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p.719 #1 · p.719 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Yes, this thread really moves fast. Thanks all for the photo feast!

Few more from the China Hainan Island trip in March:































Cheers!



Aug 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM
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p.719 #2 · p.719 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Hi guys, Spent a few hours playing with the (borrowed) S-system before I actually use it tomorrow (although indoors). Must say from the few random shots I've taken, it's really a Leica at heart. The glass is amazing, good colors and contrast, and gives you that look and then some, due to the bigger then usual sensor. The body has great ergonomics (aside from a few annoyances). And it has crap ISO performance, so typical Leica

I'll see what I can post from it when my crazy work weekend comes to an end.

BTW, nice shots Ryan, airfrogusmc, and wstam.





Aug 01, 2013 at 06:34 PM
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p.719 #3 · p.719 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Wee Very nice love the 3rd shot comp and subject works well here

Allen lovely dark mood here, both of them for me

Very nice Ryan, really enjoying that mono?

Phil

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Aug 02, 2013 at 04:03 AM
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p.719 #4 · p.719 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


^^^first one is great.



Aug 02, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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All by 50lux ASPH from Berkeley Kite festival, last weekend. There were not many kites around at all, I am quite disappointed, won't be there next year, but my kids all have fun there



Aug 02, 2013 at 05:50 AM
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p.719 #6 · p.719 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Phil, I am enjoying it. What a camera! Really like your view on the first shot, nice capture

Michael, really like the B/W conversions. Too bad there weren't many kites around, the second shot is my favorite

The MM is without a doubt my favorite camera I have used when in not absolute perfect lighting condition. It handles night shots unbelievably well. High ISO the grain has a perfect look to it. My ISO 5000 shots look very organic. For those of you that have or have used the Monochrom, am I alone in thinking my lenses look totally different? The DOF seems narrower with the Monochrom, and the lenses seem to render slightly different....but in a better way each time. I can't put my finger on it yet, but the files look totally different.

MM with 50 Nokton II


























Aug 02, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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p.719 #7 · p.719 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Quick update... The S-system is pretty awesome (photo quality wise), but it's just so far behind on the auto-focusing, and ISO, that it's really unsuitable for my style of shooting.

I'll post some random photos at the end of the weekend. But I still like my M much better
Guess I'm spending my money on a Noctilux and APO (maybe)



Aug 02, 2013 at 04:31 PM
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p.719 #8 · p.719 #8 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangyue wrote:
All by 50lux ASPH from Berkeley Kite festival, last weekend. There were not many kites around at all, I am quite disappointed, won't be there next year, but my kids all have fun there


I don't visit this thread often, but am glad that I did it today. This set is wonderful with genius compositions.




Aug 02, 2013 at 05:06 PM
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p.719 #9 · p.719 #9 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


great pictures everyone!

There was also some serious GAS attacks lately . Well, I am also infected....just need to sell the rest from my Nikon stuff. My thoughts are going from a MM to a Lux21 or the 21/3.4 with the APO135/3.4. Yes, total different animals...I know!

rsolti, congrats to your MM and summicron 28 Cron!! I was reading many times that MM owners prefer the old Leica lenses.



Aug 02, 2013 at 05:29 PM
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p.719 #10 · p.719 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Night Photography: Shooting at ISO 640 and Pushing in Post
Some more night shots using the "shoot at ISO 640 and push in post" technique. In the LUF-thread on this subject, I listed the following suggested steps for using this technique.


Exposure
At ISO 640 start (with the Elmarit 21mm ASPH) by exposing at f/2.8 and a shutter speed of 1/60 or 1/90, and (with a Summicron-28) by exposing at f/2.0 and a shutter speed of 1/120 or 1/180, although I tend to use this lens at f/2.8 at night for the greater dpeth-of-field. The aim is not to blow out the highlights. On a dark night, I find that I don't need much depth of field because of the rapid drop-off in light intensity.

Lightroom 4/5 Post-Processing
1. Click Auto in the Exposure Panel and use this as the starting point.
2. Adjust the Exposure Slider to the point at which you like the look.
3. Press "J" and see whether any of the highlights are blown out.
4. If necessary (from Step 3), pull back on the Highlights Slider.
5. I like to pull back the Black Slider to negative numbers so that picture has a look that I like.
6. Click White Balance Eye Dropper in an area you want to be neutral grey, but I don't like to neutralize the colors completely because I want a "real" look from the lights in the picture.
7. Try moving the Clarity Slider between +10 – +30. (I find that increasing Clarity creates a good feeling of light in a high contrast scene, but sometimes this may not be necessary or even may not look good.
8. If you increased Clarity, you can probably pull back a bit on the Exposure.
9. In the Noise Reduction panel, after setting the View to 100%, move the Color Slider to the right until the color noise disappears.
10. Still at 100% View, move the Luminance Slider to the right if necessary to remove more noise, but be careful no to go too far. Some pictures will not need any Luminance Slide increase.

In the 10 post-processing steps listed above, step 5 is pull back the Black Slider to negative numbers so that picture has a look that you like. In the three pictures below, when I pressed Auto in the Basic Panel, the Black Slider went to +26 — and the pictures looked a bit washed out and flat; I pulled the Black Slider back to –26 for Nos. 1–2 and to –10 for No. 3. I find that pulling the Black Slider to the left to get negative number provides a look consistent to the rapid fall-off of light in partially lit, dark scene.

Incidentally, you'll see below that I shot No. 2 at 1/750 sec: a simple mistake, as this picture would not have required any pushing if I had exposed at a lower shutter speed; but I had my camera set to 1/750 sec from another shot and, turning around and seeing the subjects grouped in the way they stood, I wanted to get a shot off before they changed position.

Now, in post-processing, starting with the list of steps for post-post processing above, there are many possibilities, including "selective pushing" (equivalent to dodging). In No. 3 below I have used the new LR5 facility of the Radial Filter to push the face area by 4 stops (equivalent ISO of 10,240). You will note that I shot this at f/4.0; that was also an error: I thought the lens was set to f/2.8, having forgotten that I had opened up one f-stop for a shot with brighter light some five minutes earlier in my walk. I was sitting on a chair talking to the subject and took the shot after ten minutes of conversation, so not surprising that I forget about the f-stop: speaking to attractive young women can have that effect.




No. 1 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 0.9 stops | f/2.8 | 1/60 sec

Hua Hin




No. 2 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 1.65 stops | f/2.8 | 1/750 sec

Hua Hin




No. 3 | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 4 stops [on face] | f/4.0 | 1/60 sec
Hua Hin

—Mitch/Hua Hin
Download links for book project pdf files
Chiang Tung Days
Tristes Tropiques
Bangkok Hysteria
Paris au rythme de Basquiat and Other Poems

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p.719 #11 · p.719 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Question for all or most of you, used a transcend 32 gig card on my M8 reformatted in M8 and took some shots in DNG, could preview on my M8 screen no problems, funny thing when I DL the files into LR5 it could only see the files I had before I formatted card and not my recent shots only minutes ago!

I put a brand new Sandisk extreme 32 gig and it worked no problems

Is this a card issue or something else? Please help

Phil

BTW Mitch love that last one! awesome beauty, nice . Also thanks for the write up on pushing the iso

Phil

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Aug 03, 2013 at 02:36 AM
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p.719 #12 · p.719 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Mitch, like how you've cleaned up your files!


Aug 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
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p.719 #13 · p.719 #13 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks, Adam.

jojomon11 wrote:
BTW Mitch love that last one! awesome beauty, nice . Also thanks for the write up on pushing the iso


Thanks Phil. She wanted to see the shot on the M9 LCD, but since I was using the "Shoot at ISO 640 and push in post technique", I had to explain that it was too dark to see; but today I'm having lunch at a Danish restaurant near where she works, so I'll bring my computer to show her the shot.

Whod'da thunk that a small Thai seaside resort town two hours drive south of Bangkok would have three Danish restaurants and two Swedish ones, as well as one Norwegian one? As far as I know, Washington, DC has no Scandinavian restaurants of note, and Paris has two Danish restaurants. I'm looking forward to sildebord (herring smörgasbård) with Carlsberg beer (I'd prefer Tuborg) and a small glass of Aalborg Jubilæums Akvavit. Skål!

—Mitch/Hua Hin
Download links for book project pdf files
Chiang Tung Days
Tristes Tropiques
Bangkok Hysteria
Paris au rythme de Basquiat and Other Poems


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Aug 03, 2013 at 04:31 AM
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p.719 #14 · p.719 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Ryan, great night shots! I really like the rendering with the 50 Nokton II with the M-M
airfrog, very nice captures!
Winston, love those images from Hainan island.
Phil, superb rendering in those shots.
Michael, excellent series with the kites!!!
Mitch, very nice PP'ing treatment with the high ISO shots!

My M9P sold on ebay, awaiting my M240 on Monday

I really don't like flash photography, and I have just acquired a ICE light. It is amazing in the ease of handling and being able to visualize the lighting. The idea was the ability to take this over the shoulder light in the streets, to add some interesting lighting for street portraits. The beauty of this lighting is it so easy to dim to get the right effect.

First shots with the ICE light, M-M 75 Lux this afternoon of my fiancee









Aug 03, 2013 at 06:33 AM
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p.719 #15 · p.719 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Awesome Charles, love the subtle light of the ice flash. I'm going to have to look into that

Phil



Aug 03, 2013 at 08:42 AM
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p.719 #16 · p.719 #16 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Phil This is not a flash, but a light wand/stick that is portable, rechargeable and can be dimmed easily. It is not cheap, but works really well.


Aug 03, 2013 at 09:02 AM
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p.719 #17 · p.719 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thanks Charles, yes I looked it up at B and H almost 500$ , yup not cheap

Phil

Mono w/CV 21 1.8 Ultron







Aug 03, 2013 at 09:49 AM
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p.719 #18 · p.719 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Leica M240 and Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH






























































Aug 04, 2013 at 10:16 AM
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p.719 #19 · p.719 #19 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Wow.............


Aug 04, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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jojomon11 wrote:
Thanks Charles, yes I looked it up at B and H almost 500$ , yup not cheap

Phil

Mono w/CV 21 1.8 Ultron


Love this Phil...



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