Viva el papa !

So the first ever non-European Pope is Argentine, what a surprise! I don't know much of him except he took special care of poor people...
So the first ever non-European Pope is Argentine, what a surprise! I don't know much of him except he took special care of poor people and i a fan of the San Lorenzo football club (which is always an important fact here in Argentina). It is obviously a great news for Argentina and all of South America in general, but not so much for the current government. Fransisco vs Cristina ... this is about to get interesting. For the moment let's raise our glasses and welcome Fransisco the Ist.  Portrait of Marcelo, shoe designer still active despite being 14 years...

Encounters

Dogs meet dogs at the corner of any street, and old men wish they were a little bit younger.  (click on picture for high res)...
Dogs meet dogs at the corner of any street, and old men wish they were a little bit younger.  (click on picture for high res) Yesterday was the first time since our move to Argentina that I could spend a full day shooting in the streets. I took along my M9 whose shutter had basically remained silent for the same time span. A cloudy day awaited and the streets of Rosario were bustling with activity, what a great feeling of being back !  Once we do settle in our new life and jobs (it should take a few more months),...

Why are rangefinders the best for street photography ?

.... because you will never miss what is going on outside of the frame.  Joke aside, and in times of inevitable comparisons of the new...
.... because you will never miss what is going on outside of the frame.  Joke aside, and in times of inevitable comparisons of the new Leica M240 vs M9 vs M8 vs D800 vs film vs Toyota vs Ferrari vs my father is stronger than yours, I am convinced that the one feature that make rangefinders especially great for street photography is the frame lines system. Indeed, it allows you to better anticipate the "decisive moment" by visualizing, directly in the viewfinder, the elements that are about to enter your scene. No need to scan around with your camera, just...

Sho(r)t Stories #8 : Carroll Lam

It is with great pleasure that we head to Paris this week to discover the story behind this picture by Carroll Lam, from Tucson, Arizona....
It is with great pleasure that we head to Paris this week to discover the story behind this picture by Carroll Lam, from Tucson, Arizona. Submissions are open to anybody, if you wish to participate, please read the instructions at the end of this post. April in Paris - Leica M9with 28mm Elmarit What is the Sho(r)t Story?   This was taken at the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris during an April 2010 visit to Paris.  While strolling through the gardens (for the first time for me and my wife) we came upon this lovely couple enjoying the spring sun. ...

Coffee delivery

When walking in the streets of Argentina, you'll cross path with numerous waiters who deliver coffee and croissant directly at the customer location. Obviously, some...
When walking in the streets of Argentina, you'll cross path with numerous waiters who deliver coffee and croissant directly at the customer location. Obviously, some skill is needed to manoeuvre in the downtown crowd without stumbling, especially with your two hands occupied.  (click on picture for high res) Rosario - Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.8, 1/1000, ISO160

What a difference a smile makes

I always try to get the candid picture first, without interacting with the subject. But then, I usually smile and will say something nice or...
I always try to get the candid picture first, without interacting with the subject. But then, I usually smile and will say something nice or funny. 95% of the times it works and people open up for a portrait. Two different kind of pictures, a smile apart. (click on pictures for high res) Rosario - Leica M9 with 35mm Summilux at F2.8, ISO160

Have you ever noticed how kids on the edges of a group picture try to squeeze themselves in the frame ? I should have told...
Have you ever noticed how kids on the edges of a group picture try to squeeze themselves in the frame ? I should have told them I had my 35mm lens on ... ;)   Cochin - Leica M9 with 35mm Lux Asph at F4.0, 1/250, ISO160