Photography

Photoclass 101, Chapter 1

As some of you know I class recently on basic camera operation -- many expressed interest, however it was scheduled somewhat quickly, so quite a few people could not attend. Therefore I decided to put it online. You can download it here: Photo 101, #1 Addendum: I have learned that there may be problem with viewing this file. I have no problem on a Mac with Quicktime 7.6, but I think I may have found a solution: try this HTML version, too.

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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:
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City Island, New York


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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:

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

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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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