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I carried around my Xpan for much of 2014. It made it to Canada, Tibet and a few places in India. I got everything processed and scanned but never really looked at the images till now.

Here are a few.

Xpan – Tamil Nadu

Xpan

Calcutta

Xpan Tibet

Tibet
Xpan

Autonomous Region

Gardze

Xpan – Tibet
Rice Lake, Ontario

Xpan -Tibet

Raccoon Lake, ON
Xpan – India

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My day jobs consists of taking very very fast portraits. I am relying more on instinct than any kind of planning. To use the used parts of my photo-brain, I have taken up long exposure photography. This really slows me down and forces me to build up the shot bit by bit. Making instead of taking perhaps.
There are some necessary gear purchases for this – 24mm tilt shift lens, a better tripod and 16 stops of ND. (I used Lee Big and Little Stoppers.) This way I can get the eight minute exposures needed to smooth the water out completely.
This is my first result, the bamboo bridge at Kompong Cham, Cambodia. I hope to do more of these this year.

Bamboo Bridge at Kompong Cham

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Our our last 600 km kayak trip down the Thai coast I shot a ton of GoPro time lapse, but never looked at them till a couple of weeks ago. I found enough images to make this little vid.
This is what it looks like out there.

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No matter what job I am on, I always have a fast 35mm lens with me. If I have two bodies, one wears a 35mm all the time. For around eight years I used a Canon 35/1.4L, but it was nearing the end of it’s natural lifespan and I dropped it again, so it needed to be replaced. (It literally had Crazy Glue holding parts on, but it worked fine.)
A couple of days before I had been out with a Reuters news photographer who was raving about the Sigma 50/1.4 ART. I checked out the reviews for the Sigma 35/1.4 and bought it the same day.
This lens is at least as good as the Canon, and maybe better. The corners are pretty much perfect wide open, as long as there is sufficient exposure. Color, contrast, everything. It’s an amazing lens at two thirds the cost of the Canon.
The only downside is that the lens hood sticks and it seems permanently welded to my lens until I can take it in for service.
Sigma is doing an amazing job of picking off the Canon Holy-Grail lenses. Once they release an 85/1.2 they will grab a big chunk of the fast glass market.
I now use this lens, with the Canon 85L and 135L for about 80% of my commissioned kids work. The 24L and 70-200 2.8 IS gets the rest.
More samples from this lens here and here.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Lens

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I have kayaked the west coast of Thailand from top to bottom two times with my hometown friend Tim Morch. Travel Talk Asia recently interviewed me for a podcast about these trips. Lots of info for anyone in Southeast Asia who would like to get into this incredible pastime. 

Here is the link to the interview.

koh panak
Kayak Thailand


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When I first bought a digital camera in 2005 I just brought it along on shoots as a back-up in case my film camera went down. I sort of feel the same about this new generation of excellent small cameras on the market. Last year I had the Sony A7 for a while, now I have the Fuji X-T1. I am now getting to the point where I am using the Fuji for lots of projects.
For now I am still using Canon for my day to day kids photography, mainly because I have a great set of lenses. Secondly due to the ridiculously great autofocus on those DSLRS. But for almost everything else, this Fuji is the camera for me. I’m not going to go on about the specs etc, that has already been done to death. I’m just going to show a few examples from a decent variety of situations. Kids photo sessions, documentary stuff for an NGO here in Bangkok (day and night), as well as a few street images and random shots.
I can see a day soon where these small cameras are going to be all most of us need to make a living. My aching shoulders will love it.

Fuji X-T1


Fuji XT1
Fuji X-T1
Fuji X-T1
Benz Blues – Bamgkok

 

Hong Kong Street Photography 


 

XF 18mm

 

XF 18mm
For The Human Development Foundation, Thailand

 

Human Development Foundation, Bangkok

 

Fuji X-T1, ISO 2000
ตลาดลาดชะโด

 

XF 35mm f/1.4

 

Fuji X-T1

 

XF 35mm f/1.4

 

XF 35mm f/1.4

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As a photographer I have some pet peeves for sure. One of them concerns “portrait” lenses.
For me a portrait lens is a lens I use to take a photo of a person. I have used 15mm and 200mm,  but prefer a couple of focal lengths in between those extremes.
My all time favourite is probably the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L. This is a perfect focal length for the type of environmental portraiture I do day to day. (That means showing the subject in their environment.) 35mm is just a bit wider then the eye sees, and the 1.4 aperture allows me to really blur the background as is my style (or schtick).
Which brings me to my peeve. In so many of these online photography forums you have people saying that 85mm is “the perfect portrait lens”. Don’t get me wrong, 85mm is one of my other go-to focal lengths, along with the 135mm. But to limit yourself to this kind of thinking hobbles your efforts before you even take a shot.
Don’t worry about what others tell you to use. Use your eyes, then the gear. Don’t worry about these ridiculous camera club rules.
Here are a few samples of my work with the 35L.

Canon 35L

ian taylor bangladesh
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

battambang
Canon 35/1.4

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L

bangladesh
Canon 35L

Cambodia

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I was recently back in my hometown of Picton Ontario to help my parents move out of the house we had been in for 50 years. My friend, food stylist Ruth Gangbar, organized a fun little shoot at Vicki’s Veggies, arguably the most well known farm in Prince Edward County. They grow a huge range of vegetables and specialize in heirloom tomatoes. 130 varieties!

So, here are a few shots from that afternoon. All done with the Fuji XT1 and a couple of their prime lenses. I am really liking this little camera, such a nice change from DSLRs.

the county
Vicki’s Veggie, Black River

Ruth Gangbar

Ian Taylor Photography

Black Creek Cat

Vicki’s Veggies, Prince Edward County

Fuji XT1

Fuji XT1

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I was incredibly lucky last month when a friend asked me if I’d like to make up the fourth person for a drive around the Tibetan area of West Sichuan, Province. Obviously I grabbed it. We were two Canucks, and two Chinese.
We took a couple of weeks to make a 3000 km loop starting in Chengdu. For photographers who love scenery and interesting cultures, this has to be one of the best corners of the world.
But rather than type about it, here are a few images. I have a larger gallery from this trip here.
If you’d like to check out more of my work, you can check this and/or this.

All images Leica M9 with Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses.

Leica
马尼干戈乡 Xiongba

Ganzi
སྐོར་ར M9

སྡེ་དགེ
Tibetan Woman, སྡེ་དགེ Dege

kham
Leica M9, Zeiss 25mm

Tibet
Tibetan Pilgrim

 དཀར་མཛེས་རྫོང།

Leica M9
 སྡེ་དགེ

Kham
སྐོར་ར, Ganzi
Kham, Tibet
Up to Chola Pass (5000m)

tibetan
马尼干戈乡
Tibet
 དཀར་མཛེས་རྫོང།

Zeiss 25mm
Ganzi Horse Festival 
Tibet
Zeiss 25mm

Leica
Voigtlander 75mm Heliar

Leica
Leica M9དཀར་མཛེས་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ

Tibet
Dzogchen Monastery རྫོང་ཆེན་དགོན།

Zeiss 25mm
Derge Parkhang

 Derge Sutra Printing Temple

M9
Eastern Tibet

德格
Derge Parkhang

Tibet
50mm Nokton f1.5

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So, I did something I had never really considered doing, I bought a Leica. A lightly used M9. After snickering at the Leica-heads for years, I now am one. I did however avoid acquiring the subsequent Leica Lens Fever that can kill savings accounts.
Instead I bought a few very reasonably priced Voigtlander lenses. This glass comes in at around 20% of what similar Leica lenses would cost. Sure, Leica lenses are the best, but these Japanese lenses are just fine for my needs. Voila, my new travel kit.
To kick the tires on my modest little rangefinder package, I went off to India for a few weeks. For the first couple of weeks I wandered aimlessly around Calcutta, shooting portraits and drinking tea. Then I headed to Jodhpur, Rajasthan to take part in conducting a workshop on travel photography. This gave me plenty of time to find out what would and would not work with the rangefinder.
Obviously I love this camera. It’s amazing to use, it makes me slow down, and best of all, the files are beautiful. Warm and more ‘filmy’ than the Canon files I am used to. (It’s the CCD sensor I’m told.)
Here are a few samples of images I made with the Leica, and my cheapo Voigtlander lenses.
You can check out a larger gallery of these recent images on my FB page and my website.

Voigtlander 75 Heliar
Leica M9, Voigtlander 75 Heliar

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar

Voigtlander 21mm Color Skopar
Kolkata, Leica M9, 21 Color Skopar

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Kolkata Rickshaw, Leica M9

35 Color Skopar
Saraswati Puja, Kolkata, Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar

Voigltander
Jodhpur, Leica M9, 50 Nokton

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Kolkata Rickshaw, Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar
Kolkata, 21 Color Skopar
Kolkata Rickshaw, Leica M9

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