Posts Tagged ‘Leica M7’by Eric on December 30, 2012 in Photo Blog with No Comments
Christmas Comes One Time a Year!
I really enjoy continuing the christmas tradition, even though the younger ones are loosing the “faith”. The whole preparation, getting the tree, putting the Red Wings player in the window. You know, all the proper christmas trappings, of course. The Holidays are super fun. Friends, family and fun all wrapped up into a nice box with a bow on top! Than you have to add parental controls all over the place add 3 hours of tech time, because of the new presents.
Anyway walking through the neighborhood always brings a laugh. You just have to look in the right places…
Vote for Pedr, ah Me!
I receive promotional emails from Midwest Photo. I purchased things from them in the past so you know, you are going to receive these types of emails, for sure. I came across their email inviting me to submit to their photo contest. I thought sure why not, plus it gives me something easy to blog about.
Below is my submission. You can go to this link and vote for it, very cool!
Grain or not too Grainy…
Well I just tried some of Kodak’s Portra 800. Nice stuff I would have to say. It does not seem too grainy from my tastes, I kinda like it. I could shoot in really low light and hand hold. The film also works for everyday shooting.
Volvo For Sale
While driving or walking around my neighborhood there is usually something that catches my eye. Many times I have to take a mental note and go back to photograph what I saw. I may not have has my camera or possibly I was en route or the light was not right.
This gem I found on NE Lombard close to where I live. It has been offered for sale this entire summer. Maybe if he brought it out from behind the fence he would have better luck.
The neighborhood is going through significant changes. There are new businesses and lots of activity. Woodlawn Park is full of people playing soccer and families at the playground and activities like movies in the park and Star Trek in the Park. It is a cool place.
Industrial Landscape or Urban Landscape
I have been wrestling with the proper title for the series of images that I have been shooting lately.
I initially called them Urban Landscapes, however I felt like the images were more industrial than urban. As of now I am leaning toward Industrial.
Throughout the city of Portland there are real gems found in the driveways and streets. Over the past year, when I have been wandering or driving to my destinations I have either; mentally noted for future reference, or when my camera is with me and had the opportunity to capture these absolute gems of the auto industry in and around the inner neighborhoods of Portland, OR.
I have just recently come upon my annual Pro Membership with Flickr. I have been influenced by select photographers whom I have been following. One is located in Maryland. Here is his photo stream. The other photographer is from Minnesota her stream is here. The third is located here in Portland and his photo stream is here. Although I have been attracted to photographing automobiles for some time I feel that after viewing these photographers that my esthetic has changed and in turn has improve my own vision.
One of my favorite neighborhood places, called Breakside Brewery serves great food and has really good beer. That is saying a lot given that we live in Beervana. My wife and I have been imbibing their well crafted beers for some time. We have become antiquated with the owners and most of their staff. It is a great place. One of the guys who works there had grown an incredible mustache. This is a ‘world class’ piece of facial hair.
I saw his incredible work of art the other day and asked if he would be interested in posing for a photo. Travis was happy to pose and even brought along some very nice hats the suited the his mustache. Here are a few images from the first shoot, that was cut short. He was being called upon by a new hire and had to make her feel more comfortable.
We will be shooting again soon.
My Mother in Law is visiting from Honduras. I am enjoying her visit. It has been very easy for me having her here. I was nervous at the beginning because my wife booked her flight for her stay to last 3 months. You see my Mother in Law, let’s call her Pita from now on, had never left Honduras. So you can understand my trepidation for having her stay here for that length of time. As I said it has been very nice for me.
This weekend we took a drive to the coast. Our destination was Manzanita, OR. I just love this small coastal town. We have been going there for the last 5 plus years. Anyway it is very familiar to me.My wife and I really enjoy Manzanita. Today we had the opportunity to show Pita the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
I had the idea to photograph Pita in front of our Azalea bush which always blooms beautifully in the Spring. We she acquiesced. Here is one of my favorite photo I took. I am also including a photo of my 2nd cousin whom I had the opportunity to photograph after Pita.
Pushing the Limits of 35mm
These images are from Montana where most of my family gathered for the Christmas holiday. I brought my Leica M7 and several rolls of film. I had just learned about Efke 25 film and was excited to give it a try with some sweeping Montana landscapes. I brought with me my borrowed 35mm Leitz lens. This particular lens is perfect for the “Big Sky State”.
I usually well almost exclusively shoot Kodak film Tri-X being the staple choice for black and white photography. After trolling around Flickr I discovered Efke and with that Rodinal developer and stand developing. The following images here I shot with Efke and processed in Rodinal 1:100 dilution and stand developed for 1 hour. My first go around with Rodinal and stand developing was less than optimal.See this post. I am pretty happy with my results this time around.
While in Montana I ran into another photographer who said he would shoot large format. Now those cameras will produce amazing negatives.
Well I when I purchased my Leica I knew that I wanted a camera that was light and mobile.So I have a camera with amazing glass and can produce beautiful images. I just wanted to shoot atypical photographs with my Leica that being landscapes.
I was fortunate enough to grab some time and roll around the area close to where we were staying in Manhattan, MT. I hope you enjoy my photos.