Some Recent Photography

I have been sharing more photos from my trip to Porto. This photo of a lighthouse, for example. I have shared some photos of Miramar, as well. Also, I went to the Marin Headlands to get a different, (perhaps) faith-reaffirming perspective on the city of San Francisco. It is good to admire the changes in … Continue reading Some Recent Photography

Adrian Villa

A few days back, I had a chance to grab coffee with one of my favorite photographers, Adrian Villa. He is a software developer, who got tired of sitting behind the screen and keyboard and sought the freedom that comes from being in the open and making beautiful landscapes. Our coffee conversation was about the choices … Continue reading Adrian Villa

I’ve Said it Before, And I’ll Say It Again

If you have been a regular reader, then you know my hobbyhorse: the iPhone is killing the standalone camera. And the latest data released by Camera & Imaging Products Association only reinforces my thesis from a few years ago. Just look at this chart:

Even though we are taking more photos all the time, we are not taking them with standalone cameras. Instead, we are using our smartphones for every kind of photography. Continue reading “I’ve Said it Before, And I’ll Say It Again”

Leica SL: A Love Story

I am writing this four years to the day after I fell in love.

In the aftermath of the GigaOM shutdown, I left town to spend a weekend with friends in New York and to take a break from all the negativity that was enveloping. I needed to revisit the place where it all started. I was in search of closure, though finding it – I ultimately learned – would take much longer. After I arrived, I began my healing process, as many people do, with some retail therapy. I stopped by my favorite camera store and chit-chatted with the staff. Don who would later become a dear friend, showed it to me, though I am forever in his debt.

The Leica SL. It was love at first sight. Continue reading “Leica SL: A Love Story”

Flickr Fabulous

Over the past few months, I have been trying to wean myself off Instagram and social media in general. There are many aspects of Instagram. I love dearly: my photography community and ability to connect and chat with others about the art, craft, and technicals of photography. And right in the middle of this rumination, … Continue reading Flickr Fabulous

Life-changing magic of a bespoke preset

A few months back, when visiting Portland, Maine, I got a chance to spend time with Rebecca Lily and Johnny Patience, two talented photographers and visual artists. They have eschewed the obvious and the normal and instead carved out their trail through life, work, and creativity. Bijan Sabet, who is also a fellow photography enthusiast made the introductions. Dan Rubin, another stellar photographer, reinforced the relationship.

Those early introductions turned into a friendship, the kind where you are honest about yourself, your challenges and your fears. Over a coffee and some pastries in their favorite cafe in the city of Bath, Maine, we talked about photography. In particular, I spoke about my frustration with the time required to edit photos, when in reality one should be spending more time with the camera. Continue reading “Life-changing magic of a bespoke preset”