Its kind of interesting how life puts certain stops in ones life and doing something you absolutely love takes the back burner to other important issues. But a passion is a passion and passions never die. The desire to photograph has been with me for these last 2-3 years constantly. I’m always viewing, framing, and doing color palettes in my brain as I scans scenes everywhere, its a very abstract process but one I’m sure its familiar for readers of this space and elsewhere. Its like if you have a little robot that unconsciously turns its head in a panning direction constantly and just reads the data and makes no judgement, just scanning shapes and light, and forming sketches in my mind, that’s the best way I can describe it. Well, I finally decided to put an end to that robot and kick it up a few notches and rekindle the passion with my beloved Fuji X Series cameras. Last time I shot Fuji, I was shooting with the great XT1 and the X100S so …
Inspired by my friend Wouter Brandsma you’re on the right path and I hope to follow you soon. Lots of changes here as well.
Once in a while you must switch perspectives in order to see different things and I figured getting new gear always lends itself to experimentation. This is the result of such an experiment and it proved to be an exercise to kick off the old tires as they say.
Finding Randomness Every so often you have major realizations photographically speaking. These realizations can take days, weeks, months, and even years. In this particular case, its taken me 7 years. After 7 years of photographing I finally realized that my camera doesn’t much matter. I was looking at my Lightroom collections and picked a few from various camera sensors – small 1/7, m43, apsc, and full frame and guess what.
Battling the Monster I don’t know but sometimes the desire to photograph just goes away from your main conscious. Then in a fraction of a second your eye captures a frame, focus, and processes it. All that happens instinctively but for that moment you feel great. Well, at least this is what happens to me. I’m always scanning, looking, and once in a while I capture a frame in my mind and so it goes. This week I finally got the irrestible feeling that I needed to go out there and capture something. I felt great and it almost felt like I had never skipped a day photographing. All the old reflexes are still there and my trusty Leica X1 is still rocking it hard. For an older camera, I think the image quality is still up there and it never ceases to amaze me. These folks really figured these lenses out quite well. Leica X1 and processed in Lightroom 6 & Photoshop CS6 See ya.
The interplay between color and black & white continues intrigue my photographic eye. Here’s another recent set in which I further explorer my color brush. All images captured with the Leica X1 & Processed in Capture One 9 Pro.