I’m an amateur photographer from Boston. This is a place for me to post my photos and to write about, and link to, other photographers.
Methods and Gear
I try not to use Photoshop for a variety of reasons. For image editing, which I rarely do, I use Pixelmator, which is just as good as Photoshop and much cheaper.
I use Aperture for light workflow and processing; mostly adding a vignette, tonal adjustments and black and white conversion (using the Silver Efex Pro 2 plug in). Occasionally some burning and dodging. Darkroom analogs in other words. (I’m a bit of a snob in that regard.)
My cameras: A Leica M9 (my version of a midlife Harley) and a Nikon D800e. I also have older Nikons on the shelf.
I’m building a collection of M-mount lenses for the Leica.
Mostly I use 50mm. Until recently my favorite lens was the Zeiss Sonnar f1.5. I now have a Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f1.4 which not only has great bokeh but is insanely sharp (when I get the focus right). I also use a Voigtlander 50mm Nokton 1.1 for atmospheric shots where focus isn't critical.
In addition to the 50's I have two 35 mm’s in the bag, a Voigtländer Nokton f1.4 and a pre-ASPH Leica Summilux f1.4 I also have a pre-ASPH 90mm Summicron.
Outlook on Photography
I’ve been taking photos since the 1960s. I’ve used SLR’s, mostly Nikon, through many generations, from manual exposure, aperture and frame advance, to rudimentary auto focus and matrix metering, to today’s sophisticated DSLR/HD video cams that can autofocus in a split second with vibration reduction while calculating the perfect exposure in the dark.
I hate missing shots so I sometimes use those cutting edge tools. But I also love doing photography, so I go manual when I can, at 50mm or some other fixed focal length. Using a rangefinder forces the issue. Focus, composition, DOF, and exposure have to be considered for every shot.
To tell the truth, I loved the quality but I hated dealing with film. It was expensive and I tended to be sloppy and impatient in the darkroom. Digital has been a godsend. The things that one can do today exceed the imagination of photographers thirty years ago. You could easily argue that this era is the golden age of photography.
My first choice in shooting is street photography. That freezing of the moment is, for me, the essence of the art. I’ve travelled a bit in the last few years and that has provided an opportunity for some interesting shots. I’ve found that outside the US (and especially in Asia) folks are less afraid of having a lens pointed at them, thus allowing themselves to be captured in a more natural way.
I will be the first to admit that I am not a great technical photographer. But I love taking photos. Leave a comment if you’re inclined or hit me at jjdaley (at) mac.com.