Ledesma Photography

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Leica X1 a new journey

Posted on September 25, 2016

Followers of this space know I’ve been on an extended hiatus for quite a while – a year plus but I’ve been pondering the megapixel marathon all that time playing with my Lightroom library (40K) and processing a few hundred images from the multitude of cameras (31 total) I’ve owned over the last 7 years. My personal conclusion, megapixels are just not that important to create the imagery I want and what’s more important are the haptics and ergonomics of the actual camera body and control themselves that really give me the edge.

 

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Actually, when I shot with the D610 and its glorious 24 megapixels, yes I had an insane ISO capatilies and tons of resolution to crop but I quickly found out that I don’t really crop all that much (2-3%), I rarely print (something I’m definitely going to start doing but that’s another post), and I’m really ok with the ISO capabilites of most of the cams I’ve shot with. “C’mon Jorge are you serious” absolutely, when I scan my favorite images they usually are from smaller compacts and smaller apsc cameras. I won’t lie to you all and tell you I didn’t love the D700 (and other full frames I’ve had), I did but that kind of photography worked out great for me in more control scenarios and when being inconspicous wasn’t all that important, you know the type, family shoots, portraits, etc but for my main style which is more along the lines of pure documentary photography and street photography, or what I like to call “quotidian photography”.
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Along the path I became well versed varous aspects of photography flash on and off camera, diffusers, soft boxes, etc etc but those are more application type of photography, they were not passion and that’s another reason why I became stagnant, I veered of the path and dove down into other styles and my passion slowly got put to a side. Regrets, I have none, I consider this a learning path in a long road, sort of like an apprentiship where you have to learn all aspects of photography before actually picking the one you love the most. Relatedly, wedding photography is actually quite interesting because it combines both my passions with various aspects of more technical photography including strobes et al, so I quite enjoyed the few weddings I shot.
 

Kandapara brothel →

Posted on September 21, 2016

Truly a riveting article and amazing documentary photography. The photographer of this story did a wonderful job at documenting the reality that these women have to endure in a day to day basis. A truly gut wrenching situation. I personally had no idea a place like this existed and much that its 200 years old.

Bangladesh is one of the few Muslim countries in the world where prostitution is legal. The Kandapara brothel in the district of Tangail is the oldest and second-largest in the country — it has existed for some 200 years. It was demolished in 2014, but has been established again with the help of local NGOs. Many of the women were born there, grew up there and didn’t know where else to go when it disappeared.

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People congregate inside the Kandapara brothel in Tangail.