2008

Getting Ready For X-mas?

Everyone is getting ready for X-mas, this includes photographs. I had been asked to shoot festive pictures of the children of a co-worker. So I grabbed my Nikon gear, including a recent find, a Nikkor 105mm AI-S f/2.5, which did not disappoint. It also gave me an opportunity to field test my “portable studio” setup (strobes, background etc). How did it go? Well, see for yourselves.

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Leica, my first steps

The newest addition to my stall, a 1969 Leica M4, as not seen much use yet. Hard to call something “new” that is older than I am. I am not very “retro”, but taking images with a camera that has no battery in this day and age is fascinating. Also, when you have to develop the film yourself (or invest quite a bit of money and time up here in Maine to have it done for you), you want to make each frame count. Funny how it suddenly takes a while to shoot 36 pictures, when before you could do that in 5 seconds with a DSLR. The Leica itself is a dream of mechanical perfection. Can you imagine your Point and Shoot still working after 40 years? I am not sure that a buy the “glow” people have described (such as here), but I find the images very pleasing.... This is just playing around, but I thought I’d share a few examples.

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Alan Leica M4, TMAX 400 pushed to 1600


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Matt Leica M4, TMAX 400 pushed to 1600

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The Cat Leica M4, Fuji Superia X-TRA 400

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First Snow in Maine Leica M4, TMAX 400 pushed to 1600

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Grey November Days

This weekend was interesting. The temperatures were in the 60’s (in November!). I am pretty sure the outdoor thermometer read 61ºF, which for Orono, ME would more that the record of 58ºF, according to weather.com , set in 1958. Also, for a moment there, I thought I had lost color vision. The scenery around Lake Pushaw literally had no color at all. Below I post an image -- this in an RGB color space (the Black and White conversion follows). Admittedly there aren’t a lot of colors to see, but even boosting them in Photoshop did no yield any more.
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Welcome

Welcome to my blog. You have caught it being born! As a reward, feel free to download the first of my free desktop images (please note that it is for personal use only). You can download it by clicking here.
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