Here’s the overview of the interesting articles I found for the last month, along with my usual comments following them. A quiet month, after my return from India, but a month with lots of changes. One more post scheduled before the end of this year, but my mind is already in 2014. See you soon!
(Photo: father and son riding bumper cars at a temporary amusement park, Lisbon)
I don’t read reviews, unless I’m in the process of getting new gear. I find them boring and some times a bit too centered on specs and numbers. Ming Thein is one exception, I found his blog when I was about move into full-frame and loved his real world, meticulous but not too dense reviews (and all the other writings as well) so much that I keep reading them just for the sake of “photographic general knowledge”. That’s why I ended reading his review of the Df, a camera I already dropped in favor of the Fuji X-E2. Reading his “failed” review of the Df I realized something on my Df vs. X-E2 dilemma: when it was “leaked” I became immediately interested because I already own a few old and small Nikkor lenses, this seemed a perfect combo for street/travel photography. Eventually that never happened happen.
The funny thing is that, with a mount adapter, I think I ended up having a better experience when I mount those lenses, like my Nikkor AF 85mm f1.8, on my Fuji than I would have with the Df. The lack of a proper viewfinder makes manual focusing very hard on a modern DSLR, but a good EVF with focus peaking makes it much more simple on a mirrorless camera, and its size and form factor are perfect (the AF 85mm is roughly the same size as XF 18-55mm f2.8-4).
Regularly and constantly Tewfic El-Sawy (the man behind The Travel Photographer) showcases inspiring travel photography, that’s why it’s one of the few blogs I follow on a daily basis. So when your work is featured it’s one of those times when you think you must be doing something right, but when your work is one of the top posts of the year then it’s time to be quite happy. In this case was the blog post featuring Mingalaba, my ebook containing the photos from my trip to Myanmar.
You can find more Myanmar photos on my galleries.
National Geographic team has chosen some of their favorite pictures of 2013.
The latest death at Syria that still raises lots of questions…
The winners of Travel Photography Of The Year 2013 were announced, and sadly I couldn’t find the name of my travel buddy Ruben Vicente (he was a finalist on the Vanishing and Emerging Cultures category). The consolations is that two very talented photographers I follow closely (Gavin Gough and David Lazar) are among the winners of that category.
Congrats to Ruben and all the winners!