Apr 012014

So I made the list of “10 Most Influential Active Street Photographers” on streethunters.net

Evidently, influential is not equal to most talented and of course, this is the internet, anybody can come up with such a listing any day. Nevertheless, since there is currently no such thing as the Great Council of Street Photographers to grant a Yearly HCB Award, I’ll humbly take the compliment. I think it reflects on five years of sharing a daily picture, as well as all the experiences around it, be them failures or successes.

(PS this article also shows one of the main drawbacks of publishing derisive selfies on the internet. They stay forever. I will now have to deal with the reputation of a permanently drunk street photographer)


Oct 172013

While in Paris, my friend Simon from Germany joined us for a couple of days. He did take along my dream lens, that is the Leica 24mm Summilux and let me use it during his stay. So here I found myself like a kid with a new toy, wandering the streets of Paris on a rainy afternoon.

Make no mistake, shooting street photography with a 24mm lens is extremely challenging. Yet the use of an ultra wide field of view together with a F1.4 aperture does open up new creative opportunities since it allows the use of selective focus (provided of course that your subjects are relatively close to you).  The lens itself is rather large but I found it to balance very well on the M9, and obviously the build is what can be expected from Leica. Image wise, well, that is simple, it would fit perfectly along my 35mm Lux Asph and 60mm Hexanon. Same kind of performance and rendering; sharp center at F1.4, high contrast and butter smooth bokeh.

Now I just need to find €6000. Ouch. That is not going to happen. Or perhaps I could use a little more my 24mm Elmarit, which is definitely no slouch either.

More to come on this topic.

Nun hotel de ville Yanidel

Nun by Hotel de Ville – Leica M9 with 24mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160

Oct 022013

Many film shooters love to tweet about how they enjoy this medium. Somehow, shooting film seems the trendy thing again and why not try entice digital photogs to  join the sect. So I wondered for a while what one could tweet if digital was the cool kid on the block. Here is the list I came up with :

– I used the Tri-W  Lightroom preset and push the exposure curve by two  stops.
– going  to my computer room to download 7 Kingston 16GB SD cards. Can’t wait to see the results.
– I  love the farty smell of my computer room and the light of my LCD screen in the dark.
– just bought some expired 2005 SanDisk 16MB SD cards. Happy.
– just acquired a new drawer to keep my  SD cards dry . Happy.

1 hour photo bombay

– My Imac 27″ is the best computer in town to process files. Highly recommended.
– I wish Floppy disks had not been discontinued.
– I  love the luminance noise at ISO1600.
– I carry a DingDang bag which allows me to easily carry a body, two lenses, and 46 Compact Flash cards.
– too bad Commodore went bankrupt.
– I can swap SD cards in 8.43 seconds in the dark, with both hands tied.

I guess one wouldn’t increase drastically his number of followers by doing so. So let’s forget about digital or film, why not just tweet about …. gear ?

Oct 012013

Over the last five years, so much has changed in the way we expose our work through the internet. Social medias have slowly taken over personal websites and mobile phones forced us to look at images in a couple of square centimeters.

Nevertheless, I still believe in running a personal website. Social media is like meeting with friends at the bar, meanwhile a website is like inviting them at your home. Your own furniture and your own vision of life. It also give ample flexibity in the way you display your work. This being said, I am not one of these that leave the same painting hanging for years on a wall, so I opted to slightly redesign it once again. Hope you will like the new  www.yanidel.net.

Over the coming months, I also intend to resume writings on street photography, once things settle completely in our new life in Argentina.

Yanidel Header V

Sep 272013

Being already four months old, it was time for me to take Yanidel Junior on a street outing. Still too young to grab his own camera but you’ll notice that the little one already has the eyes of a street hunter. Paris here we come!

Biggest challenge so far : not dropping the camera on my son’s head.

Yanidel Junior

Picture courtesy of my wife Natalia, taken with an Iphone 3GS

Aug 092013

It is has been a bit more than one year that we returned from our 80 weeks around the world trip. The shot below in one of the very last taken during this journey, in Mumbai. Today,  I could not help remembering these days where I could wander freely all day long and shoot in so many great places.

Twelve months later, I am now married, father of new born and learning to manage a shoe manufacturing company. Needless to say that my photographic production has dwindled to almost zero. The passion and motivation is still here but I simply haven’t found much time to dedicate to shooting. And this is becoming a problem in running this blog. On one side, I feel the quality of pictures I have been posting is simply not up to the standard I expect from myself. So in this  regards, maybe a solution would be to put the website on a hiatus. But on the other side, I have put so much work in my website in the past that giving it up would be very disappointing.

So, please, bear with me. This is a transition period and pieces need to fall into place. I’ll keep on posting, maybe as a way to share what life in Argentina feels like. Don’t expect amazing pictures, just documentary moments I can grab here and there. Still, I expect to be able to shoot street photography more frequently very soon. A trip to Paris is coming up in October.

Bus drivers in Mumbai

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph.