“Bokeh”

If you’re not familiar with Leica, you probably are not aware that they are well known for shooting at low apertures and creating bokeh.  Bokeh is the blur seen in photography or more specifically the quality of the blur.  Each Leica lens is known for there unique bokeh.  Yes, you will find this with almost all other cameras and lenses but many don’t have the quality seen in Leica lenses.  I’ve shot with many Canon dSLR’s and low aperture lenses and have never been impressed as much as I am with the Leica m-mount lenses.

If you would like to read more about “bokeh” I’ll forward you to Steve Huff’s website for an article written by Ashwin Rao’s titled “What is Bokeh?

Below are a few examples of shots taken with my Leica 50mm Summilux and 35mm Summicron.

Leica M9-P

As many of you know Leica announced an updated version of the Leica M9 yesterday, the M9-P.  No internal changes, only visual changes to the body consisting of removal of the front “red dot” and “Leica” logo and placement of an engraved logo on top, a leatherette grip, and a new sapphire anti-reflective lcd cover. Definitely gives the camera a more “retro” and “stealthy” look.

Amazon.com  (black or chrome) and B&H Photo now have it listed and for pre-order.

Below are a few pics and video.

Indiana Sunset

Living in Cleveland, OH for 5 years I got accustomed to grey skies. It seemed as if we would have one blue sky in the winter maybe 1 or 2 times a month. When I moved to Fort Wayne, I was hoping to see more blue skies and fortunately I do but still not as often as I would like (I’m sure others agree in Northeast Indiana). One evening in January, while driving home from work we had one of those rare events. I was driving on the interstate staring at the sun and noticed 2 trees in a field with nothing around them. I immediately took the next exit and drove into the field where they were located. Fortunately, I was able to catch one of these rare Indiana sunsets.

P.S. This is a good reason why you should always carry your camera equipment, you never know when you will find a good picture opportunity.

Unclear Path

I’ve posted other pics from this location on my Flickr and 500px sites.  I recently traveled back and grabbed a few pics with my Leica M9.  I’ve mentioned previously how much I like the bokeh of Leica lenses.  In this picture you can see how well it focuses just a small portion of the foreground and completely blurs the background.  There’s an old run down bridge in the background but is obviously difficult to see.  The composition allows for some imagination of what is ahead.

Age

Last week when I traveled through South Whitley, looking for picture opportunities I came across this old beat up car at a local service store.  The car was a dark ugly color and definitely wouldn’t make for a good “color” pic.

Using my 35mm summicron, I was able to easily blur the background and focus in on the car (that’s why I love Leica lenses).  Converting the image to black and white using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 allowed me to bring more detail out in the car and made for a better pic.

Carol’s Corner

Yesterday, I was driving through South Whitley.  It’s a typical small Indiana town with just a few downtown buildings.  For a small town and historic looking downtown, it was busy with patrons at the local bars and restaurants.  As I was making my way through town I came across a corner ice cream parlor.  It definitely had a retro look and was a great picture opportunity.  Maybe next time I’ll stop and get some food.

Illuminate

One evening I thought I would use my Ikan LED light to shoot some daffodils.  I love how well it illuminated the flower pedals.  I was using my Leica M9 and the 90mm Summarit-M lens.  Obviously, shooting in complete darkness can be challenging especially with a manual focus camera.  I had to lay on the ground to get this shot and used a high aperture (f/2.5) to get the shot.

Soon, I hope to post more frequently.  Having a 3.5 week old at home is making it difficult (sleep has become much more important).