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

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

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