Jul 312014

Dear Brandon / Steve,

As the name suggests, the daily inspiration series on your website is a never-ending, frequently updated source of inspiration. I really enjoy reading all the interesting stories and photographs of all those passionate photographers, both amateurs and professionals.

From my father-in-law, I inherited some old manual nikkor lenses back from the early seventies. At first, I did not really have any use for them. I considered starting to shoot film on his old Nikkor, but never actually did it. The lenses were kissed awake when I bought the Sony A7 last year. Those new sony lenses are really expensive and at release, only the kit lens and the FE 35 were available. While the 135mm f/3.5 and the 50mm f/1.4 spent considerable time on camera, the Nikkor-H Auto 28mm remained in the closet the whole time.

The inspiration I would like to share with the community came to me on an overcast day. I mounted the 28mm on my A7 and decided to make a one lens and one subject trip. Being an unexperienced wide-angle shooter (I mostly use the FE 55 nowadays), I figured that a crowded place would be to great of a challenge with regard to framing the right thing.

Remembering the forest cemetery at the outskirts of Aachen, it seemed like a good place to start. It is very quiet, not many people visiting and all you can hear ist the rustling of the leaves in the wind. My first plan was to shoot a series of black and white pictures, so the camera was set to b&w and raw to give me the opportunity to work with colors in post-processing.

The cemetery itself is divided into a public cemetery and a war cemetery. The former seemed to be of lesser interest, as it mainly consists of normal graves with small tombstones. Still, one grave caught my eye as it was a bit separated from the others and looked nice and symmetrical.



After some strolling around with the camera in hand but without really taking pictures, I found myself in the war cemetery part. Unlike all those geometric war cemeteries for US soldiers, this one is a real forest cemetery. The gravestones are more or less randomly distributed among the trees with no apparent order. Many of them are half-sunken in the ground, others are covered with moss. Without exif information and not having written down any setting, I can not really tell which apertures I used. Mostly, I was shooting at f/8 with what I guessed might be hyperfocal distance but some of the images were also shot wider open. Coming back home, I browsed though my images and converted them all to black and white, considering it to be fit for a cemetery. Yet, I found most of the images did not really breathe the spirit of what I just saw, so my plan changed and now the whole series features the greenish light of the place.





Best regards,

Jan Wilhelm


Jul 292014

Hi Brandon, Steve,

A year ago, I left my day job start my own business. With a more flexible schedule, my wife and I fit in some traveling that we had been saving up for a few years. One of those places was Italy.

While exploring, we both found a lot of elements of “togetherness” among the locals we met. They placed a strong emphasis on family, friendships and celebration. What better way to live life and our new-found friends taught us some incredible lessons. While we were there, I was lucky enough to witness and capture some moments that are near and dear to us.

I hope to share them with you guys (attached).


Picture 1: Our last night in Rome was spent in a nearby beach town. We watched the sun set and saw this father & son fishing along the cove. Fuji x10.

Picture 1

Picture 2: All over Venice we saw kids play soccer using just all the concrete surrounding them. We sat and watched this very passionate & competitive game during one of the days. Fuji x10.

Picture 2

Picture 3: This was our very first day in Italy. We arrived in Venice and on the way to our motel, my wife told me to look up. We saw this woman busy preparing for a party. It’s a reminder to both of us to keep celebrating wherever we were. Fuji x10.

Picture 3


I keep my photos here on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23123796@N04/with/13888445310

Thank you guys – you’ve done a great thing with this website and blog – we truly appreciate it!

Andrew Gooi

Jul 282014

Hi Steve,

My name is Nicolas and I am a 29 year old Argentinian graphic designer and photography enthusiast, currently living in London.

First of all I’d like to thank you for providing this space on your site, it’s really invaluable for the aspiring photographer.

Ok, a little about me: I’ve had this crush on photography since I was a kid, when I spent hours going through my family’s old slides, but it wasn’t until I arrived here in London two years ago that I decided to take this a bit further and got myself a -now crippled- Contax T2 to replace a broken EOS 550D.

After reading countless blogs out there, I decided I needed to have something in mind, a concept if you want, in order to start shooting and try to give my images a bit of a narrative cohesion.

And that’s how my blog ‘Ghost of a Chance’ was born. It made perfect sense to me: freshly arrived, starting this huge, new stage in my life, alone in a foreign city about 7k miles from home. There had to be a chance for me here.

So I soon started hunting for this concept in my pictures. Other people, even places and situations, were also striving for a chance as hard as I was, and it felt good, somehow empathic, to capture them.

These 3 images all have their little ‘story’ to them, my favourite of which being ‘take a long holiday’, as that wall has been completely repainted just weeks ago, so that place is not the same anymore. That, combined with a cold and foggy December morning made that moment quite unique and definitely worth arriving late at work.

The one with the couple holding hands was just me in the right place at the right time, while the  1st pic was shot at a pub in East London where this wolverine-lookalike guy happened to be. Great guy!

Please feel free to check the rest of my blog nicolaspiergallini.blogspot.co.uk

I now use a Leica M6 with a 50mm Summicron but I’m thinking of replacing the 50 for a 35… if only it wasn’t so expensive!

Thanks again!





Jul 252014

Hello Brandon and Steve. I hope this finds you in good health!

I have been a long time reader of your site, and I especially enjoy daily inspiration which I usually check out every day. It rocks!


Me and my girlfriend love travelling. Each year, we figure out a place to spend our holiday under the criteria that we experience something completely different then at home. This usually rules out beach resorts and other tourist attractions. And any country in Scandinavia, and basically any country that speaks english.

Last year we were at the alps hiking, this year we took a plane to Tokyo. And let me tell you, I’ve never quite experienced the feeling of “stranger in a strange land” like there. I’m definitely going back.

But before the trip I had the photographers dilemma. I shoot weddings and events, so I have accumulated quite a lot of gear over the years. And they are all heavy, and take loads of space, and are just cumbersome.

I recently bought an XE-1 for walkabout purposes only, but with only the 35mm f1.4, it felt lacking. So should I take the D600 and 24-70? Nope. 35mm? Nah. 70-200? There is no way that thing is coming along.

How about 85 1.8G It’s light, it’s awesome. But that seems insane! No wide-angle at all. ..

But wait a minute, what do I need a wide-angle for in crowded streets of Tokyo? What am I really going to shoot? Street obviously. Hmm… Fine, let’s go with that.

And let me tell you, bringing only the 85 and 35 was a good call. I had the 35 always attached to the XE-1, and 85 to D600. And they were pretty light too, didn’t actually feel the weight at all in my Think Tank.

And the real attraction of Tokyo are the people. I ended up taking hundreds of candids with the 85, while the XE-1 took care of the rest. It was a perfect combination, which I will try out next time I cover any corporate event.

Anyway. Tokyo is great. No one speaks any english, food menus are just strange, and the people are super friendly. I loved it, it beats to a pulse of its own. And don’t get me started on the nightlife. Anyway, here are a few photos, I hope you enjoy them.

There is a lot more turning out daily in my flickr stream flickr.com/heize.

My wedding/event work can be checked out here at http://heikkitakalaphotography.4ormat.com.

Cheers from Finland!





Jul 232014

Dear steve

Hi, steve, My name is tiger. I am an amateur steet photographer in Melboutne, Australia. I always love your website and your interesting reviews of camera.
Here are three pics for daily inspiration.The first one and second one were taken by Nikon d5200 with 35mm 1.8 dx lens. The third one was taken by OMD E-M1 with 45mm 1.8.

Hope you like them and here is my flickr address and you can see almost all of my photos there


Best Wishes





Jul 222014

Please find 3 images attached for my charity project I have undertaken, “Just Breathe”.

The goal of the project is to raise awareness of adults who are suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. I have provided some links below that explain more about the project, and the disease itself. These people are so inspiring, hopefully you find the project images and project inspiring enough too.

Ian Pettigrew

** All images taken with a Canon 5DMII, with the Sigma 35 ART lens. Lighting was a single AB1600 through a large octobox, on a plain white sheet background. f/6.3, 1/160th to 1/200th at iso100.







Jul 212014

Hello Steve,

I love your site and the enthusiasm about photography it transports to all of us. I am a 41-year-old from Munich Germany. I was very much into photography back when there were still chemicals involved but somehow lost focus and just came back to photography about a year ago (and loving it as a part of documentation of my life but even more to give me focus while I enjoy this unique journey through life …). The above pictures were taken during a short trip to Liguria (Italy) last week and are the last with by venerable Canon 5D Mark 1 … it somehow disintegrated during the last shot shown here (of a beautiful and at this time of the year still romantic towne of Camoglie).

We visited the Cinque Terre (picture of Vernazza enclosed … beautiful but boy was it touristy … yes I know, we were part of the masses as well) and slept at a beautiful B&B originally bult in the 15th century in the middle of nowhere but just 5 kms from the sea) where the owner had as well a beautiful old vespa (1980) for day-to-day duties on the premises and a nice Triumph that he stored in the chapel on site.

All in all it was a wonderful week and we came home refreshed and invigorated … travel and photos always help to focus on how beautiful, diverse and valuable life is.

All the best,

Jay Bratz







Jul 192014

Hello Steve,

My name is Hiroyasu Hosoya and I am Japanese amateur street photographer. I am living in Barcelona since 27 years ago. (I am 32yo).

I started shooting, 7 years ago, Landscape pictures because of influence of my girlfriend who loves hiking, but as I am a big fun of “critical situation” and “close photography” I turned to the Street Photography. During a couple of years I was shooting with Leica camera but 6 month ago, I had an incident, all my Leica gear has been stolen in the City on daylight… so now a days I am shooting with Fuji x100 black edition that gives me a RF feeling. I am starting to make my web sites and also large printing for the near-future exhibition here in Barcelona. I think all pictures must printed and “BIG”!!
You can see in my Flick Site (www.flickr.com/photos/hiroyasuhosoya) almost the major part of pictures were taken in Asia (Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong stc..) during my trips.


Here my favourite pictures.




Jul 182014

Hi Steve

My name’s Flavio, I’m 25, I’m Italian but I live in Zurich, in Switzerland and since always, music and photography are my main interests and passions. Leaving home I always carry my camera with me… every moment is good for a click!

Last April I carried it also during my trip to Tokyo and today I share with you and all the readers a few impressions of this great experience! The photos were taken with my LEICA M9-P and SUMMICRON-M 1:2/35MM ASPH.

Thank you Steve for the opportunity and I hope you enjoy!
Best regards

Flavio Lissandrello

I see you



Jul 152014

Hi Steve, hope everything is well.

My name is Nuno Lopes, I’m 42 years old and live in Lisbon, Portugal.

Your site was one of the first I came to see information on how to make pictures and new gear, just about two and a half years ago. It has inspired me in many ways.

I got interested in creating photographs 3 years ago with my iPhone, mostly inspired by the iPhoneography movement and Instagram. Before this moment I confess that if I’ve taken 10 shots in my life were probably one too many. Also never bought a dedicated camera for myself. Photography was not part of my life at all and my interest was basically next to nil. But life is a learning process. My passion now is in photographing life as it unfolds in front of me. I’m a very curious guy and creativity is one of my strongest facets … so people say.

Soon after I started creating photos with the iPhone, decided to buy my first dedicated camera. Your review on O-MD was mostly influential in my decision for the Olympus O-MD EM-5 and the Panasonic Lumix G 20mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. Next bought the Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 17mm f/1.8 Lens and soon after the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm f/1.8 Lens. Amazing lens. Amazing gear.

Some might say that I’ve got the gear bug, but that wasn’t really the case. For instance the main reason I have bought the 75mm lens was because of Saul Leiter. Read in some sites that sometimes he used long focal lengths on the street to create images out of compressed spaces. His photographs provoked tears in my eyes, don’t ask me to explain it because I don’t know why. I thought “I want to photograph like Saul Leiter and Eduardo Gageiro”

Being a new-born photographer with all these options and no formal guidance, learning by experience and reading books and articles, my photography went down hill. It was depressing. So much that starting thinking, “maybe if I buy a 50mm effective focal length my photography will get better”.

After thinking hard about it, realized I was going on the wrong path. Decided, no. I don’t need all this to develop my photography. All I need is one camera, one lens, much like had with the iPhone. Keep it simple.

Sold all my gear to fund for the RX1r. So here am I.

I’m not much of a technical person and I’m giving my first steps with Lightroom. The blacjk and white conversion is not really that good yet Before, the iPad along with Snapseed were my tools of choice because of their simplicity. But the RX1r deserved more PP effort on my part.

The photos bellow were taken in Lisbon this May with the RX1r.

Hopefully the photographs aren’t that bad, thank you for the opportunity.

I don’t have a website. But I do have a Facebook account were people can see my future posts if interested.



Nuno Lopes








Jul 142014

The camera does not matter…
… or does it?

I work as professional photographer and using high-end equipment. Today, I focus on portrait and mainly in studio settings.

Through the years a camera of some sorts has always been in my hand. First analogue, then digital, then analogue again and now back to digital. I used to have a vintage Hasselblad 500CM (which I was very happy with), and a big clunky Mamiya RZ67 (great camera), and also a couple of underwater cameras from Nikon, Calypso-Nikkor, Nikonos and so on. For some years I was using a Nikon F2s (still got it).

For a long time I thought that the next “better” camera was the only thing that stood between major success and me. I refused to listen to everyone who claimed that it didn’t have anything to do with your equipment. Now, older and wiser, I must agree to my photographic fellows. Still… the FEEL of the camera in your hand will have an impact on your end result. At least, that’s my view.
The different feeling I have from using my iPhone, my big heavy Nikon or a medium-format camera, will not only create different technical results but also influence how you as the photographer is taking the photograph. (Not to mention, the different response you will get from the sitter).

In 1978 I went to the States to visit friends. I brought my then favourite camera; an Olympus OM-1 and together with lots of rolls of Kodachrome 64, I set out to capture everything I saw.
Now, more than thirty years later I look back on these photographs and remember that nice “feeling” that camera gave me. It was ultra simple, very sharp, silent and looked like a camera.
I have attached some photographs from that trip. For those who want to see more and read about the places, go to: www.usa1978.com.

I am still looking for the ultimate camera…






Jul 112014

Hey guys!

I work in offshore exploration, we find oil for everyone’s cars. This gives me an opportunity to take some interesting photos from time to time. I travel with Micro 4/3 gear because it’s so small and light, and the weatherproofing on my E-M5 gives me a little more confidence to get a splash every now and then. The stabilisation really comes in handy especially with the long Jupiter-11 135 f4. I use GIMP on my linux laptop for processing, it’s just nice and fast.

Most of their photographs were taken around Malayisa. Maybe this might inspire some future seamen.

AB and Bollard – Jupiter-11 135mm f4



Bunkering – PanaLeica 25mm f1.4



Laundry – PanaLeica 25mm f1.4



Ocean Image- PanaLeica 25mm f1.4


thanks in advance,
Matt Jones

Jul 102014

Dear Brandon & Steve,

My name is Boris and I am a huge fan of your site. I have been visiting regularly since roughly four years ago and the articles & photos have been great inspirations. Now I think it’s about time for me to share my humble work.

Being a weekend and off-hours shooter, I just cannot afford too much time on shooting and there is simply no way for me to carry huge and hefty DSLR lenses with me, so I have bought a Lumix GF1 four years ago and have been using the “pancake” 20mm F1.7 as well as the 14mm F2.5 exclusively.

These are just some of the photos I have taken earlier this year in my hometown – Hong Kong; and I wish you guys find them enjoyable.

Best Regard,

Photo#1 Lumix G 20mm @ F1.7, 1/15

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Photo #2 Lumix G 14mm @ F2.8, 1/125


#3 Lumix G 14mm @ F11, 1/3


Jul 092014

Dear Steve, a Daily Inspiration, but with 5 photos (I hope you can publish them).

There are times throughout the days of the year when the light is somewhat wonderful. Be in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.

The sun low down in the sky, illuminates everything like a golden searchlight, bathing everything in it’s warm glow giving things a magical surreal look which is fleeting and soon vanishes leaving but a memory. Rarely am i able to catch such a light as rarely do I find myself with a camera, but there have been times over the years when I have been lucky enough to take a snap. Such a light is beauty incarnate, and others are masters at being able to capture it, like capturing dreams in Roald Dahl’s BFG.

I love this light on nature, especially the way it streams through trees and lights them up like fire, and makes life worth living.

Here are 5 shots I share with you.

You can check me on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/71817058@N08/ or Zeissimages.com http://zeissimages.com/standardgallery.php?puid=2945&showall

Evening Summer light from Glastonbury Tor, overlooking the Wessex countryside. Fuji GA645 60mm Super EBC f4. Fujichrome Velvia 50.


Late Autumnal light in Osterley Park, Middlesex. Contax G2. 21mm Biogon T* f2.8, Fujichrome Sensia 100.


Autumn sun through the trees in Osterley Park, Middlesex. Contax G2. 21mm Biogon T* f2.8, Fujichrome Sensia 100


Lamp Post. Osterley Park, Middlesex. Contax G2. 21mm Biogon T* f2.8, Fujichrome Sensia 100


Sheep in a warm Summer evening. Llandeusant, Powys, Wales. Contax TVS III 30-60mm Vario-Sonnar T*. Fujichrome Sensia 100.


Jul 082014

I’m a long time reader of the site and a fan. When I was considering the NEX – 5N to take my baby steps into the world of photo taking this site was one of the confirmations that confirmed I’m making the right choice.

So after owning the camera for a couple of years I’ve accumulated a number of old manual focus lenses which give such a great feeling of accomplishment. Like some photographers I have a rule that if you spend more than 10 minutes trying to fix a photo it’s not worth it, the good thing is that the RAW files from this camera are pretty good and really flexible to make up for my mistakes.

I don’t have web site or a collection somewhere but would post on Facebook every now and again.

Hope the photos will inspire someone today.

The first image was taken during the Smithfield Nocturne in London a year ago with the standard 18-55 kit lens, saw the guys warming up and decided to give the built in HDR a go. OOC JPEG 18mm f3.5 1/4sec ISO 100.


The second image was after a surgery I went out with a friend to shoot with a friend to clear my head a little. Shot manually with a Asahi 50mm lens can’t remember the f stop. ISO – 800 1/4000


The third image is from Dachau it’s the sculpture of the Unknown Prisoner by Nandor Glid a very striking place. It was shot with a 35mm Carl Zeis Jenna lens made in the DDR which is sort of fitting in a way. 1/500sec ISO – 100


The fourth image was taken from the Crematorium in Dachau the sign reads “Shower” in German very chilling place to be. I used the 35mm Zeis again 1/30sec ISO – 100 .


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