Santa’s Enchanted Forrest


One of our favorite night shooting locations for the year and a fine place to use the fast Leica lenses.    All images made hand holding, including the Ferris Wheel which was taken at 1/15 sec.    Might make one more trip this year and post more images.

Family outing !!!   Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

Family outing !!! Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

In amazement !!    Leica  75 APO-Summicron Asph

In amazement !! Leica 75 APO-Summicron Asph

One wild ride !!!!     Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

One wild ride !!!! Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

The drag strip !!  Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

The drag strip !! Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

The eyes have it !!   Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

The eyes have it !! Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

Mechanical  bull operator     Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

Mechanical bull operator Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2.0 ASPH

Looking fine with iPhone !!     Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Looking fine with iPhone !! Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Riding !!!     Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

Riding !!! Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

The big wheel !!!   Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

The big wheel !!! Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the field: Life at 1/15 of a second and more…


So the day finally came when I was able to back to the field after surgery. We picked Key Largo for the outing, on a beautiful fall day, sun shining and enough breeze to make you comfortable outdoors. We travelled via Car Sound to visit Alabama Jack’s hoping to get a shot at something interesting, and sure enough we did. It’s a very exciting place, with boaters, bikers,and a mixed crowd of fun people, good food and drink.
There was live music and some dancing, and I got some slow shutter speed stuff.

Leica M240, SUper Elmar 18mm, 1/15

Leica M240, SUper Elmar 18mm, 1/15


Leica M240, Super Elmar 18mm, 1/15, ISO 200

Leica M240, Super Elmar 18mm, 1/15, ISO 200


Dancing the afternoon away. M and Super Elmar 18mm

Dancing the afternoon away. M and Super Elmar 18mm


Happiness is…Leica M240, SUper Elmar 18mm

Happiness is…Leica M240, SUper Elmar 18mm


M240, Super Elmar 18mm, 1/15 of a  second.

M240, Super Elmar 18mm, 1/15 of a second.


M240, Super Elmmar 18mm. Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2.

M240, Super Elmmar 18mm. Edited in Silver Efex Pro 2.


Don't let the music stop. M240, Super Elmar 18mm

Don’t let the music stop. M240, Super Elmar 18mm


After that, we crossed the brig and joined the main road to Whale Harbor. Headed for the Tiki Bar in the back, there was a photographer in a job, and he and the model got friendly with us, letting us grab a coupe of shots.
we came back tired but happy, before sunset, but we saw no colors on the drive back, so we didn’t miss anything much.
Glad to be back to my M!!!!!
Model al Tiki BAr, Whale Harbor. M240, 135mm, natural light.

Model al Tiki BAr, Whale Harbor. M240, 135mm, natural light.


Shooting pose, M240, 135mm, edited in RadLab.

Shooting pose, M240, 135mm, edited in RadLab.


Bartender at Tiki Bar, Whale Harbor. M240, 135mm.

Bartender at Tiki Bar, Whale Harbor. M240, 135mm.


M240, 135mm. edited in RadLab. Frame in OnePhoto.

M240, 135mm. edited in RadLab. Frame in OnePhoto.

Phaleanopsis Study


Due to a surgery I had two weeks ago, my field mobility has been somehow impaired temporarily. But the photographer in me is always there and my house orchids proved to be patient and cooperative subjects. The light comes in fully around 8AM, so I took advantage of it and captured and edited these, warming up for the field days. God bless all of you! Life is good :)

Leica D-lux 6, tripod, against window light. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-lux 6, tripod, against window light. Edited in RadLab.


Leica D-Lux 6, against window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux 6, against window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.


Leica D-Lux-6, window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.

Leica D-Lux-6, window light, tripod. Edited in RadLab.


Leica D-Lux 6, hand held, against window light.

Leica D-Lux 6, hand held, against window light.


Leica M, 90 Elmar macro, edited in Rad LAb

Leica M, 90 Elmar macro, edited in Rad LAb


Leica M, 90 macro Elmar, window light

Leica M, 90 macro Elmar, window light

Leica D-Lux 6 visits the train museum.


I don’t usually carry a point and shoot to the field trips, either the full garb or no camera at all so I can concentrate in others, but today I made and exception because I wanted to try my D-Lux without the electronic viewfinder and no tripod. I’m not a tripod lover and I’m enjoying traveling light. The reason for not using the EVF is the tight camera bag where I’d like to keep the D-Lux, to be on my purse at all times.

Leica D-lux 6, f/2, 1/20, ISO 400

Leica D-lux 6, f/2, 1/20, ISO 400


I must admit I missed the EVF on a couple of occasions because of the angles of captures, and given the darkness indoors in the museum, I could have used the little tripod. But you can’t win them all and other that the heat, the day was great.
1/13 & f/4, ISO 400

1/13 & f/4, ISO 400


The D-Lux performs quite nicely, although it is not in the same league as the M type 240. If you accept that, it is a veery convenient and small cam that can save the day if you don’t want to carry a lot of stuff.
1/160, f/4, ISO 80 (my hand and camera's shadow over the rusty can)

1/160, f/4, ISO 80 (my hand and camera’s shadow over the rusty can)


It has a Leica lens (of course), 24 to 90, that can be set in steps, to 24, 28, 35, 50, 70 and 90 and that is the way I prefer to keep it, since I’m trying to stay away from the comforts of zooms.
1/50, f/4, ISO 400

1/50, f/4, ISO 400


It has a built in .9 (three stops) neutral density that you can use if it’s too bright or if you want to to some slow panning. It is small yet no credit card size, which makes it comfortable in your hands.
It has 12 MG, but it depends on the ratio of picture you choose.
1/25 f/5.6, ISO 400

1/25 f/5.6, ISO 400


I have seen beautiful prints 20×30 made with this camera, not that I’m going to print that big, but it’s nice to know that it can hold it.
1/125, f/4, ISO 320

1/125, f/4, ISO 320


Although my preferred camera is the M, this little jewel, which BTW can be very affordable, can be in my purse all the time and allow me to take pictures when I was not planning to. OH, it has AF and takes video.
You can check one or any other on the free Leica walk on September 20th, Friday, out of the Leica Store. RSVP required, email info@leicastoremiami.com
1/50, f/5.6, ISO 400

1/50, f/5.6, ISO 400


You can click on images to see a larger version. Our images are watermarked and protected with Digimark.
1/100, f/4, ISO 80

1/100, f/4, ISO 80


1/125, f/1.4, ISO 80

1/125, f/1.4, ISO 80


1/30, f5.6, ISO 400

1/30, f5.6, ISO 400

Leica Monochrom


 

The only way to know if a Monochrom is worth it for you is trying it. No amount of reading will be able to

Make your decision easy…… so I went down to the Leica Store and got one for using overnight.   Sweet.

Nothing but good vibes at the  store and  Kirsten and Peter could not be nicer.

 

First, test it at Miracle Mile with a 50 Summilux, then to  the Grove with the Noctilux for nighttime shooting.

Got enough images to get a feel for what the camera could do. First obvious difference is the clean ISO,

10,000 is usable with work. For general shooting would set to 3200 without having to worry about

noise, hardly any at that setting.   Made images thought to be impossible before (action wise).

 

50mm Noctilus f/0.95, 1/125, ISO 10,000

50mm Noctilus f/0.95, 1/125, ISO 10,000

The Monochrom files are much better than the M9 but only marginally better than the M type 240.   Still

Feel there is enough different to make it worth the effort.   The sharpness produced at high ISO needs to

Be seen to believe.

 

Will post some images from the two shoots and will be posting lots more in the very near future.

90mm f/4 Macro Elmar. F/11, 1/125, ISO 800

90mm f/4 Macro Elmar. F/11, 1/125, ISO 800

 

50mm Noctilux f/0.95, 1/60, ISO 1250

50mm Noctilux f/0.95, 1/60, ISO 1250

50mm Noctilux @ f/2, 1/125, ISO 320

50mm Noctilux @ f/2, 1/125, ISO 320

50mm Noc  f 1.4  1/90 sec  ISO 1600

50mm Noc f 1.4 1/90 sec ISO 1600

50mm Noc  f 0.95   1/125 sec  ISO 320

50mm Noc f 0.95 1/125 sec ISO 320

 

 

 

 

Noctilux focusing techniques.


Fashion photographer Scott Morvay shares his technique to make sure he gets sharp pictures when shooting wide open.
Short video, packed with info. Enjoy!

So I got the M Type 240


And I can’t be any happier with the results. The file quality really leaves the M9 in the dust, and that extra ISO stop is not only usable. It totally rocks. The conversion to B&W has a lot more detail than its predecessor and since I’ve been doing a lot of B&Ws, totally unknown territory to me in my nature photography days, it will be a treat to get to try the M Monochrome, with its 65,000 shades of gray. No kidding, just got it from the horse’s mouth (source, Leica Store).
Anyway, the combo formed by the new M and the Noctilux f/0.95 is a fantastic combination to do all the crazy stuff I like to do. I am not using an electronic viewfinder since I got used to the rangefinder. I totally forgot about the Liveview feature that could have come handy for focusing in total darkness like some areas of the Beach. I’ll try and remember.
Here are some of the images with my new favorite combo. I am like a child in a candy store, discovering new things and really enjoying myself. Great week-end everyone!!!!
CGbacklit3
Calle8smokingBW
Mrooster3
SOBetrumpetBW
SoBecarabstract
SOBebirdbacklit
SBtrumpetBW
SBhotellobby
SBflamenco
SBenergydrinks
Calle8security
Calle8cubancoffee
Calle8chessBW2

Noctilux visits Little Havana


So we finally went and done, got the Leica Noctilux f/0.95, with DOF so razor thin, sometimes we need to focus bracket, shooting a few while slightly moving back and forth, to make sure we get what we want.
Here are but a few of what we got last Sunday morning, with our friend Ramon Casares, visiting from Argentina. Most of them were taken wide open.

calle8therolex
Calle8thelook
Calle8jackofdiamonds
Calle8itsover
Calle8girl
Calle8cabin
calle8-can't-be-alive
Calle-Ochojokes

Exhibit at the Leica Store, Miami


Here’s an interview of us, to announce the first Customer Exhibit at our favorite store in town.
http://bit.ly/1236QrIL1000024a
Photo courtesy of Leica Store, Miami

A few more from the magical city


I have since processed a lot more images from the trip. Didn’t really get to the Cezky Krumlov lot, but at least from from Prague. Captured with Leica M9-P and mostly 24 Elmarit ASPH and Voigtlander Nokton 35 f/1.2
Hope you like them.
Praguefunfairband
PRGbridgemiststarbursts
PRGchangeguard
PRGinahurry
PRGrepublicsqaure
PRGgrabshot
PRGslownina
PRGtulipschurchvertical
PRGoldtownhorses
PRGcouplesilhouette
PRGcloclghosts
PRGclockBW
PRGastronical

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