At the exhibition

Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fuji Superia 400 (expired)
Nikon F3, Nikkor 35-70mm, Fuji Superia 400 (expired)

Let me frame it for you:

1.

Earlier this week I read this wonderful post about one of my favourite street photographers Matt Stuart. There is also a video with him talking about some of his photos and the way he works. Strangely enough, only now I’ve realized that I’ve never googled any videos with him myself, but anyway.

Matt Stuart had a huge influence on me at the time I started. Even now looking at his works I feel this urge to grab my camera and get out there to shoot some great street pics. Just like his! I guess his ability to see paradox, irony, and humour in our ordinary life resonates with what I like about surroundings, and what I’d like to see in my pictures.

This one above was taken in Riga, Latvia near the railroad station. There was some kind of open-air exhibition and I just happened to be there and take some photos. I don’t know about you, but I can see some glimpses of Stuart’s style here, considering doves and legs šŸ˜‰ or maybe it’s just my emotional bias (probably).

2.

Though I missed the photo challenge last week this one is about frames, which are aplenty in this photo. In all kinds of interpretation.

3.

I just personally like this picture no matter how good or bad it seems to others. Regardless comparisons to masters or hauteĀ street photography. And I decided to show it to you.

Hiding in the shadows

When the temperature is closing to 50 degrees Celsius, air conditioning and cold drinks are even more important than food.

And shade, if you can’t get air conditioning.

While I was waiting for a bus I noticed how people scattered around the bus stop to find some shadow to hide. A couple of things I’m happy turned out as intended are this zig zaggy composition and the three poses: sitting, lying and standing.

It’s fun!

This week’s Photo Challenge is about fun, and as it turned out, finding a proper photo wasn’t an easy task at all. Maybe it’s me or maybe Moscow is not exactly a fun city, but most of my film photos (as well as digital ones) except for personal archives don’t qualify for the topic. Another criteria for choosing was “What is fun?”. I know this is the point of weekly challenges: they leave interpretation to you, and that’s why it was quite a challenge for me to pick up suitable photos. Well, this is what it’s all about, a challenge, right? And it is fun. Also:

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Locals

Olympus 35DC, Ilford HP5
Olympus 35DC, Ilford HP5

As my contribution to this week’s Photo Challenge I’ve decided to choose this photo from my first trip to Amsterdam back in 2012.

It was a business trip, so I had to wake up early and go meet some people. Though my hotel was about 30 minute’s walk from the meeting point I decided to walk anyway and shoot some morning Amsterdam streets. The picture framed itself in a moment when I noticed that the father and his son are sitting under the sign “Locals”. And locals they are indeed.

Welcome, my monochrome friend

Huawei P9, Leica Dual Camera, monochrome
Huawei P9, Leica Dual Camera, monochrome

Remember that post I wrote about the ultimate phone for photographers? Well, it still may be so, but it’s definitely got some serious competition.

It’s just my laziness and tragic sudden death of my HTC One M8 that prevented any sort of preview of Huawei P9, my new phone camera, before I actually got it. If you are into smartphones and mobile photography you definitely know the main thing about it. Yes, I’m looking at you, Leica logo!

Now when it’s too late for previews I’ll just move on to some demos. Since I’ve had this phone for only less than a week IĀ can’t actually say much, but I can show you some pics.

After a nuisance the HTC camera was, almost any picture that comes out of the Huawei 12mp camera is a great one. But truth be told I haven’t actually used the camera mode yetĀ because I’ve been busy shooting some authentic black and white photography in the monochrome mode. It uses the b&w sensor of the dual camera system, and here is where this Leica thing reveals itself. I’m not sure if another Leica product, Leica M Monochrom, has anything to do with the development of this colour sensor-b&w sensor system, butĀ it just reminded me of that rangefinder when I first read about the Huawei cameras. Speaking about Leica’s involvement into the development, many reviewers doubt the company has done anything except for sticking its logo on the phone. Well I’m sure this separate black and white sensor thing was Leica’s idea.

I’ve put up this small gallery so you could see yourself how the b&w mode works. No image was post-processed, just reduced in size with a little of sharpness to compensate reduction.

Also for no particular reason, I throw in a video review of the camera interface, in case you wondered about other features, like RAW support.Ā No one actually mentions it in the reviews, but RAW is only available for the colour Pro mode. If you shoot monochrome, jpeg is your only option. For me, it’s not a big deal as I’ve got a rule not to retouch or post-process my black and white photos.

As I continue experimenting with the camera I’ll be back with more impressions. But for now, I’ll leave you with the Leica Dual Camera monochrome.

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