Thursday, September 26, 2013

Second LHSA (International Leica Society) Local Meetup in DC

On Saturday, September 21, we held the second DC area local meetup of the LHSA, the International Leica Society.
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A couple of us met for a civil war era walking tour of DC, rounding out our group of five at lunch and conversation at the National Portrait Gallery. Unfortunately, a couple of members had to cancel last-minute, so participation was about the same as our first meeting. I'm sure the near 100% chance of rain didn't help, either.
 
Kevin, Jerry, Bill, and Charlie, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Minolta Rokkor 45mm f2.8 Lens
iso 640, f6.4, 1/45 sec.
 
As agreed at our first meeting, most of us brought Leica prints to discuss, which is always useful. I like to get critical feedback, and hear how others would have made the shot.

Here's what was going on beside our table at the Portrait Gallery:
 
Gymnastics, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Minolta Rokkor 45mm f2.8 Lens
iso 640, f3.4, 1/180 sec.
 
 
This time, I tried to diversify the meeting a little by adding the civil war walking tour. I'll post a few pictures from that experience in a later post. Led by a period actress, complete with hoop skirt, I found it quite interesting. Some of the members missed the tour because of a Metro train delay, which was unfortunate.
 
(Click Here) to see a description of the tour "Courage," presented by Natalie Zanin's historic tour company.
 
Here are a couple of other shots I grabbed throughout the day with my M9 and Whole Lotta Leica lens for September, the Rokkor 45mm f2.8.
 
Lift, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Minolta Rokkor 45mm f2.8 Lens
iso 400, f11, 1/350 sec.
 
Style, by Reed A. George
Leica M9, Minolta Rokkor 45mm f2.8 Lens
iso 640, f5.7, 1/1000 sec.
 
While the participation didn't increase from the first meeting, I do feel like we're forming a good core of members for these events. I will continue to think about ways to increase participation, and draw new members to the meetups. The quality of conversation was great, and made for an enjoyable afternoon.
 
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