Brittany

It was time to leave Brittany behind, after 2 weeks. This video is a compilation of clips and images that never made into a full movie.

Sony a6000 + Sigma 30mm f/1.4 in Roscoff, Brittany

We visit the small town of Roscoff, in Brittany, France, as I try a relatively new lens to me: the Sigma 30mm f/1.4.

Despite having the f/2.8 version, I decided to pull the trigger when I found a good deal on this one. 2 stops faster, but what else does it offer? Is it good for video?

Find out what I think about this lens after a little montage I made using the Sigma paired with my old and trusty Sony a6000.

This is something you have to do every day

Casey Neistat tells us to show up every single day.

I think it was Michael Kenna who said, during an interview, that photography is something you have to do every day.

Showing up doesn't mean that we have to shoot every day. There's so much more to photography than using a camera: from developing / editing the images to publishing and promoting them, organizing your work in books, contacting models, agencies or brands, uploading stock images, planning your next trip, even cleaning your gear or posting on Instagram.

The point is: photography has to be in our minds every day, and we should make every day count, even if it's just a little bit.

Empty your mind

"The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities." - Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

To make great images, you need to look and see. Some of us seem to lose the ability to do so when we stay in the same place for a while, when we get used to what surrounds us.

Josef Koudelka never stays more than three months in one country. He's afraid he'd become blind.

If you struggle to see in familiar scenes, try something different. Try street photography, still life or portraits. Shoot with your phone or pick a different lens. Try to make images "the wrong way" by following bad practices.

Mixing things up every once in a while helps us to unlearn some habits and open your mind.

Photography Waves

Making images that matter is not an easy task, and we can go several days, weeks or even months without making one.

We must persist.

I believe in Photography Waves: days when the conditions are perfect, or you are extremely inspired, or the Muse is on your side... whatever the reason is, you make not only one but several meaningful images in one day.

Photography is easy

Some thoughts about photography and camera gear.

The technical aspects of photography is the easy part, do not let anybody make you believe otherwise and stop you from going out and making some images.

"I could do that!"

I believe the best art is the one that makes you think: "I could do that".

When a movie is so well directed and edited that seems it couldn't be any other way, we think we could do that.

When an image is simple -yet powerful-, we think we could do that.

Truth is, simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve.

"I could do that!" is the ultimate compliment to your art.

How I planned this image ~ Apps for Landscape Photography

While exploring is a big part of landscape photography, there's nothing wrong with trying to optimize the time you spend outside.

In this video, I give you a glimpse of how I plan my shots by showing how I planned this image at Mount Saint-Michel. I did not get the shot due to bad weather, but I was very, very close.

It's ok to be miserable

Note: I have an audience of one in mind when I write these kinds of posts - me. While some might find them useful anyway, it's me writing to myself, about things I struggle with.

I rarely get a good image from a trip that didn't require a big effort from me, so big that it made me feel miserable (unfortunately, it doesn't work the other way around: feeling miserable doesn't guarantee that I'll get a good image).

My best images were made on days where I had to push myself beyond not only my comfort zone, but also what I thought were my limits.

I love the feeling of exhaustion after a whole day of shooting, looking at those negatives or RAW files, and finding out you captured what you saw.

It's ok to be miserable. It feels good.

Letting go

One of the hardest lessons I had to learn as a photographer and videographer, is to toss away images and footage that won't be used.

A photograph is not just a photograph for the person who pressed the shutter, it comes with feelings attached. It might have been a costly photograph to take, and a lot of time might have been invested in the process.

There's no reason to keep those images or videos around if they didn't turn out the way we wanted and they won't be used for any project.

Upload them to a service like Google Photos if you like, but they should be let go from your working catalog.

My Story

There are many things you might not know about me.

I'm 36 years old and I quit my well-paid job last year to become a full-time photographer and videographer.

There's more to my story, watch the video if you want to know more.

One click away

Photography is not linear. No matter if you've been a photographer for a month or for a lifetime, we all are just one click away from our best image.

Think about that the next time you pick your camera.

One click away.

Today could be the day.

Landscape Photography with a Vintage Lens and Sony a6000

Again, I got sunny and clear skies in the Pyrenees, so I thought it'd be nice to use a vintage lens that I'd been wanting to try for landscape photography.

The lens is a Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.4 mounted on a Minolta MD/MC to Sony E adaptor.

I shot it wide open and stepping it down. The results were soft when wide open but I love that look. It's a sharp lens when stepped down.

Still, the focal lenght when mounted on a crop sensor camera like the Sony a6000 makes it a less than ideal lens for landscape photography. And I mean, as the only lens. 90mm can be a very nice focal lenght for landscapes when you combine it with something else.

Below, you can see some of the images I got and that I show in the video.

Film and Digital Photography at Cirque de Gavarnie

Deep in the Pyrenees, the Cirque of Gavarnie is one of the most stunning place I've ever been to.

The first day we hiked to there, we found torrential rain. Soaked, I gave up on making images that day and decided to go back later that week. Then, I found sunny and clear skies.

This video is the results of those two visits.