What do you do on a rainy day in Brickell Avenue?


We love the buildings in Brickell Avenue, even more so than the ones downtown. It is also easier to navigate, since we do, or have done, the work from the car.
This time we did not take the mirrorless system, since it was raining. Not nice to walk around in the rain on a hot day, at least for me.
I know you can get great stuff in the rain, but I prefer to do it from a sheltered location, rather than participate in the wet humidity.

Brickell 7

Brickel 9

Brickel 8

SO all of this images were taken from the car, from behind the windshield or out of the closed window. It was an interesting game, because of the blue polarized or whatever top part of the glass, trying to avoid it. The camera used was the Sony RX-100 mk IV, at f/4, Auto ISO, Aperture Priority and most with a 1+ Ev.

Brickel 10

Brickell 4

Brickell 6

They were all distorted and colorized to taste, exaggerating, to get a modern look to them. All work was done in Lightroom.
I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did.

Brickell 5

Brickell 2

Brickell 1

Brickell 3

Miami Mystery


So Art Basel Wynnwood was here again, and we took Maggie Steber’s workshop again, Miami Mystery, to Miami Noir as I like to call it. It was great, very good at motivating Maggie is. Although Wynnwood is certainly changing, less wall writers and more galleries, it is still a spectacular place to view art, interesting people and enjoy yourself, if a little warm for December.
Here is a short slide show of my story line. You may interpret yo your imagination:

It has been a long time


We have not been to the blog since December 1st of last year. Shame on us!

It is not that we are not taking photographs, nor stopped in our testing of new equipment. Sometimes our priorities get a little shook up and we need to stop and re-evaluate.

Some of you know that I went through a life chafing event, health related. Although I am officially rid of the Big C, some of the sequels are still around, in the form of lack of interest and energy, which I try to fight, sometimes with no results.

Yes, we have been active in photography. Yes, we have tried new things, but since I am the main communicator in the couple, the bucket stopped there.

We had big illusions to a trip to Guatemala with Raul Touzon, to document the Holy Week processions and events. An unexpected surgery got on the way and we were left behind and hospitals enriched their bottom line. to be perfectly honest, missing the trip hurt me more than having the surgery.

But I have come to terms with the cards that were dealt, and slowly put the pieces back together.

Since December, we have acquired and enjoyed the Leica monochrome, that has only one channel and shoots only black and white.

Very enjoyable camera, not for all uses, but worth having if you like B&W.

I will ask Alfred to write a small review, he’s more tech oriented than me. In the mean time, just to break the ice, I will include some pics taken after the last December post.

Will try and keep up the Blog, it used to be fun. I will reclaim that fun!!!

Great to be with you guys again!

Coral Gables tree. Leica M Monochrome, Voigtlander 12mm
Coral Gables tree. Leica M Monochrome, Voigtlander 12mm
Leica X-Vario. Youth Fair
Leica X-Vario. Youth Fair
Leica M, 35 Cron. Little Havana
Leica M, 35 Cron. Little Havana
Leica M240, Super Elmar 18mm, Magic Kingdom
Leica M240, Super Elmar 18mm, Magic Kingdom
Leica M240, Christmas fireworks
Leica M240, Christmas fireworks
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, from the hip
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, from the hip
Leica X-Vario, Youth Fair
Leica X-Vario, Youth Fair
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, Youth Fair
Leica M240, 18mm Super Elmar, Youth Fair
Leica M240, Voigtlander 12mm
Leica M240, Voigtlander 12mm
Leica M240, 75mm Cron, French Pavilion, Epcot
Leica M240, 75mm Cron, French Pavilion, Epcot

EpcotChinesepavillion

M240, 35 Lux, Port Orleans, Riverside WDW
M240, 35 Lux, Port Orleans, Riverside WDW

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.

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

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