Landscapes

August Desktop Image

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

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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.
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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.

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


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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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