Posts Tagged ‘pictures’

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.

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 (more…)

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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Poseurs

August 26, 2018

Waving good-bye to a cloud with High-Speed-Sync (more…)

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. (more…)

‘cron

August 18, 2018
Free, Joel? Really?

Free, Joel? Really?

As big a Leica fanboy as I am, I have seldom bought a Leica lens for new. The penultimate time was long ago, with a MP a la carte came my Summicron 50 mm that still serves me well. The last time was yesterday.
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Some Color Mixed In

July 12, 2018

This ‘blog needs to be more of a portfolio, so here goes:

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Just the best pics from a week ago.

Double Chinaman

May 14, 2018
When asked "Why two hats?" he answered "For advertisement."

When asked “Why two hats?” he answered “For advertisement.”

This was one of the first times (more…)

It’s a Kind of Magic

April 30, 2018
"There are fields, Neo, endless fields where plants are no longer born ..."

“There are fields, Neo, endless fields where plants are no longer born …”

A photographer I know and trust recommended mirrorlesss system cameras and criticized Nikon and Canon harshly for not being on top of their game. The two DSLR giants are lacking attractive offers in this market segment dominated by Sony, Olympus, Fujifilm and Panasonic. Even Leica and Hasselblad have interesting, though expensive EVIL cameras (electronic viewfinder, interchangeable lens) on offer!
On the other hand, (more…)

Second Shooter

April 8, 2018

Autofocus sensors right to the edge of the frame

My main DSLR, a Nikon D 800, is 4 years old and has 80000 actuations. Should I trust it to work flawlessly during this year’s photo projects (especially my son’s wedding)? Not without a backup body, no, I won’t.

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