This is great stuff. If you're ever in Paris please let me know.
Hey thanks Simon! I love your blog as well, you’ve got some pretty amazing pictures on it, an inspiration for me. I love how you make use of the flash on your Contax T2. I should start using mine more often. OK, I’ll let you know next time I’m in Paris. And if you ever come back to Amsterdam, let me know as well. Cheers!
I’m going on a weekend trip to Oslo tomorrow afternoon. I’ll be traveling alone with my Contax T3 or Leica M6 – still have to decide about that – and a bunch of Kodak Portra 160 rolls. I’d be super happy to meet fellow tumblr bloggers and photographers for a nice chat over a coffee or a city walk, email me if you’re in town!
Hey Stefano. I really enjoy your photos! They're a pleasure to look at. I noticed you shoot with a ricoh gr1 and a contax t3 a lot. Both are cameras that I keep looking into and will probably own some day (a little too expensive at the moment). I was wondering if you prefer one over the other.
The Ricoh GR1s and the Contax T3 are awesome little cameras, I love them both. I have a slight preference for the T3 because of its 35mm lens, which I find more “easy” to use than the Ricoh’s 28mm lens. You need to compose your photos carefully with a 28mm, otherwise you risk to include too much in the picture and end up with uninteresting photos. In the end you can’t possibly go wrong with either, and if I were you I would buy one depending on which focal length I prefer, 28mm vs. 35mm. I’ve been shooting all my summer vacation rolls with the T3 so I guess it’s time to start using my GR1s again now, she must be feeling a bit neglected lately.
Hi there, I just wanted to ask, how do you get such soft white light in your outside street photos? Do you do a lot of post-processing on them? Also I had a question - what is your tumblr theme and how can I find one like it :P Thank you, and keep going with the good work!! Your photos look absolutely beautiful :)
Hi! I don’t do much post-processing, especially on my film photos. What you see is what I get from the scanner, plus minor contrast/levels/white balance tweaks. I usually avoid shooting outdoor scenes when the sun shines hot (and the wind blows cold), I prefer cloudy days. Not a big fan of hard shadows (and sunburns).
My theme is a custom theme I’ve been working for years: I was not happy with any of the available themes so I decided to make one myself. It looks clean and minimalist, but it’s getting old and I’ve seen pretty awesome themes around lately.
Sounds like you're a man with a plan. Sadly, I live nowhere near Netherlands and won't be able to know how lovely the area is. I only aspire to have a life as I interesting as yours. What types of photographs do you like to take?
Thanks! I definitely have some sort of plan: stay healthy and fit, travel as much as possible, do some good to other people around me, and try to befriend my neighbors’ big black cat. Does it still sound as an interesting life?
I would love to have a clear and concise answer to your question about what types of photos I like to take but I’m afraid I don’t have one. Let’s just say I like to document the life around me and that the photos I am more satisfied with are the ones I took of people I care about.
Ciao. Complimenti per le foto! :) .. Di recente mi sto appassionando alla fotografia. Ho sempre scattato con una mini fotocamera digitale, ma ora ho deciso di lasciarla per qualcosa di più serio, una Reflex. Hai qualche modello non troppo complesso da consigliarmi? Grazie!
Grazie! Non saprei come consigliarti perché non seguo più da tempo il mercato delle reflex digitali. Ti consiglierei di considerare l’acquisto di una reflex solo nel caso hai assolutamente bisogno di obiettivi intercambiabili e non hai soldi da spendere per le mirrorless più evolute come la Fuji X-T1 o X-E2. Altrimenti, una compatta come la Fuji X100, a ottica fissa, è una scelta più che ottima per quasi tutte le situazioni e si trova usata a 4-500 euro, ed è così leggera e minuta che potresti portarla sempre con te, che è ciò che conta veramente.
You lied!! That's still cool regardless. So how's it going
I didn’t lie, I even updated my about page as soon as I moved here.
It’s going well, I have been quite busy in the past few months: new house, new city, new country, new job, new life. It takes some time to get things settled down.
Now I seem to have reached some sort of routine. Early in the morning, I get on my bike and ride to work. It’s a beautiful ride, along the canals, the woods, the countryside. It’s a really joyous experience.
During the weekend, I visit cities nearby: Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, there’s always something new to do and to see. Friends come to see me during the weekends and I go to see them.
All in all it’s a happy and relaxed life.
I found out that Hema can develop my rolls for 2,95 euros, and I borrowed a super nice scanner from my photo club at work, so I’m pretty much set up from a photography point of view.
I’m thinking of further shrinking my photography equipment (I sold half of my cameras before leaving Italy) and stay with 3-4 cameras only (does anyone in Holland need a Fuji X100 or a like-new Contax T2?).
So that’s it: it’s going well!
I would love to get in touch with Dutch photographers, perhaps to have a nice photo walk together or a relaxed chat over a cup of coffee, do message me if you live in the Netherlands and want to meet up!