I have been working on this very short (2:06) SoundSlides multimedia on the Barley harvest in Lamayuru for two reasons. The first reason is I am creating a SoundSlides example for an On Field Media Project workshop I am leading in Medan, Indonesia the first week of Dec. The other reason was to use it as a sort of teaser of coming attractions; The 2014 Ladakh Photo Trek. It is very short and frankly, it has no real plot or theme it is meant to be a peak at the harvest. A “day-in-the-life” type of thing. Instead of keeping it to myself, I thought I would share it with you.
By the way, we still have a few spots left on this amazing workshop/tour. Learn more about it HERE and come join us.
I am particularly excite to announce this Photo Trek around Ladakh and it’s 4 day add-on to Kashmir!
Ladakh, India was closed off to the public for years. During that time the Ladakhi culture and its Tibetan influences were kept isolated and pure. These days anyone can visit Ladakh, but only a few know where to find that bit of culture that has stayed authentic. It has been said by some that Ladakh is more Tibetan than Tibet. Join photographers Matt Brandon & Piet Van den Eynde as they lead you on a photographic trek across this isolated region of India known for its monks, monasteries and mountains. Join us for the magic that is Ladakh.
While in Rajasthan, India, I ran across a large group of pilgrims as I was leaving Jaipur. I wanted to shoot this, but how?
A novel is always written in a particular voice or point of view. This is a literary technique to grab the interest of the reader by giving the reader a point of view (POV) of a particular subject. One way authors do this is with a first-person point of view, where a character narrates the story. In photography we can use a similar technique: the first-person POV, also known as the subject’s POV. Continue reading at the New York Institute of Photography →
Every so often I like to post something just to inspire my readers. Especially if it is from a friend. When I saw this video produced by MediaStorm on Ami Vitale’s Facebook feed I new I needed to share it with you. I love the very first line in the video.
I don’t think one image can change the world. But I definitely think you make little cracks in the foundation.
I hope you will be as inspired as I was watching it!
I woke up today thinking I would go out and shoot some rain photos. It has been raining here for the past two to three weeks. I was getting stir-crazy and needed to get out. As I was getting dressed I kept hearing the speakers of the local mosque in the background talking about something. Then it occurred to me, today is Eid-ul Adha! Holy cow..well, holy cow, goat and any other halal animal. Continue reading →
Shooting the X-Pro1 on Safari in Kenya. Anything is possible. Photo by Jon McCormack
I‘ve had many emails and Facebook messages lately asking me if I have switched completely over to the Fujifilm X-series cameras. The Fujifilm X-series for those of you who have been living under a rock or are just not into camera gear, is the mirrorless, small somewhat compact camera system that has a retro rangefinder feel and look about it. They are an amazing group of cameras and are chock full of innovative technology to enhance both the user experience and the final image. The flagship camera for this new system is the X-Pro1 followed closely by the X-E1. Both cameras sport an APS–C size sensor thus giving an image quality of a DSLR. Continue reading →
One of my favorite quotes about storytelling is by filmmaker Ken Burns. He says, “All storytelling is manipulation.” This quote bothers many people when they first read it. Maybe because they feel that if it’s true, they have been manipulated all their life, and no one like to feel they have been manipulated. However uncomfortable it is, the fact remains: it is true. Not only have we been manipulated, we have manipulated others as well. Haven’t we all sat around a campfire and listened to a storyteller lower their voice to almost a whisper, slow their pace, lean forward and pause with suspense? Then, all of a sudden they burst out with some revelation, and we all jump three feet in the air! We’ve been manipulated. Continue reading at the New York Institute of Photography →
Last Friday I received a package from one of my friends at Fujifilm Malaysia. They were kind enough to send me a pre-production Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4R for a week to run it through its paces. I gotta tell you this is a great piece of glass. The XF 23mm on the Xpro-1‘s cropped sensor is the full frame equivalent of a 35mm lens. The most frustrating thing about this lens has nothing to do with its technical features. It is simply that I rarely use this focal length and so it became a stretch for me. I gravitate to much wider focal lengths in my work. As readers here will know, my go-to-lens is a 16-35mm. When I do shoot this lens it is almost always at the 16mm focal length. That’s not to say I can’t use and appreciate a 35 mm focal length lens.
Note: These days I am writing for both my blog and the New York Institute of Photography. Here is the latest on iPhone photography. But sure to read the full article and view all the accompanying pictures by visiting the link below. ~ mb
But it’s Just an iPhone!
There has always been a snobbery associated with the Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera, and now it’s the same with the digital SLR (DSLR). It’s as if you are not a serious photographer unless you use one. This, of course, is complete rubbish. The DSLR is nothing more than a black box used to capture light. Granted, its sophistication paired with an appropriate lens allows you a lot more creative leeway than say, an iPhone. But let’s realize at the outset that the DSLR is nothing more than a tool. A person with a DSLR in their hand is no more a photographer than I am a painter just because I have paint and brushes in mine. It takes talent and an eye for both.Read more….