For those who have taken the time to view my humble photographic shrine, many thanks.
With billions of new image being uploaded every year, I sometimes wonder why bother adding to the noise... but any creative endeavour has a wilful need to be known to the world ; ) Besides, the act of taking photographs can be its own reward. Please feel free to comment or contact me if you wish to discuss any aspect of my work or post-processing!
Blogs such a Steve Huff's- http://www.stevehuffphoto.com
& Zack Arias- http://beam.zackarias.com
have been a continual source of inspiration since I rediscovered my photographic journey mid 2013.
The images you see here have been captured via a range of 'mirror-less' cameras*
1- These include the incredible Olympus OMD-EM5, with the stunning 75mm F1.8 semi-tele, the 45mm F1.8 & the 17mm F1.8- all made by Olympus. Panasonic/Olympus developed the Micro 4/3 rd's lens-mount format after the original 4/3 rd's system failed to gain sufficient traction amongst professional photographers. What results however is a powerhouse synergy of compactness (due to the mirror-less mechanics) sensor size, autofocus speed, dynamic range & image quality that withstands rather intense scrutiny. Olympus has created a number of M4/3 cameras including the Pen series & derivatives of the E-M. Panasonic is also excelling with their G series offerings, including the beautiful GX7, & new Lumix DMC-GH4 4K camera. For those starting out in photography & seasoned Pros', M4/3 has many, many fine attributes.
2- Other images have been taken with the exceptional Fuji X-series of cameras. In my case the beautifully retro Fuji X-E1 running in full manual mode, using the Fujinon 35mm f1.4 (50mm equivalent F.O.V.)
The X-series are like comfort-food for many photographers. Yet strangely, it took me a while to warm to its ways as I had been spoilt by the Oly experience.
Much has been written, both gushing & gnashing over the 'X trans' tech that I won't rake over here. It has taken around 2 years for the various RAW developing software offerings to address the real & frustrating image anomalies that Fuji's X-trans colour filter array created. If you still find yourself frustrated by, say, LR's demosiac algo's (we are talking pixel-peeping) then I urge you to download a trial copy of Photo Ninja by Picturecode - http://www.picturecode.com In my opinion (but extensive thrashing) P.N. is the best & cleanest X-trans RAW converter currently available of the 5 I've used. I have converted the images using P.N, Capture One Pro 7, & LR; & would place them in that order of image processing quality; followed very closely by Aperture & Iridient developer.
The beauty of C1 Pro 7 & LR is that they incorporate extensive local adjustment options via brush masks &/or layers; LRr's highlight recovery is still supreme, & it's overall workflow pretty slick.
3- Currently, because I've fallen for the G.A.S. like many out there, I succumbed to the new Sony A series- the A7- but run it with a beautiful Zeiss Planar T 50mm F2 manual 'old-school' M mount lens via a Novoflex adaptor. I wanted my photographic tools to induce 'stillness' into the process.
It's 24 megapixel f2 Zen
I think one is forced to 'see' more effectively & capture this seeing via manual focusing. (made easy via Sony's excellent electronic viewfinder) There can be no machine-gun 'spray n' pray'. The combo of the 35mm sensor I.Q, large hi-res viewfinder & compact handling is brilliant. Congratulations must go to Sony.
So that's it for now. Perhaps I may detail some of my post-processing methods if useful.