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Len Loving

Len Loving



I live in Japan where I shoot and write, teach and learn. I'm looking for simplicity in my photography so I'm shooting only 35mm these days. It also forces me to move and be more creative with a single focal length.
  • Fujifilm X100S, Olympus E-P3, Apple
  • Fujinon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic

#6 - War Photojournalism and the iPhone

Published August 2nd, 2011

As a small addendum to my #4 post, this link will take you to a project where war photojournalists on location in Afghanistan used iPhones.

I'll also mention that they used an application called "Hipstamatic", one of my favorites due to the app's nature to not allow post-processing within the app itself. You have to import it into another app to do that.

This creates a slightly purer experience with the iPhone in that what you shoot is what you get. If you can bracket a shot with varying "lenses" or "film" (alternative filters in "Hipstamatic") that's fine, but when you consider being in a fire fight, or observing security patrols, you don't get second chances.

That stated, please check this out and see the results for yourself. It goes without saying that the subject, war itself, elevates the feeling and emotion of these photos, which are in no way degraded by having been shot by the iPhone.

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#5 - Aperture 3

Published July 30th, 2011

Just a shout out to Aperture 3 users. I'm just beginning to use it, so I would love to check out work from those that also use it. I can find ideas, inspiration, and maybe a little support.

Please leave a comment, and I will follow you.

If you aren't an Aperture 3 user, that's all right, too! Post-processing is a special skill, so please tell me what you are using so I can get an idea of what is editing your images.

Thank you!

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#4 - iPhone Photography, or iPhoneography

Published July 30th, 2011

I'm interested in what you think of the iPhone as a camera, creatively, technically or otherwise. What do you really think? Lay it on me.

I'm rather fascinated that mobile photography has exploded in such a way; posted iPhone pictures on Flickr now out-number any other camera thanks to it's ubiquitous nature.

I have to ask what made so many photo-sharing users get into it so much. Was it the apps, which can add that certain pizazz worth sharing? Was it the ease of posting? Is that even a nobody like me and a somebody like Darren Rowse both enjoy using it?

Finally, with respect to the talent here on, what does mobile photography mean for this chapter of digital photography? Humanistically I feel the iPhone introduced a fresh level of interaction with our photography. Several cameras now feature touch screens that allow shutter release. And now the iPad allows RAW data editing, like holding a photo and changing it in your hands at the same time!

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#3 - The common denominator + the prime lens = ...

Published July 22nd, 2011

Recent discussions and blogs have been resonating recently with the notion of simplifying our photographic process. What better way is it to simplify than to start with only using a prime lens?

For various reasons I was glued to my zoom, but it wasn't long that I felt something was missing.


The most common denominator in photography is "us"...the photographer. Of course after that there are countless systems and post-processing software that sends us in all directions.

Nevertheless, for me, I still needed to return to myself and grow more.

The prime lens offers that opportunity more than any other. It's refreshing, actually, to turn on the camera and be presented with exactly what you will see if you shoot.

Now zooming in means walking closer. DOF? Walk closer. Wider angles? Get further away. Seems silly to say all of this, but isn't that what simplifying life is all about? And in my process of photography, I do want simplicity. It's just so much better...and lighter, too!


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#2 - Google+ ...let's connect, let's network!

Published July 4th, 2011

Let's meet and let's share!

I'm on Google+, and if you would like, please join me here on as well as Google+ so we can expand our horizons together!

Just send me a message with your google name or gmail, and I will send an invite your way!

I'll just say this: I am a respectful individual that will NOT spam your circle if you added me. Likewise, I hope we can all mutually enjoy the brave new world of "plussing" photographers!

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