Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eastern Market Flea - Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors

Eastern Market is a great place to do street photography in Washington, DC. In the weekend flea market, there are a couple of vendors who sell mirrors of various designs. I have shot them several times myself, and see them pop up in my friends' portfolios pretty often as well.
Here's one shot I made there in 2012, of my daughter looking into one of the mirrors. Hard to believe how much she's changed in the intervening two years.
Eastern Market Mirrors #1, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14mm f2.5 Lens
iso 160, f8, 1/400 sec.
Here's a more recent shot from Eastern Market, taken last weekend.
Eastern Market Mirrors #2, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 Aspheric
iso 400, f5.7, 1/500 sec.
And no, the second image isn't of my daughter; she hasn't changed that much in two years! I like how the lady provides a nice focal point, and how my camera shows up in a couple of the mirrors, along with various parts of other bystanders.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Instant It Happened - Eastern Market Flea Market, DC

The Instant It Happened, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Leica Summilux 50mm f1.4 Aspheric Lens
iso 400, f8, 1/750 sec.
My friend Charlie and I visited Eastern Market in Washington, DC this weekend. The flea market there is an old standby location for getting some community in the city.
This shot shows a young couple at the book/magazine stall, looking at an Associated Press photojournalism compilation called The Instant It Happened. It warms my heart to see people interested in real books with real photographs, black and white even, in them. See my link below if you're interested in the book.
Charlie lent me his 50mm Summilux Aspheric for the day, which is what I used for this shot. That lens is a beast. Heavy, sharp as a tack, very nice.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Leica M240 in Mexico City - AlejandroI on Rangefinder Forum Shares His Results

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Rangefinder Forum member AlejandroI has posted a wonderful series of images from Mexico City. He shoots with a Leica M240 rangefinder body, 50mm f1.4 Summilux Pre-Aspheric, and 28mm f2.8 Elmarit.
You must (Click Here) and take a look at the rest of AlejandroI's images.
(Click Here) to go to his blog.
I use the earlier version Leica rangefinder, the M9. The M240 is the first Leica rangefinder to use CMOS sensor technology, which has real advantages in handling high iso noise. I really enjoy the images from my M9, which uses a CCD sensor. Alejandro's images show what the M240 can do in street photography.
Alejandro does mention that dust on the sensor seems to be a real issue for the M240. I had not read that, but other commenters agree. I don't know why it would be any worse than other CMOS cameras, especially compared to Micro 4/3 cameras, where the sensor is completely exposed when you remove the lens. Interesting.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Korean War Memorial Reflecting Pool - Leica M9, 90mm Elmarit f2.8

Korean War Memorial Reflecting Pool, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Leica Elmarit 90mm f2.8 v.1 Lens
iso 160, f4.8, 1/500 sec.
I went into DC with my friends Alain and Charlie today, to do a little shooting at the National Mall. It was a gorgeous day. While I find the national monuments a bit challenging to shoot, mainly because they've all been done so much, I do like this image. I think the combination of the curved lines, reflections, and people interacting with the environment are just enough to make it a decent composition.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Great Egret - Super Telephoto on Micro 4/3

Yesterday, I posted an image of a green heron, shot with my GX7 and modern Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 OIS lens.
Just for fun, I decided to try shooting at the same place with my very old (Nikon Pre-AI mount) Sigma 400mm f5.6 lens, adapted to fit the GX7. Here's a great egret shot with that combination.
Great Egret, Ardea alba, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, Sigma 400mm f5.6 Manual Focus Lens (Pre-AI Nikon mount)
iso 1600, f11, 1/1000 sec.
Not bad for an old lens, huh? By the way, this is the lens that I won at the Film Photography Project's Walking Workshop in May. (Click Here) to read more about that.
I know that most of you can't click and zoom on this image, due to the way I post from flickr. Here's a ~100% crop from the image above:
You can see that he's just caught a minnow. While the results from this 30-40 year old lens don't match the modern Lumix 100-300mm zoom, they're pretty good, in my opinion. This is an extremely low-cost 800mm equivalent field of view combination for someone who has the patience to shoot nature with a manual focus lens. The GX7's manual focus magnifier really helps out, but is obviously only useful for static subjects. The Nikon-to-Micro 4/3 adapter is also very inexpensive, and available on Amazon (please buy yours from the link below and support my blog!).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Green Heron - Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 and Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 Lens

Green Heron, Butorides virescens, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7, Lumix 100-300mm f4-5.6 Zoom Lens at 300mm
iso 1600, f6.3, 1/800 sec.
In our neighborhood suburban "nature preserve," I've been noticing a pair of green herons on our occasional evening walks. I took out a telephoto lens at sunrise last weekend, but they were nowhere to be found. Having seen them again last night, when I didn't have a long lens along, I decided that was it. I was coming back today with a long lens and tripod.
Well, I was rewarded with the presence of this little guy. I wasn't able to catch him feeding, so there's reason to try again (and again, I'm sure).
I'm pretty pleased with the result, especially given that I was shooting the GX7 at iso 1600. Not bad. Not bad at all...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Magnum Workshop in Provincetown, MA - I'm Going to Apply

September 15-21, 2014 is Magnum Days at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Along with an impressive array of lectures, reasonably priced at $15 each, they're running a week-long workshop where students get to improve their work by studying directly with a Magnum photographer.
New Orleans Musicians, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
iso 400, f2.8, 1/200 sec.
(Click Here) to go to the Magnum Days web page.
The workshop requires submission of a small portfolio, photographer's statement, and a non-refundable deposit. This is just the application phase, and I may not get in.
While I'm a big fan of Bruce Gilden and Constantine Manos, I will select David Alan Harvey or Bruno Barbey as my first choice for a mentor. Both of them have published work that fits with my interests, and shows how much I have to learn.
For example, (Click Here) to see Barbey's work at Magnum.
They only allow a maximum of 12 students per mentor, so I'd better get busy and put in my application. What a boost it will be if I get in and spend a week with this group!