Weekly Project 2012
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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.

 

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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 Comments

  1. Great photos. I am not a photographer but still your pics looked different, like fresh. U know what I mean. They were seriously good !

  2. I know so little about the technical side of photography, but I recognise a good photograph when I see one!

    Yours are wonderful! They are not just records, but works of art!

    Keep it up!

  3. Great concept! You are indeed an excellent photographer. I love the raindrops the most! Congratulations on being FP.

  4. 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
    x

  5. the indian ah lian says

    Your photos took my breath away. Only for a moment but that moment was yours!

  6. I like the chain linked fence, that little extra wire is like: “shhhhh, i’m just a normal part of the fence, don’t mind me”.. made me laugh. Wonderful shots!

  7. Great photos. I particularly liked the third one, and it looks equally good whichever orientation you look at it from. Nice job!

  8. millodello says

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. Your photos have an epic nature to their texture that stirs something monstrous inside. Love it…love, love, love it!

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Wow, its one of the best description I’ve ever heard. Thank you so much! You are too kind!

  11. 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!

  12. Lovely and well-shot photos. I especially like the black and white profile shot of the man walking along. That’s a beautiful capture.

  13. 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?!

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks Amberlena, for you thoughtful commentary. Looking forward to that JW Marriot shot!

  14. I really enjoyed this post. You are a very talented photogapher. I look forward to browsing around on your blog, and looking at more of your photos.

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      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

    • Jorge Ledesma says

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

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks Raaj, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. Yes, I’ll see that post very interesting indeed.

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks Finnegan I appreciate the reblog. To be honest, I don’t know how that quite works but I appreciate it.

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      Thanks Shannon, I liked that perspective, one has to experiment with viewing things differently I think, Cheers.

  15. I wouldn’t know anything about the gear…. I’m a simple “consumer” of photos. However, I definitely like your style, and the “at this moment” photos. Great work!

  16. 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.

    • Jorge Ledesma says

      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.

      • Oh, that’s interesting. You’re listing music while shooting? I couldn’t. Need the sound of the surroundings. How does it affect your ability to see situations? Is there any coincidence?

        • Jorge Ledesma says

          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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