Jul 022015

Hi Steve, hi Brandon

Firstly let me introduce my self, I’m Adhika, from Jakarta, Indonesia

I’ve been a photography addict since 4 years ago, I don’t have a lot of money, so I never bought a camera more than $1000..now I have a fuji s5 pro dslr and recently bought a Pentax q10 with a kit zoom 5-15mm f2.8-4.5 for only $200 brand new..

The pictures below is a try out for Pentax Q10, the autofocus is slow, and the screen is hideous in bright light..but strangely the files that it pumped is very easy to manipulate in lightroom, the highlight is a breeze to recover..

The first picture was edited with LR5, I recover the highlight slightly, open up the shadow a bit and add the saturation. It was shot at 5mm f.5.0 iso 200 1/1000s


The second picture was edited in silver fx pro, shot at 5mm, f3.5 iso 100 1/500s


The last pictures of Torina the horse also edited in silver fx pro, shot at 10.9mm f4.0 iso 100 1/125s

That’s it..hope you enjoy it..greeting from Indonesia


Jul 012015

Hi Steve and Brandon,

I recently visited Melbourne — where it isn’t as warm as my home town, Brisbane. (It really shouldn’t bother me as I’m originally from Chicago.)

I was talking with the used-book seller (the man in the brown cap) at the Camberwell Markets, when it began to rain. He only sells quality books. I bought “Fear and loathing in America,” the papers of Hunter Thompson.

All the sellers at the market put up plastic sheets and many retreated into their cars. But despite the showers there was quite a bit of light. All three of these shots were with the Loxia 50mm.

While there are a  few “market pictures” on my blog (www.billdanby.com), I’m not really a market person. I get taken to these things.

I hope you like them.






Jun 292015

Hi Brandon and Steve,

Long time reader, first time poster.
I’ve been a professional photographer for a while now but it was actually this site that inspired me to go mirrorless. I’m lucky to for my main line of work to also be my passion and when I talk to people about photography, I could almost talk their head off.I still use my Canon 5D Mk III with L Series zooms for work as it gives me consistent results, day in, day out BUT I have the same mantra as you Steve which is; The best camera is the one you have on you” and that’s why whenever people ask me on which camera to buy, I almost always steer them in the mirrorless route. My Fuji X-Pro 1 is slow and is almost superseded but paired with my Fujinon 35mm f1.4 lens, it’s just magical, there is nothing more amazing than taking the time to adjust the dials of the shutter or aperture, anticipating the exposure before even placing your eye in the viewfinder and checking the metering, it almost feels like the good old days of film, heck, when I walk around, the camera is so inconspicuous, no one notices that I’m photographing.

This was the case when I went to The Philippines on assignment, I used my Canon system for the shoot but I shot street photography with the X-Pro 1, it was such a joy to use.

Below are some images that I took, showing the contrast and beauty of Boracay Island.



Philippines on the Fuji

Philippines on the Fuji


Philippines on the Fuji

Philippines on the Fuji


Philippines on the Fuji

Philippines on the Fuji

Jun 262015

Hello Brandon and Steve!

Hello everyone. I am fond of the photo as well as many just for memory so that we could go through certain feelings again (this is especially realized when I started to understand how to take pictures). First photographed on film but it was long ago and without passion, then on mobile phones, has recently moved to cameras (thanks to Steve’s website and such people as Colin Steel, Craig Litten, Joe Marquez and others for inspiration). The main principle to stay intersted in photo for me – the camera should be compact and responsible enough, of course gradually getting to know different models of cameras and their ability wish to have more advanced equipment was growing, but with the size of equipment inspiration dropped). I do not want to lug around a big camera plus to take attension of the subject. These photos were taken on nikon v1 18.5mm, 1.8, 1/50, iso 400, alienskin exposure, sony ericsson arc s (took by a chance – it layed on the table) 2.4, 1/30, iso800, snapseed, panasonic gx7 panaleica25mm, 1.4, 1/640, iso200, silkypix. EXIF is included.

Thank you!




Jun 252015

Hi Brandon & Steve,

I have been a faithful reader of your site and have been enjoying articles and photographs posted from time to time by your readers and yourself. I have recently bought an Olympus EM5 mark II and have had a chance to try it out at Bali. I also had a chance to use the m.Zuiko Pro 40-150 F2.8 lens from borrowing it from a friend of mine on the same trip. Although this is not my first time to Bali, this is actually the first time I go to Bali for the sole purpose of taking photographs. The island is really rich in their culture and a wonderful place for photographer which I will definitely do this again next time.

I enjoyed using he new EM5 II very much and with the Pro 40-150 F2.8 lens, it gives me a great image quality and versatility that I have never really experienced before until now. I’m thinking of getting the 40-150mm lens once I could afford it and hope that will be real soon. Below are some of the shots taken mainly with the 40-150mm on the EM5 II for sharing. The 5-axis stabilizer used with the zoom lens is really a great combination and i have accompanied the last shot with the lens on a moving vehicle.

Thanks for reading this and more can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/kwaek/

Eng-Kiat Kwa

Ubud morning Market, 40-150mm f2.8 @ 40mm, 2.8, 1/2500 secs, ISO 200


Ubud morning Market, 40-150mm F2.8 @ 142mm, f2.8, 1/800 secs, ISO 200


Worshipers at a nearby Ubud temple, 40-150mm F2.8 @ 57mm, f2.8, 1/1250 secs, ISO 200


Mt. Batur valcano shot on a moving vehicle, 40-150mm F2.8 @ 73mm, f2.8, 1/5000 secs, ISO 200


Jun 242015

Hi Brandon and Steve,

my name is Holger, I’m from Germany and that’s my second post at „Daily Inspiration“ (http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2014/11/06/daily-inspiration-708-by-holger-neuert/). My main focus is long exposure therefore I would like to share some shots I took with Sony Alpha 7 and the Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 in Dubai April, 2015 .

The A7 and Loxia is a wonderful combo. Most of the night shots I took with my Canon 16-35mm L f/4 lens and the Metabones adapter. But the shots I love most are taken with the Loxia. The experience with the Loxia is fantastic and the combination with the Sony A7 is great, especially with the focus peaking and the smooth manual focus.

Should anyone be interested in seeing more photos from me, I uploaded some more here:

Space Ship, Sony Alpha 7, Loxia 35 mm f/2, 15 sec, ISO 100, f/5,6

Space Ship

Sightseeing in Dubai is from my perspective only possible by metro and taxi. The distances are very long and some areas are not in a walking distance. This photo was taken on the way back to the hotel.

At the top, Sony Alpha 7, Loxia 35mm f/2, 10 sec, ISO 100, f/8


This shot was taken from the Burj Khalifa at sun set. Amazing city with superlatives in every way. E.g. the escalator did 10 m per second and it took us in 60 sec to reach the 124 floor 600 m from ground with a an amazing view over the city.

The Palms, Sony Alpha 7, Loxia 35mm f/2, 4 sec, ISO 50, f/7,1


The street to the Burj Khalifa is on both sides covered with enlightened palms. There are lots of palms along the way and it looks really nice at night.

Greetings, Holger

Jun 232015

Hi Brandon,

I’ve been using the Ricoh GR a lot more recently since selling off my other gear. I’m finding that my eye for photos is improving now that I have eliminated a lot of other options which complicated things, for me at least, such as lens choice, the ability to zoom etc. Obviously the camera is far less intrusive-looking plus the whole process feels a lot more streamlined now. On top of that, I have felt no effects of Gear Acquisition Syndrome at all…

It’s only a hobby for me, but it’s something I like to read and think about and I try to take it seriously. I’d say that I’m beginning to develop a sense of style with the photographs I choose to take, although I’ve had training in neither photography nor art so I don’t have a basis for what makes a good image, I only go by whether it seems pleasing to my eye or not.

Photos taken in Barcelona city and the surrounding regions.

Comments/criticisms welcome.





Jun 222015

Hi Brandon,

I am a street photographer from Alingsas, Sweden. I love reading the Steve Huff site and I get a lot of daily inspiration from it. Thanks´!

It is kind of hard for me to find the time for taking photos. A demanding job and two daughters with tons of activities prevents me from taking photos on a regular basis. But, vacation is a good opportunity. On a family trip to Tenerife this Christmas I got some time to take street photos. I like it old school and often develop to black and white in Lightroom. The camera is my dear and beloved Olympus OM-D EM5 and the lens I used on this occasion is the fabulous Olympus 12, 2.0.

Hope you like the images.

If you would like to see more:

Magnus Lundin






Jun 192015

Hi Steve and Brandon,

I have been a longtime reader of your site, I always enjoy the Daily Inspirations and I think your Gear Reviews are amongst the best out there. Ive undertaken a 365 project this year, and have found it liberating, while the constant desire to keep shooting for the project has improved my photography no end.

Ive had my A7 for almost a year now, and I’m 100% sold on Mirrorless. I started photography with Film SLRs, and the patience required to avoid wasting celluloid has really influenced my current shooting habits on Digital. For me Mirrorless has allowed me to be a lot more comfortable carrying a camera around with me all day, as opposed to a DSLR, which i find that bit too heavy and bulky. The ability to preview depth of field and exposure before shooting is incredibly useful and the tools in place for manual focusing are leaps and bounds ahead of anything a DSLR can offer.  I currently shoot with my A7, coupled with the 35mm Zeiss 2.8 or an old Pentax 50mm 1.4, if I’m in the mood for a slower pace.

I kept things Black and White for February, and found some excellent subjects in and around London’s Southbank. The forms of the Grand Brutalist Architecture, coupled with a constant source of people, make it a great spot for shooting.

The Album for February can be seen here:


And the rest of my work here:


I hope your readers enjoy my photos, and I look forward to seeing future Daily Inspirations.




Jun 182015

Hey Brandon,

Just photographed an amazing Holi festival in Barcelona over in Europe and wanted to share some of the photos. I shot them with a Nikon D600, Sigma 24-105mm f4 Art lens and a Nikon 180mm f2.8 prime. Used a large white tablecloth as a background and a silver reflector for the high key portraits – pretty simple lighting setup with the sun directly behind me for butterfly lighting. I’ve found that using a bluetooth speaker on shoots really helps get good photos too. Would be great if you’d link to http://www.englishphotographer.com/holi-color-festival-barcelona-2015/

I’ve included lots of photos so you can choose your favorites.








Jun 132015

Hi Steve and Brandon,

Love the site and the content. Just wanted to share a few from my Sony A7. Been shooting more black and white lately and it really feels right to me. I’ve got older lenses- Minolta 20 2.8, Minolta 35-70 F4 that both perform really well for what I need them to. Also have Sigma 70-200 2.8, Rokinon 85 1.4, Voigtlander 28 2.0 and 40 1.4. Shot all go these in Massachusetts at or around the Quabbin Reservoir which supplies water to Boston proper. It is really an oasis of solitude. Thanks for consideration, more can be seen at www.erictoddphotography.com. All photos processed with DXO Filmpack, LR and Onone.




Jun 092015

Brandon / Steve,

I’m a long time reader / first time contributor – which I’m proud to do at this time. I’ve been a passionate amateur since middle school (way too many years ago), leaving the hobby for a short time and now back with a renewed passion. I started reading your site as I’m a bit of a gear nut and couldn’t get enough reading your reviews and what people think of all the new gear – but really stayed hooked because of the daily inspirations you and your readers provide — they truly are inspirational. While I won’t blame your site for contributing to my GAS, I am desperately trying to keep it in check [therefore limiting the posts I read to the daily inspirations]. I’ve owned / rented / used many of the tools you and your readers advocate here but I don’t feel they are really the critical component in making the final product – the image. As HCB famously said, the most important part of the camera is the 12 inches behind the viewfinder.

The images I’m submitting today are part of a new series / project I’m working on titled “In the footsteps of Alfred” – considered black and white photography taken from locations in New York City where Alfred Stieglitz may have placed his feet. They are inspired by his style of “the truncated cityscape” taken in locations he frequented — his home with Georgia O’Keefe (The Shelton Towers hotel around 49th St and Lexington Ave), 291 5th Ave (His gallery), and The Flatiron building [although not all locations are represented in this post].

Additional images can be found on my website at www.dacphotography.com

I can also be found on 500px and instagram (both dacphotography).

I wish everyone in this community happy shooting, the best of light, and the passion to make an image every day.


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Jun 082015

Hi Brandon and Steve,

I am from Germany and, thankfully, follow your blog and have received a lot of inspiration over the years.

Right now, I am in South India and have visited a small fishermen village called „Paramankeni”. The village is located around 50 kilometers south of Chennai, on the east coast of India in the state of Tamil Nadu.

The people of this village have been affected by the Tsunami on the 26th December 2005 with most of the houses washed out by the sea. 235 houses were totally destroyed by the Tsunami. A couple of charitable organizations helped to rebuild the village in the following years

I wandered around through this little fishing village along the beach. Of course accompanied by my little Leica camera.
My photos show the everyday life 10 years after the Tsunami: The way people are working together to bring in the fishing nets, mothers preparing the food in front of the house, children running around with their self-made toys…

Let me just take you on the journey I’ve been making by sharing a couple of pictures.

I have used the Leica M (240) with Leica Summilux-M 35 mm f/1.4 ASPH and Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Walking through Indian Villages, how you are perceived is important. The camera that you choose will have an effect on how you are perceived. Large cameras can be quite intimidating because of the sheer size of them. Trying to be invisible, I am less likely to be noticed. If I interact with my subjects, having a smaller camera helps put the subject at ease, helping me catch the photograph I want. The best thing about street photography in India is that most Indian people love being photographed. I’m convinced that everybody should go to India at least once in their life. You will learn something about yourself. You will appreciate things that you didn’t pay attention to before.

Please visit my web site too and tell me what you think:






Jun 052015

Hi Steve and Brandon. Thanks for all you do. I have been visiting your sight each day for years – I have actually forgotten when I discovered it – at least a few years now. You have helped to create a great sharing community of talented and generous photographers – thanks!

I have gone to write a post for you a number of times but instead – hesitated. I didn’t really think I had much to offer. I am just one of MANY photographers who is passionate about taking pictures and sharing them. I have been inspired to have a crack at my own site and get out and take photos of my own. It is not my talent I want to showcase – it is this great place we live in and the things I see I want to share.

I started taking photos many years ago with a Kodak instamatic 126 camera – still have it. My Dad was and still is a passionate photographer today. He used Leica’s with a range of Leica and Voigtlander lenses. He shot mainly B&W and colour transparency film. He shot a lot of work for the Australian National Trust and helped in the production of a few book publications created by the Trust. On the odd occasion I “helped” him lug gear and lights into some historic houses that he photographed.

I still remember his photographic club, which met in our house in Caringbah (Sydney) on a Friday night where slides would be shared through Dad’s Leica projector. Food and drink were laid on the table and sharing ideas was the order of the evening. I snuck into the lounge room on more than one occasion in my “jarmies” to plead for a piece of Mums cooking. I even remember the smell of the projector lamp burning to illuminate the slides on the glass-beaded screen that we had. Even waiting for the slides to pop and stretch in the mount to a flat surface in the projector brought me joy – watching them poop into clear and sharp focus as the heat stretched the slide in the mount!

He taught me so much and later we would venture into his darkroom where we would develop the negatives and print the prints using his Leica FOCOMAT 1c enlarger – which I still have today…The magic of seeing the prints appear on blank paper brought me such excitement and satisfaction I will never forget. It is amazing how the smell of photo chemicals still ignites the memories of these times working under the red safety light with my father.

To my fathers disgust I purchased my first self-funded camera – a Nikon FE with a 50mm 1.8 lens in 1980. I spent so much of my money on films and processing them – though I learnt a great deal. My favourite film was Ilford PAN F 50. So clean and grain free. I used my trusty Nikon for nearly 20 years – only adding a 28mm and an 80-200mm zoom as I became interested in concert photography. I loved to push process Kodak Ectachrome professional to 1600 ISO. I had a favourite place where I could drop them off straight after the concernt on the way home and collect them the next day in Sydney.

I do not fit the demographic of this web site as I still shoot my Nikon monster SLR. I have been tempted to venture into a rangefinder though I am very happy with what my D800e produces for me. My main area of interest now lies in Landscape photography – but being a hobby photographer I also get asked to photograph events both at my school, friends weddings, family celebrations and Church events. I also love to dabble in portraiture work though my family have grown tired of me using them as models. I need a camera that can be used in a variety of situations with a variety of lenses. I need to be sure and comfortable with what I can be sure to capture. I tried a few smaller sensor cameras although I was disappointed in the results after I had viewed the results. The rendering of the Nikon is something I am used to and I have grown accustomed to processing them – I am still learning. Needless to say – I have also invested over the years in Nikon mount lenses and use them still today.

I try to stay fit and healthy in order to “lug” my SLR kit to various locations in my back pack. I need to as my passion has now developed beyond places that are easily reached by car or short walks. I love being active and seeing this amazing world God has created for us to enjoy!

I do admit I have gone back to my favourite focal length – 28mm and splurged last year on a manual focus Zeiss 28.2. I love it and the images it renders. I still love the 16-35 Nikon for my Landscape work as I regularly use Lee ND grads to help with exposures.

My passion for photography continues to grow and I still love getting out there and sharing a little of what I see with those who are willing to take the time to look at and share my photos. Many times have I been on the coast after getting up at 3:00am while on holidays to get to that special place just in time to witness the starting of a new day where the sun greets me and ignites the sky! Each day is so different. On a few occasions I have spoken out loud saying “look at that” but the only company I have had has been with God alone. I bring my pictures home to my family and share my experiences with them and friends. There are certain things, which are meant to be shared.

One thing is for sure – the more I learn about capturing places through photography the more I realise I don’t know. Guess the old quote “Mans knowledge is not measured by what he knows but by what he doesn’t know” is so true. I have so much still to learn.

“So many photos – so little time.”

Thanks for taking the time…

My site is listed below – enjoy having a browse…I like many others have given myself a 365 day challenge – a new photo every day from 2015.

Narrawallee Sunrise in the south Coast of NSW – I’m always searching for that perfect spot. These rocks and tones were just amazing as the sun started to rise.


Wollongong Harbour – first light 1st January 2014. A few guys taking their first swim for the year. I wanted them to move although after looking at the shots it adds some perspective and balance…sometimes our plans change and are out of our control. A good lesson…


At the start of this year I walked to the top of Ben Lomond Summit in New Zealand above Queenstown. On the way up was fog and low cloud. Nothing to be seen. On the way down I got to see what I missed in the early hours of the morning – spectacular. The view from the top was stunning – just poking through the clouds. The panorama is on my web site…enjoy!


The old Rock Pools near Northbeach Wollongong – a panorama of a number of shots on a really pretty morning.


 Belmore Basin in Wollongong – another panorama in the late afternoon. So much happening in this: a wedding photo shoot on the pier, weighing a shark on the far outer wharf and others taking photos on a cool and peaceful afternoon. Too good not to capture. 


thanks once again Steve,
Mark Whitelock

Jun 042015

Hi Steve,

Today I’m focussing my daily inspiration on personal connection through art and creativity. The first image in the series is my son with his Fuji camera. We enjoy spending time together shooting and talking about photography he’s becoming quite the photographer. I’m amazed by his skill level at the age of 6, notice how he’s holding the camera. The second one is of my good friend Carl Rice who’s an amazing photographer and continues to inspire and share his knowledge of photography with me. The third is of them both sitting on a sculpture at Noah Purifoy’s installation in Joshua Tree. Noah’s installation is one of my favorite places in the high desert. Last night Carl was teaching me about lighting and flash photography.

Photography helps bring me closer to nature, slows me down and teaches me how to look for the beauty in everything and everyone.

“I do not wish to be an artist, I only wish that art enables me to be”.

Noah Purifoy

Thanks Steve and Brandon for creating this unique online community.

My Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrcranny/

Mark Cranston




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