There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered ― Nelson Mandela Isn’t that something huh, often times we photograph the same places, the same faces, and although those themes may be unchanged or appear not to have changed, only then do we realize that our vision has changed over time. Its an evolution folks, so take it slow, breath, slow down that shutter and enjoy those frames for what they are ― glimpses of our past. With that said, I’ll be going on a brief sabbatical. I’ll catch up with the various comments that have been left already and continue to curate the site behind the scenes (the power of mobile). I’m going into the “darkroom” and coming out a new man. Exciting times indeed I tell you. See you in a couple of weeks. Upon my return I’ll publish my “Final impressions of the Ricoh GR” so stay tuned. All photographs by Jorge Ledesma ― Pentax K5 IIs & 100mm 2.8 …
I recently discovered the work of the great Yousef Karsh and this particular quote immediately struck my attention. Compromise sometimes must be the stuff of which pictures are made Wise words indeed. When you think about it further this is so true. If not the focal length you have, its the iso performance of your camera, if not, then the way it handles, and so forth. Luckily, with the K5 IIS very few compromises come to mind. The set below was processed with a few forked versions of the presets from Really Nice Images which I highly recommend. Check this post for a 20% savings coupon. Cheers. All photographs by Jorge Ledesma ― Pentax K5 IIs ― Pentax SMC-FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited ― click to view as a gallery
There is something magical with framing your images with viewfinder. I can’t really describe the feeling other than saying that its somehow more of an intimate experience and more personal. I don’t know why but its certainly different. I just had to press the shutter the last few days and frame images via a viewfinder and here are some results. All processed with a forked preset from VSCO Films and the Pentax K5 IIs & FA 31mm 1.8 Some of my Favorite Ricoh GR articles Ricoh GR: Storytelling at its best Ricoh GR: Tribute to Daido Moriyama Ricoh GR: Love Letter to the GR Daido Moriyama uses the Ricoh GR Ricoh GR: My first gallery Ricoh GR: Street Photography Tutorial
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page ― Saint Augustine If you ever travel to Miami then I highly recommend you visit Newsstand and better yet Books & Books in Coral Gables.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I processed film back in circa ’94 printing some those frames was almost like a magical experience. These days now in digital getting the correct film grain has been kind of a hit and miss with certain applications. As usual some work better than others, but in my opinion True Grain is in a class of its own. At the suggestion of one my readers I downloaded “True Grain” from Grubbasoftware and I couldn’t be happier. Keep in mind that True Grain’s “raison d’etre” is as they mention on their own site to: accurately recapture the aesthetics of particular film stocks—including “lost” films—while retaining an all-digital workflow. The attention to detail of this application is simply outstanding ― a full review is forthcoming in the next few weeks. Is it better than Silver Efex? I like it better. How does it compare to VSCO Films grain feature? It was nice meeting you VSCO, see you around. I’ve processed about 10 images already and I’m blown away with the results. The application is affordable, allows you to …
The Danish film director Joergen Leth says “All creative work is about choosing: That word on the first line of the poem, that frame that opens the movie, that tone that sets off the symphony.” And as photographers we could add to that “the framing of an image.” So ladies and gentlemen choose wisely. Cheers.