May 202013

So I turned 40 years old yesterday. Got married this year, moved to Argentina, and more surprises to come. Middle life crisis ? I don’t think so.  To the opposite, the view of chocolate birthday cake seems to make me look like a 5 years old again . Yes, auto-derision does not kill.

This picture was taken by a friend with my Leica X1 and is a candid. He did not nail exactly the focus, but he got the moment.

Yanidel 40th birthday

Yanidel birthday table

May 192013

It seems that animals resist more to adult authority than kids. Though the desire to to roam freely is probably about the same. (click on picture for high res)

Note that I initially processed this picture with my usual preset. Yet I feel that the tonalities and feel are just so much better in B&W.

Girl and dog authority Yanidel

Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2.0, 1/2000, ISO160


May 182013

When shooting candid portraits in the streets, I often position myself and wait for my subject to make eye contact with me. This is my “decisive moment”, that 1/9th of a second where a stranger is caught off guard and let’s you see his state of soul.

The moment after, it’s all gone. Smiles, fear, shyness, indifference … you already interfered in his world.  (click on a picture for high res)

waiter soul yanidel

Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2.0, 1/180, ISO160

May 152013

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.
Through which social network do you read this blog ?


As for today’s picture, it shows social networks the real way : between friends, around a glass of wine.

Friends rodeo field

May 142013

Dance starts on the street, finding your way among thousands of passer-bys. (Click on picture for high res)


Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV

May 132013

Have you ever wondered why, after spending hours in the middle of delicious scents, a cook can enjoy the poisonous smell of a cigarette ? (click on pciture for high res)

cooks break yanidel

Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV at F2.0, 1/1000, ISO640