Want to know more about my exhibition at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport ? Here is a video interview by actuphoto.tv. While French might not be your thing, the video does give a good idea of what the exhibition looks like.
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)
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 by Hotel de Ville – Leica M9 with 24mm Summilux Asph at F1.4, 1/4000, ISO160
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.
– 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 ?
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.
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.
Picture courtesy of my wife Natalia, taken with an Iphone 3GS
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.
Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph.
I started this blog now almost 5 years ago. What use to be a simple web address is now replicated on half a dozen social networks, be it Facebook, Flickr, G+, Twitter, …. Yes, it is nice to see exposure to one’s work increase, but apart from that, what is the real value ? I wonder whether it would not be better to focus my time to one social network. Gain of time, more interactions, better content would be part of the advantages. The main disadvantage would obviously be a loss of followers in the networks I would no longer support.
So, before I head this way and to help me take a decision, it would greatly appreciate if you could answer this simple poll.
As for today’s picture, it shows social networks the real way : between friends, around a glass of wine.
Avenida Corrientes in Buenos Aires.
Four lanes of cars speeding down the one way street.
Thousands of shoppers rushing home before down falls on the city.
Suddenly I spot a couple kissing on the side of the road. I force my way into the crowd to get into position and quickly raise my camera to my eyes. In fear to lose the decisive moment, I quickly press the shutter.
“Sh.t !” (excuse my French)
Just as I hit the shutter, a few cars and a bunch of ladies suddenly intrude in my frame and sent my hopes of a good picture crashing. No chance for a second shot, the moment has ended and the couple has already moved on. Disgusted, I nervously peep at my LCD, mumble a few unpleasant words and almost hit the delete button. Yet somehow I don’t, forget about that shot, and resume the hunt.
Back from Buenos AIres two days later. I anxiously download the results of the weekend’s outing.
And suddenly I feel thrown back on Avenida Corrientes.
Four lanes of cars speeding down the one way street.
Thousands of shoppers rushing home before dawn falls on the city.
And a couple kissing, in the midst of chaos.
If you are located in France or plan to travel there this month, you can discover my article “Street photography in colors” (“La photo de rue en couleurs”) in the April issue of Phototech Magazine. The journalist did a great job of enhancing the interview with many anecdotes on Street photography. So don’t hesitate, finding a kiosk in France is the next easiest thing after a bakery.
Obviously, some knowledge of French will definitely help, though evidently, pictures can also do the talking.