Friday August 31, 2012

WARREN CONNECTICUT – More images with my Leica Monochrom and 35mm Summilux lens. I’m basically black and white shooter so the Monochrom is a dream. It took some balls in Leica’s part to build it – it’s the only black and white digital camera ever and it was probably fairly expensive to develop. It really is a breakthrough.

Our garden is very productive this time of year:

Veggies
Veggies
Tractor
Tractor

Not an exciting image, but a test of high dynamic range capability. I’m in heaven.

House
House

On this day last year: Subway stairs.

23rd Street Station
23rd Street Station

Sunday August 7, 2011

WESTHAMPTON, NEW YORK – More with the Leica and the 50mm Summilux. I’ve been shooting a lot in the past month with Alpa and a 35mm Schneider which for a number of reasons facilitates images with a lot of depth of field and corner to corner sharpness. The Leica lets me rebel from that a bit. today (and yesterday) I generally shot with this lens wide open at f 1.4, producing large far out of focus regions. Steve’s house seemed to call out for this treatment.

Like most modern Leica lenses the 50 mm Summilux has optimum sharpness at its widest aperture, f 1.4 (lenses from other manufactures often need to be stopped down two stops for maximum clarity), this is one of the reasons why these lenses are so expensive. The out of focus portions of the of 50mm Summilux images have a lovely, creamy character, a quality that is referred to as “good bokeh”. I also like the way it renders colors. I don’t often write effusive praise for lenses. I guess I just got carried away by this one.

By the way, sorry about the dog. You know how I feel about pictures of dogs and cute kids.

Gil
Gil
Molly takes a break from reading
Molly takes a break from reading
Self
Self

On this day one year ago: big boat.

A day on a boat

Saturday August 6, 2011

WESTHAMPTON, NEW YORK – I carried my Leica M9 with a 50 mm Summilux lens around all day. I’m often surprised and delighted by the images that this combination produces – I think that if I were to limit myself to a single camera and lens this would be it.

Still life
Still life
Party
Party
More party
More party

On this day one year ago: a not so magic moment.

Party