Knee-Jerk Photography Talk

Today's post is brought to you by the recurring special segment: "And Then I Read the Comments." Alright, that's not a segment on the blog at this point in time. Um, stay tuned? In the last couple of days, I read an article on an unnamed photography news website about shooting color film. It was… Continue reading Knee-Jerk Photography Talk

Art Versus Heart

Photography should be let go from its association with art. Not because art cannot encompass photography, but because it is hard to separate the complex web which "art" references. If we no longer worried about measuring up or impressing anyone with our photos, if they were no longer required to reference any artistic conventions, then… Continue reading Art Versus Heart

Lumix GX9 Review, Part II: In Use

Perhaps an article dedicated to using the Lumix GX9 is not really necessary, as I’ve already written about using its predecessor, the GX85. They’re very similar cameras! But I have realized that the way I use a camera has changed since 2016, and my thoughts and feelings are a bit different now. I think that… Continue reading Lumix GX9 Review, Part II: In Use

Lumix GX9 Review: Introduction

In 2016, I wrote a series of review articles about the Lumix GX85, Panasonic’s long-awaited update to the GX7 from 2013. The GX7 was a major upgrade from 2011’s GX1, which did not have a viewfinder. The GX-series have always been favorites for photographers like me, who value smaller camera bodies with well-thought-out features. Note… Continue reading Lumix GX9 Review: Introduction

Value of a Back Catalogue

When do we come to the end of wanting to produce "competent" photographs? I have been pondering this question as I go through my catalogue of photographs taken - many of them remembered, some forgotten, and some re-seen as I encounter them again after sitting in cold storage on a hard drive. Few are the… Continue reading Value of a Back Catalogue

Rangefinder Among the Masks

Or: My New Normal Things have been upended, we all know this and deal with it on a daily basis. Even in my neck of the global woods (shout-out to the podcast Stuff They Don't Want You to Know for that line, which I shamelessly stole), daily life has not been the same for quite… Continue reading Rangefinder Among the Masks

Getting the Analogue Film Look from Micro Four Thirds In-Camera

  Micro Four Thirds cameras are frequently criticized due to their sensors being smaller than full frame, which makes it harder for photographers to get the "look" that's become emblematic of large sensors: shallow depth-of-field, smooth highlight transitions and lots of dynamic range. These characteristics were usually present (with the exception of the last, which… Continue reading Getting the Analogue Film Look from Micro Four Thirds In-Camera

Bessa T! Superia 400! Color Skopar 35mm!

My wife and I recently took a short trip up the Pacific coast, and since my Ricoh GR III was in the shop, I only brought along one camera, the Voigtlander Bessa T, and one lens, the Color Skopar 35mm f2.5. While not the smallest combination, it did fit into a couple of jacket pockets… Continue reading Bessa T! Superia 400! Color Skopar 35mm!

Are Snapshots Inferior Photos?

The snapshot has a longstanding connotation of inferiority. Even if you enjoy making them, you probably acknowledge this apparent consensus, and perhaps even feel guilty about owning up to taking snapshots. This would be a mistake, for to assume that a snapshot must be a bad photograph is to miss what a snapshot is: not… Continue reading Are Snapshots Inferior Photos?

Symbolism

It is good to look at something and recognize symbolism, allegory or deeper truth. This is a troublesome statement, and must quickly be qualified, for I think that many of us have been made to endure specious or disingenuous interpretations of symbolism in Art. Few people make it through higher education, for example, without being… Continue reading Symbolism