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| p.750 #2 · Leica M8/M9/X1 Picture Thread |
adam/rirakuma/muc_malin/rsolti13/Charles K., thanks for the kind words.
...Mitch - the first one is very intriguing, especially the very few visual clues in the specular highlights off the car in the foreground. But I find it difficult for my eye to settle on anything. For this reason #2 and the last one are somewhat more 'comfortable.' On the technical side, I really like the color palette in these. By all means, if f/2.8 is workable, then it will save you $7000. The shallow depth of field look works for some things, but I agree that for street work, stopped down a bit will tell more about an overall...Show more →
Ron, on No. 1 above (page 749), an (online) friend in Seattle, who is a great color photographer, wrote me, I feel that you need to maybe settle down a bit and plant yourself somewhere (or two) and really work through a subject vs the wandering in search of a vague theme. Push your comfort barrier by NOT trying to be invisible (which the constant need to move is a by product of I believe). Also, the best piece of advice I ever read was by Larry Clark, who said his teacher told him to "shoot into the light" - i.e. literally but also figuratively, do the wrong thing vs the "rules". In this sense I feel that No. 1 is a sort of breakthrough for me that I may be able to use as a point of departure for a series of photographs, although I will have to work through how to see in the way I did when shooting that picture. I could go at great length on this, but it's best to leave here for now. I like No. 2 in terms of the relation to the young woman in the center to the background (she turned out to be a fashion model), and like No. 3 for the same reason in terms of the woman eating at the table on the lower left with the light coming from the restaurant in the background, which bears some conceptual relationship in this respect to No. 1.
On the high-ISO technique of shooting the M9 at ISO 640 and pushing in post, on the basis of my experience with the night shots that I've posted in the last 10 or so pages of this thread, I feel that there is a need to revise the facile characterization of the M9 as having "poor high ISO performance, a sentiment that has been echoed in the last few pages here. From the color rendition of the M9 when shot at ISO 640 and pushed in post, to seems to me that the M9 does more than "hold its own" after four years. While I'm still an agnostic as far the color rendition of the M240 in concerned, and not inclined to spill either ink or blood on this question, I am still skeptical whether (after a firmware upgrade and an improved Lightroom profile) it will be able to produce the type of color rendition that I like in the M9: my feeling is that, at best, it may come close after a great deal of processing effort. It may turn out that my skepticism will be proved wrong, but I must say that the color rendition that I see coming out of M240 — even in cases where photographers have posted examples of "good color rendition" — does not, for my taste, match that of the M9. As a reassessment of the M9's high-ISO performance may be of interest or importance to some photographers, I have started a LUF on this subject at this link.
On your canoe pictures, I prefer the ones with the 28mm lens to the ones with the 21mm, which pushes the tree line too far back for my taste.
No. 6 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 0.3 stops | f/2.8 | 1/60 sec
No. 7 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 0.2 stops | f/2.8 | 1/90 sec
No. 8 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 0.6 stops | f/2.8 | 1/60 sec
No. 9 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 0.45 stops | f/2.8 | 1/90 sec
No. 10 | Elmarit-21 ASPH | ISO 640 pushed 1.85 stops | f/4.0 | 1/90 sec
Bangkok Obvious [WIP]
Eggleston said that he was "at war with the obvious"...