Faith & Storm – Olympus OM-D settings

I’ve posted a video displaying my micro 4/3 lenses and my routine setup for my Olympus OM-D.  You can view it here.

Recently, a lot of storms have crossed our area.  One evening I drove out to an old cemetery (I’ve posted a prior picture here) and shot some long exposures with my Nikon D800E.  This is a 6 second shot.  I really like the clouds.

ISO 100 f2.8 6’s 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, single image, HDR Efex 2, Photoshop CS6, Aperture)

Updated Leica M9 Review

Since writing my original review in May of this year, I’ve become much more experienced using my M9 and my opinions and thoughts have changed. Most of these changes are due to a combination of increased experience, meeting experienced rangefinder users, and research.

Steve Huff posted on his blog a letter from a frequent visitor “The Breakup Letter – “Dear Leica M9″ – By Paul Lanigan“. I found the post amusing and got me thinking that many have the wrong expectations and probably don’t completely understand the Leica M9.

You can read more here.

Blog updated for Mobile devices

I recently upgraded to ProPhoto 4. Pro Photo is the front and back side of my blog. When I first started this site I tried to just use WordPress themes but found out quickly that I would need to get up to speed on HTML coding if I wanted to make the site look good. Fortunately I came across ProPhoto, they  have a great user interface that allows me to work much more efficiently. I would highly recommend them.

Their newest upgrade, 4.0 uses HTML 5 and has gotten rid of the slow, battery consuming flash player. Last, they have also written code so that your site will work better with mobile devices. Here are a few pics of my site on my iPhone & iPad.



Motion – Silver Efex Pro 2 (short review)

I thought today I would show a before and after picture taken in Chicago using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2 for post processing.  All my pictures that become black and white are processed through Silver Efex Pro.  I’ve been using it since the first version.  The second version is far better because it has more control sliders and has “U point” technology.  “U point” is unique to Nik Software programs because it allows you to edit only certain parts or colors of your picture instead of making global changes.  I highly recommend the software if you are going to be making black and white pictures.

This picture was taken with my M9.  I was hoping to get a since of motion with the car. I was able to get this by making sure the rest of the scene was in focus.  The initial color picture is boring, changing to black and white and adding some vignetting makes it much more interesting.

Leica M9-P (chrome) unboxed

I finally received it, the new Leica M9-P in chrome. I purchased it at Dale Photo but you can also pre-order at and be notified when it’s in stock at B & H Photo. As I mentioned in a previous post, there are no internal changes, just cosmetic 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. I originally chose the black Leica M9 only because there were no chrome available but I was fortunate to get one this time. Personally, even though not as “stealthy” as the black M9-P, the chrome is much more retro and has a more classic look.

Below are pictures from the unboxing.

I hope to have some pics up in a few days taken with the new M9-P but right now here is another picture of my beautiful wife and daughter at our recent trip to the Drive-In to watch Harry Potter (definitely see the admiration my daughter has for her mother in this pic).

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