Mar 292013
 

One has to be the tallest to watch the fastest?

I initially processed this picture with my usual colors, but this is one of these cases where I think it works so much better in B&W. So why fight it?

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Parana River – Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron at F8.0, 1/500, ISO160

Mar 252013
 

… the ambulanceman ran away. No, this ain’t no old Swiss saying, just surrealism. (Click on picture for high res) Note that I am experimenting some trouble with the website as a 500 internal server error keeps on popping up. My attempts to solve it resulted in more trouble as I lost some of the designs specs of the site. That is probably a hint that it is time for a new version anyways.

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Leica M8 with 35mm Summicron IV

Mar 212013
 

The use of filters, HDR, cropping and cloning tools is often debated in street photography. Should the documentary aspect of street photography prohibit any manipulation made by the photographer in post-processing?

There is no simple answer to that and most of the time, viewers can’t even distinguish when manipulations are made. For example, could you tell which of the following pictures had a filter applied to it ?  (click on pictures to view them in high res)

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spot odd one

I’ll provide the answer in a couple of day in the comments’ section.

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)
 
If you would like to participate to this series, 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 picture  (max width of 1280 pixels, you obviously retain all the pictures copyright)
- answers to the above questions .
- any links to your work (website, Flickr, Facebook, …)

 

Mar 182013
 

Car races in Argentina are quite surprising. Not only because most cars that run there have 30 years old engine (Fiat 500, 147, Ford Falcone), but also due to the passion that revolves around it. The presence of a female driver must have triggered quite a few comments in the surrounding teams.

I might attend several races over the next few months and was thinking about doing a reportage. You kind of feel transported back to the eighties, but the atmosphere is absolutely great and people of the friendliest kind.

As for the Queen of the track, her engine blew up after two laps. Bad luck, or harsh welcome to a male's world ? (click on picture for high res)

Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F5.6, 1/1500, ISO160