What camera do you use? You get great sharp pictures, I know PG/GW uses a Leica and the X100 which are my dream cameras, I was hoping you were using something more affordable, ie. under 600-700 dollars.
Early shots on the blogspot, and a few old ones here, were with the Ricoh GRDIII. An amazing camera that I left in a camera after my friend Hiro - letitselfgo.tumblr.com - got married. All the shots I took of his wedding in the possession of the only dishonest taxi driver in Japan!
After that came the Olympus Pen EP-1. Another cracking camera and a versatile M4/3. I bought some vintage Pen lenses and manually focused when I was using it. Loved that camera, and I hope my little brother is enjoying it.
Now I use the Leica M8. It’s old, second hand, beaten to all hell. I have a 1.5/50mm Voigtlander Nokton Lens which is my go to, a 1:2/50mm Leica Summicron from an old limited edition M7, and a Voigtlander 35. I use iPhoto to adjust what I’ve messed up in shooting.
The Leica is a great camera, I love the images I get with it, but good photographers are more important than their equipment. I know, because I ain’t one. I’ve seen people take better pictures with an iPhone than I could get with a Hasselblad.
PG always told me to learn my own style, and get comfortable with the camera I’m using. Find a prime lens, take your time with the shot and keep persisting till it finally clicks and you are taking pictures that feel like your own.
“It is not good to settle into a set of opinions. It is a mistake to put forth effort and obtain some understanding and then stop at that. At first putting forth great effort to be sure that you have grasped the basics, then practicing so that they may come to fruition is something that will never stop for your whole lifetime. Do not rely on following the degree of understanding that you have discovered, but simply think, “This is not enough.” One should search throughout his whole life how best to follow the Way. And he should study, setting his mind to work without putting things off. Within this is the way.”