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

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

Prague, the beautiful city, part II


As promised, some more of the pictures that have been processed for web. As most of the rest, they were captured with the Leica M9-P, and mostly wide angle lenses, the ones at night, obviously tripod mounted. We use the Sirui, carbon fiber with the added Sirui bullhead. Not the 12 inch light one, but one a little sturdier where we don’t necessarily need a cable release for long exposures, since Leicas don’t have a mirror.
Hope you enjoy them and more to come!
PRGbrideothersidelightnight
PRGbridgedoornnight
PRGbrothercanyouspare
PRGbridgenight
PRGCBswansnicelight
PRGcloclghosts
PRGdramainchurch
PRGghostoldtownsquare
PTRGcruchceiling

Prague, the beautiful city


We just returned from a visit to this amazing city. I had visited many years back, and fell in love with it. So it was our choice and I hear that right now it is the most visited capital in Europe. Judging by the amount of people we saw, yes, it is :)
This city had very little destruction during the war and most of its monuments are intact, and to add the beauty of the old city, the river and the iconic Charles Bridge certainly grants the attention.
PRGbridepanorad
The prices of lodging and (excellent) food are pretty reasonable, on the “affordable” side, the city is kept very clean and safe. You can find about any kind of service a visitor could want, friendly waiters and people you ask for directions, and if there are any pickpockets or thieves (as in any big city), we really didn’t see any. We felt safe at all times, even begin at the Bridfge with Leicas around our neck at 4AM (only time you can get a relatively empty bridge. We got up early twice, and at 5AM it is daylight already in May, so I can only guess what it will be later on.
PRGbrigedaylightcross
We had mixed weather. When we arrived, it was chilly and had isolated showers, to a tremendous downpour one night, fortunately caught us at the hotel. Then it turned very hot, which made it a little difficult to spend as much time outdoors as we would have wanted. Nights were fine, not chilly at all, by the tail end of the trip.
PRGbridgereflections
We had a hotel room with skylights that provided excellent views if a little acrobatic abilities and a love for risk to take advantage of the “perches”. I only used the Leica on this ventures one time, afraid to drop the camera down to the group, 4 stories down. This is that one, taken the a 90mm lens and cropped to a pano.
PRGroomwithaview
ALl the images here were taken with the Leica M9P, and a few lenses, mainly the 24 Elmarit, the Voigtlander Nokton 35 f/1.2, which I am replacing with the smaller and lighter Leica 35mm and the 50 Lux f/1.4 ASPH.
PRGleicatulips50
I will be posting many more images in the next few days, and so will be Alfred. We took a lot of pictures, that it is overwhelming to go through them, let alone prepare for web.
PRGswansnina
Leica files require very little processing, but I like playing in the computer and add mood to some images, so you will see a mix of straight or enhanced images. Such is my way.
PRGcasualstroll
It was a very enjoyable trip and the memories will last forever, especially that we were able to enjoy the company of my son and his wife for a few days.
PRGgrillbridge
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