As a photographer if colors always bothered you then this is something to consider seriously! Leica recently announced the arrival of their much-awaited black and white exclusive camera Leica M Monochrom. With a price tag of just US $8000 (body only) one can be sure to produce masterpieces – or may be not!
In Leica’s words:
Countless iconic black-and-white photographs have been shot with the legendary cameras of the Leica M-System.
So it was time for a camera to continue this tradition and finally make it possible to deliver authentic monochrome photography in digital form: the Leica M Monochrom. It is the first full-frame, 35 mm format digital camera to be designed exclusively and without any compromises for black-and-white photography. It delivers ‘true’ black-and-white images in unrivalled sharpness and dynamic range. This makes the M Monochrom the perfect camera for anyone with a passion for black-and-white photography.
All the technical mumbo-jumbo aside it does seem to produce quality result hence justifying it’s price (to some). Below are some select images produced by Leica M Monochrom.
I had been sitting on a stash of photographs that I’ve been taking since 2005 but never been able to process, upload and share them online. This is partly because I was busy doing everything else and never got the time to focus on photography. This is also because I’ve been inconsistent throughout in pursuing this passion of mine – but not anymore!
As time is passing, I’m starting to feel that the old relationship between my camera and me is reviving … which is indeed very old – nearly 20 years to be precise. This relationship can be divided into three phases:
It all started with my father’s Mamiya SLR (which has long been discontinued). The excitement of holding a SLR camera at that time was more than the photography itself and the focus was more towards taking pictures of school friends and family. This was kind of an exploratory phase that resulted in serious consideration of this art for years to come.
This represents the time when I was at the art college. I also call it the golden-time as I had the opportunity to fully explore photography, from still to landscape and fashion to portrait. I was in fact able to earn a reasonable amount of money with my photography to fund this expensive hobby.
But, I can also be solely blamed for putting an abrupt end to this as I had to decide where I wanted to go professionally and, unfortunately, despite all the pleasures I had with photography, it wasn’t my destination as a profession. It was one of those strategic career decisions that one has to make early on, wittingly or unwittingly. My decision to adopt digital media over photography is something that I don’t regret, in fact it is something that I’m proud of, but this brought an end to this particular interest of mine before the potential could fully be explored.
Maturity or Amateur-ity
This is the present that started back in 2005 when digital cameras started becoming a norm for photographers opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I’ve started seeing through the lens again with a serious resolve to make up for the abrupt end.
The pictures you see in this post are from the first batch that I uploaded on Flickr from the set called London. Keep watching the space on Flickr as I’ll be uploading more and more in the days to come.
This remarkable work of a self-taught photographer is tremendously compelling. Jonathan Rosser, based in Washington DC, has captured nothing but his passion with a purpose in mind.
What is different about myself than most other photographers is that I am self-taught. I took no classes to find the right setting on a camera or lighting to make an image successful. About two years ago I started studying the photo streams on Flickr of other inspiring artists and guessed how they caught their striking images. After trial and error I was able to obtain the moment and feeling in a street portrait that I was searching for.
My passion is for the people who have nothing, and continue their lives among so many who choose to just walk by. Their spirit is shown in their faces and eyes and I try my best to honor them by their portrait. My dream is to show a series of my street portraits in a gallery setting, and open the perspective to others that may not take the time to see otherwise
As with most of my work, each of these individuals has a story and a name.
The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.