Thoughts on my Style, Criticism, and Expensive vs. Cheap Cameras

5 thoughts on “Thoughts on my Style, Criticism, and Expensive vs. Cheap Cameras”

  1. As always Josh, wonderful written! Cameras can produce weird feelings and relations, I remember how I bought a second hand em5(the old one) and had an instant let down from the kit lens. Half a year later I added the Panaleica 25 and loved it, small, versatile, and awesome. Traveled with me through Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and China. In China I got an XT1 body, total gut decision, best thing I ever did. I could hardly afford the body, so I adapted an Olympus OM 28 lense, never changed it. The shooting style was so different from both, the Olympus feels very digital, is quite fast but at times totally confusing, while the XT1 let me slow down, compose, think, and the feeling was very analogue but direct, somehow mechanical. After I lost the Fuji I’ve been down for quite some time. Whenever I take the Oly in my hand, I miss the Fuji. Weird, feels like I betray the Olympus, like ditching an old friend. Recently I moved more and more to my smartphone, mid range Huawei one, but the camera is killing it. Though I took the Olympus with me, 23 pictures of the 24 hourproject I shot on my phone(it is quite hard at night to find an open wifi spot in Shenzhen to transfer my pictures, get the vpn running and upload them). I stopped caring about absolute quality but prefer convenience these days, still…

    I miss you Fuji!

  2. I like the distinction between taking and making photos and I think, as you say, it’s not the camera that counts, It’s the camera that goes with the mood of the moment and the envy to make something good. Each camera makes you see different results and have a different approach. There are no good and bad cameras… only well made photos!

  3. Hey Josh,
    Leica as your ‘happy’ camera, Sony as your ‘down’ camera. I guess the grittiness of the examples here on the Sony side testifies to that. Curiously, they are straight greys, while the lone Leica image is toned warm!
    But then again I guess a small sensor p/s will help creating a sense of grit thanks to its less nuanced response to contrast and to lower resolution. It just works. Images #4 (buildings in snowy dusk), 5 (messy rooftops) and 7 (snowy parking lot) are just outstanding examples. I’m not wishing for you to be depressed, but the work you do then is just mesmerizing. Small consolation, I know.
    Hope you’ll be shooting Leica more often…

  4. Very good description of what the “best” camera is. Beside the one you always having with you – it’s the one that fits your mood for the moment. And the winner is definitely the one that fits yor mood. Making my iPhone for example, the practical best camera, because it’s always with me. And sometimes fits my mood better.

    Now I only have one camera to fit my mood (beside the phonecam) Fuji X100T. But I have noticed that my relationship with my camera and how I handle it differs a lot depending of how my mood is. So I kind of treat it like two or three different cameras. I never go with the same settings or behave in my thinking of how to make or take photos without interference from my mood. My mood almost always dicide how the camera is most wanted to be to make my day.

    Same goes with my post processing. My mood is in charge when it comes to the post processing. What I feel for the moment – which not always is how I felt while shooting, decides what will happen to my photos at the end.

    I’m probably unnecessary circumstantial for my own best. I have tried to streamline myself, but I alwas end up in changing depending of how my mood is. I have just made up with this way to be and finds it being the best way to stay in touch with my inspiration and motivation no matter how I feel.

    Love, peace and soul and never stop sharing your wonderful photography and words.

  5. it’s more like what you’ve been through with your Sony. Some of us has been following since when and where you dug out your camera ๐Ÿ˜› You’re just so committed with it. You just won’t easily trade this for anything.

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