New Leica M10

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Leica released the new M10 today.  Two things I really like about this compared to my M240 is the larger viewfinder and the dedicated ISO wheel on the top.  I don’t anticipate I will be switching to this body, my M240 body is 5 months old and will last me for a long time.  It’s nice that Leia builds their products so well I don’t have the desire to need the latest release.

Well done Leica on the improvements.  (image courtesy of Leica)

Kodak Ektachrome Returns

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Film lovers rejoice, Kodak brings back 35mm Ektachrome.  To be honest, I’ve never used this film and am excited to give it a go.  I’ve had 2 rolls of expired Ektachrome in my freezer (below) for the past year and will be shooting it this year with hopefully a fresh roll as well.

Venice – Slice of Light


Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4

Venice is one of my favorite places to photograph. I spent a few days there last year and would love to go back for a week or two next time. This was taken early in the morning as the locals were heading to work and school. The shaft of light was gorgeous and I had to document what I saw.

Street Photography – Salt Lake City Utah

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Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4

I ventured out with fellow photographer Shaun this past weekend for a little street shooting in downtown Salt Lake City Utah.  We’ve hit a bit of a warm spell so it was nice to get out of our winter hibernation and enjoy the city.  I’m starting to like this type of photography and will be venturing out more in the coming months when I have time.  It’s no wonder many of the street shooters use a Leica camera.  I setup my camera to use hyperfocal distance focusing which allowed me to just concentrate on composition.  Street photography is harder than I thought, these images are not that great but I thought I would at least share a few that I liked.  The image above is my favorite from the evening.

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Winter Scenes from Wyoming

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We decided to spend New Years at the cabin this year in Wyoming.  When we arrived it was -20 Fahrenheit, so we spent most of the time indoors but were able to get out in the afternoons to enjoy some fresh air.  My favorite time to shoot is just before sunset so I stopped at a few places in Thayne and Afton of places that caught my eye.

Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with a Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.4

 

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Golden Spike National Historic Site

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During the holidays I was able to take some time to go visit the Golden Spike National Historic Site.  It’s about an hour drive from my house and is located in the middle of nowhere Utah.  It was a cold, cloudy & snowy day but well worth the time to make the trip out there.  I won’t get into detail what the place is but it’s where the Central Pacific Railroad met up with the Union Pacific Railroad  in 1869 to complete the first trans continental railroad across the United States.  The conductor would drive the train down the tracks then back again to give the spectators a show.  I was able to capture some audio of the train as it went down the line and then returned.

 

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That's a Wrap

Last of Christmas

 

I made it a goal this year to document the small things around me where I live.  As I’ve looked through the few photos that exist from my childhood I’m interested not only people but the “things” in the picture.  They probably don’t mean much to most people but I think my kids and grandkids will be interested one day.  My wife has started her 2-3 day marathon of transforming our house back to the pre-holiday state.  She loves the holidays and this is just a portion of what is being put back into storage for 10 months before it starts over again.

Welcome 2016 (leap year)

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Today’s configuration: Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm lens

December has been a month of self reflection for me.  I have made quite a few changes with my photography journey the last 12 months  

The first change was to give up Facebook.  I deleted the app from my phone a few months ago for a month and didn’t miss a thing.  I noticed that my feed contained about 80% garbage and 20% worthwhile stuff.  I decided that it’s not worth it for me to wade through the 80% garbage to get to the good stuff.  I don’t have time for that anymore.  

The second thing I did was I made a major investment in film photography.  My first purchase was a medium format Yashica Mat 124G TLR in mint condition.  I love medium format film and this move made sense for me.  I love using a TLR, it slows me down and makes me think about what I’m doing.  I also purchased a another Leica camera.  This time a Leia M6 TTL in mint condition.  It was manufactured in 2001 and is a beautiful camera.  I’ve shot a few rolls through it and I’m still getting used to it but I have to say it’s a beautiful camera. 

The third thing I’m curently working on is selling off all my Canon gear, all of it.  It sits on my shelf collecting dust and doesn’t make sense for me to keep.  I’m also selling all my other gear that I no longer use.  I recently sold my Sony RX100 MII, it was a beautiful camera but wasn’t used enough to justify keeping it.  

Who knows what will happen this year.  I want to spend less time online and more quality time with my family.

-thanks for stopping by

A day at the skate park

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I took out a new(used) camera out Saturday(which I will write about later) and ran into these guys at the skate park and wanted to try out some zone focussing on my Leica M.  This was my first time using this method and I have to say I really like using it.  I was able to focus on my composition and not worry about messing around with the focus.  I can see why street photographers prefer this method.  These guys liked the attention and were more than happy to repeat some tricks for me.  It was a perfect day for shooting and skating, we’ve been in a bit of a cold spell and as you can tell by the snow in the background the temperature was hovering just above freezing.

 

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Peach Days Car Show on Film – Part 1

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In September the weekend following Labor Day, Brigham City Utah celebrates Peach Days. It all started in 1904 as a day-off from the harvest and time to celebrate the the best peaches in Utah.  It’s a tradition that brings in around 50,000 people for activities that the top of Utah and Southern Idaho residents look forward to each year.

I had just purchased a mint Yashica Mat-124G medium format camera and wanted to document the car show on film.  I’ve never seen so many cars at at car show at once, it was a photographers play ground.  I shot about three rolls and wish I had brought more film.  I brought my Leica M to capture all the color but really enjoyed capturing it on film.  No one noticed when I was shooting with my Leica M but when I pulled out my Yashica it seemed liked everyone stopped to watch as I shot these cars, it’s an attention getter that’s for sure.  I stopped counting how many people asked if they still make film the camera and where I get the film processed.  The kids love looking through the ground glass, I’m sure they haven’t seen anything like this before.

I will be sharing some color and black and white images from my Leica M soon, but for now enjoy the car show.

Technical Notes:

  • Shot on a Yashica Mat-124G
  • Film: Ilford Delta 400 Professional
  • Developer: Rodinal
  • Scanner: Epson V700

 

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals

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Today’s configuration: Sony RX100 II & Apple iPhone6

It was time for the annual trip to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The weather was perfect in Pittsburgh and we had great seats.  It was all setup to be a great game, the crowd was fired up and ready to go.  The game was good and the crowd was really into it.  At the last two minutes of the game Roethlisberger threw an interception and the Bengals won.   Needless to say there were a lot of upset people but for me it was fun spending time with family and enjoying a nice fall day.  I had a layover in Detroit and had to photograph the light tunnel again.

Enjoy, thanks for stopping by.

 

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Veterans Day – 2015

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I drove under an overpass today that had a man standing on it in full military uniform waving an american flag proudly as cars drove under.  I wish I could have captured that moment to share here but I love this image as well that was made at the Arlington Cemetery a few years ago.   The cemetery is a must see if your in the Washington DC area.  The changing of the guards is amazing to watch and to see their dedication is unreal.

We are celebrating Veterans day in the US today.  I’m proud of our service men and women who protect our country so we can enjoy our freedom.  My grandpa was in World War I.  I’ve been reading through his letters that he wrote to his parents recently and have really gotten to know him and his love for what he sacrificed.  Take a moment to pause today and think about those who sacrifice for us and be sure to thank our service men and women when you get the chance.

Royal Pharmacy

 

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Today’s configuration: Canon 5DMIII with a 24-105mm f/4 L

It’s fun to revisit photos from the past.  I have a lot of pictures I took while in New Orleans last year.  I’m in the process of picking new favorites and will be sharing them here in the next little while.  I’ve been out of the habit of posting on a regular basis and will hopefully be doing more as things are winding down now that summer has passed.

Football 2015

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Today’s configuration:  Leica M(240) with a Summicron 50mm f/2.0

I don’t have any boys so I don’t get to attend football games very often.  My nephew was playing nearby so we went to support him and of course I brought my Leica along.  Even though they lost, for 8th graders they did a great job.  I wanted to catch more of the game than the details so my lens of choice was my trusty Cron 50.

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