Do you see anything special about the cat portraits below? If not, I won’t be surprised or offended. At first glance, we have a series of simple images of the most photographed animal in the world in its natural home environment. Many of the photos appear to have been taken during the day, with light streaming in through the windows.
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Inspired Eye Issue 11 is out!
The 11th issue of Inspired Eye has an eclectic mix of photographers with different styles. We have John Free, Gene Lowinger, Ed Vatza, Kevin Mullins, Thomas Menk, and David Holliday, and as the travel feature, a travelogue piece by Carl Valiquet on the Sumba Island. Also included is a time period photo-essay on London in the 80′s.
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Lately I’ve been enjoying Sony’s full-frame pocket powerhouse more and more and have already written about using it as a lightweight travel camera, as well as why I think it’s a great choice for night photography. There’s still a lot left to try and learn, so I was really excited and jumped at the chance when Heather asked me if I would be interested in jotting down my thoughts about how the Sony RX1R performs when it comes to street photography.
Inspired Eye is an online magazine written by photographers for photographers. Unlike most other photography magazines, Don Springer and Olivier Duong’s creation focuses, not on the famous masters of an era long gone, but on working photographers today, the unsung heroes who are shooting, developing, creating, imagining and living out their photographic dreams as we speak. As they state, Inspired Eye is the “photography magazine that [they] wished [they'd] had” back in the day.
The magazine has been designed for photographers of various levels, from beginners looking for inspiration to professional photographers, curious to learn about the techniques of others in their field. Packed with a series of beautiful and very diverse images taken mostly in the street or documentary style, Inspired Eye and the photographers interviewed within its pages will teach you that there is no right way to approach photography. Rather, it shows us that each and every one of us has a unique path to follow in the hunt for personal photographic satisfaction and a distinctive style.
For genres like studio work or portraiture, there are still few photographers who feel confident about replacing their DSLR with a mirrorless camera. If they do have one, it usually functions as either a second body or a casual travel/street camera.
Street photography is a different story.
Many street photographers have switched over to mirrorless cameras because they provide a lighter, more discreet and more compact option reminiscent of film and rangefinder cameras. They aren’t so obsessed with high image quality and pixel peeping because street images are less about perfection and more about capturing the essence of the moment. (This is why you’ll see many street photographers using tools as simple as the iPhone for their work.) In fact, I’d say around 80% of the street photographers we’ve spoken to use a digital mirrorless camera of some sort for their work.
I’m not going to hide the fact that the Sony A7s is a camera that I’ve been eagaerly awaiting ever since I first heard the news of its existence. While I enjoyed shooting with the A7 and A7r and appreciated their wonderful image quality, at the time of their announcement the first thing I wrote was: why not draw a more drastic line between the two cameras? Why not have a “Nikon D4 like” sensor with amazing sensitivity in low light?
“If the leather is good enough to hold up your pants, it’s good enough to hold up your camera!”
This is how Gordon Coale of Gordy strap fame introduces his product on the homepage of his website. We had long read about the supreme quality and comfort of these leather wrist and neck straps from our fellow photographers in the mirrorless community, so we knew we had no option but to contact Gordon to ask for a demo of the lug-mount wrist strap to test. Not only did he graciously oblige, but he actually sent us two: a regular-sized one for me, and a long one for Mathieu. Now, having used them for two weeks on our Panasonic GH4 and Fujifilm X-T1, we can join the masses in saying that the Gordy wrist strap really is one of the best options around for mirrorless cameras.