An Old Photographer and a New Store

November 16, 2018
Three photographers and a minder

Three photographers and a minder

Yesterday evening, I was at an event at the Leica headquarters in Wetzlar. Jürgen Schadeberg was inducted into the Leica Hall of Fame and a new Leica flagship store was opened. Here’s a series of photos I took with the M Monochrom as the proceedings unfolded:

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Three shots around the first one.

Mr. Schadeberg is famous for the portraits he took of Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

Mr. Schadeberg is famous for the portraits he took of Nelson Mandela while he was imprisoned on Robben Island.

There was an interview format where the honoree could hardly be stopped telling one more story of his long photographic life.

There was an interview format where the honoree could hardly be stopped telling one more story of his long photographic life.

Then he was decorated with a M 10-P with his name engraved on it.

Then he was decorated with a M 10-P with his name engraved on it.

Shooting it right back at them!

Shooting it right back at them!

Being led off the stage, he was obviously proud and protective of his new Leica ;)

Being led off the stage, he was obviously proud and protective of his new Leica 😉

Then it was over to the new flagship store. Laudatory speeches were held.

A ribbon was cut by a crowd of Leica higher-ups.

A ribbon was cut by a crowd of Leica higher-ups.

Mr. Kaufmann, Leica's chairman of the supervisory board, standing proud behind a row of Leica's cheapest cameras.

Mr. Kaufmann, Leica’s chairman of the supervisory board, standing proud behind a row of Leica’s cheapest cameras.

There were demonstrations of the manufacturing process.

There were demonstrations of the manufacturing process.

An occasion for meeting people and conversations, it was all very convivial and open.

This ends the photo series. I took more pictures on Kodak Portra 800 in my Leica IIIG, but they are yet to be developed. If they’re any good, I’ll make a second post of them, they’d clash with the black and white ones if I appended them here.

I want to thank the Frankfurt Leica Store for the invitation to this event.

Clouds

November 12, 2018
Ansel and Martin meet.

Ansel and Martin meet.

Lately, I’ve been fascinated with clouds:
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I Screwed Up

October 27, 2018
Choosing from a menu

Choosing from a menu

Just coming back from a day trip to Hamburg with my father. We had Read the rest of this entry »

Mirrorlessless

October 8, 2018
Vanilla ice cream, Apfelstrudel and a 45.7 megapixel beast

Vanilla ice cream, Apfelstrudel and a 45.7 megapixel beast

I’m being ungrateful and have been replacing the Nikon D800 that served me so well shooting the wedding with a new body. Ten days ago at Photokina, mirrorless system cameras were all the rage. I had a look through a Nikon Z7 and found the electronic viewfinder straining to my still blissfully good eyesight. Same with the other manufacturer’s EVIL (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens, that moniker should be standard!) camera proposals. Only the Leica SL stood out, but that one is a bit out of my price range, especially it’s autofocus lenses.
I kept the Sony alpha 7RIII for last and had a salesman at a big camera store in Nuremberg demonstrate it to me last Saturday. But when neither he nor his colleagues Read the rest of this entry »

Not quite there yet

September 29, 2018
Zappa-esque hotel room selfie (you'll see why)

Zappa-esque hotel room selfie (you’ll see why)

What is “computational photography”? Read the rest of this entry »

Amateurs imitate, Pros copy

September 15, 2018
Two Vaders. No reflections in the shop window pane because of off-camera flash.

Two Vaders. No reflections in the shop window pane because of off-camera flash.

A little birdie at Leica told me something. Read the rest of this entry »

Shooting a Wedding

September 4, 2018
A legally married couple, happy!

A legally married couple, happy!

The long awaited wedding of my son and his bride has come and gone. In this post, the emotional content is not the topic, though I hope it will appear in the example photos that I add as they develop. No, I want to talk about my experiences as a wedding photographer and the technicalities of the photographs.
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They don’t make them like they used to

August 29, 2018
I get nostalgic for old film cameras.

I get nostalgic for old film cameras.

Like this Leica M6 TTL in chrome. It sat in the second hand glass case at my dealer when I was visiting yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »

Poseurs

August 26, 2018

Waving good-bye to a cloud with High-Speed-Sync Read the rest of this entry »

A Lens with Qualities

August 25, 2018
Diffraction stars at f/3.4. Wait, what?

Diffraction stars at f/3.4. Wait, what?

Uh-oh!

En route to a workshop in Neuss, I went by the Leitz-Park again.

En route to a workshop in Neuss, I went by the Leitz-Park again.

In the Leica Store on the premises, they had a used Summarit-M f/2.5 50 mm that I couldn’t resist buying. Read the rest of this entry »