Did Leica finally get its X1 right for street photography ?

When Leica launched their compact APS-C sensor X1 to the market over a year ago, I was originally thrilled to discover what could be a...
When Leica launched their compact APS-C sensor X1 to the market over a year ago, I was originally thrilled to discover what could be a great take anywhere camera for street photography. The F2.8 lens was a bit slow to my taste, not so much for low light as the high ISO performance was excellent, but for these shots where background separation was needed.  Yet, I was delighted to see that Leica had designed a camera with both aperture and speed dials easily accessible on top of the camera. Indeed when shooting in manual mode, these parameters must be at...

The daughter of the gold trader

Her hair shined as much as her merchandize in the morning sun. (click on picture to enlarge) Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F8.0,...
Her hair shined as much as her merchandize in the morning sun. (click on picture to enlarge) Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F8.0, 1/500, ISO200

Lady of the stripes

Sun rises over Rosario. It is still cool out there and a little stop for a cigarette to warm the spirits up is most welcome....
Sun rises over Rosario. It is still cool out there and a little stop for a cigarette to warm the spirits up is most welcome. (click on picture to enlarge) Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux Asph at F2.8, 1/4000, ISO200

Critique-a-shot #8 : Steven Harrison and Christophe Thillier

This week, let's go over two shots from two wonderful cities for street photography, Rome and nearby Buenos Aires. If you would like your shot...
This week, let's go over two shots from two wonderful cities for street photography, Rome and nearby Buenos Aires. If you would like your shot to go through this colum, please read here for instructions on how to submit. If you have already submitted a shot and it has not appeared yet, it will come soon ! "Untitled" by Steven Harrison Canon 400D with 17-85mm zoom at 35mm, F5.6, 1/260, ISO800 Before I go into the details of the analysis, let me state that dog shots are often tricky. Indeed, a dog will always look good, so in some way...

Free pet food for all

Elections are getting closer and parties are already in the street trying to convince the electors. While the political debate seems to passionate many citizens,...
Elections are getting closer and parties are already in the street trying to convince the electors. While the political debate seems to passionate many citizens, some remain immune to the arguments. As long as there is food in their plates of course.  (click on picture to enlarge) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F4.0, 1/250, ISO200

The sharpness trap

When assessing a lens or camera performance, sharpness often tops the list in the buying criteria of photographers. Yet is sharpness actually all that important...
When assessing a lens or camera performance, sharpness often tops the list in the buying criteria of photographers. Yet is sharpness actually all that important ? Click here or on picture to discover the full article. Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/500, ISO200

After me

After me ("después de mi"), who took my place ?  (click on picture to enlarge) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO200
After me ("después de mi"), who took my place ?  (click on picture to enlarge) Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron at F2.8, 1/250, ISO200

12 things to think about just before you click.

Imagine you just spotted a great street scene. It is now time to raise the camera to your eyes and snap. Click! The shot is...
Imagine you just spotted a great street scene. It is now time to raise the camera to your eyes and snap. Click! The shot is in the box, easy isn't it ? Unluckily, street photography is much more difficult than it appears as many variables come into play in a split second for a given scen. A great shot will be the result not only of your ability to spot a great opportunity, but also on your capability to think about all the elements that matter in a shot. This article therefore details some of these elements with the corresponding...