ANTIGUA – I took a walk on the beach with my Leica Monochrom and 50mm lens. The actual picture that presented itself was a very large cloud that demanded very wide angle, so I shot 12 overlapping frames and stitched them together. It actually worked. I shot very, very quickly because my experience suggests that the movement of the surf from shot to shot can make it very hard to stitch. Here it is. This is a very high resolution file that could be printed to billboard size.
Day 1,575 of one photo every day for the rest of my life.
On this day last year: Gumbo. Curtesy of Diana Fisketjon.
NEW YORK NEW YORK – A new lens arrived from Japan today: MS Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 Mark II. I heard about this forum that I subscribe to and through the miracle of the internet got to the site of the Japanese company that makes them, ordered one and PayPalled some Yen to Japan, and voila the lens appeared a few weeks later via Japan post.
This is a fun lens. It’s tiny – very cool looking – I’ll post a picture tomorrow. The tiny controls and eccentric form facto take some getting used to. Rendering is very, very contrasty. Resolution is ok but pretty soft in the corners wide open. The triplet is a typical 1930s optic (the Cooke triplet is a famous large format lens) – back in the day these lenses were uncoated so the small number of elements and air-glass transitions was important. The Perar is completely free flare – the glass modern coatings.
For some reason it tends to show off spots on the sensor.
Some examples on an M9 from an urban walk about. I’ve done a great deal of lightening shadows and spot adjusting to compensate against the contrast. A little more veiling flare might not be a bad thing. All taken with my M9.