Leonard works at The Grill on Chartres Street in NOLA.  Next time you’re there, say hi, and try the pecan pie!  And just for fun use the rest room, the back area of the building is… interesting.  Trust me.

Size Does NOT Matter.

Getting back to my switching to Micro 4/3, the photo directly above was shot last September with my GH3 and the 12-35 lens.  The top photo was shot today in a student dining facility, and the print on the wall was about 10 feet tall.  Not bad for a little camera.

“no
might make them angry
but
it will make you free.”
if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger, nayyirah waheed (via ehosk)

(via ehosk)

“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.”
— Albert Camus, The Fall 

(via ehosk)

Hmm, I believe I have been April Fooled…

Tumblr Pro seems like a spoof to me.  Having a top hat on my avatar seems a bit silly.  I’m glad I’m not the only one who fell for it.

johngoldsmith:

The Birds

Hitchcock would approve.

Working pictures…

In the past year I have moved from using full frame 35mm sized digital cameras to a micro 4/3 system.  Most of my friends think I’m nuts, but a few get it.  No matter, I like it.  I can shoot video and stills with one tool that I’m throughly familiar with, a tool that works as well in one discipline as the other.  And, I can carry them all day long without my spine feeling like it’s collapsing.

Because my viewfinder and rear screen continuously previews the exposure, I never have to consult a meter, I see what I’m going to get and can change exposure on the fly. Focus points cover the entire frame, I can put the AF spot where it needs to be with a swipe of my finger.

One of the big things for me though has been learning how to make stills in a way that has freed me up from the tyranny of the viewfinder. More and more I choose to flip out the screen on the back of the camera and look with both eyes at the composition. Reminds me of working with a view camera, only right side up.

However, the big, I mean real big thing that saves my back and knees and allows me to see the world in ways that I could not before. I can put the camera anywhere, down low, up high, looking through small spaces where I don’t fit, but the camera does, and make a photograph that I could not do last year. I can see to compose anywhere, vertically or horizontally thanks to a fully articulated screen. 

Change is good sometimes, especially when new technology makes what we do more fun, and gives us an opportunity to see the world in a different way, from new angles.

I was walking down the street in Covington, LA when I passed by Roy’s Knife & Archery Shop, and lo and behold, Roy himself is inside the front door carving a horse from a piece of wood.  As any photographer in his right mind would do when confronted with such a scene, I walked in, said hello, asked if I could make some photos, and listened to his stories for the next 45 minutes.  It was magical.  Thanks Roy!

So, the conversation goes like this… “Hey Mike, we’ve put up a fence around the construction, and we want you to photograph it.”  And I think, ok, a fence.  Now, I can just shoot the fence, or I can tell a bit of the story about the fence.  The messaging on the fence is important, along with the fact that there is construction going on behind it, but more importantly, we are on a college campus, so we need a student.  And of course it’s early in the morning and now is the only time to make the photo as the rest of the day is busy.  Find a solution by finding the angle, and wait for a student to walk through the frame and block the sun. Bingo.

I photograph people.  My approach is straightforward, find a way to allow the subject to be comfortable, a spot with decent light, and an angle to keep the composition simple.  I prefer that my technique stay out of the way of the person that I’m photographing.  I want you to think about who you’re looking at, and I want that person to seem as real to you as they did to me when I was making the photograph.

gancsos:

Staten Island Ferry, NY - 03.2014

This is Marcus.  His parents own the camper in Covington, LA that my son lives in. Marcus thinks Ian is cool and always pops in whenever the door is open.

Excellence in seeing and compiling into a sequence…

notnathanshotdogs:

in transit.

going thru old negatives and making short sequences of the pictures i find. these pictures were made when i used to commute to work, in new york, from east brunswick.