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A Wonderful Experience

“Good Energy”

"Embellished Abundance" was directed by Nella Turkki and Muti Musafiri; a short creation with young dancers from London, was part of the J'Agura event by Muti Musafiri and the South Bank Centre Youth Club. London. August 28, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

“Embellished Abundance” was directed by Nella Turkki and Muti Musafiri; a short creation with young dancers from London, was part of the J’Agura event by Muti Musafiri and the South Bank Centre Youth Club. London. August 28, 2015. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Had a wonderfully enriching experience; love it when life brings unexpected joys such as this. After collecting my failed entry into the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize on Friday, I was driving straight home. Something made me change my mind as I was drawn to the South Bank, for absolutely no solid reason, other than a feeling.

Camera in hand, I began wondering around and in a short time stumbled across an amazing group of dancers performing amongst the public, along the Queens Walk on the South Bank. They were superb. I approached them afterwards to find out some details and was told they were just practicing ahead of their proper performance later in the evening. So, naturally I hung around.

Ahead of the performance, the group got together in a circle to mentally prepare. I was watching this from outside, contemplating a photograph when voices called out. A few of the dancers called out for me to join in the circle as I had a “good energy”! How very wonderful! Such a gift to get magical experiences like this. The performance was wonderful, made lovely images and ended in such great conversations with the dancers. Just fabulous 🙂

On a technical note, the image was made with a Leica Monochrom (Type 246) and a Leica 35mm FLE Summilux, processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Montblanc Pens Image Reaches Finals

Photograph Chosen As Part Of 20 Finalists in MyRankart Competition

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Pleased to share that at the end of January this image was judged through the top 50 and then the top 20 of the My Rank Art competition, which had a theme of Everyday Objects. Alas it didn’t go on to win, but the top 20 isn’t too shabby!

Montblanc pens and ink on a desk. London. July 13, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013

Montblanc pens and ink on a desk. London. July 13, 2013. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian / 2013

The photograph was shot on a Leica M (Type 240) and a vintage, 1959 Leitz 50mm Summilux.

IPA Honourable Mentions

Four Honourable Mentions In the International Photography Awards

Images taken from the IPA website.

Images taken from the IPA website.

Thrilled to share some good news! Three of my images and one video have all received Honourable Mentions in the IPAs ahead of the final announcement on November 2nd.

Here are the images and video honoured by the IPA:

Sunset run,  This image was shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera and Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. Margate Sands, Kent. April 15, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Sunset run, This image was shot on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera and Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f1.8 lens. Margate Sands, Kent. April 15, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A magical London sunset. This image was shot on a Leica M9 and Leica 28mm Summicron lens. May 21, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

A magical London sunset. This image was shot on a Leica M9 and Leica 28mm Summicron lens. May 21, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Sunset over west London. This image was shot on a Fujifilm X100s. April 29, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Sunset over west London. This image was shot on a Fujifilm X100s. April 29, 2014. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

 

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye On A Leica M Type 240

The Joy Of Mirrorless Cameras

The inside of a washing machine drum, photographed on a fisheye lens. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian Shot using a Nikkor 8mm Fisheye lens on a Leica M (Type 240), using a Novoflex Nikon to Leica M adapter.

The inside of a washing machine drum, photographed on a fisheye lens. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Shot using a Nikkor 8mm Fisheye lens on a Leica M (Type 240), using a Novoflex Nikon to Leica M adapter.

One of the joys of mirrorless cameras is the ability to mount practically every lens made by every manufacturer, using the appropriate adapter. The Leica M rangefinder, being the mother of all mirrorless cameras (going back to 1954), made the perfect camera to try out my old, vintage Nikkor 8mm f8 fisheye lens. Especially as the camera has a full frame sensor so can display the circular fisheye perfectly. With the Leica M (Type 240)’s Live View, the camera was ideal.

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Photographing the inside of a Bosch washing machine drum. Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Photographing the inside of a Bosch washing machine drum. Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

My favourite lens adapters are made by Novoflex (available in the UK from Speed Graphic). With a lot of research and help from the wise folks at the Leica Users Forum, we deduced that the Nikkor would fit (it has a very deep rear element. When used on an SLR, the mirror has to be locked up before the lens is mounted).

***DISCLAIMER – you need to realise that mounting any non standard lens to your camera has it’s own risks. Do your research carefully as you will have to take full responsibility if anything goes wrong! I am not liable for any mistakes, accidents or damage and do not encourage you to try this!***

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

These are early days and I’m going to explore using this circular fisheye, but I wanted to share the journey so far. The only proper picture I’ve made so far is the washing machine drum, but there will be more to come, so keep an eye on my Flickr page!

More Nikkor 8mm Fisheye on Leica pictures HERE.

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. The stairwell. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. The stairwell. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

TZIPAC International Photography And Art Community

Eight Images In Finals Of Zebra Awards

Delighted to announce that eight of my images have become finalists in the TZIPAC Zebra Awards! Always a joy to reach the finals but to have eight images be judged as finalists is astonishing! Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to TZIPAC and the second Zebra Award judges. Much appreciated 🙂

Here are the finalist images:

Incidentally, all shots were shot on Leica cameras; M6, M9 and M (Type 240).

 

Fotoura Street Photo Of The Year 2014

My Entry; Your Vote Is Appreciated

Apologies as I need ask for your help again. Sadly another competition with a public vote! Still, if you like my photograph “Love Your Job”, your vote would be hugely appreciated. Above the shot, on the left is the “Vote For This As The Winner”.

TO VIEW & VOTE FOR “LOVE YOUR JOB”

Many, many thanks 🙂

Love Your Job. A heavy downpour of rain soaks pedestrians and a businessman, as they pass an illuminated advertising sign saying "Love Your Job". Hammersmith, London. January 14, 2011. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Love Your Job. A heavy downpour of rain soaks pedestrians and a businessman, as they pass an illuminated advertising sign saying “Love Your Job”. Hammersmith, London. January 14, 2011. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

Tom Stoddart Shoots ‘Healthcare in Danger’

Behind The Scenes With Tom Stoddart; Shooting A Campaign For The International Committee of the Red Cross And Red Crescent (ICRC)

A fascinating behind the scenes shoot showing multi award winning photojournalist Tom Stoddart shooting the “Healthcare In Danger” campaign for the ICRC, using a Leica S2 medium format digital camera. I really like this campaign as the studio shots are like I have never seen  before; they have a gritty realism to them which immediately puts the viewer within the conflict zone feel and communicates the message.

The current campaign was shot around six weeks ago and follow on from the last campaign Stoddart shot for the ICRC around two years ago, using Leica M9 cameras.

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