I thought I would dare to provide a little daily inspiration. I have to say that your site has been an absolute joy to read and has really re ignited the fire that has been in me for making images for many years. I stumbled upon it while researching the NEX system and credit you and your fellow snappers with the fairly recent purchase of an NEX 5n and shortly thereafter the purchase of the Voigtlander 35 1.4.
I am a small business owner who is fortunate to have a fair amount of business and also am the proud father of a 3 year old. Those top priorities don’t allow much time for photo shoots outside of my house. That fact discouraged me for a long while until I realized that if you keep your eyes open there really is a picture around every corner. Case in point; Last weekend I had about two hours to find something to shoot. The weather was dreadful with overcast skies but I was determined to find something. I drove around and took pictures of some things I had seen before and then I happened to turn down a street I had never been down before and there was this old rusted out Chrysler ripe for the picking. I had probably been past that street 100 times in my life time as it is just off a main drag in my town. To further reinforce my new philosophy about there being a picture around every corner I kept noticing (while framing the car) this pile of tires which was in the same lot. They kept nagging at me so I put the Voightlander back on and fired a couple. I simply love that shot. I would encourage anyone who is uninspired to open their eyes and minds just a little further and look at what is right around them. Everyone takes pictures of the Eiffel Tower but I’ll bet no one has ever shot those tires (perhaps with good reason – lol).
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One of the things I love about the Nex is the tilt out screen. The overhead shot of the hood was done with the 18-55 kit and probably wouldn’t have been possible with most cameras without the help of a ladder. The Voigtlander. There really is something about that lens. I never had a clue about character until I read about it on your site Steve but that lens really has something. I was frustrated with it at first but every time I would go through my shots it seemed the ones I shot with the Voigtlander always caught my eye. All the shots I have sent are via the Voigtlander with the exception of the overhead of the car. Everything was converted to B&W with Silver Efex Pro 2. The portraits are of my hot wife Jenni and part of her daily inspiration, Max and Sadie.
Keep up the good work on your site. Your probably already know this but you are providing a bunch of motivation to a lot of people out there and we appreciate it!
Kendrick M. Howard
From Steve: Thanks Kendrick!!!