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Out my window

Thursday December 12, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – More experimenting with odd lenses. Today I attached a Leica 280mm lens designed for the dearly departed Leica reflex camera to my Leica M via an adapter and used the M’s electronic viewfinder to focus an frame. This lens has a sensational reputation, which based on this brick wall torture test, it deserves. But it’s a handful and the Leica M’s EVF isn’t very good so it is quite hard to work with.

Out my window
Out my window

On this day last year: From a rooftop.

Facade
Facade

Friday June 14, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – I spent the photo part of my day experimenting with my new 28mm perspective correction lens. (Perspective correction lenses let you shift the lens position so that you can shoot a building for example without tilting the camera up; tilting the camera up results in converging vertical lines.) This lens was made for the Leica R single lens reflex camera. It was made by Schneider for Leica and is Leica-branded. The electronic viewfinder on my Leica M lets me use it with an R mount to M mount adapter (mine is made by Novoflex; Leica makes one but they are backordered everywhere). I spent a good part of the day shooting junk, getting familiar with the lens, which does have a bit of a learning curve.

Experiment
Experiment

I suffered a near disaster in producing today’s images. Somehow I lost the files. There was a 22-number gap in my Leica M files that included all of June 14. I looked at every possible way of finding and recovering them (including using a utility that recovers erased files from SD cards). No luck. I’m writing this from Connecticut a week after June 14. It turns out that I moved the files from the camera to my laptop in Connecticut, but later deleted them after I thought that I had transferred them to by desktop setup in New York, but actually hadn’t. I routinely empty my trash because trash photo images actually take up a lot of space. Ugh. But it turns out that my laptop backs up wirelessly in Connecticut and miraculously I was able to recover the missing 22 files with Time Machine. You can’t be too diligent about backing up!

Here’s what I had prepared to post for today when I thought that I had lost the files:

The dog ate my homework
The dog ate my homework

On this day one year ago: More trouble. Ironically one year ago was another day plagued by production problems – I walked around all day with a camera that didn’t have an SD card in it. I noticed the error at 10:30 at night and used the last bit of charge in my iPhone to capture this:

Near disaster
Near disaster

Tuesday June 11, 2013

NEW YORK NEW YORK – A pretty good day for pictures. I’ve posted an “out my window” today (two frames stitched taken with my Leica M and a 35mm Summilus Asph lens. Out my window shots are usually a sign of desperation but because of enchanting light this was the best image from a day of pretty good images. Here you go:

Out my window
Out my window

On this day one year ago: The Charles. Here we are in Cambridge.

Runner
Runner