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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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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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I am just back in Bangkok after taking part in my first photography large workshop. Hong Kong photographer Gary Tyson and I had nine participants from a bunch of countries. We congregated in Jodhpur, (“The Blue City”), and spent four days shooting in alleyways, markets and desert villages. Here are a few of my “Behind the Scenes” shots from the event.

On the last day all the participants made a slide show of their strongest images. Here are a couple of those slideshows.
Steve Pike’s great B&W street photos. Steve shot with a smaller camera and fixed 35mm lens. Just to show it ain’t about the gear.

  //player.vimeo.com/video/88127809
Jodhpur India – Feb 2014 from Steven Pike on Vimeo.

And Laura Simonsen’s beautiful images.

  //player.vimeo.com/video/88236364
INDIA-Delhi Jodhpur Osian from Laura Simonsen on Vimeo.

We will be running more of these workshops. Please contact me through my website to make an inquiry. 

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Hong Kong is an awesome location for children’s photography. Within 20 minutes I have amazing beaches, parks, hiking trails, colonial buildings, antique boats and urban jungles as locations. Of course they are often crowded, but that is what makes it Hong Kong.
I just shoot candidly, without lights, props or gimmicks. so this is perfect for my style.
Here are a few shots from the trip I am just wrapping up. This is just a tiny sample of some of the locations we have here.
Lots more on my site and FB page.

Hong Kong Children’s Photography

Hong Kong Children’s Photography

Hong Kong Children’s Photography

ian taylor photography
Hong Kong Children’s Photography

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I’m not really into talking about camera bodies and lenses. It’s pretty obvious what you need based on your style. I haven’t bought a big ticket camera item for years.
But, I can talk about camera bags! Since my work takes me to a lot of different places with a variety or camera and lens selections, I have around 10 bags for different purposes.
One of the most useful is Think Tank Urban Disguise. This is an incredibly well designed and constructed bag. I use it for day to day shooting when I need two bodies and four or more lenses. It is also useful for big trips, as it holds an insane amount of stuff. Check out the video I did showing what I safely packed for a big road trip job last year.

Think Tank Urban Disguise 70

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I have been hanging out in Battambang since the late 1990s when I first went up there on the train. It has always been a very old school Khmer province, with lots of rice fields and a cool main town.
In the past few years it has been overrun with the typical channeled backpackers, in town for one or two nights, clutching their Lonely Planets and going where they are told to go. I know that 99.999% of them are going thisaway, so I just go thataway. You can still see the ‘real Cambodia’ only a few miles from town.
I just spent a bit of time there, wandering around the countryside. Here are a few images I took. You can see a lot more here.

fisherman
Fisherman – going out to catch food for his family. (Battambang)

Battambang
Man & his cow, or cow & his man. (Battambang)

Cool old monk.

Replanting rice. (Battambang)

Duck herding.

Off to the fields.

Transplanting rice.

Battambang
Battambang – “The Rice Bowl of Cambodia”

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Yunnan

Just spent a bit of time recovering from Hong Kong in and around Dali, China. Here are a few shots I took up there.

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