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The British Photography Awards Shortlist 2019

I’m thrilled to share that two of my images from 2018 have been shortlisted in the British Photography Awards 2019. The images are finalists in the Street Photography and Portrait categories.

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Twice The Fun. A child runs around whilst bathed in rays of sunlight in the turbine hall. Tate Modern, during a heat wave bank holiday. Bankside, London, UK. May 06, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

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Windrush Passenger. Alford Gardner, one of the few surviving Windrush passengers, from the 1948 SS Empire Windrush, which left Jamaica bound for Britain. Portrait photographed by the River Thames, South Bank, London, UK. May 25, 2018. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I’d like to thank the judges for putting together the shortlisted images and also congratulate the other shortlisted photographers for some truly spectacular images.

Technical Info

For those interested in the equipment used, both images were shot using a Panasonic Lumix G9. The running child was shot using a Leica DG 50-200mm f2.8-4.0 lens and the portrait was shot using a Leica DG 25mm Summilux. Both images were shot in raw and processed in Adobe Lightroom, with the final black and white treatment being completed using Alienskin Exposure X3.

Bird’s Eye View Commended By Judges

Landscape Photographer Of The Year Competition 2018

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Very happy to share that one of my images has been commended by the judges in this year’s Landscape Photographer Of The Year Competition.

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Bird’s Eye View; a bird flies into the frame created by the Peace Dove Sculpture in Hermitage Wharf Riverside Memorial Garden, as the The Shard shows through. Wapping, London, UK. May 16, 2018. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

The photograph was commended in the Urban View section and is the second time the competition has kindly awarded my work. The image will be printed in the forthcoming book and will be part of the digital display at the exhibition. Many congratulations to the winning photographers and judges.

The photograph was shot using a Panasonic Lumix G9 with a Leica DG 12-60mm f2.8-4.0 lens. The raw photograph was then processed in Adobe Lightroom CC Classic and the monochrome treatment finalised in Alienskin Exposure X3.

London Waterloo Exhibition details:

Dates: 19th November 2018 – 3rd February 2019
Venue: The Balcony at London Waterloo station.
Times: Opening times as for the station. Admission free.

Book details:

Collection 12: 224 pages
Publisher: AA Publishing (16th October 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0749579272

Oblique Strategies Photographic Exhibition

London Independent Photography; Ealing Satellite Group Exhibition

Opens On September 7th, 2018.

19 photographers from Ealing London Independent Photography, have created a collection of work in response to a set of Oblique Strategies originally written by Brian Eno. The images address the challenges of creativity and how they can be overcome by ingenuity and lateral thinking.

Exhibition: 7th – 15th September 2018
Open weekdays 12pm – 7pm (Fridays until 8pm), weekends 11am – 6pm

St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RH.

Huge thanks to the support of Panasonic Lumix and Pixelrights for sponsoring this project.

The project can be seen on our Pixelrights gallery website, Ealing Photo Gallery, where there is an opportunity to also purchase prints.

Also, massive thanks to Hauke from Fire & Flame for all the fabulous design work, not only creating all the fantastic leaflets, invitations and so on, but for also creating the elegant layouts and typography for the actual exhibition pieces.

The exhibition is part of Ealing BEAT (art trail).

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Image Of The Day

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Thank you to the team at Alienskin Software for their choice of today’s “Image Of The Day” on their Instagram. 

The portrait of the hugely talented Angela Simkin was made on a Panasonic Lumix G9 with a Leica DG 12-60mm lens. 

The raw image was processed in Adobe Lightroom and made into a BW using Alienskin’s Exposure X3.

If you’d like to find me on Instagram, I’m: @terakopian

RAF 100; Hawker Hurricane Print

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RAF Hawker Hurricane in RAF Battle of Britain 1940 colours. The 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain at the Biggin Hill Air Fair 2010, Biggin Hill Airport, Kent, UK. Aircraft during the Battle of Britain set piece. June 26, 2010. Photo: ©Edmond Terakopian

To celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, I’ve put together a special priced print offer on one of my photographs.

The image is of a RAF Hawker Hurricane in Battle of Britain 1940 colours, during a 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain air display at the Biggin Hill Air Fair in 2010.

The sight of the fighter plane flying by rays of light as they create a break in the clouds brings special symbolism to the image, the plane and mostly to the heroism of the RAF during the Battle of Britain and WWII.

To view the image, available in colour and two variations of black and white, please visit the RAF 100 Battle Of Britain album.

11TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS

Two Nominations In The People’s Category

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Happy to share that two of my street photographs were nominated by the judges of the 11th International Color Awards.

The first image was shot using a Leica M10.

Tate Modern, Bankside, London. August 01, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Tate Modern, Bankside, London. August 01, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The second image was shot on a Sony RX1RII.

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Having a quiet drink at the Beany bar. Daily life around the South Bank, London, UK. October 25, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Many congratulations to all the winners and nominees and a thank you to the judges.

Leica CL – Hands On

Hands On Preview Of The New Leica CL

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Photographer Edmond Terakopian with the newly announced Leica CL. Leica CL Press Launch. The Den, 45 St Martin’s Lane, London. November 21, 2017. Photo: Robin Sinha

I used to really like my Leica X1; superb quality, large sensor compact camera, with a fixed Leica lens, capable of professional results in a small body. It was with me at all times and I used it on assignments as well as my personal work. Alas, it needed to have a proper electronic viewfinder and equally as importantly, interchangeable lenses. The radically conceptual and interesting Leica TL and TL2 addressed the interchangeable lens issue, but to my dismay didn’t have a built in viewfinder. Although I do sometimes shoot using the rear screen, I’m definitely a viewfinder user and a slide on viewfinder (be it optical or digital) whilst useful, isn’t the answer. They’re inelegant, get in the way, add bulk, come off and can easily be lost.

The rumour mills started showing leaked images of the Leica CL. An interchangeable lens, compact mirrorless camera with a built in viewfinder. Of course, one can never trust these rumours, but when I received an invitation by the lovely folks at Leica UK for a press launch, I realised this may just be for real. I’m delighted to say, it is a reality.

It’s a truly beautiful and elegant design, sharing a look very reminiscent of it’s great grandfather, the Leica III. Even without the red dot, it is instantly recognisable as a Leica and carries this heritage forward. The design, craftsmanship and build quality are really top notch. This is definitely a “real Leica”. It feels right in the hand.

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A portrait of Arteh Odjidja at the Leica CL Press Launch. Test shot using the Summilux-TL 35 f/1.4 ASPH. The Den, 45 St Martin’s Lane, London. November 21, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The mark of a well thought out design, one crafted by engineers who are passionate photographers and not just very clever folk, is that when you pick it up, you can just start to use it. Without looking at a manual or much fuss at all, I took to its beautifully designed and elegant switchgear; ergonomics which have been thought through just make the camera a very natural and comfortable extension of the photographer. The twin dials with push down control clicks and a small screen between them means that modes and settings can quickly be navigated not only without fuss, but very naturally. My only gripe here is that in manual mode, it would be nice to be able to change the dials’ functions so that shutter speed and aperture can be swapped around if needed. Hopefully a firmware upgrade can take care of that.

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A portrait of Robin Sinha at the Leica CL Press Launch. Test shot using the Summilux-TL 35 f/1.4 ASPH. The Den, 45 St Martin’s Lane, London. November 21, 2017. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

When other camera manufacturers look at the simplicity and elegance of design with a perfect layout of buttons, dials and screens, they’ll hopefully realise that shoving extraneous buttons all over their camera’s isn’t really necessary and is in fact counterproductive to photography. The same can be said of the menu system, which essentially includes a favourite’s page and is very elegantly done. No PhDs needed to operate this menu system!

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the specifications online, but the main points are:

24.2mp APS-C CMOS sensor with a 14 stop dynamic range

ISO range of 100 to 50000

10 frames a second on continuous drive (with three speed settings for continuous) with a 33 frame buffer (jpeg and raw DNG)

Flash sync speed of 1/180th

EVF has 2.3mp with an eye relief of 20 mm (superb for spectacle wearers)

The autofocus system is contrast based and has 49 points

The files lend themselves beautifully to the monochrome treatment; the lenses and sensor being matched nicely to get a smooth and wide tonal range also produce a phenomenal dynamic range. All the key ingredients for beautiful black and white photography are present.

I had the camera for around 20 minutes, so of course this post isn’t an exhaustive test. Some colleagues whose opinion I value have had more time with the camera, and I will post some links at the end of this article. However, one thing I can usually tell in the first few minutes of picking up a new camera is if it’s going to work for me. The Leica CL gave me the feeling that it definitely will. It’s right in the hand, focuses quickly and accurately, has a decent amount of AF points spread across the frame, has a fast drive when needed, intelligent menu system and of course, has Leica lenses. The main reason for me choosing Leica, by far, is the Leica lens. I made this decision back in early 90s when I bought my first Leica (an M4-2) after having tried an M3 for a few weeks back in 1989. Another wonderful thing about the CL is that with an adapter, Leica M lenses can be fitted and used (with a x1.5 crop factor).

I do wish it had a few things though. I would have really liked to see a joystick on the back for moving the AF point around quickly with he camera to the eye. I feel any serious camera needs to have a joystick. A built in stabiliser would have also been most welcome. Although the video specs are good, I didn’t even bother to shoot video as there are no microphone or headphone sockets, so perhaps having these would have been a nice touch, making the camera more usable, but I assume it would have added bulk.

As with any conversation involving Leica, the price always comes up. I’ve already had several conversations about pricing with friends and colleagues on my social media. Leica have always been more costly. No compromise lens design and low quantity manufacturing has always meant that price wise they will never be on par with the gigantic Japanese manufacturers. However, if the look and feel you get from your images is important to your work, then a Leica will help bring out that much more from that moment when you decide to press the shutter release.

The full frame bigger brother, the Leica SL, was of course Leica’s first mirrorless, interchangeable lensed, built in EVF camera. Some very impressive specs, beautiful image quality and absolutely stellar lenses, alas never convinced me to get one. Simply because the lenses were huge. Smaller lenses are rumoured to be on their way though, so perhaps I may reevaluate my stance in the future. Until that moment, for me, the CL is Leica doing mirrorless correctly. It ticks so many boxes and feels absolutely right in the hand and in use. Dear Santa……

 

My Leica CL Flickr Album

Some atmospheric photographs of the Leica CL from Leica Camera.

Further Reading about the Leica CL:

Sarah M Lee puts the new Leica CL through its paces; TENDER ARE THE NIGHTHAWKS

Testing The Leica CL, by Jono Slack

Leica CL Review by Andy Westlake