Welcome to Week 17 of this humble installment of my photographic journey throughout this craft. I wanted to give a very warm thanks to all the usual readers of this blog who’s comments and insights I value and all new readers.
Sketches of Life
Nature has a natural order of things. In order to survive our ecology follows a path that its been doing for centuries. Within that order we have prey, predators, and adapters. I’d like to focus on the last one – adapters.
I consider myself an adapter. I started this craft way back in 1994 with good ole film, had a huge break, and rekindled my love affair in 2010. When I resurfaced into the digital world I tried a number of cameras in order to fine tune what I liked and disliked. During that process I discovered a number of things. Things that surprised me, but in the end, they became my nature – Small Format Cameras.
I deviated from that path several times only to come running back to it in a hurry. Actually several times, as I tried to go against my nature to no avail. Silly me, as deep down I already knew where I was and where I wanted to go but got dissuaded along the path. Nevertheless, I continue to evolve and continue to nurture this craft.
This week seemed, at least for me, like I was in a zone where all my shots where keepers. I don’t know if that happens to you all but once in a while it happens to me and this week was it. I hopped in and out of various social scenes like a chameleon, dancing in between sketches of life I wanted to capture with the lens.
Once again, I must say the LX3 handled itself beautifully. The more I shoot with this little digicam the more I appreciate its Leica lens which is fast throughout its entire focal length. Yes, I’m aware it’s not the latest and greatest but within it genre, its tough to beat I would say even in today’s world.
I also wanted to especially thank Ryan from last week’s comments who shared a wonderful link to Phil Dougliss’ work. In a few words, oh my gosh, what a photographer, what a vision, and what an executor. I highly recommend you peruse his digital cyberbook. I’ve been reveling in it all week reading and learning.
Exctional B&W photography.
I’m looking forward to hearing more about your technique, as I’m thinking of switching from Aperture to Lightroom.
In the meantime, I’m just happy to get swept along in your stream of photos 🙂
Thanks Mike, I somehow lost this comment, my apologies. Aperture vs Lightroom is always interesting what I can tell you is that its a very personal decision and you’re workflow will determine that. Download a trial, get Scott Kelby’s book and go to town. I have a post I’m working on which talks about my workflow coming soon as time permits.
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whenever we find shadows there is light behind, your photography is evolving to show more than little details, you are looking both sides of the route, both extremes of the stories, there is an outsider and one insider in your points of view, mixing in the right proportion what´s good and what´s better.
Love your processing is so consistent, mature, clean, this is really amazing my friend.
Thanks Rey, its certainly evolved. The goal is to try to be more expressive. Rey check out Phil Douglis’s cyberbook, its a wealth of knowledge a newly found source of inspiration. Un abrazo.
thank you for your guidance, I always find your recomendations from a very good taste, un abrazo y feliz fin de semana.
Likewise Rey, thanks for your guidance, those .nef files from a little while ago left me crazy hence the new digicam. Saludos amigo.
Well the magic of your weeks is because of your LIghtroom miracles. It’s more about the seeing, your strong contrasts & youur always great light. It’s like getting lost, coming up & drowning again. That’s what makes your imagery so special to me & mostly something more felt than seen, my friend
All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.
It all comes from the heart Fritsch, its a very intense feeling as I see it. Thanks so much.
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Oh yes ! Some Lightroom advice would be fantastic. Loved the post.
Thanks so much, don’t worry its coming soon.