Apr 202014
 

Hey Steve-

When it came to understanding photography, my mindset revolved around the idea that if I purchased a camera with the top specs, my results would turn out like the pros. It was just my innocent ignorance. And whenever I had a question related to gear, I would be delighted to ask one of my friends who majored in photography, to recommend me what I could buy based on my budget; though I knew nothing about what he recommended – I just took his word for it. I was usually drawn to DSLRs, but was typically intimidated by a “big camera”, with all their buttons, dials, and foreign meanings of shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and all the rest of it. Due to my limited perception associating big cameras as “pro”, I kept my distance.

Then mirrorless cameras made a debut.

I was attracted to the smaller form factor and the images were comparable to the big dog’s (Full Frame) outputs. So I copped a Sony NEX-6 as my first interchangeable lens camera along with the Zeiss 24 1.8, Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35 1.4 (SC), Sony 50mm 1.8, and the underdog, Tamron 18-200 Di III VC. I also played around with Lightroom 4 to edit RAW files. I was given a tip from one of my colleagues suggesting that as long as my photo’s histogram readings were not clipping on either end, that I could revive most photos in post processing. I always was fooled by the marketing about megapixel count, but since I don’t do large prints (yet), and most of my images are on the web (and Instagram), I found that 16MP provided me with enough to work with my creative flexibility and allowed myself to grow into the camera and not be reeled into the trap of buying better gear. I had to get better with the tools first.

It’s been exactly a year since I started experimenting with photography (and still learning a great deal!). The beauty about photography is that your camera is a tool to extract your visual expression of how you see something – and to share it with others. A building, an object, a person, or some nature landscape can be taken a hundred times by a hundred different people, simply to just “snap” the moment. But for others, it’s a way to show that you were having a conversation with the subject, and to express the dialogue, the exchange in vision, to ignite questions and wonder – to make something ordinary, fluid and alive. Many of us get lost in the technicalities of superior equipment, and how photos should be this-way or that-way, and we forget that someone has attempted to communicate something subtle – and it is up to us to try to understand a photographer’s approach. It allows us to be visual listeners, rather than judgers of what’s right and what’s wrong.

Now that I’ve learned a tremendous amount about photography, I finally picked up my first film rangefinder, the Canon Canonet G-III QL-17 which I have been experimenting with for a couple of months. Because I drool over anything Leica, I instead invested in what’s been called a the “Poor man’s Leica”. Luckily, this little gem was purchased for a measly $40 at a camera show in my local town!

Thank you, Steve, for continuing to do what you do. It has livened up my interest of photography altogether!

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http://instagram.com/cookedwords/

Gion District, Kyoto, Japan – Tamron 18-200mm

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My Maltipoo named Chip – Canonet 40mm

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Matt Davis Trail, Stinson Beach, California – Zeiss 24mm

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Mission Peak, Fremont, California – Voigtlander 35mm

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Train up to Mount Fuji, Japan – Tamron 18-200mm

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Zojoji Temple, Tokyo, Japan – Sony 50mm

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Cirque du Soleil, Bellagio, Las Vegas – Zeiss 24mm

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Apr 182014
 

Hello Brandon & Steve,

These three photographs were taken over the past couple months. Still continuing my trend with my trusty K1000/Super-Takumar 50mm f/1.4. Since you last heard from me, my Photograph A Week mailing list has changed to my new project entitled “Aural Photography”. If you’re curious, please go to my new website:

http://www.khunyalamatpan.com/aural-photography/

You can also follow me on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/khunya/

Yours friendly,

-Khunya

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Apr 172014
 

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I’m a long-time reader of your site and enjoy the daily inspiration contributions of your readers.

I live in New York City and mostly shoot with my Leica M. There are endless opportunities for photography in the city, but one of my favorite subjects is mannequins. The city in general, and my neighborhood in particular (Chelsea), is filled with creative and interesting window displays. (In fact, there’s even a display mannequin maker, Rootstein, on my street.) Mannequins make particularly good subjects for the deliberate manual focus of Leica shooting (they don’t move or change their expressions!).

Over time I’ve collected quite a few shots, and I thought I’d share a few here.

Thanks, and keep up the good work.

Jack Johnson

Instagram: jacksquared

Flickr: jacksquared

G+: plus.google.com/+JackJohnsonNY

Leica M, 50mm Noctilux, 1/60 at f/5.6

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Leica M, Zeiss Biogon 35mm, 1/30 @ f/2.8

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Apr 162014
 

Hi Brandon/Steve,

First of all, let me introduce myself. I am Mark Abellon from the Philippines. I started photography by about a couple of years from now. I stumbled upon this website while searching for reviews and looking for options for my first camera. Photography has been a part of my life ever since. I find time shooting mostly during my daily commute from work. Due to this, I concentrated on improving my skills specifically with street photography. Upon browsing the website, I saw the works of Colin Steel.

His work made a huge influence in my photography. I adopted most of his style as I am still on the process of creating my own. I do recommend to look at his articles for those people who missed it (http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/04/15/easter-in-sicily-with-the-new-fujis-by-colin-steel/ and http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2013/03/07/forgotten-friends-the-year-old-camera-fuji-x10-by-colin-steel/).

Have fun looking at my photos and feel free to comment about it, be it positive or negative.

Regards,

Mark Abellon

1st photo “LOOK” is taken with a fuji x-e1

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2nd “TWO DIMENSIONS” with fuji x10

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3rd “CRAVINGS” with fuji x10

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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,

Luis.

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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.

http://leicastoremiami.com/blogs/news-events/12825961-customer-gallery-hans-van-leeuwens-curacao

I hope to hear from you and to receive feedback !

Thank you !

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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.

Andy

www.andrew-chang.com

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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!

http://friendly-martian.tumblr.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/56590903@N05/

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

Cheers,

Yeow

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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.

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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.

https://gnat.exposure.so/

Sincerely,

Jason

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!

Best,

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.

Best,

Josh An

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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 :

http://flickr.com/gp/vincentmuracciole/424gUE/

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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

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Puffin taking flight

A fjord

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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

http://pixandthoughts.wordpress.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vinnym8/

http://vincentvankleef.wix.com/lightonlight

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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,

Yudhi

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