Xpro fun with the X100T

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I am quite psyched that VSCO finally updated their films for the Fujifilm X-100T (and X30). The Xpro versions of E100V film got my attention, since I like how cross-processing accentuates colors and contrast with low key photos. With late afternoon sun hitting the … Continue reading

Creative Freedom and Constraints as Drivers

Pushing boundaries seems to be a common theme in both art and science. The boundaries of what can be said or shown, or known – are generally assumed to be external constraints. However, when artists self-impose limits on the tools and techniques utilized to create, they gain much more than they exclude.

These first few images from a larger set were created on a Winter day in the fading afternoon light. They seem to encompass the mood I wanted to capture in part due to the simple process I forced myself to use.

No cropping, no changing focal lengths, no extensive processing. Just what I put in the frame and the choice of ‘film’.

I’ll try additional uploads to the VSCO GRID as I explore a bit more through their iOS app. So far, I really like the simplicity and quality of it.

Follow this link to see how the Edgewater Beach series is progressing.

Warped Perspective

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Robert Capa is quoted as saying “if your pictures aren’t good enough then you’re not close enough”, but if you’re using a wide-angle lens for close-up portraits this may not be the best advice. While the blogosphere has rockstars like Zack … Continue reading

Roll your own Kodachrome?

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Fujifilm’s firmware updates with the “Classic Chrome” filter got me thinking. What are the key characteristics that I like about that look, and can I recreate it without buying their camera? Although I haven’t shot a roll of Kodachrome in many … Continue reading

VSCOol

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After realizing that it is a bit pricey to keep shooting slide film, I wanted to do a straight up comparison of what I can get from the equivalent VSCO presets. Some of these are Velvia 100 scans with a … Continue reading

Using Velvia to break out of a slump

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I’ve been feeling stuck on a plateau in my creative work lately. With photography, my initial reaction to this always seems to be to buy an awesome new camera – as if that will solve the issue. This time, after a bit of … Continue reading

Olympian weekend

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Thanks to the awesome folks at Looking Glass Photo I had a chance to test out a shiny new Olympus camera this weekend. For free, and you can too! Well, at least if you live in the Bay area. Here’s a … Continue reading

Composition Practice

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I was recently reminded by an artistically inclined sibling of mine that I should continue to develop my understanding of composition and design. It’s hard to find time for formal studies, but there is an activity that I have been doing for the last couple … Continue reading

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