End of Photoblog

It is time. I started this photoblog almost 7 years ago as a means of sharing my photos. Then I started adding some text along with my photos. Then I started writing other articles. Of late, I have been letting this photoblog languish.

And so, like all things, this photoblog is ending today, in this incarnation.

I am still taking photos. And I am still writing, a lot more. But just not here. You can look at my photos on flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/suprada.

Someday, if fancy strikes me, then I might start a different format of sharing photo works again. But for now, goodbye!

Leica Year Doldrums

I started the Leica year with a lot of excitement and commitment. The usual ‘new thing’ rush. And now, I am in the dip – the valley of death. I think I have been in this valley for over 3 months now, and am only now accepting it.

What do I do from here? Try again? Or let go of this project? And accept that this was one more project I am abandoning?

The first 2 weeks of my Leica year project were great. I actually hit all goals. But after that everything just died. The only rule I’ve been able to keep – take photos with the Leica and film only. And the reason I’ve kept this rule – I don’t take photos any more.

It’s not that I don’t want to. But I can’t. And I don’t know what to shoot.

Over the past 4 months, these are the problems I faced:

1. I am taking a very long time to get used to the 35mm focal length. I just crave for the 50mm. But is this because I don’t have the 50mm? Is this just GAS?

2. It took me a while to learn to focus this camera and learn about zone focusing. I found most of my photos initially were way out of focus especially wide open.

3. I under-appreciated how low the depth of field on film is compared to digital. This compared with shooting in low light, wide open apertures and no knowledge of zone focusing = way out of focus photos.

4. I don’t know what to shoot. I have always been attracted to landscape photography. A film camera combined with a baby at home and full time work means I need to shoot whatever is around – city life / home life / suburban life / cats / dogs / street asphalt and traffic lights / whatever. This is very difficult and I don’t know what to shoot. I need to learn.

5. Rolls of film wasted because I didn’t load them properly. Demoralizing not to mention waste of money. How can I get better at film photography if I can’t even load the camera properly?

6. Utter fails in developing – because I wasn’t concentrating on details enough. Developer too warm. Not enough washing. Ugh.

7. The manual light meter part of my challenge – I just cannot judge my exposure settings well. Most of the time I am way off the mark. And combine this with out of focus photos and no attention to detail!

Yeah, this Leica year is much tougher than I thought. It’s a steep learning curve – which I’m just slipping off of – all the time.

Or maybe it’s not me that is the problem? Maybe it’s that the Leica M6 camera just hates me?

All I know is that I’m miserable. Miserable because I want to take photos but I cannot. Because I cannot make myself. Oh, I carry the camera everywhere! But I do not take any photos

Maybe, my problem is this: Am I enjoying wallowing in self pity so much that I cannot get off my bum?

Maybe my problem is that I am not carving out a unique time just for taking photos with my Leica?

So this is what I will try this week

A 1 hr date with my camera – just my camera and me. And my phone (for the Lightmeter app – yeah it’s a kind of cheating – that’s a post for some other time). Maybe some exclusive one on one time and my camera will hate me less?

Wish me luck folks!

Black and White Film Development – Try 1

D-76 powder –
1/2 packet + hot tap water at 80F to make 800ml of solution

Rapid Fixer
Made 0.95 liter
Water used – regular tap water
0.475L of water + ~ 236.5 of Solution A + 26ml (1/4 of bottle) solution B added with lots of agitation + tap Water to fill up to 0.95l

What I did:
– 1:1 D76 at 80F (150ml of D-76 solution + 150 ml of water), one reel in development tank, 6.15 mins
I used the Massive Development Timer app to scale my processing. For the settings I chose, the app scaled the development time of D-76 at 80F to 6.30 mins.
– Dump developer
– Stop Bath – 1min – regular water as per app agitation directions
– Again refill water – 1 min agitation for 10 s
– Fixer – 4 mins, as per app recommendation
– Saved fixer for reuse
– Wash – 8 mins, agitation as per app – changed water three times
– Add 2 drops of formaflo wetting agent, water, – 5mins – agitate as per app

What I did wrong above:
1. Developer (D-76) temperature wrong – needs to eb between 65 to 75F
2. Did not measure fixer temperate – needs to be between 65 to 70F
3. Kodak literature suggested times: D-76, 1:1 at 68F – 93/4 mins
4. Need to learn stop bath times / methods when using water
5. Washing all wrong: Need to use running water for 20 minutes (since the fixer I am using is a hardening fixer).

So my steps for next roll:

1. D76 (1:1) at 68F – 9.5 mins – agitation as per app
2. Dump developer
3. Fixer at 68C – 4 mins – agitation as per app
4. Save fixer (max reuse – 3)
5. Wash with running water under tap for 20 mins
6. Add 2 drops Formaflo + fresh water into tank – 1 min with agitation
7. Rinse and dry film

(This post was written in early May 2014).

In Preparation for Black and White Film Development

One of the rules/goals of the Leica Year is to shoot black and white film, and another one is to develop it myself with constant monitored settings. So before starting on my Leica year, I need to get acquainted with this exciting world of home film development.

I spent a few weeks reading up on what to do, and what I need. Here is the summary of my research.

Links I used to learn about developing film (I am sure you will find lots of others on the web – I used these the most):
Developing your own film – a how to guide
How to Choose Black and White Film
How to start processing black and white film at home (I borrowed the sock hanger idea from here)

YouTube Videos which helped me (a lot!). Nothing like watching these videos (a lot!) to help internalize the process – that way, when you actually do it for the first time, it won’t be totally alien to your brain (kind of).

How To Load 35mm Film Into A Paterson Tank System 4 – This video is highly recommended if you are an absolute, total, green newbie (like me!)
Developing Black and White Film with Kodak D-76 – This video was very useful to me as well.

Equipment I bought:
– 1 Film Changing Bag off ebay – $18.99
Off Craigslist I bought for the following used for $35.00:
– 1 Paterson 600ml Graduat cylinder
– 4 1-quart size Darkroom Chemical Containers
Paterson Super System 4 Multi Reel tank with 2 reels (tank can hold 3 35mm reels)
Thermometer
Tongs
Sock dryer / hanger (20 peg, all plastic, round, two sets of rings) off amazon to dry film in the bathroom shower stall – 11.95
Chemicals
Kodak D-76 powder to make 1 liter – $5.70
Kodak Liquid Rapid Fixer Part A & B – 15.117
Photographers Formulary FormaFlo wetting agent (4oz)- $4.30
Software
Smartphone app to help with timers, tracking, and what to do next – Massive Dev Chart Timer App – $8.99
Total Cost – $100.1 (Camera, Lens, film rolls not counted)

My plan is to scan the developed film. For this I plan to use the scanner I already have – The Epson V300 flatbed scanner with film holder. I now need to look into the world of film scanning – of course, after I develop my first roll!

Tip: Watch the YouTube video, and read the links – many times – before trying to develop film for the first time

The Leica Year – Prelude

The LMMM challenge I set myself earlier this year was an attempt to figure out if I wanted to challenge myself with the Leica Year. Yes! I am ready (almost).

The source / inspiration for this challenge is a post by Mike Johnston in his TOP blog: ‘The Leica as Teacher’ post. Top make things harder for myself, I am combining this with the ‘Train your brain to guess exposure’ – exercise again set forth by Mike.

Here is a summary of rules / goals I plan to abide by:
1. Leica year is from March 24, 2014 to March 24, 2015.
2. Use one Leica Rangefinder for this one year- I bought myself a Leica M6 TTL.
2. Use the camera with only one lens, single focal length the whole year – Leica Summilux 35mm f1.4 is my choice.
3. Shoot only one type of black and white film – Tri-X 400
4. Develop my own film
5. Pick standard developer, standard time – Kodak D-76, (development time to be set later)
6. Do not use light meter for exposure – I will use my M6 with battery removed.
7. Carry camera everywhere.
8. Shoot 2-6 film rolls per week
9. In a notebook write down exposure settings , and maybe scene details for every shot
10. Proof roll films and file them in a notebook. File exposure notes as well.
11. Get 1-6 work prints per roll
12. Every 5-10 rolls or so, get a ‘nice print’ made

Another blog I found helped me formulate my goals and what I plan to do: Tripodplaces.

What do I get out of this?

Here is what Mike says:
“A year with a single Leica and a single lens, looking at light and ignoring color, will teach you as much about actually seeing photographs as three years in any photo school, and as much as ten or fifteen years (or more) of mucking about buying and selling and shopping for gear like the average hobbyist.”

and from here:

“If you’re a younger photographer, you may also have heard tales you found hard to believe, of grizzled old pros and hard-bitten photojournalists working in the days before light meters were common, guessing their exposures by looking at the light. If you’ve grown up with automatically-coupled, multi-segmented in-camera metering, letting the camera set itself and barely paying attention to what was going on, such feats may seem as unreal and unlikely as the exploits of Hercules.”

“…GSOTPANWASTOTZSS …”

“What is it? Essentially, it’s a way to train yourself to guess exposures, just like those semi-mythical pros from days of yore. Don’t guffaw—read on. If you’re willing to do the work to train your brain, guessing can actually be an appropriate substitute for more technically precise methodologies.”

and

“What’s so great about training your brain to guess exposures is, rather, the way it heightens your conscious awareness of what you’re doing, and your intuitive feeling for light. You’ve made yourself into a sort of servo-mechanism. As you go back and forth from guessing the light to inspecting your negs, guessing the light to inspecting your negs, you quickly perceive—visually, not based on numbers in a book or computer—what exposure each type of light requires. You acquire a real sense of how to handle difficult scenes. Your confidence grows and grows. ”

and finally,

“What’s really required is awareness. Either by taking notes or just remembering, you have to be fully mindful of what you’ve done—and then, of what you get”.

I like that. I would love to become one of those ‘semi-mythical pros’ who’s not mythical, and who’s not a pro! But I will settle for learning to be a better photographer – however much the ‘better’ might be compared to my skill now.

LMMM completion

My self imposed LMMM challenge is over as of yesterday Feb 16.

I was looking back and I made approximately 600 or so images over a span of 8 weeks. Not great, but not lousy either. And most of them are photos of my daughter! The other ‘topic’ I photographed the most, if I can call that is what I see on my commute. I have been intentionally intently looking around when driving, especially when stopped at traffic lights – and now I am amazed that what I thought was a dead subject where I could not make any photos at all – now there are some very nice photos I can see. It is still very very tough to try to make a lyrical, beautiful image out of a bunch of cars waiting in front of me…but sometimes, the way the evening sun falls partially on yellow bins in the middle of the road (what are they? I never saw them before!) making some of their yellows so bright and beautiful juxtaposed with the dark somber almost grey, but sometimes chocolatey asphalt, beautiful!

I was supposed to be shooting in black and white only for the past 8 weeks, and that is what I did – except for two occasions where I had to take color photographs. I think this exercise is supposed to help with seeing luminosity. Now I do seem to see light, glorious light almost all the time, a split second before evaluating the subject – because of Black and White or because I am trying hard to make this into a habit…I am not sure. And I see beautiful color, subtle pastels, glowing bright amazing colors. I wonder how I will fare for one year of no color. I used to think I loved black and white – now I know that I love color too!

I was supposed to use only one lens throughout this 8 week period. And I mostly did – for 6 weeks. I have fallen even more in love with my Konica Hexanon 50mm f1.7 – and I cannot express in words wht I like about the pictures that lens draws…it just talks to me (like my EP5). However I switched my lens out to a newly acquired Leica M Summilux 35mm f1.4 for Week 7 and Week 8. I bought this lens in preparation for my Leica year. I am getting better at using manual lenses. Somewhere halfway, I came across the idea of “zone focusing” manual lenses – link from Ming Thein. And this is what I am practicing now. A method to how to focus manually – without having to look at the focus ring!

During this challenge, I did not use the light meter on the camera, and I tried to manually calculate the correct exposure (in my head). This is still very very hard for me. I wa sinitially almost randomly bracketing – but then over the last two weeks, I have been using the ‘Sunny 16″ rule and its variants. This is still a project for the future, and I have this link on – learning ‘GSOTPANWASTOTZSS’ to help me out.

Over this time, I have come to enjoy using my Olympus E-P5 even more. Thsi is teh first camera I have ever owned which feels special. The fact that I had to use the EVF which was bulky was annoying. And the olympus menu system is annoying (sometimes). But overall, I look upon this cameras flaws fondly! And despite its flaws and issues, I really love using it and cant think of using any other camera. I made a purse insert for it and now my camera is with me almost always, incognito in my purse..

Overall, a successful challenge for me – for it served its purpose. I learnt a lot – and am learning a lot. What next? Well, just take more photos and get ready for the Leica year.

Recording Aperture when using Legacy lens

As a part of my LMMM challenge, I am using a legacy Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 lens via adapter with my Olympus Pen E-P5. This lens has a manual aperture ring on the lens barrel. The camera, also does not recognize the lens – because of which the EXIF information in the photographs do not contain aperture information.

As a part of LMMM, I wanted to try to record the aperture information somehow, so I can embed that information in my photographs as a part of my post-processing workflow. Here is how the information is embedded in the photograph EXIF via Lightroom: Adding Legacy Lens EXIF Info for Lightroom metadata.

But the question remained on how to capture that information when taking photographs. The method of writing down the photograph number and corresponding aperture using pen/paper, for each photograph seemed too cumbersome. The other option recommended a lot is to use a voice-recorder (or teh voice recorder option in your phone) which also seemed cumbersome – this info is stored on another device! I found my answer on this forum thread:
Olympus cameras offer the option to embed audio when reviewing images.
* In playback mode, when reviewing the image,
* press \’OK\’,
* then press the \’microphone\’,
* and record voice.
This is stored as a .wav file with the same filename as the image being reviewed. When you review the image now, you can just play your recorded voice.

So my workflow is now like this:
At the beginning of the day
* Format memory Card (assuming you have downloaded all the images from your memory card)
* Take first photograph
* Review this photograph and voice-record aperture information.
* Continue to take photographs
* Every time aperture is changed, only then for that photograph, review that photograph and record aperture.

The aperture information of a photograph is the same as the aperture in the previous photograph unless it has a .wav file with aperture information in it.
And this system is working great for now!

LMMM – Week 2 in review

I am now in week 3 of my LMMM challenge. 5 more weeks to go. Week 2 was a little better compared to week 1. I did take a lot of photos of my daughter – and took one I just love! And a few of my cat. But birds on lines – didn\’t happen in week 2. I feel my technical skills have also improved in week 2.

Here is a brief summary:
Total Photos: 102 photos, 3 videos
Out of Focus Photos: 26 photos
Underexposed: 55 photos
Overexposed: 2

What I learned from Week 2:
1. Taking photos of fast-moving toddlers in low light indoors is very challenging – especially with manual focus and manual exposure.
2. It is also a lot of fun!
3. It helps to think forward and decide on aperture for the entire possible scene. Basically it helps to think about what your aperture means. I am understanding aperture selections a lot more!
4. I can make photos I like without even stepping out of the house!

What to work on for week 3::
1. take more photos (try to take some everyday!)
2. Take photos of everything around.
3. Especially of the cat, and birds on lines
4. Work more on nailing desired exposure.
5. Take more photos.
6. Maybe take portraits of friends and colleagues? (I was not a portrait/people photographer – but am I mutating?)

Here are links to older posts:
Week 1 Review
LMMM Challenge

LMMM – Week One in Review

One week up in my LMMM challenge. 7 more to go.
Overall rating for week one – I feel quite bad about my week one.

The ugly:
1. I shot about 160 photos – not enough.
2. More than 50% of these are out of focus – and that too with focus peaking enabled.
3. Even worse, 97% of my photos are underexposed.
4. And the other 3% are overexposed.
5. What to shoot has become very tough – and how to make nice (to-me) photos of everyday life.

The Good:
1. I am back on track keeping my photos organized.
2. I am taking a lot more photos of my daughter. Underexposed, slightly out-of-focus – whatever – I got a few nice photos which I will treasure.
3. I now have a realistic view on how tough this is going to be
4. I\’m writing here more often!
5. I\’m getting to play with some nice plugins!

Looking forward to Week two, here is what I hope to do:

1. Take photos of my cat (Yes! The world needs more cat photos!)
2. Take more photos of my daughter.
3. Take photos of birds on hanging out on electric lines, traffic lights and telephone lines. (This project has been simmering in my head for quite some time)
4. Be more conscious of by aperture / depth of field – try to nail exposure more often.

So, on to week two. Time to find my cat…

Here is a list of all posts and photos from my LMMM challenge.

Adding Legacy Lens EXIF Info for Lightroom metadata

The LMMM challenge is introducing me to new problems. Lightroom is my go to tool for managing, organizing and editing my photographs. So this morning, I was trying to add the aperture information and lens information to the photograph’s metadata after importing them into Lightroom. And I could not figure out how to do this. A little bit of searching the internet – and the answer was obvious. You cannot do this in Lightroom…by itself…you need to use plugins. So here I am installing a software – Exif Tool and a Lightroom plugin: LensTagger.

The first ‘Exif Tool’ by Phil Harvey (freeware). Description excerpt from Phil’s website:“ExifTool is a platform-independent Perl library plus a command-line application for reading, writing and editing meta information in a wide variety of files.”

Lens Tagger is the plugin by Dirk Essel for Lightroom (freeware).Description excerpt: “LensTagger is a Lightroom plugin that adds EXIF data to photos directly out of Lightroom.”

Here is my image metadata just after importing:
Exif Info right after importing into Lightroom

Here is the screenshot of the Lens Tagger Window:
Lens Tagger Plugin Settings

And here is my metadata after.
Exif Info after Lens tagger

In the screenshot after Lens tagger, you can see that the ‘Exposure’ field now has the aperture value, the ‘focal length’ is filled and the Lens field now has the correct lens information. Very very cool.

I will be donating towards Lens Tagger and Exif Tool I’m thinking. They are totally worth two nice meals (at the minimum).

A Mutation of the Leica Year – LMMMs

Of late, it has been bothering me that I have not improved in my photography over the past 3-4 years. It feels like I\’ve been wallowing in mediocrity – not even attempting to better myself. And the other thought rattling around in my brain cage is this: Should I attempt the Leica year?

What is the \”Leica Year” you say? Go here and read the article – an exercise proposed by Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer. In short, it is a commitment of one camera ( a fully manual Leica), one lens and black and white film for one year. One whole year! Maybe someday, I\’ll jump in headfirst…but not right now.

Currently, I am unable to make myself spend the $1.5k in buying a Leica (though you can regain that money by selling this), when earlier this year, I spent a similar amount for my lovely, beautiful and scrumptious Olympus E-P5 with the VF-4 and the 17mm lens. But I really do need to improve, learn to see better and feel better. So here is my mutated Leica Year.

I will use only a Konica Hexanon 50mm AR f1.7 lens, with its Konica AR to M4/3rds adapter on my Oly beauty. Since this is a manual focus lens, with manual aperture controls, I will shoot in Shutter priority Mode only. I will also use only one ISO setting – ISO 1000. I will also shoot in at the native 4:3 aspect ratio and in monochrome only. Also no continuous shooting. Electronic viewfinder allowed. No histograms, guides or any such this. Only the shutter speed display is allowed. No framing on the LCD.

Cheats allowed: Focus Peaking is allowed. Chimping is allowed. Videos in color allowed – but with this lens only.

I will do this for a period of 8 weeks – Monday December 23, 2013 to February 17.2014. In this time period I will endeavor to shoot between 2 to 6 film rolls a week (2×24 to 6×24). I will also try to keep this blog posted with what I shoot.

So that is it. Today, the first day of the \”Legacy Manual Monochrome Months” (LMMMs) for short, my new exercise in bettering my photography begins. Wish me luck folks!

My favorite Lightroom Plugin – LR2/Mogrify

Oh my! Oh my! You know what they say..when it rains, it pours. I’m actually writing my second article in as many days! This after an absence of oh so many months (or has it been years?)

The topic of today’s post is My Favorite Lightroom Plugin , and a few other plugins I’m trying out today. A little bit of background.

Over the last couple of weeks, I ended up buying a new SSD hard disk, and moved my Windows installation onto it. In the process, I reformatted my entire hard drive (and lost all my installations – but not data) and moved to Windows 8.1. And today, I moved to Lightroom 5.3. So I am in the process of re-installing all my favorite plugins (actually one favorite plugin) and trying out other plugins.

So on to my favorite plugin: it is LR2/Mogrify by Timothy Armes. This is a donation-ware plugin. It gives you 99.9% functionality for free – but if you donate, the functionality will go to a 100%.
From the LR2/Mogrify website :“The trial version limits the number of images that can be exported in one go to ten. Donating towards one of the projects removes this restriction and will give you a serial number that works with both.”

So what do I use this for? To add borders and logo to my image. For my post processing I almost always use Lightroom only. So after editing / developing the photographs, I add a 2px black border, followed by a wide white border followed by a 3 px black border. Then I want a watermark image – with my website name and logo on the bottom right of the image. Sometimes, I want to resize the final image output. And I can do all this with a user-defined preset using LR2/Mogrify. It is great!

Here are two screenshots of my LR2/Mogrify preset settings. This preset – i use to save the full h-resolution jpeg image, with the three borders and logo. It is also for the ‘landscape’ orientation of my 16MP camera output file. The size of my watermark png file: 350 x 139px

LR2/Mogrify Preset - Screenshot 1

LR2/Mogrify Preset - Screenshot 2

What other plugins am I trying out? here is a list with links. Since I am currently just evaluating the following plugins, in case I like them, I might just write more of these posts (Not promising!)

List of plugins under evaluation:

1. TPG LR Backup: Donation-ware by Matt Dawson. From the website “The TPG LR Backup plugin simplifies backing up your Lightroom environment. It does this by adding the ability to backup Lightroom’s configuration files, and compress Lightroom’s catalog backups, from within Lightroom itself. These tasks can occur automatically as the program starts or manually as required.

2.Jeffrey Freidl’s “Data Explorer” Lightroom Plugin: Donation-ware. This plugin for Adobe Lightroom allows you group photos and videos in your Lightroom catalog by more than 100 data criteria

3. Jeffrey Freidl’s “Folder Status”: Donation-ware. “This Lightroom plugin allows you to create a set of workflow-status yes/no fields that milestone your personal workflow, and maintain them for each folder in your Lightroom catalog. It’s quite useful to remind yourself, on a folder-by-folder basis, what processing you have done and what remains to be done….”

4.Jeffrey Freidl’s “Focal-Length Sort”:Donation-ware. “This plugin fills a specific hole in Lightroom’s “Grid Filter”, adding new fields by which you can filter images: “Focal Length” and “Focal Length in 35mm”…”

5.Jeffrey Freidl’s Video-Asset Management: Donation-ware. “This plugin for Adobe Lightroom allows you to keep track of your video files in Lightroom.”

Plugins I’d like to try someday

1. Snapshotter from “The Photographer’s Toolbox”
2. Find Similar Files from “The Photographer’s Toolbox”
3. Syncomatic from “The Photographer’s Toolbox

Uncopyright

It\’s about time I did this. I am releasing copyright for all work in the past – my photographs, words in blog posts etc. As of today, Dec 19, 2013 they are all in the public domain.

Now, you can use my content however you want. No need to email me for permission. You can use my photographs however you want – however many times you want. You can claim them as yours if you so choose (though that is extremely rude…where are your manners?). You can share them, re-post them, print them and put them on your wall, use them for advertising – whatever. It\’s yours to do whatever you want to do with it – if you want it.

Attribution

When you use my content – attribution is appreciated, will bring you good karma. Its awesome if you can just link back to the original photo or blog or just link to www.suprada.com. However it is not a legal necessity.

Why would you give attribution? Especially a link to my website? Apart from being a nice thing to do, so other people can find the stuff here so they can use it if they need it (More good karma for you).

Why Uncopyright?

Leo Babauta at Zen Habits says it better than I ever can: \”I’m not a big fan of copyright laws, especially as they’re being applied by corporations, used to crack down on the little guys so they can continue their large profits.

Copyrights are often said to protect the artist, but in most cases the artist gets very little while the corporations make most of the money. In the 4+ years I’ve done this experiment, releasing copyright has not hurt me, the creator of the content, a single bit.

I think, in most cases, the protectionism that is touted by “anti-piracy” campaigns and lawsuits and lobbying actually hurts the artist. Limiting distribution to protect profits isn’t a good thing.

The lack of copyright, and blatant copying by other artists and even businesses, never hurt Leonardo da Vinci when it comes to images such as the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, or the Vitruvian Man. It’s never hurt Shakespeare. I doubt that it’s ever really hurt any artist (although I might just be ignorant here).

And while I’m certainly not da Vinci or Shakespeare, copyright hasn’t helped me, and uncopyright hasn’t hurt me. If someone feels like sharing my content on their blog, or in any other form for that matter, that’s a good thing for me. If someone wanted to share my ebook with 100 friends, I don’t see how that hurts me. My work is being spread to many more people than I could do myself. That’s something to celebrate, as I see it.

And if someone wants to take my work and improve upon it, as artists have been doing for centuries, I think that’s a wonderful thing. If they can take my favorite posts and make something funny or inspiring or thought-provoking or even sad … I say more power to them. The creative community only benefits from derivations and inspirations.

This isn’t a new concept, of course, and I’m freely ripping ideas off here. Which is kinda the point.\”

I am very lucky in being able to earn a comfortable living, having a fulfilling job and at the same time being inspired by my horde of muses. There is so much more for me to create, to learn…and all this hanging on to my old stuff – the \’my\’ in this is somehow holding me back. After all, I am but a channel through which these things come into existence – I need to let go of them into the world too. Can\’t hold on to everything, can I? Need to make space for the new as well. There are so many new photos, new projects, new ideas in my head – creating is what makes me happy – not owning these things.

Yay! Hi-Res jpegs for one and all

So, from now on, when I post photos here, I will start posting the Hi-Res jpegs you all you good people to use – no obligations. It is too much work to go and add hi-res links to my older photos..but going forward, you will find the links.

I hope you can find good joyful uses for these photographs and words – wishing as much joy to the viewer as it was to create them!

Sunset on Carmel beach

Sunset on Carmel Beach

Sunset on Carmel beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

Carmel beach sunset with the sun at the horizon. ‘Straight’ jpg from camera using the ‘Diorama’ ‘art’ filter. Love the waves crashing on the beach.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/320s at f/2.8
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

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Music vs. Images

\’A picture is worth a thousand words\’ we hear again and again. But how much is a picture worth compared to music?

Just this morning, I was listening to some glorious opera music. And I was transported away to some place of soaring and moving and emotion. That made me wonder – For every person, there is a kind of music which makes them happy, makes them sad, cheers them up, inspires them, moves them to tears..

What is the equivalent of this in images? Does everyone have images which also makes them happy? sad? provides inspiration? calms them down? If so do we recognize that this is what the picture does – or does it get acknowledged only in the sub-conscious?

Is this because of all the visuals we are bombarded with everyday? What does this mean for us photographers who want to pour our emotions out into photographs? Will it be seen?

More questions than answers today, I\’m afraid!

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