* As found from the archives by another new follower (Hong Kong Oct 2010)
mostexerent:
Packing for 2 months & 2 opposite seasons, summer & winter.
On my way down back to my other home Sydney..
Can’t wait to see my family, especially my Niece & Nephew..
Not soon enough as I have 4 days in Singapore first.

* As found from the archives by another new follower (Hong Kong Oct 2010)

mostexerent:

Packing for 2 months & 2 opposite seasons, summer & winter.

On my way down back to my other home Sydney..

Can’t wait to see my family, especially my Niece & Nephew..

Not soon enough as I have 4 days in Singapore first.

* Yes you can wear a hat, just don’t be self conscious or ironic.. Another great find from my archives (2009 Sydney, Australia). Liking how new followers are taking the time to go through the archives.

Easy like Sunday

Details: Cologne - Tom Ford, Hat - Akubra, Sunglasses - vintage RayBan, Shirt - bespoke, Watch - vintage Rolex Ref 1680, Pants - Uniqlo, Shoes - RLPL

For any fans of of classic street photography you must check out this documentary on Henri Cartier-Bresson that is on youtube. It was shot in 2001 when Henri was 92. Enjoy!

I’m receiving a lot of messages about what sort camera to get etc.

QUESTION:  I am looking to get into photography and I find your site an extremely useful resource. I was wonder what you would recommend to start with in regards to a point and shoot. I want to use the camera for all types of shooting. I was looking at the Leica X2, Fuji X100, Olympus OM-D E-M5 and Sony NEX-7. Thank you in advance.

ANSWER: Hey! This is a question I have been getting just about every day lately. The great thing is that there are LOADS of great cameras out there today and any one of them can be used for superb, sharp and professional quality results. You state you are just now looking to get into photography so as a beginner your choices will be slimmed down some. The cameras you mentioned, none are point and shoot cameras. They are all more “advanced” and really being used by the enthusiast crowd. Does that mean you can’t buy and use one with great results? Of course not, but if you want a point and shoot then these are not it!

The Leica X2..it is simple, classy, built well, feels great and gives superb image quality. BUT it is $2000 and as a beginner you may not want to be stuck with a 35mm lens. Maybe you will prefer a 50mm or even a 28? With the X2 you have a 35mm equivalent and that is it. There is no telephoto or macro and it is not one of the fastest cameras out there. Yes, the results are incredible (or can be) but it may not be the best choice for a beginner.

The Fuji X100. Kind of the same story as the X2 but not as simple of a camera. There are more menu choices and buttons to program and the camera is a bit more advanced for someone new. You can still buy one and learn it and bond with it but again, you will be stuck with 35mm only (or use the new Fuji wide-angle adapter for wider). It is $1199 so $800 less than the Leica and you get a VF built in. Some X100′s have had the “sticky aperture blade” issue but all of these have been fixed by Fuji and supposedly the problem is no longer in existence if you buy a newer stock X100. I love the X100, one of my fave cameras ever but for a flat-out beginner? Maybe not.

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 – THIS is a camera that can easily be used by a beginner and one you can grow with as you experience and cash flow develops, lol. The OM-D does everything right. The IQ is excellent (though I admit, a bit more digital looking than the above two cameras) and is up there with higher cost DSLR’s, it has a built-in EVF, swivel LCD, in body 5 axis IS, weather proof, and the lenses available are REALLY good if you buy the premo stuff (12, 25, 45, 75). I can’t imagine anyone not liking this camera if it is used with one of the above lenses. Hard to find right now but worth the wait. 

The Sony NEX-7 – I have been re-discovering this little beauty lately and find it can really give you super res files. The body is small but grips nicely and the features this thing has are a plenty. The only issue? Lack of really great glass for this body and the NEX series in general. As a beginner you may enjoy the new NEX-3 and the kit zoom more than a NEX-7 and expensive lens. The NEX-5n puts out crisper JPEGS than the NEX-7 as  the 7 is a highly customizable and much more of an enthusiasts body. Great camera but operates more like a computer than a camera. Files are wonderful with the Zeiss at 2.8-f/8.

Other cameras you may want to get your feet wet with? Amazon has a great deal on the Olympus E-PL1 (my review HERE) and while it is not the best body out there, especially today, the image quality is great and you can get the body and lens, brand new for $269. I also like the Nikon V1 which has come down a bit in price. The V1 and 10-20 is great (my review here) and is a very well made camera that is fast, accurate and gives sharp in focus results with great color.

The bottom line? Set your budget and decide how serious you are about it. If you are 100% serious and know you will want to continue with photography (it is an amazing hobby) then go for something that speaks to you. Decide what you want to shoot..do y u want super speed, macro capability, telephoto capability? If so, that rules out the X1 and X100. Would you prefer classic design and simplicity with a camera that makes you do more of the work to get the result? Then the X2 or X100 would be perfect. There are so many variables and it is SO hard to choose. Just know that whatever you pick that you made a great choice – there really are no bad cameras out there. All you need is a camera and your passion and you are set.

Test Shots #1: Suffice to say the recently released Olympus OM-D + Olympus Zuiko 45/1.8 deserves all the great reviews.

* All shots are straight from camera with no processing & shot in RAW

Blast from somewhere in Hong Kong June 2010 - all bespoke.
mostexerent:
Today waiting when I noticed how nice the light was & one of those rare week-days that I had my grown up camera with me (I must carry it more as it really is not that heavy).
Enjoying wearing a bow-tie again, though if I ever want to see my Niece & Nephew again I best take into account my Sister’s distaste for them
What do you think - there is more to a straight tie? 

Blast from somewhere in Hong Kong June 2010 - all bespoke.

mostexerent:

Today waiting when I noticed how nice the light was & one of those rare week-days that I had my grown up camera with me (I must carry it more as it really is not that heavy).

Enjoying wearing a bow-tie again, though if I ever want to see my Niece & Nephew again I best take into account my Sister’s distaste for them

What do you think - there is more to a straight tie? 

CYBER

CYBER

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Leibovitz Takes A ‘Pilgrimage’ For Artistic Renewal

In 2000, the Library of Congress declared Annie Leibovitz to be a Living Legend. Leibovitz lives in New York with her three children.EnlargeAnnie Leibovitz

In 2000, the Library of Congress declared Annie Leibovitz to be a Living Legend. Leibovitz lives in New York with her three children.

text size A A ANovember 8, 2011

From John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono to a pregnant Demi Moore, photographer Annie Leibovitz has made a career of capturing people, often celebrities. But her latest collection is something very different. InPilgrimage, Leibovitz focuses her lens on places and objects that have special meaning for her.

Many of those sites are the homes and landscapes that prominent people once inhabited, such as Georgia O’Keeffe’s homes in Abiquiu, N.M., and nearby Ghost Ranch, and Ansel Adams’ darkroom in Carmel, Calif.

Leibovitz also photographed the artifacts of personal heroes and inspirational figures, including a heart target Annie Oakley once fired on, Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress and a 1957 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide motorcycle Elvis Presley once owned.

Leibovitz and Doris Kearns Goodwin, who wrote the book’s introduction, join NPR’S Neal Conan to discuss Pilgrimage, and how the project became a journey of personal and artistic renewal.

* In response to the messages/emails about how I captured the street scenes of Old Shanghai a few weeks back.

Steve McCurry’s One-Minute Masterclass

If you want the best advice you go to an expert. Steve McCurry’s photojournalism career began with his coverage of the Soviet war in Afghanistan where he smuggled his film out of the country by sewing it into his clothes. The Magnum photographer’s images were among the first of the conflict and won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad. These days his portraits, street scenes and snatched photographic moments hang in private collections and public institutions. Steve McCurry, Caretaker at the Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia (1999)Steve McCurry, Caretaker at the Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia (1999)

We’ve always admired and championed Steve’s work here at Phaidon and recently published the book Iconic Photographs with him. McCurry is well known for befriending his subjects to get the best out of them. He recently told Phaidon how he spent hours gaining the interest and trust of Sharbat Gula, the subject of his most famous photo, Afghan Girl

So we decided to sit him down and pick his brains on how to get a great picture. As we expected, the conversation was both lively and revelatory. We’ve edited it into a 10-lesson-strong masterclass (each one around the minute mark) which we think will give some insight into the way a master photographer like Steve works and offer some good advice to happy snapper and amateur shutterbug alike. 

Steve McCurry, Baby in a bicycle sling at Banteay Srei, Angkor, Cambodia (2000)Steve McCurry, Baby in a bicycle sling at Banteay Srei, Angkor, Cambodia (2000)

Over the 10 videos, Steve will give a grounding in the basics of what makes a great photo, how to seize the moment and capture one, how to pick the best vantage point and what to do when things go wrong. We’ll be rolling them out over the next couple of weeks. 

In today’s masterclass, ‘Don’t Forget To Say Hello’ McCurry advises on the best ways to get up close to strangers when shooting in pubic or maybe in a foreign country where you may feel like an outsider. Hope you enjoy it. 

For a closer behind the photographs follow the link to Revealed - the true story behind the Afghan ‘Mona Lisa’

For more from Steve McCurry read his memories of 9/11 and follow the link to buy Steve McCurry’s Iconic Photographs

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Steve McCurry, Pilgrim at a stupa, Amdo, Tibet (2001)Steve McCurry, Pilgrim at a stupa, Amdo, Tibet (2001)

rOOm sERvIce

rOOm sERvIce

Purple Pins..

Purple Pins..

Dear GiantBeard
Thank you for digging up some gems!
Yours
Guido!
giantbeard:

mostexerent:

I have been asked a few times if I use a tripod?
Actually use what ever is available - even been known to use a trash can. Can you imagine the folks back in Germany having heart failure!

I use a similar technique, my (not so) little Sony often finds itself perched on the roof of parked cars!

Dear GiantBeard

Thank you for digging up some gems!

Yours

Guido!

giantbeard:

mostexerent:

I have been asked a few times if I use a tripod?

Actually use what ever is available - even been known to use a trash can. Can you imagine the folks back in Germany having heart failure!

I use a similar technique, my (not so) little Sony often finds itself perched on the roof of parked cars!

The mood is MostExerent

The mood is MostExerent

Ricoh GXR Leica M-mount APS-C module

* This is very exciting as I have very much enjoyed using my GXR. & sad as my Sistah  has confiscated it from me & is putting it to great use on her tumblr (www.stoneleighgallery.tumblr.com).

By PR ADMIN Ricoh GXR Leica M mount APS C module10 More images of the Ricoh GXR Leica M mount APS C module

Ricoh (who recently bought Pentax for $124.2 million) officially released the GXR Leica M-mount APS-C module. The price of the unit will be $649. Here are some more images of the unit and the official press release:

 

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Tokyo, Japan, August 5, 2011—Ricoh Co., Ltd. today announced the development and planned September 9, 2011 release of the new product GXR MOUNT A12, a lens mount unit exclusively for the GXR interchangeable unit camera system. The body color will be black only, and the planned monthly production volume is 3,000 units.

Introduced in December 2009, the GXR is a revolutionary interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit. In addition, utilizing its unique ability to accommodate interchangeable units other than camera units, the system can be expanded to include a variety of other devices.

The new GXR MOUNT A12 is a lens mount unit made especially for the GXR. Featuring an APS-C size CMOS sensor and a newly developed focal plane shutter, this unit makes it possible to mount lenses such as Leica M lenses, and it provides various types of compensation and correction functions.

Main features of GXR MOUNT A12:

1) The newly adopted APS-C size CMOS sensor expands possibilities for high resolution and imaging power.

  • The adoption of a CMOS sensor with an optimized micro lens layout makes it possible to secure sufficient brightness levels even in the peripheral areas of the image.
  • The CMOS sensor used is 23.6mm × 15.7mm (APS-C size). It enables the shooting of high-quality images with smooth tone gradations as well as high definition and low noise.

2) Compatibility with a wide variety of lenses, including Leica M mount lenses.

  • Compatible with the Leica M mount, GXR MOUNT A12 can, of course, handle M-mount lenses, and if a conversion adapter is used many more types of mounts can also be accommodated.
  • A checking device is included for use in confirming whether or not your lenses are physically compatible.

3) Diverse new functions maximize the potential of the lens itself

  • In order to accommodate the photographer’s own preferences by adjusting for the distinctive characteristics of many different lenses, GXR MOUNT A12 can independently correct coloring at the corners. Color shading correction is possible in a -4 to +4 range for both R and B.
  • Peripheral illumination correction is possible in a -3 to +3 range.
  • A distortion correction function is provided to correct for the distortion that tends to occur in the lens periphery. The photographer can select barrel and pincushion distortion and specify “strong,” “medium,” or “weak” for each.
  • A glass optical filter was adopted and made as thin as possible. It increases periphery image quality and suppresses field curvature.

4) High-precision focusing

  • A focus-assist function has been included in an effort to raise the accuracy of manual focusing. The photographer can select from two modes and check the focus by strengthening outlines and contrast.
  • Magnifying the screen image while shooting is an effective technique for focusing. The magnification can be done not only in the center but throughout the image. In addition, the image quality for 4x and 8x magnification has been further enhanced. The area to be magnified can be moved using the directional pad.

5) Two shutter methods are featured: newly developed focal plane shutter and electronic shutter

  • With the focal plane shutter, settings of 1/4000 sec. to 180 sec. are possible.
  • With the electronic shutter, settings of 1/8000 sec. to 1 sec. are possible, and the  photographer can shoot without worrying about shutter noise and vibration

6) The wide range of functionality that characterizes the GXR series

  • My Settings enables a wide range of shooting functions to be specified in an instant. For the setting information storage, six patterns can now be stored in the body’s My Settings Box and six patterns can be stored in the SD card. This, along with the ability to change shooting conditions, further expands the photographer’s world of photo expression.
  • In manual exposure mode, the shutter speeds B (bulb) and T (time) can be selected. With B, the exposure continues while the shutter release button is pressed, and with T, the shutter release button is pressed to start and end the exposure. For both B and T, the exposure is automatically ended when 180 seconds have elapsed.
  • Information on the lens used can be put in the EXIF information. In the editing of My Settings information, lens name, focal length, and F value can be entered.
  • New scene mode options have been added for the easy enjoyment of a wide range of photo expression. The five new options are soft focus, cross process, toy camera, miniaturize, and high contrast B&W. The photographer can create a unique image by just pressing the shutter release button.
  • An electronic level utilizing an acceleration sensor.
  • An image flag function to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. Up to 20 images can be flagged.
  • For the exterior, we utilized die cast magnesium, which has a strong track record in the GR series, and we covered the surface with a corrosion-resistant “pear-skin” coating. The end result is a body with durability, light weight, and a superior feel in hand.
  • It is possible to shoot 1280 × 720 pixel HD movies.

* Note: When shooting movies of 1280×720 size, the use of an SD/SDHC memory card with an SD speed class of Class 6 or higher is recommended.

7) New options added

  • We have created the new soft cases SC-75B and SC-75T, which are easy to open and close. With SC-75B, it is possible to shoot with the case attached to the GXR body.

Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/2011/08/05/more-images-of-the-ricoh-gxr-leica-m-mount-aps-c-module/#ixzz1UDT7PIh2

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