I’m in the middle of customizing my equipment and trying out features and seeing what works and what doesn’t, something I didn’t really do when I had the more updated Olympus E-PL2 (shame on me I know). The Olympus Pen digital cameras (as a lot of other cameras as well with mixed results) have a feature which shifts autofocus to your subjects’ face. I turned on the Super Control Panel which Olympus cameras have hidden by default and now Face Recognition is now easily accesible. These two shots were taken in my usual Street Photography style and holding the camera a la Daido Moriyama. In my opinion, despite the E-PL1 being a few years old this feature is very reliable and works better than my old Panasonic GF1, G1, and G2. I presume that as you move up in the Pen digital series the autofocus is probably faster and as accurate.
The more I photograph and the more I learn to post process, the more I realize I have so much more to learn. Just when you think you’re getting there ( not that I was) or at least feeling a bit more comfortable because I have to perfectly honest – I am feeling more comfortable with my photography, boom, a wrench is thrown into the mix and a blinding flash of the obvious strikes, well at least that’s how I feel. Anyway, I’m enjoying the ride and continue to learn as I go. I get emails asking me how I did this or how I did that, setting, etc. and all of that is important to a certain extent but most of the time its not. Its one’s own style to determines the actual rhythm of your workflow and now I understand why togs are so hesitant to divulge their presets. Do I agree with those, well to each its own. If you want mine, I’ll reply back, its really not that out of this …
My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished. — Robert Frank That’s exactly how I feel about this image. We don’t know what he’s waiting for, is it a bus, is it a woman, is it whomever. The fact of the matter its up to us to formulate the meaning of this photograph. I don’t even know myself but its part of what makes this kind of compositions intriguing and with a certain air of mystery. Notice he’s right hand as he clenches his mobile phone as if he just finished hanging up and is eminently waiting to be picked up, he almost seems like his in a state of doubt, still not sure if he/she is coming from that direction. Anyway, I’m getting back to the basics with this shot. To be honest, I’ve been out of street photography for a few months …
I alluded to the term “shutter therapy” last week and its reinforced on me everyday I shoot. Its almost like a magical elixir which cures you of what can sometimes be a a busy lifestyle. Via photography I loose myself in the moment and the minutes and sometimes hours seem to last forever. Its most definitely my magic pill. Sympathy For The Devil
Patrick La Roque becomes an X-Man and shares his insights, the good, the bad, and the ulgy on the devilishly handsome Fuji X-Pro 1 → here I have never, ever seen SOOC (straight out of camera) files this sharp and this clean. The contrast, the colors… Everything is simply breathtaking.
During the weekend I hate to shave, I’d rather go free and let the beard grow a little bit. If you look closely you’ll notice the goat-t more marked, its my usual look, but gosh it feels great! Olympus E-PL1, Panasonic 20mm 1.7, Grainy Filter, SOOC (I just love this combo!)
If the world around you isn’t inspiring you, perhaps it’s time to get closer. Much, much closer. You’ll find light, lines, and moments there that you’ve never seen before. Dave duChemin
I often hear the phrase “you must do what feels good,” and this week that resonates deep within and makes me highlight what my blog is all about. Miss You My about description reads: A blog about storytelling, photography, discoveries, and the things we learn along the way.