Wednesday, July 1

So who do you think you are?

Fuji X100

Old Mather:  I see that you're back on the sauce again.

Juzno:  I just had a few drinks, that's all.

Old Mather:  Okay, tell me how many fingers do you see here?

Juzno:  One.

Old Mather:  Try again.

Juzno:  Okay I missed the thumb.  Two.

Old Mather:  Wrong.  They're two and half.

Juzno:  I think I'm going to bed.

#blackandwhite #portrait #oldperson #street #x100 #wrinkles #bnw_life #bnw_zone #bnw_society #blackandwhitephotography #blackandwhiteisworththefight #bnw_madrid #bnw_awards  #bnw_europe #unopix_bnw #bnw_photografe #bnw_globe #bnw_top #bnw_europe #BW #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #bnw #monochrome #fineartphotography #Fujifilm #fujifeed #rangefinder #IAmGenerationImage #FineArt #FleetingMoment #CityLife  #urban #urbanism #mystery #fingerpointing

Monday, June 29

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Icons Behind the Lens Series)

Marc Riboud's Eiffel Tower behind Kodak Duaflex
My apologies to Milan Kundera, the author of the 1984 post modern novel... but it just seems fitting to borrow the title of his book.

Marc Riboud shot The Eiffel Tower Painter in 1953.  While the camera next to Riboud's iconic photo was most likely not what Riboud used, the structure of the camera dovetails to the scaffolding where the painter is standing.  The camera is the Kodak Duaflex, which is a 620 roll film pseudo TLR made by Kodak in the late 1940s and discontinued in 1960.

The camera is quite easy to operate.  There are three settings for the aperture: hazy sun, bright sun and very bright sun.  There are three settings for focusing: close-up, group and very far.  The speed of the shutter is fully manual.  In fact, it depends on how long you hold it.  Hold it for a short time in case it is too bright.  Hold it for long time in case it is dark.  Any idiot can operate this camera.

 #surreal #tripod #LongExposure #PhotoAsBackground #tribute #StillLife #Monochrome #KodakDuaflex #BoxCamera #IAMGenerationImage #vintage #analogue #camera #IconsBehindTheLensSeries #VintageCamera #film #MarcRiboud #BlackandWhite  #blur

Friday, June 26

Joyce in Amsterdam

Fujifilm x-pro1 35mm

We met Joyce last Spring in Amsterdam.  A very strong character.  It's not polite to mention how old she is so I wont even try.  She's a no-nonsense person for sure.  She started as a secretary in one of those Hollywood studios.  Later on, people discovered that she can write scripts. So if you ever watched those re-runs of Star Trek, think of Joyce because she might have just written the script for one of those episodes.

#blackandwhite #bnw #bandw #bnw_life #bnw_netherlands #benelux #trafalgarinsider #travel #portrait #unsuspectingprotagonist

Tuesday, June 23

Mahmoud is now Famous


I just licensed one of my images to a company called Bepure.  They are based in Switzerland and  sells Argan oil and health products from Morocco.  Yay.

Shot while in Morocco last year.


#street #commercial #arcangelimages #Moroccan 

Drummer at the Back Seat and Embracing Colors

Fujifilm X-pro1 35mm


Drummers are generally the least photographed member of a musical band.  So when this drummer realized that  I was taking his picture, he began hamming it up for me.

I am mostly a black and white photographer but lately I have embraced colored images.  Somehow I am looking at things in a brand new way.  I am partially colored blind so for a while I have avoided doing colored renditions of things I've captured with the camera.  But there is something about the colors that I have experienced differently.  So what changed?

#coloredphotos #nightshot #drummer #outdoorconcert #bokeh #wonderfulbokeh #drummerinaction #

Friday, June 19

Not the Prohibition Era Recipe

Captured with Original Lensbaby
Just got this today in the mail as a Father's Day gift from Kamilah.  She really knows what her daddy wants.  This is not the Prohibition Era Recipe that was distilled in small batch.  That one had some bad reviews.  So I think this is probably better.  Or the same.  I'll have to try it.  If Al Capone liked it, how bad can it be?  Cheers.

#ryewhiskey #templetonryewhskey #thegoodstuff #liquor #adultbeverages #sepia #lensbaby #lensbabyoriginal

Wednesday, June 17

Why I may no longer do street photography (but then again)


of·fend·ed
əˈfendid/
adjective

resentful or annoyed, typically as a result of a perceived insult.
"after his picture was taken, his appearance of being slightly offended is an understatement"

synonyms: upset, insulted, affronted, aggrieved, displeased, hurt, wounded, disgruntled, put out, annoyed, angry, cross, exasperated, indignant, irritated, piqued, vexed, irked, stung, galled, nettled, resentful, in a huff, huffy, in high dudgeon; informal riled, miffed, peeved, aggravated, sore, teed off, ticked off; vulgar slang pissed off

"he was offended because she had burned the toast"

#offended #street #streetphotography #blackandwhite #portrait #candid #anger #pissoff #maninthestreet

Tuesday, June 16

Congratulations to Graduating Class 2015

Canon 5D original EF 50mm f1.8


"To those of you who are graduating this afternoon with high honors, awards and distinctions, I say, 'Well done.' And as I like to tell the C students: You too, can be president." 
 President George W. Bush

#stilllife #books #apple #vintagebooks #hardbound #conceptual #macro #goldendeliciousapple #newspaper

Monday, June 15

Food Selfie Part 2

TSE 90mm on a Canon 5d mk ii
Fruits selection by Rose Castro

People take snapshot of their food because:

(a)  they want to remember what they ate in case they want to eat it again
(b) they want to remember what they ate in case they want to avoid it next time
(c) it is evidence in case they have to sue the restaurant for food poisoning
(d) they just want to show off to friends to make them envious
(e) all of the above

‪‪#‎food‬ ‪#‎fruit #berries #blueberries #avocado #onegrapeonly ‪#‎close‬up ‪#‎macro‬ ‪#‎foodphotography‬ ‪#‎blur‬ ‪#‎titltshift‬  ‪#‎foodselfie‬

Food Selfie

EOS TSE 90mm mounted Canon 5d mk ii
What is it about people taking snapshots of the food that they are about to eat?  And they post the image in social media like Facebook and what have you (are there other ones?)  Somebody please explain this to me.

Note to self:  Salad credit goes to my wife Rose.  She likes to experiment.  At times, I am the food taster (or the Guinea Pig).

#food #salad #closeup #macro #foodphotography #blur #titltshift #mango #tomatoes #foodselfie




Saturday, June 13

Dining at Salt Lick in Austin, Texas

Captured with 35mm mounted on the X-pro1

Mimi:  Mommy, is it true you can eat all you can at Salt Lick?

Rose:  Yes, my dear.  They are very generous with the meat.  All kinds - sausages, brisket and pork ribs.

Mimi:  When can I go there?

Rose:  We'll have to ask Uncle Sammy if he wants to again pay the dinner.

#travel #austin #texas #saltlick #food #wine #eatallyoucan #byob #vacation #holiday

Friday, June 12

My Woman from Tokyo

Captured with an iPone 6


Juzno:  I heard one can eat all you can at this restaurant.

Miku:  Yes, yes.

Juzno:  What is there to eat?

Miku:  Motto motto.  Yes, yes.

Juzno:  Do you accept coupons?

Miku:  This, this - way to exit.

#Kikusushi #Japanesefood #iphone6 #JapaneseRestaurant #sushi #sashimi #geisha #mutedcolors #blur  #mywomanfromtokyo #deeppurple #liveinjapan #figurine #lowangle