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New Stephen Bartels Gallery Website Is Gorgeous

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 8, 2014 by johnbuckley100

B+W Low Rez 1

The Stephen Bartels Gallery online website just relaunched, and a dozen of our black and white images of animals in their natural habitat in Botswana are displayed in higher resolution — and at a more attainable price — than was previously available.

Congratulations to Stephen on having navigated an arduous process of moving to a new website platform for the many excellent photographers he represents.  And for those looking for holiday gifts of fine art, no need to shop anywhere else.

This Image Chosen By The Leica Store DC For Their Oscar Barnack Wall

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on October 4, 2014 by johnbuckley100

TF Botswana Color 1

We were honored by the news that the Leica Store DC chose our image from a recent trip to Botswana for display on their Oskar Barnack Wall during the month of October.  Oskar Barnack was the developer of the ur-Leica, which means he was the person who invented 35mm photography.  To be associated in any way with his name is an honor, and we appreciate the Leica Store for choosing our image.

For those lucky enough to live in the Nation’s Capital, the Leica Store has, since May of 2012, become a remarkable hub for photography here.  Whether or not one shoots Leica, to have a serious photography store host so many events, and to be so welcoming, seven days a week, to street shooters wandering by, is pretty remarkable.  We’re fortunate to have them in the community.  The camera equipment’s not bad either.

About the image: this was taken on the first night of our trip to the Okavango Delta, at Tubu Tree.  Literally an hour after our arrival, we went out in the Land Rover and our guide led us to this.  Leica M, 90mm APO-Summicron-Asph.  That the moon was rising and framed by tree branches while the leopard stared at us was just the kismet of the cosmos.

This image, and a set of 12 black and white images from the same trip, are for sale at The Stephen Bartels Gallery.

John Buckley’s Black And White Photographs From Botswana Exhibited At Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Tulip Frenzy SBG 2

A dozen of my black and white photographs taken while on safari in Botswana last week are now on exhibition at the Stephen Bartels Gallery in London.

If over the past week you have enjoyed the photographs posted on Tulip Frenzy, check out the exhibition here.  The images are priced reasonably, and the prints show off the full-resolution images wonderfully.

It’s an honor to be associated with Stephen’s gallery.  He fully supports his artists and is blazing trails in the promotion of high-quality photography.

On Using The Leica Monochrom On A Safari

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 21, 2014 by johnbuckley100

  TF Lion Portrait

 

Leica Monochrom, 90mm Summicron, all images w/ ND Filter, @f/2

A few days ago, we published in Tulip Frenzy a field report on using a Leica M-240 as our main camera while on safari in Botswana.  We took the M-240 as our main camera because it is, in fact, our main camera.  Some people have responded as if we did this out of some need to prove a point, or as a bizarre experiment, given that of course one would more naturally shoot with a Canon or Nikon — DSLRs made for this kind of photography.  In fact we used the M because Leica M’s are the only camera system we own.  

However, in addition to taking along our M-240, which at least has the benefit of being able to use telephoto lenses via an adaptor, we also took along our Monochrom, the Leica M that only takes black and white images.  We took it along because frankly we were determined to escape the bounds of cliche, to take photographs that aren’t typically what one returns from Africa with.  Moreover, we thought that taking along the Monochrom, and shooting either the 90mm APO-Summicron-Asph or the 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph (and quite rarely, the 28mm Summicron Asph), and as much as possible shooting wide open (using an ND filter), we might be able to come up with memorable images.  

TF Lion Tongue

Leica Monochrom, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

We have to declare that taking the Monochrom along as our second camera was a complete delight.  Thinking in terms of light, not color, in an environment with, at times, a hyper-abundance of both, was a conceptual joy.  And the images we took, in our own subjective view, are likely the ones we will print and put up on our walls, because they’re in many ways more compelling images than the color shots.

TF Leopard Portrait

Leica Monochrom, 90mm APO-Summicron-Asph

There was something about isolating the animal against its background — taking advantage of the bokeh inherent in shooting fast Leica lenses wide open — that appeals to our eye.  Admittedly influenced by the brilliant photography of Nick Brandt, whose shots of animals in Kenya and Tanzania are so unbelievably naturalistic — as if lions came to his plein air portrait studio — we knew what we wanted to achieve visually.  Taking along the Monochrom and using it as an alternative to the Leica M was like shooting in black and white film, with all that entails both in limitations and the liberation of simplicity.

TF Lion Teeth

Leica Monochrom, 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph

Those who read our post on using the Leica M-240 last week in Botswana will remember that I complained I had some trouble focusing with the EVF.  But after a dozen years using a rangefinder, focusing with the Monochrom was second nature, and I felt in some ways that if I really needed to focus quickly, this was the camera I wanted to use.

TF Leopard Grass

Leica Monochrom, 90mm APO-Summicron-Asph

But it wasn’t just ease of use that made the Monochrom such a delight to work with.  It was the conceptual possibility of what one could do shooting within the confines of black and white, and the simplicity of knowing I was only going to shoot wide open.  That if I nailed the focus, the contrast between, say, the leopard’s fur and the grass behind it would be pleasing.

TF Giraffe

Leica Monochrom, 90mm APO-Summicron-Asph

As always with the Monochrom, you go into taking the picture visualizing it in terms of light and form, not color.  Because I had both cameras within reach, I would make a conscious choice about which to use.  Yes, sometimes the matter was solved by the expedient of needing a telephoto lens, which meant using the M.  Sometimes I used both cameras and took multiple images in color and black and white, leaving it to later to sort out which was better.  But sometimes the matter was solved by seeing something and saying, That will simply look better as a black and white image.

TF Elephant Trunk

Leica Monochrom, 90mm APO-Summicron-Asph

We said that Africa is filled with light and color, but perhaps it should be noted that where we were, many of the colors were muted — the grasses dry and the same tone as lions fur, surrounded by many dead trees.  But of course these conditions lend themselves to monochrome photography.

TF Lion Male Female

Leica Monochrom, 28mm Summicron Asph

Finally, there was one other reason we loved taking the Monochrom along: it limited us to shorter lenses.  This meant both that there was background in the picture — not just the lion’s nostril, but the fields behind it — and that ours was a more intimate view than is often the case when using tellys.  The picture above was taken with a 28mm lens, which we often use for street photography.  Being this close to a lion is a thrill.  We hope this comes through in the pictures.

Please note: if you like these photographs, in the days ahead, several of the ones above will be available for purchase through The Stephen Bartels Gallery.  

New Images Exhibited At The Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 11, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Muslim Girl Bishop's Garden

For some months, we’ve been working on a series of images of people in the city who have snatched some privacy, some solace, some peace from their surroundings.  We have three such images on exhibition this month at London’s Stephen Bartels Gallery.  Check them out.  You may even find some photos you’d like to buy…

 

Delicate Connections: New Pictures At The Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 12, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Easy Ryder (1 of 1)

Leica Monochrom, 50mm Noctilux

We have a new set of photographs for sale at London’s Stephen Bartels Gallery, organized around the theme of “Delicate Connections.”  A mother holds her children’s hands lest she and they fall on the ice.  Captain America wishes only to touch a horse, even as the men on the carriage laugh.  An elderly couple hold hands in a farmers’ market.  So often, our connection to others is based on a touch, a gesture.  Hard to capture that moment, but worth trying.

New Photos Up At The Stephen Bartels Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 13, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Paper Fans

 

There is a theme to the new photos we are exhibiting at The Stephen Bartels Gallery in London, and it is captured well here.

For those who visit Tulip Frenzy, you’ve likely noticed our fixation, since his death in November, with the late master Saul Leiter.  The images we’ve chosen to exhibit this month all reflect this study of his work.

We don’t think there is anything amiss with a photographer — or any artist — admitting that he’s been so knocked over by his study of a master, that he has self-consciously attempted to apply what he’s learned to his own photography.  We’d be willing to bet that, like Cormac McCarthy channeling Faulkner, or the Brian Jonestown Massacre channeling the Velvet Underground, some of the best work by our favorite writers and musicians flow from their desire to emulate their influences.  If over a long career there’s only one influence emulated, then the artist is derivative, unoriginal.  But if he or she is a magpie, and takes a little from here and a little from there, well, in that case we call them The Dandy Warhols.  And everyone gets something that they want.

Enjoy the images.  And if you like them, don’t forget they’re for sale!

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