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Johann Kwan
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Lives in Toronto, ON
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Bahahahaha. I laughed my ass off. That bad eighties villain German villain leica accent too. Omg.
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I look back on 2014. Thanks for making it awesome guys.
It’s officially 2015, I’m over the New Years hangover, I’ve had my requisite greasy food for the day, and spent the evening with friends playing with their baby and chatting the night away before reality sets back in with the end of the holiday season. 2014 was a pretty damned […]
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Good for you. DSLRs are pointless giant beasts now.
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I think most people know this, but I’m a proud colonial. I grew up under British rule, and I’m incredibly thankful for that. The alternative should history have worked out otherwise is infinitely worse. This upbringing led me to believe in modern, liberal, enlightened values… values I hold onto dearly. Amongst those values, perhaps even central to many of them, are the principles of democracy and self-determination. Despite the fact that it would’ve been tearing part of my identity away had it gone otherwise, I supported the referendum in Scotland for that reason. I continue to support that same spirit of self-determination in the city I call my homeland. Though I left well before the handover, in part because of my family’s anticipation of it, a large part of my identity rests on the idea of autonomy and self-determination for the Hong Kong SAR. The idea that promises made to Hong Kong when the handover was completed won’t be followed through in the most expedient manner sickens me. The current political situation in Hong Kong disturbs me to the core, and has done so for some time. I fully support the push for democracy at home, and raise my glass to you brave people who’ve been out day and night fighting for what’s right.
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I'm a pro who shoots Leica these days, having moved back from DSLRs... I find I get better results from my Leica. But I grew up shooting film, so it works for me. The quirks you mention, if you shot film at any point, becomes second nature to compensate for. Metering's fine, so long as you point it at a relatively neutral area first to lock it in. Focusing I find faster than many AF lenses, if you know what you're doing and pre-focusing, simply fine-tuning once you see the rangefinder image and aren't hunting for it. But it definitely takes a lot more work... but that's the fun part of it. Practice makes perfect.

I would love to get my hands on a Monochrome again. I shoot the M240 and I love it, but the MM is just soooo nice. The MM is such a niche product though... not something you can shoot pro with easily without severe limitations on your clientele.

I wouldn't switch off my Leica now that I've switched off DSLRs, but yeah, definitely not for everyone. Even old SLR Canon/Nikon/Minolta shooters might find the perspective shift of a rangefinder weird. But once you get used to it, shooting with it becomes second nature... and I would now shoot no other way.
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And yeah. Sharpness with that 90 isn't great. I have an old 90mm Summicron f/2 that's also just... not the sharpest, but I like the character of the lens so I keep it around for soft portraits. It's a look I've yet to fully duplicate in post with sharper 90s, so...

I love my 35mm Summilux f/1.4 FLE though. That lens is my go-to default lens for everything. It's sharp, it's gorgeous, the bokeh is creamy and delicious, and it's just my perfect focal length.

The me from a decade ago would be furious that I'm not nearly as fond of 50s as I used to be. But dammit this 35 is gorgeous.

Full disclosure I still keep some DSLR gear for studio use. But I do use the Leica in the studio as well, when I can get away with it. I just like shooting with it more. =D
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Happy Tau Day!
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I shoot with an M240 these days for work and for play after retiring my SLR gear. The frustration with missed shots goes away with practice... Which is why I use it for everything. Your skills have to be sharp. I don't miss focus often anymore.

There's something beautiful about shooting fully manual though, that forces me to consider my shots. And the rangefinder is still just one of the best focusing and framing methods possible for the way I shoot.

That said. Is it for everyone? Hell no. I don't miss autofocus, but other people might. Is it perfect? Again... No. The high iso performance is lacking, though the fast glass can make up for that a bit.

But do I love it? Yeah.

I do have other gear for backup on the job. But I don't ever use them.
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I guess I really don't update G+ often enough anymore. A few weeks ago the Australian Associated Press picked up one of my photos for their article on the Toronto Municipal elections. Which is pretty exciting cause, you know. Australia is half the world away, and where much of my family lives. Exciting! Also, that is a headline I am proud to have my photo under. =D

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2014/10/29/toronto-replaces-crack-smoking-mayor-rob-ford
The culmination of a long and sometimes bitter campaign saw radio broadcaster John Tory, 60, win the job of chief magistrate.  It was his second try in a decade.
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Hello Kyrie! My, you're getting all the social media stops out!
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Goddammit now I miss the Cuillins. 
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Here are some photos from the Isle of #Skye, one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. http://johannkwan.com/?p=862
Query: Is the Isle of Skye one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been? Answer: Yes.   Here’s the gallery.   Some repeats here, since my favourite photos from the trip as a whole were of people, but there we are. I found it hard not to approach different […]
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    Photographer, present
  • Bell Professional Management Program
    Photographer / Creative Associate, 2011 - 2012
  • Black's Photography
    Expert Associate, 2010 - 2011
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Ottawa, ON - Bethlehem, NY - Hong Kong - Calgary, AB
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Photographer, hedonist, humanist, and much more.
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Travelled back in time to hunt a T-Rex. Seriously.
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  • Carleton University
    Political Theory, 2004 - 2010
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We had to make a reservation after stepping in one night and finding it full ... it smelled so good we just had to make a reservation. Harbour View didn't disappoint at all. Fantastically well prepared fresh seafood, fab service, and a great atmosphere, and a fab view of the harbour (though through one window only). Probably one of the best meals we had in Scotland. Would definitely recommend if you find yourself in Portree. Follow the meal with a dram of Talisker (or have one before and during as well).
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
Utterly awful. Don't trust the reviews you're reading here. We went after our planned stop in Etobicoke ended up being closed. We looked up places to go on Google Local and this was (at the time) rated 22. I hope it doesn't stay there. The poutine I had was made with shredded cheese, not curds, and sour (how the hell?) gravy. The potato and bacon soup someone else had was also reportedly sour, probably due to an overuse of sour cream. The beef liver was overcooked, and burnt on one side. The souvlaki was alright, but nothing to write home about for the money. We left in a hurry. Won't be bothering with this place again. I don't say this often, but you're better served with one of the chain family restaurants.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Cheap eats, but cheap for a reason. Nak Won next door may be more expensive, but it's also better... which is somewhat sad, since Nak Won isn't that great either. Don't bother with the instant-noodle-style noodles. There are packs of Nong Shim instant noodles stacked on their kitchen sill... you may as well go to T&T and pick up some noodles and boil some water at home. The pork bone soup and similar items will serve you better. That said, the beer's cheap and the service is good. So if you're looking for late night cheap eats, don't let that deter you.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
If you're dining in Ottawa and you're hankering for seafood, look no further. Everything's sustainable, everything's wonderful, and the atmosphere is fantastic. I've been to a lot of restaurants around the world, some under headline chefs featured on television, but none have ever had the charm of the Whalesbone's atmosphere, wonderful staff, and fantastic record collection. It all comes together to make one complete package. Be prepared to spend some money, get some friends together, have some oysters (the shucker's plate will get you started, if you're not sure what you like with oysters), dabble around the menu, and enjoy the ride.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Jean Albert's has become a staple for my visits back to Ottawa, which is rare for a place that didn't exist while I lived in Ottawa. It was to my surprise that a rather mediocre Thai place near Chinatown would be replaced with soul food... but that surprise came with its healthy share of delight. Chicken and waffles might not be something you'd want to do every morning, but there is no better way to start a morning if you just need some soul food. The owner there is fabulous. He's good for a chat, and is absolutely passionate about his craft. Service might be slow when it's just him working the kitchen and the floor, as may be the case sometimes, but it's always with a smile. If you're having the chicken and waffles (and I suggest it), you're going to need to take it slow anyway.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Here's the thing about Japango... there are only two words you need to know. Omakase and Moriawase. Let the chef choose for you, and you won't be disappointed. Service can get a little sluggish, strangely for such a tiny place, but they're incredibly busy with takeouts for bureaucrats at City Hall, especially at lunch hour. Probably one of my favourite places to go in town if I'm just looking for sushi no moriawase. Great, fresh, wonderful fish, fantastic presentation.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Guu is fun, and like many fun places in this city, you might have to wait a while to get in. Plan around it, and have something else to do in the area. The food's very good. It falls short of a 3 simply because nothing I've had there has blown me away, but then again, I have extremely high stardards for Japanese food. It's by no means super expensive... it's fun, you order some dishes, sit around and have some drinks with friends. Prepare for noise. It's LOUD. If you're looking to catch up with friends you haven't seen in some time, pick someplace else. If you're going on a date in which you want to talk, rather than sit and enjoy the spectacle around you, go someplace else. Treat it the same way you would going to a dinner show with friends. You can talk, some... but best to just enjoy the food and soak in the spectacle.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago