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.

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!!!!
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SOBebirdbacklit
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SBflamenco
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