A Perfect Sunday

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Projects | 30 Comments
A Perfect Sunday

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I love the mood of slow days at home, ideally started with a delicious breakfast and a good conversation with my wife. Maybe followed by listening to music, reading a book or taking pictures together.

Something I also wouldn’t want to miss on a Sunday is a good coffee. We use a Bialetti Moka Express to make Café au lait or Latte Macchiato. It’s a stove-top coffee maker which passes hot water pressurized by steam through ground coffee. Moka is technically not an espresso, but it tastes just as good if it’s well made.

Rebecca is reading a copy of Hearth Magazine in these pictures. At the time I shot these we didn’t know yet that our work would be published in Volume 5, which will be printed this fall. If you don’t know Hearth I can only encourage you to have a look. They feature truly beautiful photography and we are very proud and humbled to be part of it.

We live in a little old farmhouse close to the sea on the very southern tip of Ireland. All the images for this blog post have been taken at or close to our home. So let me invite you for a handmade coffee, a glance through Hearth and a walk at the beach.

All the images below were taken with the Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400 and Kodak Tri-X 400 or with the Contax 645 and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2/80 on Kodak Portra 160. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab in California:














  1. Ray
    6. May 2014

    And now I am craving a cup of your coffee. Very warm, sweet post Johnny. Just love the imagery here and how you paint the Sunday morning! Just stunning work as always – you’re really are amazing.

  2. Johnny
    6. May 2014

    Thank you so much for your kind words, Ray!

    I’m happy you enjoyed this post. I can’t wait for you and Linda to come visit, you will love Europe. And I’ll try my best to make you guys something close to an Italian coffee. :)

  3. Joey
    6. May 2014

    Not only am I craving a cup of coffee, but I’m craving the experience of living in a farmhouse in Southern Ireland! Beautiful shots, Johnny — it’s no wonder Hearth magazine wants to include your work in their next issue, there’s such a peacefulness and tranquility to your images, and it really comes through on the viewer’s end.

  4. Johnny
    6. May 2014

    Joey, thank you so much.

    I couldn’t be happier that that’s the mood you got from these images. Living in an old house comes with a lot of good. But also with a lot of work. It’s not that easy to keep it warm in the winter for example. ;)

    I would be curious to hear what you think of the Bialetti compared to your French press. Let me know if you end up getting one for yourself.

  5. Max De Martino
    6. May 2014

    I love the mood that these images transmit. Calm and quiet.
    As an Italian I can understand your love for Moka coffee and I hope that if you will come to Italy me and Federica can have you and Rebecca as our guest for a good coffee and, before, for a delicious pasta dish!

  6. Johnny
    6. May 2014

    Max, that sounds fantastic!

    Thank you very much for your kind invitation, we would love to follow up when we’re back. Rebecca and I both love Italy and we have spent so much time exploring Lake Como and Tuscany. It’s also one of my absolute favorite places to photograph.

    And nothing beats Italian coffee, I completely agree with you. :)

  7. Jade Sheldon-Burnsed
    6. May 2014

    Rebecca looks soooo stunning! And congrats on the upcoming feature, how exciting! Sundays are my favorite days too. Cory and I always try to keep Sundays to ourselves. And, like you, it almost always includes coffee…

  8. Johnny
    6. May 2014

    Thank you so much for your kind feedback, Jade.

    I love to take pictures of Rebecca. I probably wouldn’t do much else all day if I could. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you and Cory are good!

  9. Paul
    6. May 2014

    Now I definetly have to come up and visit you! ;)
    (So goes for the self-invited, lol)

  10. Johnny
    6. May 2014

    Haha, I hope you do, Paul! Thanks very much! :)

  11. Will
    6. May 2014

    I almost feel like I’m sat in your kitchen! Lovely images, as usual. :)

  12. Johnny
    6. May 2014

    Thank you, Will. I really appreciate it!

  13. Bijan Sabet
    7. May 2014

    Beautiful images. I can’t wait to make it to Ireland this summer!

  14. Johnny
    7. May 2014

    Bijan, thank you so much!

    We can’t wait to have you guys over this summer. :)

  15. Atle Rønningen
    7. May 2014

    Johnny, these photos are incredibly beautiful. You capture the ordinary in a extraordinary way and I love the processing. Inspiring post – again!

  16. Johnny
    7. May 2014

    Thank you very much, Atle!

    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the post. I appreciate your kind words.

  17. Andrew Areoff
    7. May 2014

    Hasselblad 503CW and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 on Kodak Portra 400. Exactly my setup down to the very film I’m using at the moment.

    Just plucking up the courage to ship several rolls to Richard Photo Lab after they’re shot not knowing if it will be good money wasted as it’s been 10 years since shooting film and even manually metering exposures.

    Add to that the suspicion that my Hassy 80mm lens needs a service.

    Deep breath, here goes!

  18. Johnny
    7. May 2014

    Thanks very much, Andrew.

    I’m excited for you to try film again after such a long time. If you’re not sure about your gear it’s always a good idea to test it with one or two rolls before you shoot something important.

    I’m sure you’ll love the results from the Hasselblad!

  19. Antoine
    7. May 2014


    You really are a master at showing how much simplicity can tell. Yet hiding how hard it is to capture simplicity the way you did it. This combo (Portra 400, 503CW, Zeiss, RPL) delivers awesome light & colour shades.

    Can’t wait to see more with summer coming! :)

  20. Johnny
    7. May 2014

    Antoine, thank you so much for your kind feedback.

    I’m happy to hear from you again and I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I can’t wait for the summer either – it has been a while. :)

  21. Rebecca Lily
    8. May 2014

    Beautiful post and glimpse into our life, Johnny. You’ve done a great job of capturing the tranquil mood of a Sunday!

  22. Johnny
    8. May 2014

    Thank you so much, Rebecca.

    As always, I couldn’t have done it without you. I’m so happy you enjoyed the post!

  23. Gerard Turnley
    15. July 2014

    And just to think I was about to sell my entire Hasselblad 503CW system, thank you for making me re-look the direction this fast paced commercial photography world has taken me. Been wondering why I could not post the gear on Ebay, this new H4D60 just does not feel right. Still love my 100mm, I do miss it so.

    Congrats from Africa.

  24. Johnny
    16. July 2014

    Gerard, thanks very much for your feedback.

    I’m happy you enjoyed these pictures. I’m also glad to hear you are reconsidering keeping your 503CW. I would be really sad if I couldn’t shoot mine anymore.

  25. Robert Quiet
    31. August 2014

    I love the mood from this series, and of course the Bialetti. :-)


  26. Johnny
    1. September 2014

    Thank you very much, Robert! I appreciate your kind feedback!

  27. Mark
    3. January 2015

    I think I’ve read your entire site over the last couple of days at home while recouperating from bronchitis. And then I’ve now also read a lot of Rebecca’s site. You two are an inspiration for a relatively new amateur looking to learn more about photography and find my own photographic style.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    I love your simple approach, bright pastel colours, and evocation of a simpler, more wholesome life that appreciates the everyday beauty in our world if we only look for it.

    Your articles on exposing and scanning film have filled in gaps that I knew existed but which I hadn’t found answers for. And Rebecca’s combination of photography with literary quotes adds a whole other dimension to the experience of reading about the places that you photograph.

    You are a lovely couple and have created art with your lovely websites. Thank you for sharing your bright happy world with us.


  28. Johnny
    4. January 2015

    Mark, thank you so very much for your kind words. It makes both of us really happy that you feel that way and find our work inspiring. Thank you!

    Hope you’re back to normal and can go out taking pictures again! :)

  29. Virginia
    8. January 2015

    You make me want to shoot! Thank you!

  30. Johnny
    8. January 2015

    Thanks very much, Virginia!

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