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- 02/21/16--07:35: _Daily Update - Febr...
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- 02/24/16--07:44: _Daily Update - Febr...
- 02/24/16--14:46: _10 Questions: Sam Hurd
- 02/25/16--04:05: _Review - The Leathe...
- 02/25/16--05:57: _Daily Update - Febr...
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- 02/26/16--08:57: _SHOW YOUR GEAR - Ii...
- 02/27/16--04:35: _Daily Update - Febr...
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- 02/29/16--11:00: _Missed the Train: S...
- 03/01/16--06:08: _Daily Update - Marc...
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- 03/03/16--03:34: _10 Questions: Lilli...
- 03/03/16--11:00: _Then & Now: Miguel ...
- 03/03/16--12:04: _Daily Update - Marc...
- 03/04/16--02:58: _Daily Update - Marc...
- 03/04/16--03:48: _Artist of the Month...
- 02/21/16--07:35: Daily Update - February 21st
- 02/22/16--05:36: Daily Update - February 22nd
- 02/22/16--19:59: Missed the Train: Staff Picks
- 02/23/16--06:07: Daily Update - February 23rd
- 02/24/16--07:44: Daily Update - February 24th
- 02/24/16--14:46: 10 Questions: Sam Hurd
- 02/25/16--04:05: Review - The Leather Presidio from ONA
- 02/25/16--05:57: Daily Update - February 25th
- 02/26/16--05:22: Daily Update - February 26th
- 02/26/16--08:57: SHOW YOUR GEAR - Iiro Rautiainen
- 02/27/16--04:35: Daily Update - February 27th
- 02/29/16--07:07: Daily Update - February 29th
- 02/29/16--11:00: Missed the Train: Staff Picks
- 03/01/16--06:08: Daily Update - March 1st
- 03/02/16--06:16: Daily Update - March 2nd
- 03/03/16--03:34: 10 Questions: Lilli Waters
- 03/03/16--11:00: Then & Now: Miguel Emmanuelli
- 03/03/16--12:04: Daily Update - March 3rd
- 03/04/16--02:58: Daily Update - March 4th
- 03/04/16--03:48: Artist of the Month - Daniel Aaron Sprague
- 2x 5D Mark II bodies which are old as f...
- 5D classic recently purchased for $500 or less. #socreamy #buyone
- iPhone 6 it is scary how much I shoot with this thing
- 70-200 2.8L which I have been totally obsessed with in the last few months
- 16-35 2.8L great for party shots
- 35 1.4L New Model *Arrives by the 15th!!!!!
- 35 1.4L Old Model *currently broken
- 45 2.8 tilt/shift *also currently broken
- Instax 210 *I have broken like 5 of these
- 2x 580 exII *I lost one of these a year ago
- 1x 430 exII *to replace the lost 580
- 1x very chipped piece of glass that used to resemble a prism
- 1x huge indestructible Manfrotto tripod that weighs a ton. I love/hate it.
- that is everything that I ever use… I would like to experiment more…
Bjorna hoen - kodak Porta 400+
Crystal Paez - kodak Portra 160
David Leong - LXC 04
Emilie Soler - Kodak Gold 100+
Jonathan Hane - Kodak E100G
Meg Van Kampen - kodak Portra 160
Melissa Baker - Fuji 160C-
Rodolfo Fernandes - Kodak Portra 160
Daily Update - February 21st
Jin Lee - VSCO CAM C1
Israel de Lago
mariza trancoso - tribe archipelago lxc
mark a. kalman
Shelley Richmond - fuji 400H
Shelley Richmond - fuji 400H +1++
tanya biglieri - trix+3++
Aura Madalina - Kodak Portra 160
Celestine Aerden - tribe archipelago LXC04
hannah carroll - kodak gold 100+++
Ibai Salazar - Agfa Vista 400 --
Jen Hammer - Kodak Gold 100
Daily Update - February 22nd
Andy Humphriss - Agfa Scala
This image makes me wonder whether it was actually a vintage find. The clothing on the subjects doesn’t reveal much about the circumstances; neither does the environment. There’s tension in this image coming from the two subjects, which conflicts with what we would normally expect from portraits of children - it’s edgy. I love the composition, the treatment, the timing, and the unknown “narrative”. An image that I feel will pass the test of time - one that will make you keep coming back for clues. - Julianna Koh Blackwell
Ashley Posthuma - Kodak Portra 160+1
Very nice use of light and perspective in this portrait. The pose seems very natural and sensual. This shot totally missed the train! - Lukas Piatek
Heather Elizabeth - Mastin + ASE
Seriously BLOWN away by this image in so many ways. So much so, I requested we use it for a Before&After. The lighting is on point and the retouching is so glamorous. - Rachel Kaye
John Jay Davison
I love the colors, light & mood in this photo. Such a cinematic feel to it. - Max Oishi
Laurent Martin - Custo Preset + ASE
This photo stopped me in my tracks. The light. The edit. The moment between the subjects. What REALLY stopped me was the composition. My eye begins to wander, but in a good way, across the frame. The subjects are obviously the focal point, but I always enjoy when there is a little more to look at. It is absolutely beautiful. - Jacob Loafman
Max Jupp - VSCO Pack 03
That portrait is gorgeous. I love the light patterns. The retouching is perfect and skintones are spot on! - Sven Malojlo
'The woman who run with the wolves' - Sometimes simple expression and experimentation is all it takes to get someone in a different country to connect with an image. The darkness, introvert above extrovert, the mystery, the caption. All the feels for this one. - Amy-Leigh Atkins
I'm a sucker for freckles. This girl is beautiful, the pose is perfect and love the harsh summer light. - Ari Dorfman
Missed the Train: Staff Picks
amanda kenyon - Agfa RSX 50II
jay worsley - agfa vista 400+
Akis Mavrakis - kodak Gold 100 +++
amanda kenyon - tri-x-3++
Caitlin Steva - Kodak Gold 200
Daniel Cruz - Kodak 100
jasmin pickens - Tribe Archipelago LXC 03
Philip Tran - kodak Portra 160+1
rebecca courseyrugh - afga vista 100
rebecca courseyrugh - afga vista 100
Sarah Hardie - Kodak Gold 100
Daily Update - February 23rd
Chasewild - Kodak Gold 200
jacquelyn potter - kodak portra 160
jasmin pickens - tribe archipelago LXC03
Kevin Biberbach - Kodak Gold 100
Kevin Biberbach - Kodak Gold 100
Megan Allen - Kodak Portra 160
Poppies & Me
Poppies & Me
stephanie rogers - fuji 400H-1
Daily Update - February 24th
Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and
‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities).
Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience,
skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it
that is charismatically attractive.
10 Questions: Sam Hurd
REVIEW: THE PRESIDIO SERIES CAMERA STRAP FROM ONA
TODAY, I WILL BE REVIEWING THE PRESIDIO SERIES CAMERA STRAP FROM ONA . AS MOST OF YOU IN THE INDUSTRY KNOW, ONA IS KNOWN FOR THEIR HIGH QUALITY, HANDCRAFTED LEATHER PRODUCTS. THEY ARE ESPECIALLY KNOWN FOR THEIR CAMERA BAGS, WHICH ARE RENOWNED FOR THEIR EXCELLENT QUALITY, DESIGN, AND FUNCTIONALITY.
SO, ANYWAY, THE PRESIDIO SERIES OF STRAPS ARE HANDCRAFTED WITH ITALIAN-TANNED LEATHER. WHEN COUPLED WITH THE NEOPRENE-PADDED NECKLINE, IT MAKES FOR NOT ONLY A BEAUTIFUL APPEARANCE, BUT ALSO EXTREMELY COMFORTABLE.
THE STRAPS FEATURE CHROME HARDWARE ACCENTS, WHICH AS YOU CAN SEE, ARE SIMPLE AND CLEAN. THINK "LESS IS MORE" WITH THE HARDWARE. SIMPLICITY GOES A LONG WAY.
CONNECTING THE STRAP ENDS TO THE CAMERA IS ALSO VERY SIMPLE. THE LEATHER IS VERY EASY TO PULL THE TROUGH BOTH THE CAMERA CLIPS AND THE STRAP BUCKLES, ADJUST AS YOU SEE FIT, AND LOOP BACK THROUGH THE STRAP BUCKLES TO TIGHTEN. I AM USUALLY VERY, VERY CLUMSY WHEN IT COMES TO LITTLE FINICKY THINGS, SUCH AS PULLING A SMALLER PIECE OF ANYTHING THROUGH A SMALLER OPENING. I HAVE ALWAYS GOTTEN FRUSTRATED WITH THESE FINICKY THINGS, BUT THIS STRAP WAS VERY SIMPLE. I BELIEVE IT TOOK ME UNDER A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO COMPLETE. WHICH, FOR ME, WAS A PERSONAL RECORD!
ONE OF MY FAVORITE FEATURES OF THIS STRAP IS THE LENGTH! IT IS 63" IN TOTAL LENGTH. WHY DO I LOVE THIS? BECAUSE I CAN WEAR IT ACROSS MY CHEST, RATHER THAN JUST ON MY SHOULDER, OR AROUND MY NECK. IT MAY BE A PERSONAL PREFERENCE, BUT I JUST FEEL LIKE IT IS EASIER FOR ME TO MOVE AROUND WHEN THE CAMERA IS NOT HANGING IN FRONT OF ME, OR ONLY HANGING OFF OF ONE ARM. THE PEACE OF MIND BY HAVING THE ABILITY TO WEAR IT ACROSS MY CHEST IS IMPORTANT TO ME. THE DROP LENGTH IS ALSO ADJUSTABLE UP TO 4", ENSURING THAT THE STRAP WILL BE A GOOD FIT ON ANYONE.
HOW MUCH CAN THE STRAP HANDLE HOLDING? IT WAS DESIGNED TO HOLD ANY CAMERA KIT UP TO 6 POUNDS. I USE THIS STRAP WITH MY SONY A7 AND A WHOLE PLETHORA OF LENSES. SOME OF THE LENSES ARE OLD FILM LENSES, WHICH CAN GET FAIRLY HEFTY IN WEIGHT. I HAVE EXPERIENCED NO SCARES WITH THE STRAP NOT BEING ABLE TO HANDLE THE WEIGHT ONA HAS PUBLISHED ON THEIR WEBSITE. IN FACT, I WOULD SAY IT COULD LIKELY HANDLE MORE, BUT SINCE I HAVE NOT TESTED ANYTHING OVER THE 6 POUND MARK, I CANNOT ACTUALLY CONFIRM THAT OR SUGGEST TRYING IT.
THE STRAP IS AVAILABLE IN 5 DIFFERENT COLOR CHOICES. I CHOSE THE ANTIQUE COGNAC FOR MY STRAP, BECAUSE IT WAS THE COLOR THAT JUMPED OUT AT ME WHILE PERUSING THEIR OPTIONS ON THE WEBSITE.
THE PRICE? THE STRAP YOU SEE HANGING HERE IS PRICED ON ONA'S WEBSITE AT $109.00USD. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT IT IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT. WHY? THE HARDWARE IS SOLID AND SECURE. THE CONNECTOR STRAPS ARE VERY HIGH QUALITY AND AS DURABLE OF STRAPS I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT HITS AN ABSOLUTE 10 OUT OF 10 ON THE COMFORTABLENESS SCALE. THERE IS JUST NO BETTER STRAP THAT I HAVE WORN IN MY 4 YEARS OF SHOOTING. PLUS, IT IS A STRAP THAT WILL LAST A LONG TIME, IN MY OPINION.
OVERALL, I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THE LEATHER PRESIDIO. MY CAMERA WILL LIVE ON THIS FOREVER.
Review by Jacob LoafmanCLICK TO SHOP THE LEATHER PRESIDIO
Review - The Leather Presidio from ONA
alexander hahn - tribe archipelago lxc03
A Nomadic Love - Kodak Porta 400
Asyraf Syamsul - Kodak Portra 160++
Ben Kruse - Kodak Portra 400
Brea Marie & Alexander - Kodak Portra 160NC
Ceara Kirkpatrick - Kodak Gold 100 +
erin wallis - redleaf fernweh C1
katch silva - Real Kodak portra 400 film
Kelly Horch - Kodak Portra 800 HC
mariza trancoso - tribe archipelago lxc
Prisma Blanco - Fuji 800z
mariza trancoso - tribe archipelago lxc
Rob Dight - kodak Portra 800
Tracy Jade - Agfa Vista 400
Daily Update - February 25th
Cameron Thorp - Kodak Gold 200
Coleen Hodges - kodak Portra 400
Courtney Maltman - agfa vista 100
Fanni Jágity - tri-x converted
Jonny Simpson - Kodak Royal Gold 400
katch silva - vsco cam M5
Katie Forbis - kodak Portra 160
Mervyn John - Kodak Gold 100 +++
Naomi van der Kraan - Tribe Archipelago LXC06
Pablo Beglez - Fuji 160
sara rogers - tribe archipelago LXC04
Seth Langner - tribe archipelago LXC 01
Daily Update - February 26th
Who are you? Introduce yourself and tell us what kind of photography you are into!
Hello there! I’m Iiro Rautiainen from Finland, guy with a funny beard and addiction to cute cat videos. I do mainly weddings and portraits but on my freetime I love to experiment with some creative composites.
Which Camera(s) do you use?
At the moment I have two Canon 6D’s.
What are your lenses? What do you like about them?
For a looong time, I haven’t felt the urge to change any of these lenses or even add anything else to my lens bag. Escpecially in weddings, I’m able to tackle almost every possible situation with these beauties. Wide angle lens might be cool for some shots but I’ve done alright without it.
Which is your favorite lens and why?
This is hard. Depends on the situation. If I look my statistics on what lens I’ve used the most, that must be the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art. It’s surprisingly versatile focal lenght! But the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art on the other hand offers this nice bokeh + neutral look that enjoy using when shooting portraits. Both of them are super sharp even wide open so I might have to break the rules and choose both of them!
What do you use for carrying your Equipment? Bags, Straps tell us everything!
For me, portability is all that matters. I want to be able to easily carry most of my gear on my back. My main camera bag is Lowerpro Pro Runner 350AW. I can fit all my main gear into that so it’s just perfect size. It even fell off from a moving car and all my gear survived without a dent! During wedding shoots, I carry my two camera bodies with this cheap dual strap which name I even don’t know haha.
What´s your favorite “everyday” Camera?
What are your Accessories? Tripod(s), Flash, Filter etc.?
Usually when I shoot portraits, I use off camera flash. My go to setup is Elinchrom 53“ Rotalux + Godox Witstro AD -360. That big octa produces some really soft light, love it big time! Usually when shooting outdoors, I need to use HSS –settings so I have YN – 622C triggers to help me with that. On top of those, I have bunch of color gels, couple of speed lights and some lightstands. When it’s time for long shutter speed shots, I reach for my Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod.
Which Computer System do you use? Mac or PC? Why?
I use Mac. I used to have a PC but something made me change to Mac, not sure why. I know nothing about computers but it just feels more easier to use! And it looks pretty!
Where do you edit? On your Desktop? On your couch while drinking beer? On the road?
I have my Macbook Pro on my desktop with external screen. I usually do the culling part while laying on the couch with my laptop, editing is done with the bigger and better screen.
Which editing software do you use? Lightroom, PS, Capture One? Anything else?
80% of my editing is done in Lightroom CC but whenever I need to do something with layers (retouching, composites, hardcore grading etc) I reach out to Photoshop CC.
Tablet or mouse for editing?
I have a secret for you. I have never used anything else for editing than my laptop’s touchpad. Is it illegal..?
Favorite Music while editing?
There is this really chill Spotify list called ”Afternoon Acoustic”. Really helps in creating that flow feeling when edited photos just fly past you!
What is on your whishlist?
Now that I’ve mentioned it, maybe somekind of an wide angle lens would be nice. Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art could be just perfect! Nikon is also really tempting me as the dynamic range of the 6D’s isn’t on the level I would hope them to be. So if Canon won’t step up with their game in the future, I might have to step out to the dark side!
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Here are all Images from this articel plus a few more from the awesome work of Iiro Rautiainen!
This articel has been written by Sven Malojlo | Portrait- & Weddingphotographer
SHOW YOUR GEAR - Iiro Rautiainen
CHRIS ARAGON - kodak PORTRA 160
Evangelos Civas - kodak Portra 160+1
katie lively - kodak porta 400
Matthew Ashwell - Red Leaf Film Emulsion Color 400 II
Michelle Tate - Fernweh C4
Nicole Goenner - Kodak Portra 400 UC
Robert Marcillas - kodak Portra 160 ++
Roberto Magaña - fernweh c14
Vanessa Tellez - Tribe Archipelago RL3
Daily Update - February 27th
Alex Ciolomic - Kodak Gold 100
Andria Shepard - tribe archipelago LXC04
Cyndi Greenwalt - Kodak Ektar 100 Soft Highs
Daniel Araiza - fernweh C1 & ASE
Jessy Pesce - kodak portra 160
JinSung Lee - Agfa Vista 800--
Joasis Photography - Kodak gold 100
marco casella - FujiC400H+1
Michelle Gerovac - Kodak Gold 100
Natalia Mindru - Kodak Gold 200
Tuomas Mikkonen - Fuji 800
Daily Update - February 29th
I love everything about this series seen here. I love how the artists breaks the rules and uses direct flash. This image and series is sexy, edgy and quirky! - Ari Dorfman
I love the cinematic feel of this image, and the narrative. I imagine a person arriving at this bar/pub in a deserted place at night. Makes me wonder how the story will unfold - like a modern coloured version of an Alfred Hitchcock film. - Julianna Koh Blackwell
Malte Gron - Ektachrome 64 + Portra 800
I love the simplicity of this portrait. I am sucker for good skin retouching and that´s done perfectly here imo. The tones are gorgeous and it´s the perfect amount of grain in it. - Sven Malojlo
Amanda Naor - Kodak UltraMax 400+++
There is so much serious stuff going on in the world... I have been craving some fun/funky stuff. This wall is so colorful and hilarious and I love that location scouting can include impromptu broom concerts. - Rachel Kaye
The expression, the composition, the edit, and the use of light is extremely interesting and beautiful. I love everything about this one. - Jacob Loafman
Trey Wallace - Kodak Gold + ASE
Only 34 likes but a masterpiece for me. I'm totally sucked into the situation and see myself on the other side of the fence looking at the small girl. It has lines and symmetry so I have to love it !! Great shot that missed the train. - Lukas Piatek
This quote speaks what i feel about this. - Titilola Samuel
"I woke up early and took the first train to take me away from the city. The noise and all its people. I was alone on the train and had no idea where I was going, and that’s why I went there. Two hours later we arrived in a small town, one of those towns with one single coffee shop and where everyone knows each other’s name. I walked for a while until I found the water, the most peaceful place I know. There I sat and stayed the whole day, with nothing and everything on my mind, cleaning my head. Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound."
Kary Tae - Ilford 100
I love the composition of this image. I enjoy seeing photos of typical places in unusual, non-boring ways. Excellent capture! - Max Oishi
Liam Rimmington - Tribe Archipelago LXC 04
Ethereal with beautiful tones. Love the styling and make up on this. Brilliantly executed - the whole session is a dream - check it out! Amy-Leigh Atkins
Missed the Train: Staff Picks
edward miranda - VSCO CAM A6
Emilie Soler - Kodak Gold 100 + Alt 2
Brittani Hon - kodak Portra 160 Vibrant
joni burtt - Kodak Ultramax 400
Joshua Heaton - Kodak Portra 400 UC +
Justyna Elizabeth Butler
Karolina Miadowicz - tribe archipelago LXC03
Katie Forbis - Kodak BW 400CN++
Lena Mirisola - Kodak Portra 400+
Katy Weaver - kodak Portra 160+1
micah hewett - kodak gold 100
roland faistenberger - kodak portra 160
twyla jones - tribe archipelago lxc03
Judy Nuñez - Fuji 400
yoni gill - tribe archipelago lxc04
Daily Update - March 1st
Cristina Diaz - tri-x 400+
Juan Luis-Rojano - tribe archipelago Lxc 03c
NEIL HARRIS YOUNG - KODAK GOLD 100
Jonny Simpson - Kodak Portra 800-
Chloé Grayson - tribe archipelago LXC 02
Jen Wertman - Fuji Neopan 1600+
Chris & Alina Photography - tribe archipelago LXC 03
David Heidrich - Mastin Fuji400h
Ido Efrati - Agfa Vista 100 Cool
Ali Bant - Kodak Portra 400
alessandro ghedina - kodak portra 800
Daily Update - March 2nd
Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and
published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness
and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves
you wanting more.
10 Questions: Lilli Waters
Miguel Emmanuelli is a wedding a portrait photographer based out of Jacksonville, Florida and is regularly featured on our daily updates. Find out how Miguel used LOOKSLIKEFILM to push and motivate him to become the photographer he is today.
How did you learn photography?
I learned photography in college, or at least the basics. I took a b/w creative photography class back in 2001 and learned everything on a small manual Pentax K1000. Beyond that, everything else is self-taught. When there's interest and passion involved, it's all you need to learn anything.
What year was the "then" picture taken in?
This photo was taken in November 2012. It was my first wedding. I had some ideas, but mostly had no clue how to pose or how to motivate them to show their emotions. I remember feeling frantic, soaked in sweat, and staring at my camera as if it were some foreign object. It was a nightmare. I did manage to get some solid images that day, but this one clearly showcases my lack of skill starting out. The editing is crap and the look on their faces? Well, it says everything. Poor direction reflects poorly in photos.
What did you do to better your photography skills?
I shot a ridiculous amount of photos. I kept shooting till I found my favorite gear and editing style. I also did research on what sort of wedding photographer I wanted to be and just went for it. LOOKSLIKEFILM helped in this regard, it's a one-stop-shop inspirational site and I don't go a day without visiting the train station.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a new photographer to help them excel in their craft?
Slow down, simplify, trust your gut and keep looking through that viewfinder till you find truth. I consider all that one piece ;)
Check out more awesome images from Miguel below.
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Then & Now: Miguel Emmanuelli
Ania Ames - tribe archipelago LXC04
brianna record - tribe archipelago LXC04
andrea clark - kodak gold 100 + alt
COSTEA IONUT - kodak Portra 400
Daniela Rodrigues - Afga Vista 100+++
edward miranda -tri-x 320 ++
Jeff Brummett - Mastin Portra 800
Joshua Singer - kodak Portra 160+++
Joy Zamora - Tribe Archipielago LXC04
Kaley Setzke - Fuji 160C
kris & lauren penland - kodak porta 160
Lisa Warren - Agfa Vista 100 Cool
Maggie sheffield - tribe archipelago LXC03
MARIZA TRANCOSO - KODAK GOLD 100
Nina O'Leary - kodak Portra 160
Silviu Cozma - kodak Porta 160
Daily Update - March 3rd
Kevin Biberbach - Kodak Gold 100
Alina Schessler - kodak portra 160+1-
andrew knowles - kodak gold 200
Cori Delgado - tribe archipelago lxc03
Jillian Powers for Sandra Armenteros Photography - shut up loafman 04
Lauren Westra - kodak Portra 400-
Marcos Sanchez - tribe archipelago Ryan Longnecker 03
Marius Neag - TRI-X+3++
Poppies & me
Malin Wengdahl - tribe Archipelago LXC03
RAFAEL MELO CAIPA - redleaf REDWOOD C09
samantha roy - Kodak Gold 100 --
Serafin Castillo - Tribe Archipelago D+H 06
Daily Update - March 4th
Daniel is a creative mastermind and simply an amazing person.
Tell us a little bit about your life !
To be honest there is not much to tell. I have been so embarrassingly lucky in life that I have almost no story to tell. I have great parents, who have supported me endlessly. I met my amazing wife in high school, who is almost solely responsible for my success in life. If it was not for her, I would likely still be living in my parents house and playing video games 24/7. She is my favorite person and I don’t know how she puts up with my insanely impulsive nature. I have an awesome daughter who shares my enthusiasm for Star Wars and science in general. I have so many incredible friends spread across this planet. When I say I have been lucky in life… I could never fully explain how deep this runs. It fills me with a desire to give back to humanity in some meaningful way. I have no idea how that will be yet, but I am excited to find out. Until then I will keep dreaming big.
Meet Addison. Daniel´s lovely daughter
and his wife Kate
What gear are you using at the moment?
It is funny to be answering this question at this point in time. For the last 6+ years I have been shooting primarily (<- that was a dad pun) with my Canon 35 1.4L prime lens. It is funny because I just broke that lens yesterday. So today I just ordered the version 2 model of the 35 1.4L which is going to be awesome.
But anyways I am very minimalist when it comes to gear. I have been shooting with 2 5d mk2 bodies since the beginning of my “career”. They have seen a lot of abuse over the years. Just last year one of them was drenched by a massive tray of Bloody Marys and Mimosas, but I guess “weather resistant” covers breakfast cocktails.
How did you got into photogrpahy?
For the first time, about a year ago now, I put some serious thought into this question. I used to answer it by telling about a photography class I took in 2007 at a small art college in Maine. But after seriously delving into my memory banks, I found this answer to be completely off target. What I discovered was that I have been taking photos for almost as long as I can remember. Fresh out of high school I bought my first film camera, some cheap canon thing. I used to get my film processed at Wal-mart… so bad. Before that, during high school, I was using my dad’s kodak digital camera. I thought that thing was so cool. Before that I used to make photo albums of the summer camps I attended. Two years in a row I went to band camp. I used to play a pretty mean clarinet if I am being honest. Before that, 13 and visiting my uncle in Arizona, I remember being super stoked to try out an underwater disposable camera I had bought. It was awesome. And before all of those moments in my life, we get to a time which I believe started it all. I was 8 years old, and had the opportunity to travel to London with a family friend. I don’t remember how or why, but I had with me a small black brick shaped camera that shot 110 film. Google 80s film camera. I still have those photos… I would show them to you now but they are at my parents house and I am sitting at a table 3000 miles away from there. It truly blew my mind when I realized how long I had been taking photos. I used to think I just randomly chose photography in my adult years, but now I know that is not the case. I don’t believe in fate, but this revelation still gives me the chills.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I couldn’t begin to guess. There are infinite possibilities.
What is your favorite swear word
I love all swear words equally, but learning to swear in other languages is one of my favorite ways to swear.
What is your favorite image of all time?
My parents were planning to take our daughter to Boston via train, which would have been her first time. In the days leading up to this I was sitting around the house thinking to myself, "I can't miss my daughter's first train ride!!!” So I casually asked Kate, my wife, what she thought of taking Addison on a short trip one stop down the line, just for fun. Kate immediately latched onto the idea and that got me even more excited, so we planned a short day trip.
Day of I was quite nervous. I knew she was going to be very curious and wanted to make sure that I captured this once in a lifetime moment. I also knew that the train ride was less than 8 minutes long so I wasn't going to have a lot of time. Luckily for me she spent the entire ride pinned to the window. And the light was great, being window light and all!
His favorite image ! Addison on the choo choo
So I am shooting along at f/1.4 as I often do; and everything is a blur, mentally and physically. When it hits me that I should stop down the aperture so that I can show some motion blur going on outside. Right after that thought hits me, I remember a favorite image of my first photography instructor where a little boy is staring out a house window seemingly at himself. And then it happens. My whole photography career boiled down into one single moment. One frame and a ton of luck. Her perfect golden hair. The randomly chosen jean jacket. The perfect mixture of ambers and greens passing by. And somehow, at 1/25th of a second it is still tack sharp... I still don't know how I did that.
So I would say the lesson here is to keep learning. Keep shooting. And be ready for your moment… it is coming.
You should all start to support and follow Daniel, because he simply deserves it !
His website is not officially launched yet but he is giving us a sneak peak www.thespragues.co . I bet you have never seen a 8-bit retro photographer page !his facebook his website his instagram
Artist of the Month - Daniel Aaron Sprague