But I love your feet
only because they walked
upon the earth and upon
the wind and upon the waters,
until they found me.
Andalusia, Spain. 2014. Part I.
Leica M9-P | Voigtlander Nokton 50mm 1.5 ASPH VM
For Johnny. Thank you for the wonderful memories of our second wedding anniversary.
Our travel to Andalusia last month was my maiden voyage with the M9-P in what I would consider the brightest possible shooting conditions: summer sun at the southern tip of Spain, blaring down at mid-day; white painted cities and the crystal waters of the Atlantic reflecting the light back. I did not use filters and I shot my Nokton wide open at f/1.5. Even in such harsh conditions, incredibly the M9 still managed to capture these scenes with delicate light and detail.
After two weeks traveling without a film camera and with only the M9-P and one lens, I was delighted to find that this simple combination gave me everything I was hoping for and then some. It was also wonderful to be able to bring my camera everywhere in a small bag, which wasn’t possible with the Contax 645. As Johnny and I normally shoot extensively when we travel, weight and portability have become important factors for me.
These shots were post processed in Lightroom 5 with Epiphany, one of my pastel presets from Rebecca Lily Pro Set III, which will be available soon.
Images from this trip have also been selected for print in an upcoming volume of Hearth Magazine.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
Gougane Barra, Ireland. 2013.
Fuji X-E1 | Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 | Rebecca Lily preset
We’ll always have Paris.
Paris, France. 2013.
Fuji X-E1 | Fujinon 35mm 1.4 | Rebecca Lily preset
Johnny and I had a wonderful 8 days in Paris earlier this month. It was our first time there together, and we were both completely overwhelmed with how beautiful it was. The city embodies elegance and culture – from the graceful trees to the architecture to the refined cuisine and the visible appreciation for the arts. We were able to visit the Louvre and see the Mona Lisa in person (an incredible experience), hike up to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur for a panoramic view of Paris, enjoy a boat ride on the Seine, and walk around at the Eiffel Tower. We rode the Metro a few times, met for coffee with a couple of fellow photographers, and visited a flea market to admire some French antiquities. Other than that we just walked around the 11th Arrondissement a lot, where our hotel was, and enjoyed the cafe culture, the numerous camera shops and wonderful restaurants.
I really feel incredibly lucky to have been able to travel to so many beautiful places this year. And more than that, to be able to share these experiences with the man I love, who is the most wonderful companion I could ever ask for.
My goal photographically for the trip to Paris was to shoot Tri-X black and white film on my Contax Aria. But, as it rained almost every day we were there, I wasn’t able to take the film camera out with me; and to be honest I didn’t much feel in the mood to do serious shooting while we were there. It was all so overwhelming the first time, I felt as if I needed to take that in once (or twice) before I could really understand the city and do it justice in photographs. But I did take my little Fuji out with me a few times to catch some shots for memory’s sake. When we were back in Ireland I was surprised that a good percentage of them turned out ok, and after converting them in Lightroom I was really happy that I ended up with some black and whites (and reds) from Paris after all. :)
Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
The earth expanding right hand and left hand,
The picture alive, every part in its best light…
Will you give me yourself? will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?
Gougane Barra, Ireland. 2013.
No matter where the road takes us, there’s no one I would rather travel it with than him.