Daily Inspiration #330 by Jason Howe

Hey Steve

Hope your well, I wanted to share this small series of images with you. If you can use this for a quick post please feel free to do so, I’d be honored as ever. These were taken last week, it was not the intention to turn the tattooing in to a photo opportunity but as invariably happens the camera came out……

I wouldn’t normally carry four lenses around either but I was keen to try to get a bit of something out of each of them as I had them with me. All images are shot with the Leica M9 and wide open. Processing in Aperture 3 and Silver Efex Pro.


  1. Very impressive.
    The idea of black & white gives the story something timeless.
    Great bokeh!
    Greetings from Berlin 😉

  2. Hi Jason,
    Nice pics. The conversion to b&w is wonderful. Rich tonality. The series seems a little voyeuristic with no eye contact of the subject with the camera. That is part of the allure. Thanks for sharing.

    Mo Han

  3. Nice shots, especially the one’s of the artist at wok. On a side note….funny how mainstream tattoos are now…in 20 years time the alternative thing will be to have made it that old without a tattoo….

    • Hi Summo Lux, I did submit that info but here goes. From the top down.

      1. 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1 ISO 200 1/180 Sec
      2. 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1 ISO 200 1/500 Sec
      3. 75mm Voigtlander Heliar f/1.8 ISO 200 1/60 Sec
      4. 75mm Voigtlander Heliar f/1.8 ISO 200 1/90 Sec
      5. 50mm Canon ltm f/1.4 ISO 200 1/250 Sec
      6. 50mm Voigtlander Nokton f/1.1 ISO 200 1/500 Sec

      In my original submission there was also a shot in the series taken with the Jupiter 3, thus making up the 4 lenses. Full post here – http://aperturepriority.co.nz/2012/03/17/the-tattooist/



  4. Color popping can be done using the app Filterpro on the IPad.

    Fantastic work, Jason. My fave is the 4th pic.

    • I think by now it’s a general assumption that “color popping” is a bit of a tacky effect as it removes any natural feel to the photograph, especially to a beautifully shot photo with Leica glass.

      • Hi Patrick… This isn’t a fine art gallery. Leica glass can do many things well… it’s about the photographer displaying their creative thoughts into each and every picture taken, but when you use Aperture 3 and Silver Efex Pro or even Photoshop, it expresses positive change to the photo. So a little color mixed in with black and white is different, sort of like a Doonsbury comic strip where just one scene it totally in black. This was his signature trait. It’s about being a little more different than the standard effect you can not change yourself from. Please, understand how the right side of your artistic mind works. Hopefully, you can understand my point of view, black and white is not natural or else you would only see in B&W.

      • Hi Patrick… please allow my point of view. The Leica does many things well, but when you or anyone else uses Aperture 3 and Silver Efex Pro, they have already changed the original photo. It’s about the photographer expressing their creative thoughts, which makes us all different than the standard black & white effect which you believe everyone using Leica glass should always stay the course. Example: Doonsbury’s comic strip alway had a signature trait, one comic block was always totally blacken for effect. It’s about letting your right mind be artistic for once than being the same old standard, that is not being tacky. Please Jason, I would appreicate your understanding my point of view. Leica color is beautiful and the final tattoo in color would have expressed the difference view in photo #1.

    • Nor mine, Fabio.

      The treatment of infection from tattoos is kept quiet in the many cases which go wrong. I’ve been involved on the medical side and it rather sickens me to see the (mostly) lower deck being misled by publicity from others of their ilk.

      It’s not cool. It’s cheap.

      We were warned about this at medical school – nothing has changed, except the decreasing effectiveness of antibiotics during treatment, not to mention the increased prevalence of viral infection (which of course cannot be treated with a/b’s).

      I’m surprised this has found a home on Steve’s pages.

      • Steve’s obviously slacking in his role as head of the American Medical Association……they are just photographs…..like them, don’t like them fine, but keep in relevant please. Bizzare

      • That’s a stupid statement. Getting a tattoo is much like getting surgery. There are good tattooists and there are bad ones. There are good surgeons and there are bad ones. Most people who choose the bad ones are people who only care about getting it done the cheapest way possible and often that leads to infections and opther serious problems. Making statements like that just because you’re not a fan of tattoos are just stupid. I have a fair amount of tattoos myself and not once have i had a problem with them. I also have a job and I’ve never been to jail.

        Short version: If you don’t have anything constructive to say, then shut your mouth. And don’t comment on stuff that you clearly don’t have a clue about.

        Sorry to go off topic like that, but this pissed me off…

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