Saturday, 4 February 2012

My Way

L1000090L (Leica D-lux 5)

A friend of mine said to me over last night's dinner that he felt sort of depressed for not having a promotion in 10 years. Well, I replied, life is too big to just care about career and promotion. Focus on something and somewhere else. There must be something that, I continued with a pat on his forearm, one is good at, fond of and proud of. The most successful life is very often in one's leisure life, not the career life. Get a hobby and do it with all your heart. Or even serve others with all your heart.

Applying the same logic to photography as a hobby, practise it everyday and be sure of your ability to be better than a professional photographer. Present your styles and perspectives in your photos. Try and fail; fail and try; do it again and again. I am not a "great" photographer but without boosting myself to whoever is reading this, the fact that I have won four cameras in the last three years in some photography competitions may give some credence to this humble belief of mine. But overall I have failed more than made it.

Life without a taste of failure will be unbearably light. Try to find a way through good times and bad times which you can proudly call it My Way.

Friday, 3 February 2012

Sneak Shot

L1000089L (Leica D-lux 5)

What is he shooting?  Curious.

Thursday, 2 February 2012


L1000075L (Leica D-lux 5)

Since the GXG blog started off in 2008, things have been changing fast in the camera market. GXG is meant to, for one thing, share news and views on the serious compact cameras, which in 2008 referred to cameras fitted with 1/1.7" sensor like the GX, GRD, LX, G, P and then the EX and the resurrected S series.  

With the advent of the MFT cameras, the camera makers rolled in on the act and the spheres of influence in the camera market  gradually shifted.  The markets has morphed into a greater number of sub-markets: P&Ss, which is dying in the face of the increasingly sophisticated camera functions of smart phones; back-up serious cameras for enthusiasts; the mirror-less; besides the DSLRs and higher-end cameras. 

In the original playing field of serious compacts, Ricoh's once niche market gave further ground to the other players but has hopefully managed to partly regain with the GXR system, notably the M-mount modules. Samsung paced at great speed along its roadmap of mirror-less cameras with an array of cheaper but less satisfactory models; not any impressive move from Samsung yet. Fujifilm caught the market off guard with the X series in endearing retro design recently. Sigma has been humbly following behind with as few models as can be.  The big C and N guys jumped on the bandwagon at last with measured steps and respectably a sensor type of their own class which effectively avoids the overlapping of the mirror-less models and the DSLRs.

This trend has given grist for the mills of camera gossips in the last three years.   New cameras are always exciting and deserve some discussions. But it seems that those discussions have been titled towards the cameras per se and some very technical bits which probably have no ramifications on how to shot a photo. Regrettably, this trend will go on for the years to come. When I started learning photography, people were more concerned about how to take good pictures; what flash photography is; how to expose a scene and so on. Cameras were nothing but a box.  Films were fondly discussed for which brands and types were suited for which specific photography topics. Now, look around the Internet and almost all "photography" sites.  The talk and rumours of new cameras are galore. The hit rate and heart beat rate will shoot up upon the launch of a camera, which has become in a regular cycle of weeks. Move to any online sales sites and hear the bitter screaming for money in exchange for some 24 months old cameras. Just tonight, I met with a young man who is selling his GF2 and the viewfinder.  GF2 was launched just 12 months ago! I wondered if he learnt enough what the camera could do.

Cameras have certainly preponderated over photography.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Artificial Rain

L1000030L (Leica D-Lux 5)

Not that the author has forsaken the Ricoh GX200 lately but that my hands are full with two Leicas.  With a Leica D-Lux 5 received not long ago, the plan is to write a review of it. This little camera is a nice street photography tool but the still outdone by the 4-year old GX200 ergonomics-wise.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Stepping On What is Good Luck?

L1000169L (Leica X1)

Someone will say poo, dog doo or cow's pie and so on. Can we add rainbow to the list?

Again, it must be said that the exposure metering of the X1 is always spot-on. Manual mode was used for this shot.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Satisfied, Not Satisfied?

L1000192L (Leica X1)

No matter what, this is the day to start working.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Look Out!

L1000210L (Leica X1)

This is Sunday.  Have a fun day!