Vodcasting from the Heart of Texas

May I introduce? Texas Leica.

May I introduce? Texas Leica.

A mixed bag of topics in this post. About two weeks ago, the Fuji GW6800III arrived from Japan. I seem to have fished a well-preserved specimen out of the ‘bay. Now I’m glad I’m working on rollfilm again. About the camera:

In harsh flashlight on a Joby Gorillapod mini tripod.

In harsh flashlight on a Joby Gorillapod mini tripod.

It is light, sturdy and built to a Brobdingnagian scale. That’s an A4 filing sleeve it’s sitting on in the lead photo! Like the M Leicas, it’s a rangefinder camera. The rangefinder patch in the viewfinder is comparable to the Nikon rangefinders, though, round and yellow-hazy, but it works. The 90 mm lens is, beyond a doubt, one of the best medium format lenses I’ve worked with. I see no fault in it. About the film format? 6X8 is quirky, I know, but a lot of papers have that aspect ratio. See where I’m going?

Ansel, here are your zones!

Ansel, here are your zones!

The Texas Leica is a simple camera, it doesn’t have a light meter, let alone automatic exposure. I use it with a Sekonic DUALMASTER L-558 spot light meter. The excerpt from the user manual above literally urges you to use Ansel Adam’s zone system.

S-s-s-sudio?

S-s-s-sudio?

Perhaps this is as good a place as any to insert a bit of promotion about my new Youtube channel of screencasts about photography:

It is in German and I’ve called the series “Weniger als 1000 Worte” because, you know, a picture says more than 1000 words … 😉
Might I suggest to those fluent in German to consume that leisurely produced video about my workflow? I’d appreciate a thumbs-up and a subscription. More to come, of course.

Anyway, here are some first results from the Texas Leica. No artistic merits intended, but I like the tonality, resolution and rendering.

Townhall, Waltershausen

Townhall, Waltershausen

Pilgrimage church Vierzehnheiligen, main portal

Pilgrimage church Vierzehnheiligen, main portal

The side of that church.

The side of that church.

I’m looking forward to working more with the Fuji GW680III and eventually printing some pictures out of it. Maybe even to silver gelatin, in the darkroom. There, I said it, I’ve committed.

Now, this weekend, for something completely different. I’m going to Berlin to participate in a workshop on Ableton Live at the Electronic Music School. 54 year-old Techno head that I am (not!). Of course, I’m bringing two cameras, too.

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