick my neck out and offer a few things.

I’m an amateur living in San Francisco. All of the photos here are from SF. As far as gear goes, I do most of my shooting with a Canon 5D II and a Zeiss 35mm lens. Recently I also started using a Leica Monochrome. Almost any weekend you’ll see me wandering around with a camera in my mitts.

Anyway, I hope people enjoy these.

Thanks for all the images,

Guy

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Feb 022016
 

Hello Brandon, Steve,

My name is Xi and I live in Beijing. Photography for me started out as something of a byproduct of my other passion – cycling, trying to capture the views and emotions experienced along the ride. From there I started taking pictures of everything, just to document life as it happens.

In recent years, air pollution has become a major problem in Beijing and it’s not everyday that you get clear skies and air that doesn’t smell like second-hand smoke. So imagine my surprise when I looked out the window and saw one of the most awesome sunrises. No time was wasted as I grabbed my camera and hopped on my bike to hunt for a nice spot to enjoy a fresh cup of joe brewed outdoors. I highly recommend anyone to give it a go, you’ll be hooked.

Hopefully the pictures give you an urge to head outside and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. Outside is free ;)

Pictures were taken with a Fuji X100T.

Regards,
Xi

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Jan 292016
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I ve been a longtime follower of this website. I stumbled upon your website when I was just finishing up college and was getting more passionate about photography. I used to own a Lumix FZ28 superzoom and was looking to upgrade to a SLR.
I wanted something that I could afford with my grad school stipend yet enable me to do some low light photography. After looking for 3-4 months I chose to go with the Pentax K-5. I believe your review was one of the factors that influenced me to invest in Pentax. That was 3.5 years ago. I am now about to move from Pentax to Fuji. I was pulling out some of my old files and found a set of images that were overlooked for 3 years now. I thought it would be nice to share those images with you.

I travelled to Japan for a conference with the K-5 and two lenses I could afford then: the M-50 1.7 and the DA 16-45. During the conference my rear lcd broke. So I had no clue how my images turned out during the rest of the trip while I was shooting.  After 2 days in Tokyo, while shooting on the street somehow my camera setting changed to B&W. I only realized this after reaching my hotel at the end of the day. I was a jpeg person then. So there was no way of converting them back. Even though this rendered a lot of images useless (it was fall color time in Japan), I was left with some amazing B&W images. I shot a lot of high iso images in the evening and in B&W without all that chroma noise the K-5 shined. There was this new-found respect for the K-5 and also B&W portraiture. The fondness for the latter I still carry today.  I was cleaning up my hard drive and found some interesting ones I shot during that day.

All three images were shot in the Tokyo subway with the 50mm.

 

The first one I call “ Spot the 7 Differences”

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Second one: “ The Pensive Traveller”

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The third: “My Own Private Idaho”

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Thank you for maintaining this great website and fostering this photographic community. Also thank you for letting me share these images.

Some more images can be found on my EyeEm page:https://www.eyeem.com/u/prasannagkrish

Regards
Prasanna

Jan 242016
 

Hey Brandon,

Thanks for doing this great job giving exposure to passionate photographers. It’s always great to look at daily inspiration posts and enjoy a rich variety of styles. I submit these pics, which are parts of my latest blog post because they are in my opinion a non typical use of the type of equipment I have. I use a Sony A7s with a Speedmaster 50mm. The silent mode was especially useful for the first photo. Thanks for you consideration.

Eloi
www.eloibrunelle.com

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Jan 202016
 

Hi Steve & Brandon,

I have been enjoying your site for a couple of years for the Daily Inspirations and the Gear coverage.  I’m submitting a few photos that were happened upon by chance. These weren’t planned shoots, rather, simple, random captures because I had my camera in the car with me or just nearby. The first photo is a shot of the town I live in, in Ontario Canada. The town was called Galt but now is known as Cambridge, as part of an amalgamation of three towns. I was watching a movie when I noticed flashing light coming through my windows. At first I thought it was just traffic because I live at a busy intersection. Upon further investigation, I noticed a magnificent sky being lit by bolts of lightning that looked as if they were bouncing between the clouds. I quickly grabbed the tripod and camera (Nikon D610 w/ Zeiss 35mm F2 Distagon) and drove down the street (for fear of being ‘drowned’ out with my equipment) to set up a shot.

This is the shot I captured just before raindrops the size of quarters started to fall and the winds started blowing boxes, bags, and everything else not tied down, across the streets. The second image (Nikon D610 w/50mm F1.8 Nikor)was captured while driving to meet my parents 3 hrs away.

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The threat of storms and rain was obvious for the entire trip. The sun peeked out between the clouds and I saw this scene, so I immediately pulled over and grabbed my camera for a quick shot before the sun disappeared.

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The third shot was taken upon a meandering drive on dirt roads that I didn’t know, allowing myself to be ‘lost’ for the thrill of ‘discovery’. I left early in the morning with my tripod and Nikon D610 and my friends Tamron 150-600mm F4.5/5.6  to see what I could ‘happen’ across. I was actually ‘lost’ at the location where this shot took place, but with no fear as my car is equipped with GPS. I spent about one hour shooting this horse and we seemed to actually ‘bond’ during my unannounced visit.

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He would look at me with his head turned and ’strike a pose’, then scamper off to the back of his pen, almost out of site of me. I would lean into the sun and hold my head down and we would return to the hilltop and strike another pose. I loved the early morning light peeking through the trees and adding a ‘glow’ to the mist that had collected during the evening. Thank you for your ‘passion’ for photography and your dedication to this site. I’m sure the site has been an inspiration to many of us and that’s good for everyone! Cheers! BTW…I’m an amateur photographer who started with a 1970 Pentax SP1000, which I still own today.

Thanks MOM! for passing on the camera to me 26 short years ago. I hope you enjoy.

Jan 192016
 

Mr. Huff,

Your page is daily reading for me since 2010. His reviews really show what the cameras. In addition, it has created a fantastic exchange between photographers from various styles and generations. Here are some photos taken with a Nikon D3100 and lens 35mm 1.8. I show them my love for black and white and the portraits.

Long life for you and your beautiful work.

d’Angelo Rodrigues,
Brazil

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Jan 182016
 

Daily Inspiration #897

By Eric 

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Hello Steve

Finally got my LEICA Q after owning a lot of digital Leica’s and film ones (still shoot an M4). I am in love with the Q.

I took these images when I traveled to Arizona to visit the Airplane Graveyard. I got the pleasure of talking to a few volunteers that had very interesting stories to tell.

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Jan 112016
 

Hi Brandon, Hi Steve!

I am an Austrian, travelling quite a bit for work and hence have decided to get a small high quality camera I could take with me wherever my travels lead me to. This is how I found your site and at the time the only available small full frame was the M9 (which you praised highly), so I ended up selling all my gear for a used M9 with a Summicron-M 35mm ASPH.  Nowadays there are probably better and definitely cheaper options out there, but since buying the M9 I fell in love with the rangefinder shooting experience so I ended up upgrading to the M(240).

The pictures I have sent are all more or less from the same place, a small lake in Austria in the so called “Salzkammergut” where I stay quite frequently for work. The first picture shows Lake Fuschl in winter. It was taken with the M9 and a Summicron-M 35mm ASPH. I was getting up in the morning and it stated snowing just that moment. By the time I was down by the lake to take some shots the entire place was already covered in snow.

The second shot was taken with the M (240) and the Voigtländer 21mm Ultron f/1.8. I was walking home after dinner and it was already dark. It wasn’t the perfect night to shoot as it was a little cloudy but I wanted to test my new lens and ended up quite happy with the results. Finally the last shot shows Lake Fuschl from a nearby mountain, called Schober. I hiked up the mountain after work to take a shot of the sunset in order to test the new Voigtländer Heliar 15mm f4.5 VM III. The sunset turned out to be spectacular, but it came earlier than expected so I had to take the shot from the middle of the mountain. I still went up all the way, but the sun was already gone and I had to walk back in the dark.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures, you can find more (and different places) on my 500px site (https://500px.com/xspider).

Best Regards

Stefan

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Jan 072016
 

Hello Brandon, Hello Steve,

First of all, Many thanks for your great site and this opportunity to share our passion !!!

My name is Philippe, I am a Belgian guy based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but as a photography nut, I am fortunate to be travelling a lot for my job…
The other day, I ended up finding myself in Trivandrum, a nice city in the south of India with some spare time to enjoy discovering the people and the light of Kovalam Beach and its Lighthouse located 30 minutes away from the bustling city.

I had with me a Sony A7Rii matched with a Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5 for a first outing with the camera…

Here are some of the pictures I managed to take on that short afternoon stroll, I hope you will find them enjoyable…

More of my pictures can be seen on my site: www.philbreyne.smugmug.com

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Dec 272015
 

Dear Brandon and Steve,

first of all a huge THANK YOU for bringing us this site and the opportunity to send in some pictures. Before opting for my Fujifilm system, I did a lot of reading on these little cameras, and your site kept popping up with interesting articles, so keep up the good work!

I am a medical doctor from Germany. Photography is my hobby and I shoot for fun, not for money. I like to share my pictures, so I finally launched a website about a month ago (www.jangroener.com). Moreover, I share the same passion for high end audio equipment with you guys.

Today, I send in some pictures of Tegernsee, a small lake near Munich right at the border of the Bavarian Alps. I went there a couple of times (since I had been living in Munich in the past), with one time in the fall of 2014 when we were expecting a crisp and clear (although cold) day with some gorgeous sunshine and nice colors from the autumn leaves (I went there with my fiancée to enjoy some spare time, not necessarily to take photos). What we got instead was fog. A lot of it. And the weather just wouldn’t change for the better on that day. So, instead of being miserable and returning to Munich instantly, we made the best of it and took a long walk. This allowed me to take a couple of pretty moody shots, three of which I want to share here. On that day, I had my Canon EOS 6D in the trunk, together with a 16-35 mm f/2.8 L, a 24-70 mm f/2.8 L II, and a 70-200 mm f/4 L IS. So my kit wasn’t light, but I didn’t mind since we didn’t go on a multiple-day hiking trip. I know that this is mainly a mirrorless site, so I will tell you I have a Fujifilm system as well which I absolutely love, consisting of both X-Pro1 and X-E1 bodies. My favorite lenses for that system are the gorgeous 14 mm f/2.8, the 35 mm f/1.4 (I use them both a lot), and the 56 mm f/1.2, which I don’t own yet (but I testet it out, and it is most likely going to be my next purchase). I am quite curious what Fujifilm is going to do with the next generation of cameras (X-Pro2, X-T2 etc.), and I am pretty sure you will keep us updated with helpful reviews on these future products.

So again, I want to thank you for letting me share these images.

Sincerely,

Jan

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Dec 242015
 

Daily Inspiration #893, Shanghai

By Frank Fellenberg

Dear Brandon and Steve,

With this post I like to share some night images with you and the readers of your fantastic website of the city where I live and work since the past 12 years – Shanghai (after moving here from my hometown Berlin).

Describing this city from outside would sound like “modern”, “crowded”, “use your elbows to get along”, “ever changing”, “dirty”, “ugly”, “noisy” and so on. All stereotypes that we know of a modern asian metropolis. The point lies in shifting your focus from the (unfortunately quite obvious) downsides to the interesting and beautiful sites and moments that exists at the same time.

For me, each city develops a special magic after dawn when the city lights emerge and the play of light and shadow begins. Combine that with an interesting location and I easily get lost in time, spending the night wandering around chasing the secret of this place.

For this post I picked images from a place with a somehow eery history. It is the former slaughterhouse located in Shanghai’s Hongkou district, built in 1933. From the 1970’s till 2000 it served as a medicine factory and was left abandoned for some years (which would have been an interesting place to visit at that time). Over the past years it now turned into a cultural center, offering fashionable creative office spaces, fancy restaurants and the Ferrari Club Shanghai (which I will leave uncommented).

However, the basic character of this building remains intact and tells the story of its past till today – frozen in its mesmerizing concrete structure.

All pictures below were taken in the late evening just before closure with a Leica M9 and a CV 21/4mm Color Skopar on a mini Manfrotto tripod.

There is a small creek flowing through this area. The surroundings haven’t changed much as well, which adds to an authentic impression. Looking at the red light in the left window above I could not help by thinking at “Roxanne” by The Police. Seems at that day she had to put on her red light.

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This shot from the insides gives an impression of the sophisticated design of the interior. The are many ramps for the livestock to enter the upper area and the number of small staircases around that building makes you feel dizzy. It’s common to get lost inside there, but since the area is quite compact you’ll always find your way out.

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There is a big deck on the top which grants a quite spectacular view to the surrounding living area. I always feel like a passenger on a big steamer looking down on a sea of rooftops. Who knows for how long this view will survive the hunger for space of this ever-growing city?

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The concrete structure of the inside reminds me of scenes from the german 1920’s movie “Metropolis”. Very expressionistic.

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Moving to black&white images will make this area almost get lost in time. A bit more careful editing (by avoiding the banners on the lamp posts and the cars) and one will have a hard time guessing the year this picture was taken.

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I hope you enjoyed this little stroll into the old Shanghai. With Brandon’s support I might post more of this kind – I feel these old and thus interesting faces of Shanghai will vanish over the years, leaving us with one more shiny and faceless metropolis which we have already too many of.

You can see more imagines of Shanghai (and other cities around the world) on my website www.frankfellenberg.com and my Flickr page www.flickr.com/photos/leicat.

Thanks for your time – comments welcome!

Happy shooting!
Frank

Dec 222015
 

Steve and Brandon,

Almost every day I try to stop by the site to take in the Daily Inspiration provided by so many. I find it helps me, and the added bonus is seeing the creativity from everyone.

Living in the American Southwest I’ve always been fascinated by it’s wonderful locations, scenery, and culture. Recently, while planning a trip to New Mexico, I was put off by the fact that the locations I wanted to see and photograph had already been visited by so many photographers. Maybe I shouldn’t bother to go. I hesitated to journey out to places that had been photographed many thousands of times. What possibly could there be for me to photograph when every tourist and many great photographers have already been there?

This church, San Francisco de Asis, in Rancho de Taos, New Mexico, has been photographed by some of the most famous American photographers of the 20th Century, including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. But, I don’t regret revisiting this church and several other well known locations during my limited time there. I learned that everything changes, and that we each bring something unique and different to the photographic opportunity. Given my experiences during this quick, two day trip, I don’t believe I’ll ever shy away from visiting even the most iconic and photographed locations when I’m there with my camera. I hope you won’t be put off or shy away either.

Thanks for looking!

Price

The main entrance to the sanctuary at San Francisco de Asis.

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Probably as famous, if not more so, is the back of the church.  These buttresses form the structural integrity of the church.  I took many shots here, and like this abstraction the best.

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And finally, an attempt at a split tone along the side of the church.

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