Notes on life, art, photography and technology, by a Danish dropout bohemian.
When you drink the water, remember the river.
and better yet, shoot without even bringing the camera to your eye. It takes a huge amount of skill and practice to nail shots this way, This is why a digital version of the top down Rolleiflex viewer would be useful. I think you suggested the Olympus Pen Lite as probably the closest to that, with its fold-down screen.
Yes, I really like the freed-up viewpoint of tiltable screens. It's also great for candid shooting. You don't look like some robot cyclops, and you can keep eye contact and smiles going. Also for cameras which have not only focus trigger on touch-screen but shutter trigger, it's the fastest way I know to shoot live subjects. (You don't have to re-compose after focusing.)
You could learn something from this Ming Thein. Notice her(?) photos are from further afield than just a block or two outside her front door? And they're also of more varied things than metal railings and shit like that. You're close enough that you could pop over to Paris or Prague for a weekend.
I saw Ming Thein uses a Leica M8. Looked it up and couldn't believe they're $7000! Well, that would be wasted on me but obviously if you've got a talent for it they're worth it. Some nice pix there. Even makes b/w not seem pretentious. ;-)
I'm amazed if the M8 can still sell for such a price, when the M9 kicks its butt seven ways to heaven. ... are you sure you weren't looking at the M9? They are around 7-8 grand.
The M8.2:http://tinyurl.com/d49ma2lThe M9:http://tinyurl.com/br2n6rhOf course that's just Amazon. I think Ming Thein's just says M8 so I don't know what you could get that for these days.
Wow, that's weird. Wonder what that's about.
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