Selfie

Monday October 28, 2013

tNEW YORK NEW YORK – A day of experiments. There’s a scanner app for the iPhone called Turbo Scan. It’s a document scanner that I use to scan documents (often after I’ve annotated them) and send them to people. Very high contrast. So using it as a camera is like photographing with a copying machine. Sometimes it works and sometimes it’s weird. Here’s a selfie done with Turbo Scan.

I’m putting a second image up today. I walked around all day with my Leica M with my f.95 Noctilux attached. For those of you who don’t know about it the Nocti is a very, very fast 50mm Leica lens. I had a 3-stop neutral density filter on it so I could shoot at f.95 in daylight. The Nocti is very large and heavy. It’s the devil to focus at f.95; I’m using it on the M with an an attachment that lets me focus through the lens. Just seeing if this combination works. It was just ok. The look of this lens, which I’ve always had an ambiguous relationship with, isn’t really me. As you will see below it is quite distinctive, rendering from the 1950s. For now I’m going to stick to Luxochron (the Leica 50mm Summichron Asph.) as my main normal lens. Of course I’ll continue to hold the Nocti as an investment (one of the best that I’ve ever made). The second image below is with the Nocti.

Selfie
Selfie
The Nocti steps out
The Nocti steps out

On this day last year: Bride of Franenstein lighting.

Poor light
Poor light