Yesterday, on a beautiful warm summer evening, I stepped into my car, put on the AC and went on my way to a park not too far away. I took my dog Nikki with me, as being outdoors in nature makes her a lot happier, then staying home alone. She might also come in handy for the activities that would take place later on. In the park I had a meet up with fellow photographers and a model (all colleagues of mine), for a photography session with the theme "natural light", organised by portrait photographer Simon Sutcliffe. When I arrived the group was complete and after a short walk we arrived at a large field with tall grass. Simon explained to the group the basics of how to shoot a subject in relation to the direction of the light coming from the sun, without using a flash or a reflector. Showing the effects when doing it wrong and demonstrating how to get it right. After this short demo the photoshoot started.
About one and a half weeks ago I gave myself a small birthday present and I bought the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95. It's a relatively small lens, feels well build and looks perfectly at home on my Olympus PEN-F. Since I have it, I want to take it everywhere with me and if feels like it brings an extra dimension to my photos. It is not a perfect lens by any means, but in my opinion its flaws often are somewhat similar to those of a good vintage lens (like the Super Takumar M42 lens). Those "shortcomings" feel like part of its personality and they add extra character to the photos you make, rather then distract from their beauty.
I regularly post my pictures on Flickr. Most of the time they get a handful of faves and a couple of comments. But sometimes they attract more than the average amount of views and faves. I find it hard to predict what makes a picture popular. Part is due to the exposure it gets when it gets invited into the Explore group (or other invite only groups). Which guarantees a lot of views and therefore also much more faves. Sometimes people seem to like something I cannot explain. Don't get me wrong, I post the pictures I like myself. But the pictures I like most aren't always the same as the ones liked most by the Flickr community.
Here are the top 10 photos on my Flickr stream according to Flickr stats, sorted on number of faves with their original title and the number of views and comments.
If someone would ask me what my top three favourite lenses are, this lens would definitely be in it. If they would ask me what my favourite M42 lens is, this one would be the one for sure. The lens I'm talking about is the Super Takumar 50mm f1.4. This lens is incredible and in this blog I will tell and show you why this lens should definitely be in your collection.
Hereunder you'll find a video I made were in I give a retrospective of my photography in 2017. At the end of the video I'll show you my 10 favourite pictures of that year with a short background story.
I was a bit hesitant publishing this video. It is my first video (of that kind) and it felt somewhat slow, technically not 100% right, didn't feel comfortable in front of the camera and it was also very personal. After showing it to my (Micro Four Nerds) friends Christian and Emily, I decided to make the video public. I hope you like it.
On this page I also published my 10 favourite pictures of 2017, for those who want to skip the video and just want to take a look at these pictures.