Jan 182017
 

On my short trip to Rovinj, a beautiful small coastal town in Croatia, I used one of my lightest travel kits: the 9-18/4.0-5.6, the 25/1.8 and the plasticky 40-150/4.0-5.6.

The latter is easily the most underestimated lens in my whole lineup. Stopped down to f8 it’s sharp, it’s incredibly lightweight, and it’s very cheap. I’ve bought it used “as new” for 150 Euros, but you often get it for less than 100. If you don’t have it, get it.

Jan 162017
 

A small twig with leaves on a white patch of paint on the street. I didn’t arrange that, I just saw it.

Would I?

Some people do, but even if I don’t, it has nothing to do with purism at all. It’s not my thing. Photography is a meditative act for me, an act of seeing, not an act of arranging.

This is not good or bad. In the end both ways of photography are acts of creating. It’s just that I find one relaxing and the other tedious. Most of the time.

Sometimes I even admire this art of arranging things.

Jan 142017
 

Hmmm … 60mm lens, 120mm equivalent, this perspective, … actually I have no idea how I’ve taken this image. I must have held the camera high above my head, but could I possible have achieved that weird perspective? I didn’t levitate (I’d remember that), in that place there is no overlooking vantage point, and I didn’t use drones either 🙂

Jan 132017
 

For a long time I was a Photoshop user, now I’m a Lightroom user. I once wrote a few Photoshop tutorials, but I can’t even remember Photoshop’s keyboard shortcuts now.

I’m a Lightroom user, but I keep Photoshop around. It’s part of the Creative Cloud photography bundle anyway and I use it for the few things that I can’t do in Lightroom, like “Edit / Transform / Skew”. That happens less than once a month.

The other software that I keep (and actually have acquired not so long ago) is DxO. I use it for pictures like this. I’ve taken it on the train, I like it in a way, and although the camera’s stabilization would have allowed me to get away with ISO 800 and 1/20s (maybe lower with a few tries), I forgot to change to manual mode. The result was ISO 1600 and 1/40s. ISO 1600 is by no means bad on the E-P5, but when I can make it look like ISO 400 using DxO, I’ll happily do it. Basically I’m only abusing DxO as a noise reduction plugin for Lightroom, but it’s so excellent at that, I’d buy it again any time. Now that I think of it, I might have to, once I switch to the E-M1 MkII 🙂