Kit:

Sony QX1: A mirrorless lens-style digital camera that connects via WiFi to a digital device, whose screen acts as electronic viewfinder. You set the focus point, adjust camera settings, and release the shutter by tapping the device’s screen. The device transmits settings and shutter release to the QX1, and receives and stores the digital images taken by it.

Apple iPad Pro: The digital device I use with the QX1. The 7.76″ x 10.35″ iPad Pro screen feels like the ground glass of a big view camera (but without the weight). The large screen aids in-camera composition, and that’s good for a photographer who wears glasses, like me.

Sony α6500: My backup camera, for sites like the stations on Bangkok’s BTS Sky Train where guards won’t let me set up a tripod, or for situations where I need to take photos in sequence more quickly than the QX1 WiFi connection allows.

Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8M Macro Lens (Sony E-Mount; autofocus): A prime. Since both the QX1 and α6500 use APS-C sensors, this is a moderate telephoto. However, since I’m a near-sighted person, this corresponds more closely to my “normal” perspective than a full-frame 50mm does. This lens has autofocus, so tapping the iPad’s screen focuses the lens.

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 Lens (Sony E-Mount; autofocus): Another prime.

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens (Sony E-Mount; autofocus): Another prime.

Manfrotto MT190CXPRO4 Carbon Fiber Tripod: Since only four of the photographs in this book have a shutter speed of 1/30 sec or under, a tripod has been a necessity to avoid camera shake. However, with my kit, the view camera-like iPad experience, combined with positioning the tripod, make for an unrushed, contemplative experience that’s very pleasurable; there’s a sense of dedication to the subject.

Manfrotto XPRO Geared 3-Way Head: A necessity for accurate composition; ball-head tripods are frustratingly fiddly, and the precision of fine-tuning the gears adds to the contemplative experience.

Software:

AutoDesk Sketch, with iPad Pro and Apple Pencil: Annotating photos for selection and editing, but above all for self-feedback and reflection.

Adobe Lightroom: Editing, captioning, categorization, and export. Mostly, I correct for failures of dynamic range, which happen a lot, because I like to shoot at dusk or in the dark. I crop only occasionally. My only real criterion is whether the photo gives me the same feeling I had when I took the shot, so if the light was orange because the streetlights were orange, the photo is orange.

WordPress: For this site.

Printing:

Bloom Photo Lab, 460/12 Thanon Surawong, Khwaeng Si Phraya, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500.

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