Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Practicing What I Preach - A Walk In The Autumn Rain - The Warm Side

I'm always writing that photographers should not let inclement weather keep them inside. Today I decided to practice what I preach. So, I grabbed the Leica M9, mounted the first Leica lens I ever owned (a 1953 Summarit 50mm f1.5) and headed out right after a major rain. I saw the light turning nice, and went for it. Turned out, the rain didn't come back until after I was finished. I was rewarded with these images.
 
First Reds of the Season, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens
iso 200, f6.7, 1/60 sec
 
Nature's Rituals, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens
iso 200, f1.5, 1/180 sec
 
Sun Shines Through, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens
iso 200, f2.8, 1/1000 sec
Water Drops on Reeds, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens
iso 200, f2.8, 1/4000 sec
End of Days, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens
iso 200, f11, 1/250 sec
 
 
Transition, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Summarit 50mm f1.5 lens
iso 200, f2.8, 1/2000 sec
 
 
I don't use this old lens much any more. It has a little haze, but not too bad. It gives a crazy out of focus accent, known as "bokeh" in photographic circles. It's pretty darned sharp, but the focus point moves forward at wide apertures. It's truly an artistic lens, not a technical one. But, I love the results.
 
The Summarit also draws very nicely in black and white. In my next post, I'll include a couple of monochrome shots taken on the same day. Get ready for a little creepy autumn darkness after all the warmth and color of this one...
 
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