The festival was at Cauley Historical Square for the past 3 week-ends and we visited every Sunday, getting to be familiar with many of the participants. Although this location is not as big as the one in Deerfield Beach, the abundance of trees provide a shade in many places, providing shelter from the inclement heat of the sun.
The amount of shows available is great, you can’t go bored over there. Stage shows plus jousting and archery, even tug of war in the Field of Dreams. Nice food and drinks and a killer frozen mojito at the Good Knight Pup, where the Grand Finale took place every night before they closed the festival at sunset. Lots of dancing, music and good vibes. Everyone friendly and very family oriented.
As many of you know, we have gotten rid of our big DSLR system and are shooting mostly with Leica gear. Leicas are rangefinders, with manual focus. it’s been a learning curve for me, Alfred was used to zone focusing. But a learning curve that I’m enjoying very much and really don’t miss what we did before. Al least we stay clean LOL
All of the images here were taken with the Leica M9P, digital rangefinder, lenses used were 90mm Elmarit f/2.8, 50mm Summilux Asph f1.4, 28 Elmarit f/2.8 Asph, 24mm Elmarit Asph f/2.8, 35mm Summicron Asph f/2 and Voigtlander 35mm Asph f/1.2
Apertures according to the need and circumstance, Auto ISO most of the time although manual ISo and mode for the horses blurs.
We find the contrast and colors out of the camera are outstanding in the Leica files, coupled with the fantastic glass.
Calle Ocho, as SW 8th St is sometimes referred to, is the heart of Little Havana, one of the oldest Cuban communities in Miami. There is the Domino Park, a club for seniors sponsored by the City of Miami, where there are games, mostly domino, although you can also see chess.
We decided it would be a good place to try out the new equipment, although we are not very savvy when it comes to people photography. We know how to approach a bird, but this is unfamiliar territory for me. Alfred has done it more often. I felt right at home the minute we stepped in the little but crowded park. And not because we are seniors :-0 but because of our Cuban ascent. Now, pointing the camera boldly to peoples face was quite an adventure. I have done candids before and I enjoy them, but these people were seating right in front of us and unless you wanted a wide angle of the whole park, you had to get close and point at them.
Guess what, they were so totally in to their game, they paid us no mind. The fact that there are a lot of tourist buses unloading tourists with cameras certainly helps. They have been there, done that and had no intentions of ruining their next move in the game because of us. After a bit, an older lady seating by herself on a bench got up and started shouting at us: “Photography, pictures, enough, stop”. I looked at her and was almost tempted to tell her I was looking for interesting face and she wasn’t one, but another couple close by quickly told us to ignore her and told us to take as many pictures as we wanted.
After a couple of more minutes, we started walking back to the car stopping at a very cool store full of cuban souvenirs, and had some cafe cubano.
Here are some pictures, taken by either Alfred or myself. Both with Leica M9-P, and lenses were Leica Elmarit 90mm f/2.8, Leica Summilux Asph 50mm f/1.4 and Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2
You can easily guess at the f stop by the depth of field. Needles to say, Leica lenses are manual focus and the M9 is a range finder that has no provision for an electronic viewfinder, as will be the case with the model in production M type 240.
So the trick is to pair the lines in the little rectangle in the center of the lens. Looking for a contrast area, and making the lines merge. If you are shooting horizontally, you pair the lines vertically and viceversa. Piece of cake. Yeah, right!
Anyway, it is a fun experience, the contrast and color of the files are unbelievable out of camera. You can only shoot Aperture, manual or bulb. The f/ stops are in the lens, together with the depth scale in the focusing ring, and the shutter speeds are on a dial on the top of the camera. If you are shooting Aperture priority, you can set the compensation to be on the ring in the back, avoiding to go to the menu.
Alfred is more conservative when it comes to editing, but I like to play around, so bear with me.
Here they are: