Saturday April 6, 2013

THE HUTCHESON PARKWAY AND WARREN CONNECTICUT – Still working with my new Leica M. I’ve added an electronic viewfinder (an EVF) that allows one to focus and compose through the lens, which dramatically opens up the range of lenses that are usable on this camera. About a year ago I had purchased a 280mm Leica R lens in anticipation of this day (prices were good then, they aren’t now). This lens has a reputation as being optically the best in its class, but the platform it’s built for, the Leica R, has been a dead end. The lens, the Leica M and the EVF work reasonably well together. The combination is not useful for sports or game because the EVF introduces some shutter lag and the the frame to frame rate is slow. But it works very well for the landscape kind of stuff that I do where I only very occasionally need a lens this long.

Well here we are in front of the ugliest cell tower in the world. Some genius decided to make it look like a pine tree. Actually a sequoia with a bad haircut. A Marine whitewall job. Remember that I’m in the Northeastern US. This is deciduous land. Even a small evergreen tree looks out of place here. But this monster? Here it is in all of its glory, three frames stitched.

Faux séquoia
Faux séquoia

In a more modest vein, more from this camera and lens combination, which I like a lot:

Pit  Stop
Pit Stop

I’ve dreamed of having a lens that permits me to shoot this church from this angle for a long time. I’ll be revisiting this.

New Preston Church
New Preston Church

Two frames stitched:

Terry Tanner's farm
Terry Tanner’s farm

Finally, Basil confronts a barn:

Basil
Basil

On this day last year: Sloppy execution.

Sloppy execution
Sloppy execution

By the way things got really sloppy on this post. I’ve edited it many times. The photos were attributed to the wrong date (despite my fail-safe file naming convention that includes the capture date) and was posted out of date order several times. I’ve been busy and have been maintaining this blog tired. Sorry for any inconvenience. I promise to stop editing this post. Someday soon.