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could you guys post the camera settings along with the images? Like Andrew, Luka & Joe88 do?
I can see some beautiful shots posted by Ron & Charles and I think it wouldn't hurt much to know the shutter / aperture setting. Some guys are willing to learn from you guys, and it would be very helpful.
Just my suggestion.
Most of my images should have the exif embedded, though with the M9 that means the shutter speed will be correct but the aperture will be an approximation. Not sure if you can read the exif directly from my images displayed here via a browser plug-in, as for some reason I can't do that with my images but can for those posted by others. It's probably my web host.
My exposure philosophy is pretty straight forward. If it's sunny and the subject is in full sun, then it's roughly the Sunny f/16 rule. If it's a typical landscape image and I'm just looking for a sharp image from front to back, then it's stopped down to f/8 or even f/11 (despite possible diffraction degradation). If it looks like it's wide open, then it probably is, unless it was sunny and I wasn't using an ND filter. My finding so far is that I like to use the Leica lenses I own either wide open, or stopped well down for more depth of field. I'll shoot at intermediate aperture settings as well, but find that for scenes where I want edge to edge sharpness, often there is slightly lower lens performance in the mid-zone image area. Depending on the lens, this can result in a slightly smeared look. I find this particularly with the 21 Lux. I really like the look from it wide open at nearer distances - being able to get such wide angle coverage with subject isolation is kind of unique. But around f/2.8-4 the mid-zone areas have an unpleasant, slightly smeared look, that goes away beyond f/8. The one lens that I'll use at all aperture settings is the 90 Summarit. It appears to be pretty consistent across the frame. The 28 Cron is close to this too... You can get a pretty good feel for how the lens will perform by checking Leica's MTFs.
Many of the recent images posted from the Bruce Peninsula were made late afternoon or early evening and I didn't bring a tripod, so it was a matter of juggling the ISO to find a reasonable shutter speed to give me the aperture I wanted, hence my earlier post about finding a decent lightweight travel tripod. I was often in situation where I was ISO 640 just to be able to get f/5.6 and when viewing the full-rez images, in some it's evident the depth of field wasn't deep enough for what I wanted to get in focus.
28 Cron, 1/250 and probably between f/8-11:
21 Lux 1/350 f/11:
28 Cron 1/90 probably f/5.6 ISO 320:
28 Cron 1/4000 f/2. I tried some here at f/8-11 as well but the sense of depth was completely lost. Even now impression that it's a 100' drop to the water isn't that strong:
21 Lux 1/4000 and probably around f/2 or so and probably near minimum focusing, which with a 21mm lens isn't great for trying to get close to the subject:
50 Lux ISO 640 1/125 f/11. I also tried some at wider apertures but seem to like the deeper focus here better:
28 Cron 1/250 f/8? ISO 160:
Charles - nice portrait and looking forward to seeing what you find this time around.
Ash - great set and variety!
Joe - also a great set and really like #2. That film emulation software seems to do a very good job from your samples. I'll give it a look.
Andrew - great continuation and particularly like the second set.
Paul - I think there is something about the color version of that scene that works better for me. I think the color helps with the subject separation, including the cooler blues and greens of the background, which is lost with grayscale.