Week 6 | 2012

Photographing daily, weekly, or in whatever time frame can be really thought provoking and at the same time frustrating. There are so many factors involved in shooting that every so often everything seems to go awry.


Disconnected Fragments

Rain II

Rain was the protagonist this week. Everyday was cloudy and the light simply was not the best. Well, not the best but at least it felt that way for me so inspiration was certainly very low on the radar.

A particular surprise came this week as well. An old friend called and wanted to know if I could take a couple of portraits in black and white to use as his main image for his law firm. To say, I was extremely humbled would not accurately descibe how I felt. It turns out he’s been secretly following a few post here and there and took notice of some street portraits and liked the look.

I’ve taken many street portaits and candids before and generally these happen in a fraction of a second with no contact from the subject whatsoever. So having the opportunity to actually control the environment and light will be an excellent exercise which should provide some excellent candids. So I’ll have more to report when that project finalizes.

This week also marked a departure to my previous camera, the very good Panasonic GF1, and the introduction of its sibling, the updated Panasonic G2. As time permits, I’ll start a review of both the GF1 and the G2 but suffice it to say, that the G2 handles just like a GF1 and has all the glory from the original G1 with an added touch screen that I have yet to use.

Following the acquisition of this new body also came a complete overhaul of my native m43 lenses with the new addition of the Panasonic pancake 14mm f/2.5 & the Panasonic 14-42mm f/3.5 β€” 5.6. So gone are the Olympus 17mm pancake and the 14-42mm IIR, new adventures lie ahead. Why the switch? Well, for starters I wanted to have the great Panasonic Image Stabilization and also I wanted a sharper pancake.

Additional Notes

All images were taken with the Panasonic G2, Olympus 17mm, & Olympus 14-42mm IIR and post processed with Lightroom 3 and Silver Efex Pro 2.

108 thoughts on “Week 6 | 2012

  1. don’t let the gear get in the way of your amazing eye for a good picture πŸ™‚ that is what makes a good photographer, the gear is only secondary.
    now you have the eye, use it well πŸ™‚
    slightly star wars but we won’t worry
    keep smiling

  2. I thought I had it sorted out until I read your reply to the first comment. I loved the tempo of the work and the soft edges in the reflections and the middle blues and even the fused depth in the B&W. Not one harsh line in evidence anywhere. Then you introduced Hendrix. Now I am afraid I may have missed something. I am now going to search “Born Under A Bad Sign” and come back for a second look at the rhythm. Excellent work regardless. Good post.

  3. Your work is amazing. I love the way you capture the moment — it really speaks to me. I don’t understand the technical side of photography but I know what I like and I have found it here.

  4. Wow is the word! I just stumbled upon your blog when hunting through some freshly blogged ones. Truly marvelous. Pictures tell a lot of story. Rain is one surreal feel. My favorite mood is monsoon! you have captured it like a painting. Very nice!

    1. Thank you Shripathi, its one of my favorites. I was actually waiting for my fiancee in the car and just decided to go town on the driver side window. Cheers.

  5. Fantastic shots! Congrats on getting a paying, high profile gig! It is always so humbling when someone wants to pay you to do what you love to do. I too love the buidling shot. I have one very similar I took of the JW Marriott downtown Indianapolis. I will have to post it on my blog sometime. Keep it up. Practice makes the best right?!

    1. Well thank you Katie, I appreciate but I’m just a regular guy, talent I don’t know but I do enjoy taking pictures. Cheers

    1. Thanks Sebarringer I really appreciate it. Inception interesting, I only saw the first 30 minutes but I get what you mean.

  6. Good luck using your new gear. I think, that you did very well with the Olympus lens. But it’s your choise. Anyway, don’t focus on gear. Go ahaed in your projekt you started. You are doing very well. I like the colores of the dockside-painting.

    1. Thanks I appreciate. Yes, the Oly 17mm is quite a little jewel. To be honest, I missed the 28mm lens of the Ricoh GRD3 and I really wanted a sharper lens with this characteristic.

      Yes, colors are so crazy I think. Blame or thank Jimi Hendrix and the song called “Born Under a Bad Sign” which I set to repeat on iTunes. It was different but I’m glad you like it as well. Cheers.

        1. Yes, shooting and post processing to the same song. Well, its an instrumental and an amazing song it is. It doesn’t affect me at all as I’m just in zone, my zone, and everything else just unfolds and happens around me. Its quite fun I tell you.

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