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Peace Village of The North

I took a day trip to the DMZ which is the 2.5 mile (heavily fortified) buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. It was cold, windy, and pouring rain. It just felt like a bad place. The village in the distance is called Kijong-dong or “Peace Village” but our American GI tour guides told us everyone...

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    Flight (Diptych)

    I’ve been looking at these two photos for a while now and thought I would post them separately. They are some of my favorite shots from our trip to London last fall. I  was trying to decide which one I liked better and kept flipping back and forth between the two. Then I put them side...

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      Lady in Blue Walking Through

      One thing that is nice about shooting film, (Kodak Portra 400 in this instance) is that it is what it is. With digital, especially RAW files, you have to always tweak something. Add a little contrast, desaturate the reds, add clarity, etc. etc. True, you can tweak film scans, but the basic color and tonal...

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        The Curved Staircase #1 & #2

        We took the Metro to the Louvre, so I didn’t see this entrance staircase until I was leaving. It’s really a pretty incredible feat of engineering. The spiral staircase floats around a column that doubles as an elevator and connects the outside courtyard to the belly of the museum. Definitely go in this way if...

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          Looking Through the Pyramid

          I finally got to visit the Louvre on our most recent trip to Paris. The museum is huge and holds an incredible collection of art, I barely scratched the surface of what’s there. I did get to see some of the famous works including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory of Samothrace....

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            Lomo and Me

            An interesting feeling happened to me while I was in Paris. It’s a little hard to describe, but I just wasn’t feeling my camera. I was enjoying being there and the first day or two I had fun shooting. But very quickly, I realized I wasn’t enjoying lugging around a body and three pro lenses...

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            • Josh Mitchell12/13/2011 - 4:22 pm

              Surprised you even brought your 5D. I would have thought you would have just brought that Olympus.ReplyCancel

              • Lincoln Barbour12/13/2011 - 4:59 pm

                In hindsight, I wish I had. But then again, I might not have gotten the Lomo. Maybe it was fate.

                For me, there are some functional aspects of the Olympus that prevent it from being a real replacement for a high quality compact digital camera. It’s terrible in low light, the live view is not accurate for exposure, and the model I have only has one control dial; so I can’t control aperture and shutter at the same time.

                I’m thinking of upgrading the EP-3, but I haven’t tested it thoroughly. I also need to get some better lenses for it. Since I don’t use this camera for work shoots, it’s hard to justify dropping that much coin on all the lenses I would want.

                For now though, the Lomo fills a nice void between my iPhone and the Olympus.ReplyCancel

            • Jon-Marc Hatton12/13/2011 - 10:11 pm

              Although I’m far from a professional, I understand that feeling. The camera is one of the most awesome tools to work with, but at the end of the day it can still be a tool. I’ll shoot a wedding with my DSLR and at the end of the day I’ll have some amazing shots, but I was never there; I never actually saw the wedding. I just captured a singular moment at a time through my viewfinder. It actually gets me depressed sometimes. I’m going somewhere beautiful and go to pick up my camera when it hits me like a wall APERTURE, SHUTTER SPEED, ISO, “HEAVY”… etc. I end up just taking pictures on my Iphone.ReplyCancel

            • Mathias Tornqvist12/14/2011 - 8:48 am

              People are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I don’t even bring a camera when I travel.
              Photography is a lovely art, but it can only capture a fraction of the traveling experience. It’s a bit like photographing your meals.
              Worse yet, when you get good at photography, you will utilize all your tricks to manipulate how a potential viewer should feel when looking at the picture. It all becomes a bit of a con game. And ironically, that viewer is most of the time yourself.

              I’m toying with the idea of trying some 3D photography for my travels. But in reality it’s probably just an excuse to get a new toy.

              For a compact (ish) fun camera that does pretty well in low light, how about the Fuji X100? Then you don’t have to worry about getting nice lenses, because you’re stuck with the (excellent) one on the camera.ReplyCancel

              • Lincoln Barbour12/14/2011 - 9:25 am

                The X100 is definitely appealing. It’s a little spendy for it is. Plus it’s digital. So, you still get that instant feedback. You could turn it off, but I would be too tempted to look (chimp).

                Shooting a film camera, you stay in the moment and what you get is what you get. It’s low tech and that’s what I like about the Lomo. No AF, rangefinder, auto exposure. It’s a great street camera.ReplyCancel

                • Mathias Tornqvist12/15/2011 - 10:23 am

                  Good point. I stopped taking travel pictures the moment I went digital.

                  Maybe that’s the key, shooting film. Sure, you’ll spend many important moments taking pictures, but it always stop at the press of the shutter.

                  Then again, what would I do with all that exposed film?
                  Maybe I’ll shoot with a non-digital camera. With no film in it.ReplyCancel

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