In the year 2011 I have shot with a few cameras and placed my pictures in several places all over the web (flickr, iStock, my galleries here, etc.). I will try now to pick a few ones and put them in one place – here – trying to call them into categories (photos made with a certain camera, o a certain lens, or for a certain purpose – stock, leisure – or technology – digital, film). No, they are not the best ones , but hopefully they are representative enough of what I liked to shoot.

The river Wear in Durham: it has been my luckiest attempt in using the Lensbaby Composer to selectively reduce the focus field.

Nikkor 20/3.5 UD on Sony NEX-5

The car and the camera is my best attempt with the Nikkor AI-S 50/1.2 used (wide) open. It is indeed very difficult to use it wide open because almost nothing is in focus or sharp. Few subjects are suitable to the treatment.

Nikon FM2n and Nikkor AI-S 50/1.2

The photo of the DVDs is one of the few decent ones I took indoor with the Bronica. It also sold well on iStock, perhaps confirming the need of finding a niche to succeed (how many people have such “props” ready at home?).

Bronica SQ-A, Zenzanon 80/2.8 PS, Velvia 50

The portrait in the park is my best (only?) attempt at photographing people that I do not know. Perhaps, the fact that the subject in question could not complain or get angry helped a lot. On the NEX I used the Carl Zeiss Jena 29/2.8 that I eventually sold, since it was a lens that worked very well only in the centre. Perhaps my copy was defective.

Carl Zeiss Jena 29mm f/2.8 on Sony NEX-5

I did not have a very happy experience with the Carl Zeiss Tessar 45/2.8: the lens is great, but the Contax cameras I used in combination failed one after another. My favourite photo come out of my short-lived 167 MT is these beach huts photographed between Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

Carl Zeiss Tessar 45/2.8, Contax 167MT, Ektar 100

I haven’t had yet the opportunity of using as much as I want my Canon EF 70-200 f/4 IS, for which I purposely bought a Canon EOS 5. The Vegas American Circus that came to Durham let me take my favourite shot with this combination – albei combined with a film that perhaps would not have needs Image Stabilization: Ilford Delta 3200

Canon EOS 5, EF 70-200 L f/4 IS, Delta 3200

Finally, my best self-portrait!

Sony NEX-5, Tessar 45/2.8, self timer!