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Ryan, I like the last 35/1.2 II shot. Has a nice 3Dish quality. Great shots of your kids, too! I'm sure you have a lot of great memories and photos.
Regarding the 21/1.8 vs. the 21 Lux, I wrote up a pretty extensive review/comparison.
The Lux bests the CV in having a flatter plane of focus, which results in greater background blur/subject separation towards the edges of the frame at identical focusing distance. But the CV will focus closer and give you a similar background blur quality at MFD as the Lux at 70cm MFD, but that assumes the composition will work at 50cm vs. 70cm. The Lux though does have a very wavy plane of focus and in the mid zone area suffers a fair amount when stopped down between f/2.8-5.6. Overall the CV is a great lens, just doesn't push the envelope to the same extreme as the Lux.
Have also been wondering about Charles, but have noticed his likes (thanks Charles!). I think Luka's just busy with life, having recently moved, etc.
Peter, sounds like a good plan to avoid the crowds. I think choosing to go on such a wet, murky day also really adds to the look of the place. Regarding the B&W versions, I like the first better in B&W and the second in color. The second in color because of the subtle tones in the water and foliage and the slightly lower contrast look with muted colors really seems to go with the mood of the weather
Jonathan Huynh - welcome to the thread!
Joe - that looks pretty good for such a short shutter speed.
Phil - great B&Ws! I should upgrade to LR5 just for the auto perspective correction alone. Really love the first one in the second set, of the windows!
Jonas - you're really getting a great look out of the X1.
Edward - looks really good for sooc jpeg.
On a somewhat monochrome tangent, was at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto yesterday with a couple friends to see the Genesis exhibit by Sebastião Salgado. If anyone has the chance to see it (either in Toronto until Sept. 2, or elsewhere) - go! Awesome, impressive images! And the prints were sublime. Makes one want to go out and buy a Monochrom! (I don't think he shot these on it, or Leica, and not exactly sure what he uses).
Just a few snaps, 21 Lux:
Some images from the works at Time. The lead image of the seals was printed huge and super impressive. But it's also kind of an interesting image from a technical perspective because around 2008-2009 you can see some differences in how his images are post processed. While they still look filmic, they also have a more polished, glossy look to them, say, compared to his images in the exhibit from ~2005. While it really has no bearing on the quality of the images, I'm kind of curious when he transitioned from film to digital...