Replicating that Leica photojournalistic look with an OM-D (finally, success!)

Can you use the C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM and OM-D E-M5 for sports photography!?

Yes it sounds like a crazy choice – an old-style manual focus rangefinder lens, plus a micro four-thirds camera, but surprisingly enough the pictures turned out to be quite satisfying once I worked out some details. Continue reading

Treasure hunting Sonnar

I like to get across a sense of place through pictures. The Treasure Island flea market is a unique place with many characters, and even a bit of magic, but it takes some serious effort to do it justice through photography. 20140227-205453.jpg For me, the best tool for large crowded spaces like this, with lots of nostalgia and human drama, is a classic 50mm lens on a full-frame camera. I’ve tried using a 50mm equivalent on a smaller sensor in this same setting, but the perspective just doesn’t look right to me. Continue reading

White & Black (take 5)

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I usually revisit a visually rich place and try to come up with unique views rather than repeating previous pictures. Other times I try to get closer to what I want to represent in a particular subject. Looking back over … Continue reading

Film vs. Digital – monochrome shootout

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After lugging around a classic 1kg+ film camera with me last weekend, and carefully exposing 37 frames of Tri-X film (see my previous post), I started trying to recreate that beautifully contrasty and grainy Eikoh Hosoe look with a more portable … Continue reading

An awesome pair – OMD and iPad Mini

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The following were snapped in between catching waves and snoozing on the beach this weekend. The weather in NorCal is amazing right now. With in camera RAW conversion from the Olympus EM5 plus just a couple apps, I was able … Continue reading

Digital Film Stock Comparison – Part 2 – Ilford Delta

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Although I prefer Tri-X 400 on those rare occasions when I shoot with my ancient and battered Nikon F3, when I’m using Alien Skin Exposure 4 to process files from either the OMD or X20, I often start with Ilford … Continue reading

The dangerous world of symmetry and balance

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  Merely knowing what symmetry means in a formal sense doesn’t help much in art. It may even get you in trouble, from an aesthetic standpoint. A perfect mirror reflection doesn’t seem to be terribly interesting to our cortical processing machinery. … Continue reading

Monochrome landscape

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I’m not sure of all the reasons why, but I find myself drawn to a certain style of monochrome landscape print. Seeing this image while reviewing recent photos from a trip along the coast North of San Francisco, reminded me … Continue reading