May 122013
 

New York City is this week’s setting for this picture by Dominic Remane from Toronto, Canada.

Into_The_Glowing_Light Dominic Remane
Into The Glowing Light – Leica M6 + Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 + Kodak T-Max 400 (Pushed to 1600 ISO)

What is the Sho(r)t Story?
I took this picture in November of 2012 when I was sent to New York City for a background plate shoot on a film I was working on. In the evenings, when I had some free time, I wandered around the city taking photos. I spent an evening around the Theatre District. I was just coming to the corner of 45th and 8th when I saw this gentlemen wrapped in the glowing light of the vendor stand. I snapped 3 of these photo’s and this one left an impression on me.

Why is this one of your favorite pictures ?
I love this photograph because for some reason it has this old classical New York vibe to it. Very little in this image says it’s a modern shot, apart from a ATM sign in the distance. It has this grainy, glowing, dreamy quality to it mixed with the contrasty and gritty feel of shots I’ve come to love from Daido Moriyama and William Klein.

Which equipment did you use, and any technical considerations?
For this shot I used my Leica M6 Classic and my Leica Summicron 50mm f/2 lens. This lens is brilliantly sharp with gorgeous bokeh and is my go-to lens for night photography.
As for the film it was shot on Kodak T-Max 400 and Pushed to 1600 ISO. Lab developed and scanned with the Epson V500 scanner. Some minor post work was done in Lightroom 4 mainly just contrast and highlight balancing.

Tell us about you and your photography?
I currently work in the film and television industry as a Digital Effect Supervisor. I’ve always been interested in photography but only within the last year and a half have I pushed hard and photographed every lunch hour. Rain, shine, snow, etc I’m out there walking the street’s with my camera in hand, looking for the decisive moment.
The first camera that inspired me to take more photo’s was the Sony NEX-7. Fantastic camera, great with Leica M lenses, and never get’s noticed. But eventually the Leica bug bit me and I got my hands on a mint M6. Since that moment I have been almost exclusively shooting film, and have recently dove into shooting motion picture film rolled into 24 exposure canisters and developing at home.
Shooting as much as I do has helped me grow as a photographer and as a Digital Effects Supervisor. Allowing me to understand limitations of lenses and optical characteristics to make digital effects shots feel real.

To discover more about Dominic’s work, here are some links :

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- your name and location
- title of photograph (if any + equipment used)
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- answers to the above questions .
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Apr 202013
 

Let visit Spain’s sea front this week with this graphical picture by Pelayo Gonzalez from Gijon. A sad story you would probably not guess by just looking at the bright colors.

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yellowmanbluesea

Nikon D700 with 50mm prime

What is the Sho(r)t Story?
 
This picture was taken the morning after a man in his thirties fell  from the cliffs and died during a crazy Friday night. I was already going back home after taking pictures of the people wandering around there. The atmosphere was full of sorrow despite the bright sun.
 
Why is this one of your favorite pictures ?

I love the colours here, I was very lucky that man was wearing that yellow coat against the blue sea. But the thing I really love is the fact that I am not sure if that man coming from behind the little hill was aware of the sad moment of if he just came wondering about his things after having a pee. I guess it is because the feeling that he is coming from nowhere between the green grass and the blue sea.
 
Which equipment did you use, and any technical considerations?
I took this shoot with a 50 mm prime lens on Nikon D700 which is my usual setting. It was a sunny day that allowed to have a large depth of field at f/11 and freeze the moment 1/2000.I was shooting at Aperture Priority mode as the light was totally constant. I just added a little bit of contrast in Lightroom using one of my personal presets.
Tell us about you and your photography?
 
I am a Ph.D. student of Economics and currently living in Gijón (Spain). I mostly do portraits and street photography.
I usually l prefer ambiguous pictures, or those filled by a touch of humour. Lately I am trying to use more colour in my street photographs as it is a really big challenge in terms of composition. This probably causes more pictures ending in the bin, but I think those working are way more powerful.
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Apr 022013
 

This week, we head North to Reading, England, to discover this sho(r)t story by Darran Roper. (click on picture for high res)

darranroperfavNikon D90 with 18-200mm

Short story

This shot was taken in the summer whilst out with my family. The picture shows a scene on the grounds of a stately home in England. The sun had broken through the clouds, the rays were piercing the leaves of the trees. The light and the shade seemed to be dancing on a very light breeze. That was a wake up call to disengage from conversation and feel the moment.  I looked immediately to my left and took this photo before the scene dissolved into the throwing of sticks and the normal chaotic antics of children.

Why is this one of your favourite pictures?

Sometimes everything is just right, and you just have to release the shutter. Unfortunately that rarely happens to me. But on this occasion, the scene just needed to be taken. Luckily I was on the prowl and got it. I like the peacefulness of the scene. It has a romantic painting feel to it, that subtly endears the composition.

Which equipment did you use?

I was using my D90, I customarily only use 35mm, but on this occasion I had an 18-200mm lens on.

Tell us about your photography

Over the past couple of years I have become more of a street type photographer. I always have a camera, and try to see the different, as much as I am able. There is so much to convey in a photo, I want to become a story teller if that makes sense, and to nurture a style that is personal and natural.

 Discover more of Darran’s work at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/ropaz/
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Mar 202013
 

Italy is our destination this week with exceptionally two Sho(r)t Stories by Andrea Monti of Pescara.

Quis custodies – GR Digital III

The last Waltz – GR Digital III

What is the sho(r)t story?

Quis custodies: Well, I was wandering around Rome and, while heading at Monte Citorio (the Italian Parliament) I crossed the square where Palazzo Chigi (the primeministership official headquarter) is located. All of a sudden I was aware of the oddity of the picture: a sentinel, and a police officer watching the watcher. Hence the title of the photo: Quis custodies ipsos custodes? (Who will control the controller?)

The Last Waltz: During a comeback to my hometown (Pescara) I was hit by the power of this image. A funeral ceremony is ready to start, just waiting for the minister to come. The black, cloacked figure, nevertheless, suggests that another (kind of) guest is coming.

Why are these some of your favorite pictures ?

Quis custodies: Because is funny. Neither the sentinel nor her "watchdog" look particulary tough or intimidating (boared to dead, I would say, on the contrary)

The Last Waltz: Because is (at least to me) a hit in the stomach.

Which equipment did you use, and any technical considerations?

In both cases: A simple Ricoh GR Digital III in RAW. The camera was in S-mode set at 1/1000 to allow the shooting-while-walking. A few Photoshop strokes fixed the horizon, the exposure and a bit of HL recovery.

Tell us about you and your photography?

I'm a lawyer and a free-lance journalist. As a lot of people that fall in love with photography I have been striken by the "gear acquisition syndrome". Now is gone and I shoot with whatever camera comes at hand. Usually, the Ricoh that I always carry with me and, when I want to "go retro" a Voigtlander Bessa R2 with a CZ Biogon 35/2,8

Discover more of Andrea's work at :

http://www.foto-grafo.net (mainly street-photography)
 
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Mar 072013
 

It is with great pleasure that we head to Paris this week to discover the story behind this picture by Carroll Lam, from Tucson, Arizona.

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April in Paris – Leica M9with 28mm Elmarit

What is the Sho(r)t Story?
 
This was taken at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris during an April 2010 visit to Paris.  While strolling through the gardens (for the first time for me and my wife) we came upon this lovely couple enjoying the spring sun.  Their obvious love comes through so well in this composition.
 
Why is this one of your favorite pictures ?
 
I feel this picture captures so well "April in Paris".  Loving couples everywhere with no apparent cares.  I took a lot of street pictures during this trip to France but this is the one that I always come back to when reviewing the trip.  It also reminds me of your Paris street postings.  8-)
 
Which equipment did you use, and any technical considerations?
 
This was my first overseas trip with my Leica M9.  This particular shot was done with the Elmarit-M f2.8/28mm.  ISO 160.  1/2000.  I don't recall the f-stop but from image above it was probably 5.6/8.  Because of the bright sunny day I should have probably used an ND filter to reduce the DOF.  Minimal adjustments were made with iPhoto.
 
Tell us about you and your photography?
 
I'm a retired electrical engineering that has had photography as a hobby since I was a teenager.  Most of my professional career involved working with advanced technology imaging sensors.  Now that I've retired I've had time to spend more time with photography.  I'm currently breaking in a Sony DSC-RX1 (a poor man's Leica ;-) ) which is a lot fun to use and ideally suited to street photography.
 
Discover more of Carroll's work at : http://www.flickr.com/photos/clamaround/
 
 
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Feb 232013
 

This week we disover the story of this shot taken in St. Petersburg by Eero Lehtonen from Finland.

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Leica CL with 35mm Summicron on Rollei Retro 400S film

What is the Sho(r)t Story?

This one was taken August 2011 when I was visiting St. Petersburg with my girlfriend and my parents. If I recall correct we were coming from a restaurant and on our way to the nearby cemetery that has become a bit of an attraction since lot of historical person have been buried there. In particular we wanted to see Tschaikovskys memorial. We stoped at one alley to check the map and this guy steped outside to have a break from something. I regocnised the almost praying like posture of his and luckily had a nice beam of light hitting him. Snap and here it is. 
 
Why is this one of your favorite pictures ?
For once I think I've managed to combine graphical and emotional elements well into one frame. I also like the beam like light on the subject that really makes the sitsuation look like he's praying. Even though he just came out for a smoke. It's just one of those frames that hit everything right for my liking.
 
Which equipment did you use, and any technical considerations?
To be really honest I think this could have been made with any camera . . . anyhow. This one was taken with Leica CL (a camera I regret selling now a days) and 35mm Leica Summaron (the M2 nongogles version). Film used was Rollei Retro 400S that I bought in meters. Film was developed in TMax developer (it might not be the best and most noice free developer but it's fast and readily available). After the frame was scanned straight from the negative with Epson Perfection V330 Photo basic flatbed scanner that does decent job with Silverlight software out of B&W negatives. I really still strugle scanning slides. That's why I like to choose digital for color work and play with film mostly in B&W side of my photography.
 
Tell us about you and your photography?
These days I am a full day food and wine nut and study restaurant business. Photography alongside cooking is my creative outlet. I started my photography hobby somewhere early 2000's. Think it was 2001. I started straight a way with film photography using my dads old Canon film bodies. First I was more into landscapes even though I already liked a good photo taken of a person. After a while I bought my first own camera a digital one and started experimenting more with my photography. I got more and more and more interested in social documentary and street photography. This blog was one of the key factors that got me hooked on street work. So when I saw another readers picture chain coming up I couldn't resist.
 
To discover more of Eero's pictures : http://www.flickr.com/photos/eero-b1/
Feb 182013
 
This week's short story took place in Santiago, let's discover all about this shot by Joeri from the Netherlands.
 
Leica M9 with 35mm Summicron
 

What is the Sho(r)t Story?

We were walking through Santiago as a part of our 4-month honeymoon. We were jetlagged and very groggy. Santiago turned out to be a very nice city for street photography though and the more we walked, the more pictures I took. Suddenly I saw a little girl across the street, sitting with her dog, wearing pink Croc-shoes and the dog had a leash in the same colour. Her friend, or brother, was playing with the dog, whereas the girl didn't seem to care. When I hit the shutter the dog made a move and the boy jumped away. I think it was the perfect moment.
 
Why is this one of your favorite pictures ?

 
Because I can keep looking at it and it will never be boring. Also the simplicity of the picture is something I like. It is just a snapshot but it seems you are actually there. There are no tricks, no extreme tele or wide angle, it is just a picture. It also leaves something to wonder: what is the boy thinking? And why is the girl not playing along? Another thing I like is the blur where the action is. My eye is drawn to the girl first, then the dog and finally the boy.
 
Which equipment did you use, and any technical considerations?
 
I used my Leica M9, or M9P, I'm not sure. The lens was my 35 summicron, one of my favourites, because of the rendering, the lightness and compactness. The shutterspeed was 1/180th which results in the blur in the boy and the dog. I processed the raw file in Lightroom and cropped a very little bit.
 
Tell us about you and your photography?
 

I am a documentary -wedding- photographer and writer from Holland. Street photography is pure fun for me and I always approach my assignments as if they were street photographic assignments. If you can work that way, weddings are just a thrill to do and with a rangefinder it will even make for a more exciting job.
 
Discover more of Joeri's work at www.luta.nl
 
 
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