Fall Foliage

OK, I do not THE shot this fall. The shot of the white new england church amidst misty meadows and bright red foliage. I went south to teh Belgrade Lake area on a clear early morning but by the time I got down there, the sunrise (6:30'ish) was hidden by clouds. Fiddling with the camera at below freezing temperaturs is also not so easy. I shot film (Mamiya RZ 67 and Mamiya 7) as well as Nikon.

It finally cleared up so I can share some photos with you. The light actually turned out to be beautiful for an hour or two.

Railroad bridge Fairfield, ME

same, converted to Black and White

Messalonskee Lake, Oakland, ME

Messalonskee Lake, Oakland, ME

Messalonskee Lake, Oakland, ME

Cemetary, Rome, ME

Augusta Road, Belgrad, ME

Near Belgrade, ME


July Desktop Image

Here is this month’s image. As the theme this month and last was “rain”, I think it fits the mood. Early morning fog.... Happy

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Digital Leica

July is almost gone, so I am overdue for the monthly image. After I took the Leica M4 on vacation, I have grown fond of the rangefinder system. The new “stallion” in my stable is the Leica M8 - the only commercially available digital rangefinder (together with it’s upgrade, the Leica M8.2). Much has been written about this camera -- yes, the concept is 3 years old, and its low light performance is less than stellar, but it truly delivers some of the sharpest digital images I have ever seen. Usually, digital images look fuzzy when blow up, the reason is that the camera have an “anti aliasing” filter -- which has been left out with the M8. Images are sharper, with the expense of some other artifacts which are hardly ever visible in real life. This also make the camera infra red sensitive, an effect that can be used creatively (but makes for some ugly magenta casts under certain conditions). In any case, I am smitten. Here are some examples.

Regular color (neutral tone)

Panchromatic black and white conversion

Infrared with a Hoya R72 filter

Notice the sharpness of the flower and the typical rendering of the out of focus area ( called “Bokeh” ).

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Holiday Hiatus

Those if you who thought this will be another dead blog...there! Here is my entry for the new year. Happy New Year, belated, to everyone! The holidays have been busy and I have had a few things happen on the photo-front. First, a new addition to my stable, the Leica D-Lux 4, bought on a trip to New York, as “my old lady”, which should have come with me , unfortunately had her Rangefinder adjusted. The D-Lux is a little gem with superb image quality (for a point and shoot), and it shoots RAW images, which was important to me and limited my choice in camera. I took it to the city for some street photography (something I have to get used to, and any P&S will not be ideal for that). Here are a few examples:
City Island, New York

Grand Central, New York Now mind you, any P&S is not going to get good quality images beyond ISO 200 or ISO 400, but noise levels are very very good at ISO 80 or 100, as seen here:

JFK, Terminal 3, NY at ISO 80
And the same image “pushed” 5 stops in Photoshop (mind you these are JPGs):