August Desktop Image

So someone wondered where this month’s image is. It is here (click it):


Now that the weather here in Maine has changed, we all deserve a sunny image. It was taken recently at about 6 AM. My neighbors were fishing out on the lake, adding an interesting element to the golden light.

May Desktop Image

One advantage (maybe the only one) of being called out in the middle of the night is returning home to an early sunrise. As I pulled into the driveway, I saw the sky light up pink. I ran inside and grabbed my Nikon D700 and a tripod. This months desktop image was taken around 5:15 AM - it actually does not do the colors justice (maybe some film like Velvia would have been better). Click on the image to download.


For the more dramatic, here is a version in Black and White (with a digital red filter applied)


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.

Alan Leica M4, TMAX 400 pushed to 1600

Matt Leica M4, TMAX 400 pushed to 1600

The Cat Leica M4, Fuji Superia X-TRA 400

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