One Way

It’s a simple interest but if you carefully look, there is a log of symmetry.  Often times this symmetry isn’t noticed until after the image was taken but in this instance I knew I had something immediately prior to composing the shot.

ISO 1600 1/90 sec f.95 50mm (Leica M Monochrom, Leica 50mm noctilux, LR4)

The Hot Dog Man

Recently, I’ve been excited to post pics taken with my Leica M 240.  I still have my Leica M Monochrom and love how it renders black and white pictures.  We were in New Orleans and one evening a friend and I took a walk down Bourbon street.  I was amazed how crazy it was even on a Tuesday night.  It’s definitely, a great town to take pictures.


ISO 1600 1/60 sec f.95 50mm
(Leica M Monochrom, Leica 50mm Noctilux, LR4)

Man on Fire

We were recently at the circus and the last act was this guy shooting him self across the circus stage.  What I’m mostly impressed about in this picture is the amount of detail in the crowd.  If you click on the picture you can can see the full-size image.

ISO 320 1/250 f.95 50mm (Leica M Monochrom, Leica 50mm noctilux, Lr4)

Sitting at the bar

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been taking a lot of pics with my Leica M Monochrom.  I’m sure I will eventually pick-up one of my other cameras but right now the Monochrom is glued to my hand.

ISO 8000 1/45’s f1.4 35mm (Leica M Monochrom, Leica 35mm summilux, Silver Efex Pro 2, Apple Aperture)

Family Friendly?

We were walking through the crowd at the Taste of Madison and out of the corner of my eye I caught these two enjoying time together.  I’m not sure what was stranger, seeing these two showing affection for one another at a family friendly event or that they were lying next to a porta-potty?

ISO 200 1/360’s f.95 50mm noctilux (Leica M9, Leica 50mm noctilux, Silver Efex Pro 2, Aperture 3.3)

The Right Angle

I enjoy capturing others taking pictures. Here’s a group getting their picture taken. I like the young lady trying to get the right angle and the guy nearest me telling everyone to hold up.

ISO 250 1/90’s f.95 50mm noctilux (Leica M9, Leica 50mm noctilux, Aperture, Silver Efex Pro 2)

Coffee talk

Re-post from November 2011

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and black Friday.  We decided to do our shopping online.  No crowds, no stress, same prices.

As I was walking around the Lincoln Memorial with a friend I was trying to find someone interesting to take a picture of.  Eventually, I found this couple enjoying a cup of coffee while resting on the steps of the memorial.  They seemed unaware of everything around them besides each other.

 

getting the perfect shot

Re-post November 2011

One of the great things owning a Leica M9 and 50mm summilux is the ability to shoot in the dark.  For most, this is only possible with the use of a flash.  Personally, I try to shoot without one as much as possible because I like natural lighting.  Shooting at low apertures such as 1.4 allows for shooting in almost complete darkness (the leica noctilux is probably the only one that truly will allow you to do this).  It is much more difficult to focus, prevent blur, and you have to shoot at high ISO’s.  Fortunately, the M9 can perform this at 1000, 1500, and even 2500 ISO.  Unfortunately, I typically don’t like color pics at this high of ISO therefore I always change them to black and white.  The noise at these high ISO’s add to the quality of black and white.

A friend of mine, Hiro Shibuya (he was my chief resident when I was a first year) and I were recently in Washington D.C. for a conference and decided to spend some time sight seeing and taking pictures.  We were at the Lincoln Memorial and he was trying to get that perfect picture and I caught him in the act.  In this instance, him being out of focus works because of the sense of movement the viewer gets.  This was probably one of my favorite pics.

You can view Hiro’s pictures here.

Another magical day

Re-post October 2011

I feel like I’m posting a lot of pictures from Chicago recently.  I was there twice within 6 weeks at workshops and fortunately captured many pictures.

Here is a wedding that we came across when walking along Michigan Avenue.  What really caught my attention was the bagpipes.  I focused on the bride and groom and stuck my camera up in the air and caught this picture.  I really like the bubbles being released into the air, it adds a little to the shot.