About DearSusan

 
Welcome to DearSusan.net, the collaborative website where travelers – business and tourist – and photographers find location reviews, gear reviews, pro interviews, tutorials, industry opinion and inspiration for making their travel photography a more creative, satisfying and rewarding experience.

 

Early morning forest scene in Provence photographed using a tripod at low ISO

Our Mission

To Make You Share Our Love And Expertise of Creative Travel Photography

Why Travel Photography?

In our collective author mind, few experiences are as pleasant and transformative as visiting other countries and people in the right conditions. And, unlinke the “seen it, got the T-shirt” approach to photographic documentation of travels so criticised by Susan Sontag, we believe that travel photography can be a profoundly satisfying way of soaking up the ambiance and vibe or a location. Great travel photographs not only satisfy the ego and help you relive memories when you return home but reveal a lot about you and your individual perception of the area.

 

Total solar eclispe with corona

 

Whether you are interested in people, nature, cities, local cuision, religion, architecture or traces of ancient civilisations, photography is a form of introspection that forces you to attune to the location rather than simply pass through it in search of the next souvenir shop.

In this website, we will teach you to slow down, to photograph less and better, to take many more memories back with you and develop your creativity as a visiting artist.

 

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16 Comments

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    Kim Hurel July 07, 2011

    C’est une très belle initiative les amis. Comment dois-je faire pour accéder au backoffice?
    Bises

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    Martin January 13, 2012

    Very interesting posts here. Have just gone up-stream NEX from the 5 to the 7. I use legacy lenses exclusively, mainly M fit, and put up withthe lens cast issue from wide VM’s. No such problem withthe ZM 50/1.5 which I love on the NEX-7 and am thinking of buying a ZM25/2.8. Your photos using this lens show no sign of lens cast – have you removed it with Cornerfix?

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      pascaljappy January 13, 2012

      Hi Martin, the upside of the NEX 5’s lower resolution is that the larger pixels have less problems with lenses such as the biogon 25. In thourough testing against a white target, you will see a slight colour variation between f/2.8 and f/8. But in real life, I haven’t had a single picture showing a colour cast with that or with even wider lenses. I originally wanted to get the 7, but since I only use legacy lenses, I decided to go for the more tolerant 5. Still, with Cornerfix, you’ll be fine. Hope you enjoy every minute with your 7.

      You’ll find my test of the Biogon here : http://dearsusans.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/70-the-sony-nex-5n-and-exotic-lenses-leica-m-leica-r-zeiss-zm-zeiss-cy-panasonic/

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    Steve January 16, 2013

    Hi, I loved your articles regarding the NEX 5/7, was curious if you have had a chance to sample with the NEX6 and if so what you’re overall thoughts are were

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    Jim Robertson December 01, 2013

    Good to see your Hans Strand interview. Best wishes for your site.
    Jim

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      pascaljappy December 03, 2013

      Very kind of you Jim ! Thanks and all the best to you as well. Pascal

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    Jens Versteegden October 11, 2014

    The quality of the photos on your site is inspirational. Excellent work, guys. The same is true for the posts.

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      pascaljappy October 12, 2014

      Thanks Jens, that’s most kind of you. We’re happy to count you one of our readers !

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    Aquila Nauta February 17, 2015

    Could You tell us more who is titled Susan? 😉 I like very much Your site name..it sounds warmly and it makes a difference with other sites, which want to provide similar materials to Yours 😉

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      pascaljappy February 17, 2015

      Thank you 🙂 “Susan”, is Susan Sontag. She wrote essays on photography that everyone should read at least once, for a different perspective. It was reading one of her books, that made me want to start this blog a few years ago. Too much stuff on the Internet is all about rules of thirds, and lab results for lenses. It pushes you into your mold rather than let you think on your own. I wanted to take the opposite direction. Hence the name. Cheers, Pascal

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    Howard R. Green March 14, 2015

    Pascal:
    Also have an a7r. Like you: best images ever. But only with two lenses: Zeiss 55 1.8, and Tamron 28-75. And lots of throw aways because of focus issues. But when its good, its stunning.
    So, what lenses do you use that you like best on the camera?

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      pascaljappy March 14, 2015

      Hi Howard, that’s a tough question. Zeiss have recently sent me a lot of gear for review and the ZM 35/1.4 has to be my favourite lens ever at this date. A very close second would be the OTUS 85/1.4. But those are expensive lenses. At more affordable levels, I must say I the Leica-R lenses absolutely fantastic. They are sharp, very cheap in some cases, and have lovely colour and drawing, particularly those designed by Walter Mandler. Cheers.

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    David A. Mack November 30, 2015

    Pascal;

    The personal journey from Dad the documenter, to Photographer. is long and arduous involving learning the camera/photo techniques, post processing, maybe printing and learning about color, “seeing” the potential photograph, critical analysis and taking the shot with a camera of some sort. Part of that journey is learning to recognize the “photographer within” and letting your creative force loose, free of the worry of not doing it right. To me, that has been one of the most difficult in developing my “sight” of the potential shot. Your web site does a nice job of that process. Looking forward to Paris.

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      pascaljappy November 30, 2015

      Thans David. Our thoughts exactly, and we plan to orient our work more and more in that direction! Also looking forward to meeting you in Paris.

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      Steve January 15, 2016

      “Dad the Documenter” to “Photographer”! Brilliant. I’ve been on the same route and in the process discovered the insatiable desire to create. After a lifetime of believing I wasn’t “creative”.

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