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p.765 #1 · p.765 #1 · Leica M/X/T 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.765 #2 · p.765 #2 · Leica M/X/T 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
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Aug 03, 2013 at 02:11 AM
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p.765 #3 · p.765 #3 · Leica M/X/T 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.765 #4 · p.765 #4 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


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


Aug 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
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p.765 #5 · p.765 #5 · Leica M/X/T 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.765 #6 · p.765 #6 · Leica M/X/T 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.765 #7 · p.765 #7 · Leica M/X/T 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.765 #8 · p.765 #8 · Leica M/X/T 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.765 #9 · p.765 #9 · Leica M/X/T 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




  M Monochrom    1/350s    320 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Aug 03, 2013 at 09:49 AM
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p.765 #10 · p.765 #10 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


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






























































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p.765 #11 · p.765 #11 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


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


Aug 04, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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p.765 #12 · p.765 #12 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


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...



Aug 04, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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p.765 #13 · p.765 #13 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Thorne those are awesome, love the B and W's

Phil



Aug 04, 2013 at 01:21 PM
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p.765 #14 · p.765 #14 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Thanks Allen, nice to hear from you, hope all is well

Phil



Aug 04, 2013 at 01:22 PM
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p.765 #15 · p.765 #15 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


jojomon11 wrote:
Thanks Allen, nice to hear from you, hope all is well

Phil


Been REALLY insanely busy the past few weeks. I plan to get out today for some personal work. Love that symmetrical door shot I saw in another forum.



Aug 04, 2013 at 01:27 PM
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p.765 #16 · p.765 #16 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


jojomon11 wrote:
Thorne those are awesome, love the B and W's

Phil


Agree....



Aug 04, 2013 at 01:28 PM
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p.765 #17 · p.765 #17 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


tthorne, really nice work. thanks for sharing.


Aug 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM
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p.765 #18 · p.765 #18 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Thanks guys. They were all fun photos to take. It was actually my first trip to Paris and it was quite a blast. By the way, I love converting 240 files to black and white, but that does not rid me of my lust for a Leica MM. I got to borrow one here in LA from the Leica store for a few hours, and what a dream!


Aug 04, 2013 at 06:30 PM
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p.765 #19 · p.765 #19 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Nicely done shots of Paris. Particularly the last shot.

I've not posted in a while. Here's my random pic I'm playing with this week. (35lux i think)



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Aug 04, 2013 at 11:04 PM
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p.765 #20 · p.765 #20 · Leica M/X/T Picture Thread


Continuing with the M9 night pictures, the mantra still is Shoot at ISO 640 and Push in Post.
BTW, no one interested in responding to this post?



No. 4 | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 0.65 stops | f/2.8 | 1/90 sec

Hua Hin




No. 5 | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 1.25 stops | f/2.8 | 1/180 sec

Hua Hin




No. 6 | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 0.9 stops | f/2.8 | 1/180 sec

Hua Hin




No. 7 | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 0.55 stops | f/2.0 | 1/180 sec

Hua Hin




No. 8 | Summicron-28 | ISO 640 pushed 0 stops | f/4.0 | 1/180 sec

Hua Hin


—Mitch/Bangkok
Surabaya-Johnny



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