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.

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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)

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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

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 :

This series is open to anybody, so if you’d like to participate,  send me an email at yanidel@fastmail.fm with the following information :
- your name and location
- title of photograph (if any + equipment used)
- one of your favorite street picture  (max width of 1280 pixels, you obviously retain all copyrights to your pictures)
- answers to the above questions .
- any links to your work (website, Flickr, Facebook, …)
May 112013
 

On Saturday mornings in downtown Rosario, people gather to put puppies up for adoption. Of course, they won’t give them just to anybody, and a little lecture will often precede the final adoption go ahead.  (click on picture for high res)

Note that this picture was taken at F4.0 with the Leica 35mm Summicron IV, the often called “King of Bokeh”. Unlike to many photographers’ beliefs, it was named so because of its rendering at F4.0, and not wide open. Does it deserve this flattering title ? I’ll let you come up your own opinion.

adopted yanidel

Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV at F4.0, 1/160, ISO160