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p.738 #1 · p.738 #1 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


KatieInTexas wrote:
Does everyone have a calibrated monitor? What kind do you have? Mine is calibrated, but I'm not sure that the calibration is all that accurate. Not necessarily with colors, but more with the brightness level. When I edit to taste on my desktop, I am very careful with brightness values, as I don't like an overly-bright image. But when viewing the image on my other two computers (another desktop and a laptop) or on kindle fire or iphone - they all look too bright! When you calibrate, it says to keep the room dark, but if I calibrate it in
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I have a NEC monitor, but stopped using it several years ago and now I only use the screen of my 17" Mac laptop. The screen is far from perfect, but I don't see any adverse effect on my prints...

Some calibration tools allow to calibrate to brightness that you specify. If your images look too bright on other devices, perhaps you should use such calibration tool and calibrate to higher brightness. I used to have i1 Display and these days I use ColorMunki. Both use different software packages and if I am not mistaken, both allow setting the target brightness manually. The ColorMunki for sure. Try to find brightness level that works well for viewing on your monitor, on other devices, but also for prints - people often complain about dark prints, because their monitors are cranked up too much and the images end up being too dark when printed. This is kinda opposite problem to what you have. I think the reasonable target is 100-120 cd/m2.






Aug 24, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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p.738 #2 · p.738 #2 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


I have ordered a Dell Ultrasharp monitor (and am upgrading to Windows 7 and LR5) ... so we will see! I have always calibrated with Colorvision Datacolor.

Went to a birthday party today... these are with the M-E and CV 35 1.2






















Aug 25, 2013 at 02:20 AM
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p.738 #3 · p.738 #3 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you Michael The B&W tonality in the top set are excellent! I just love the abstract color images, particularly the last image!! Amazing series.

Ryan, wonderful evening series! There are no limitations with the M-M
Adam, I really thought you would gel with the 50 Cron AA The images I have seen so far with this lens are just amazing, sharp but gentle at the same time.
Edward, really like the last shot!
Katie, the first portrait capture is wonderful!!



Aug 25, 2013 at 05:37 AM
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p.738 #4 · p.738 #4 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


When I got to Paris, resolved to get back to doing black and white with the M-Monochrom, which I haven't used since buying the M9-P in late February. Accordingly, below are five pictures taken with the Summicron-28 at ISO 1250. Frankly, they don't do much for me, except that they are all "no finder shots" — a technique that I started using in some of my night color pictures in Bangkok, whenever I wanted to shoot without interaction (and posing) by the subject to avoid (shall we call it to be cute?) the "Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle."

The trouble is that I haven't formulated a project. Without a concept in mind, generally, I find it difficult to to anything interesting, particularly in black and white. Also, these days I find that I want something edgier than this from black and white and that means fighting the "exquisite" result the M-Moncohrom pushes you to.

Many pages earlier I wrote about my search for a title for the Thai color series that I was putting together. Essentially, I wanted a title that would allow the viewer to put together his or her own story for the pictures, as my approach, or belief, is based on depiction rather than suggesting a story. The initial working title was Surabaya-Johnny, the name of a 1930s song by Kurt Weill/Bertold Brecht, but that was too obscure to have a meaning for most viewers. I've now settled, at least for the time being, on Tristes Tropiques. You can see the 96-picture series here, if you are so inclined. I'm considering making a Blurb book out of it.




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Paris


—Mitch/Paris
Bangkok Hysteria [download link for book project]



Aug 25, 2013 at 07:20 AM
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p.738 #5 · p.738 #5 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Sometimes I feel like my shooting style goes against everything "Lecia" (traditionally speaking). It makes things quite fun I think.

Color event coverage + off camera flash. No Leica glass.





M9 + CV 75 1.8 Heliar Classic







M9 + CV 75 1.8 Heliar Classic







M9 + CV 21 1.8 Ultron







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M9 + CV 75 1.8 Heliar Classic




Aug 25, 2013 at 03:39 PM
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p.738 #6 · p.738 #6 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Another trailer from Everybody Street where Meyerowitz explains why in a very articulate and meaningful way.
http://www.traileraddict.com/trailer/everybody-street/trailer



Aug 25, 2013 at 06:11 PM
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p.738 #7 · p.738 #7 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Katie, Beautiful family pics. Leica ME is doing great in your hand.
Mitch, Nice series from Paris. #2 is my favorite.
Mike, Great event images as always.

A few from Kauai before sunset. 35cron V1.




















Aug 25, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.738 #8 · p.738 #8 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you everyone.

Mitch - you say nothing special, but I disagree. Those are great!
Mike - wonderful as usual. You manage nice color even in the most difficult situations.
Zhangyue - Those are BREATH TAKING shots. Every one of them! The depth and soul in the first one really strikes me. Very 3-D and I can see everything in her eyes!



Aug 25, 2013 at 08:20 PM
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p.738 #9 · p.738 #9 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Mitch, very interesting perspective and images
Mike, some very powerful shots. Favourite is #3.
Michael, again wonderful images, particularly the first capture.

Shot from the other day 21 SEM and M240







Aug 26, 2013 at 02:44 AM
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p.738 #10 · p.738 #10 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


KatieInTexas wrote:
Mitch - you say nothing special, but I disagree. Those are great!


Katie, thanks, glad to hear this. The M-Monochrom is a great camera; I like not having the choice of B&W vs color when I go out with it; but I'm having "cultural shock" after shooting color with the M9 since February, particularly the fluourescent-lit Bangkok night shots. Also, it's funny how some days when you go out you see shots everywhere, while other days it's a struggle...

zhangye, please tell me about the processing of the shots in p.783 #19. I like the mood of the first one, in particular.

—Mitch/Paris
Tristes Tropiques [WIP]



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p.738 #11 · p.738 #11 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you all for comments and likes.
Charles, another excellent BW shot.

Mitch Alland wrote:
zhangye, please tell me about the processing of the shots in p.783 #19. I like the mood of the first one, in particular.

—Mitch/Paris


Mitch, the light is more important than any PP I had. I notice the interesting lighting and asking my wife for a pic, after a two hour snorkeling, we all very tired, and you can see from her eyes. I screwed exposure because of back lighting there. On post, I have to +1.7 exposure, +10 contrast, -35 highlight, +75 shadows -25 white, +15 black. +5 Clarity, 0 vibrancy, -8 saturation. I tweaked tone curve, have it almost linear but bump mid-tone to have better face exposure, and have a small S curve at shadow area to have some contrast in left spectrum.

I did touch HSL extensively, but all based on experience and my like, I can't even repeat what I do , basically, shift red hue to orange, yellow to green, green to greener, blue to aqua, purple and magenta to red, and reduce saturation on most of them.

sharpening is very minimal at 25 1 25 and 0. I did add strong vignette to highlight my subject here. and add Grain 20 25 40, I prefer it on non-landscape stuff now to add some imperfection and atmosphere. That is it.

Basically, I know I will like the pic before even click the shutter or process it as I have known what it will looks like in my mind. I feel this is a must for photographer to visualize the pic first before even take the camera to eyes. Even for looks random street picture, I feel photographer should analysis the street, element, lighting first, and wait for right moment and right people come in. with experience, this could happen within sec.

My pp skill sucks compare many people here, as I know very little PS, this has prevent me creating image I really want sometime, but with the limit time I have, I prefer keep shooting

A few more with 50lux

A dead crab, life is tough for everyone.











This one looks live, but it is also dead, and its feet stuck in the ground.










Aug 26, 2013 at 05:50 AM
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p.738 #12 · p.738 #12 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


zhangye, interesting. Thanks for the explanations.


I mentioned earlier that I've just picked up the M-Monochrom again after shooting color exclusively since end-February when I got the M9 and was so taken with its color rendition; and that I'm trying to formulate a concept for a project or series to shoot with the M-Monochrom, since I feel that I "see" much more when doing a project. That made me go through my old shots with this camera, of which here is a selection of the ones that I like the best.



No. 1 | M-Monochrom | Summilux-50 pre-ASPH | ISO 640 | f/4.0 | 1/125 sec

Paris




No. 2 | M-Monochrom | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 | f/8 | 1/1500 sec

Chiang Mai




No. 3 | M-Monochrom | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 | f/5.6 | 1/350 sec

Chiang Mai




No. 4 | M-Monochrom | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 1250 | f/4.0 | 1/125 sec

Chiang Mai




No. 5 | M-Monochrom | Summicorn-28 | ISO 1250 | f/4.0 | 1/500sec

Bangkok




No. 6 | M-Monochrom | Summicorn-28 | ISO 1250 | f/4.0 | 1/1000 sec

Bangkok




No. 7 | M-Monochrom | Summicorn-28 | ISO 8000 | f/2.0 | 1/90 sec

Dambulla




No. 8 | M-Monochrom | Summicorn-28 | ISO 10000 | f/2.8 | 1/500 sec

Colombo




No. 9 | M-Monochrom | Summicorn-28 | ISO 10000 | f/4.0 | 1/800 sec

Colombo




No. 10 | M-Monochrom | Summicorn-28 | ISO 320 | f/4.0 | 1/500 sec

Kandy



—Mitch/Paris
Tristes Tropiques [WIP]



Aug 26, 2013 at 08:28 AM
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p.738 #13 · p.738 #13 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Katie, you really nailed with the first one. An absolute keeper.
Michael, a lot of great photos from Kauai
Mike, the b&w is my favorite in your set.
Edward, love the colors in your photos. Which 35 Biogon is that?
Charles, very nice light and tones on the lighthouse.



Aug 26, 2013 at 08:39 AM
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p.738 #14 · p.738 #14 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


joakim wrote:
Edward, love the colors in your photos. Which 35 Biogon is that?


Thanks Joakim! It's the ZM f/2.



Aug 26, 2013 at 09:18 AM
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p.738 #15 · p.738 #15 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Thank you Michael and Joakim, and all the likes
Michael, love the abstract compositions with the crab!
Mitch, congratulations on the M-M Superb series! Excellent tonality and compositions.

Shots this evening at Rainbow bay with M240 and 50 Nocti f/1.0 and 21 SEM























Aug 26, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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p.738 #16 · p.738 #16 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Charles - You're making great use of the 21 SEM...keep it up. The third shot on the post above is excellent. Not having to use a VF with the new M seems like a real plus.

Mitch - really like the last set, particularly #1 & #8

Michael - great couple of sets, the crab shots on this page really stick out. great coloring

All shots below with the 35 Summaron at Disney
































Aug 26, 2013 at 04:13 PM
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p.738 #17 · p.738 #17 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


I'm pretty sure there are few modern cameras as ill-equiped as a Leica for *wildlife photography, yet somehow that's exactly the scenario that occurred during today's work.

*the term "wildlife" used generously in this instance

Sidenote: Zebra spit is surprisingly easy to clean off of lenses.





M9 + Voigtlander 75 1.8 Heliar Classic.







M9 + Voigtlander 75 1.8 Heliar Classic.







M9 + Voigtlander 75 1.8 Heliar Classic.







M9 + Voigtlander 75 1.8 Heliar Classic.







M9 + Voigtlander 21 1.7 Ultron.




Aug 26, 2013 at 04:55 PM
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p.738 #18 · p.738 #18 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


Charles - Fantastic two sets! Love the wide angle look you are getting - colors are superb!
Mitch - More fantastic B&W work.
Ryan - you make Disney look interesting and I have NEVER wanted to go. Seems like lots of work and no reward. And expensive!
Mike - well, for the worst wildlife setup, you've done a great job. Love the PP you've done! The giraffe shot is my fav!



Aug 26, 2013 at 07:37 PM
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p.738 #19 · p.738 #19 · Leica M/X/T/S/Q Picture Thread


It has been a while but do follow and enjoy the great images.

Peter- Always enjoy your use of the Summicron 90 f/2 for landscapes.
Tri – I have not been to Disneyland in 25 years, trying to convince my wife to go so I can use my M9.
Katie – Your small town series is gorgeous with the golden light
Mitch – Your Paris Monochrome images helps to see the strength of the camera and black/white. No. 1 of the café is my favorite.
Charles – Your use of the 21 SEM has made me miss my Canon wide angles.

I recently went to the LA Leica store to try the 21mm and 24 mm lens. I know the Lux versions would allow me to use them in my gardens and museums photos but the price tags are a little high. I really wanted to test the slower versions and especially the 24mm Elmar in an indoor environment by shooting inside the store.

The images are nothing special but I was pleased by the results and have ordered it today, it is possible to use M9 at 800 ISO and with some processing have a decent image.






Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar indoors at 800 ISO







Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar indoors at 800 ISO







Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar indoors at 800 ISO







Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar indoors at 800 ISO







Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar indoors at 800 ISO




Aug 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
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