Sunday, November 21, 2010

Leica D-Lux 4: Autumn Colors

Went to a farm and photographed some color with the Leica D-Lux 4 camera in 1:1 square ratio mode. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Leica M6: Fuji Sensia Reala Film

I was playing around with a roll of Fuji Sensia Reala film the other day. I went to Northampton, Massachusetts to photograph color. I was quick about it, only having so much time due to a tight schedule. I wanted to also apply Exposure 3, the different, older slide film filters. Trying to keep track of all the different filters for each file is a task. I don't even know if I did keep track. Let's just say that I tried to make these files look like old film. I even converted a few to black and white. Now, do I like the Fuji film? Hell yes! I love it! I do believe Fuji no longer makes this film. It still makes the regular Reala film. 

I loved the odd lighting here and using some weird filter in Exposure 3 made it more bizarre. 
I converted this bike path white arrow line to B&W because it was more impressive, and to the point. Oh, shuddup!
I definitely used an old Kodachrome filter here. This color reminds me of Eggleston. 
Women racing by in Thorne's Market. I don't know why I love blur so much.
Just a boring wall, but the color is quite enticing to me. I did use an older Kodachrome in this, I do believe. 
Okay, so I figured this would look better as a Sepia Tone. Exposure 3 has several. I have no recollection of  which one I used. I promise that the next roll, I'll keep track of it.
I want to live in Newbury Comics. It brings out the kid in me.  How can you not love this ridiculous Logo?
This dog was a good model for me, even when she barked. Good dog!
Bored and crazy Golden Retriever in front of restaurant in Northampton.
A most photogenic Greyhound waiting for its owner. I feel like Elliott Erwitt!
I converted this to B&W to see the difference. Any comments?
Fender Strat Cop-Off. Love Downtown Sounds Music Store. I bought 2 guitars from them. They are wonderful!
What is it about Mannequins that makes me so happy? Is it because they are the perfect, captive, model? 
Wigs and Mannequins! It doesn't get any better than this! I love taking pictures of window displays with reflections of the street in the background. 
Once of these days, I want to buy a wig and walk around all day with it on. Maybe do some self-portraits?
Pumpkin? Man in the Moon? What the heck is it? It's another window display with a reflection.
Not quite the greatest picture, but I like the person zooming by and giving the blur effect. Then again, it could be shit. 
Paul & Elizabeth's Restaurant. Love the lighting in this place. It's always fantastic.
The highlight of the day was meeting this Pit Bull Mix puppy named "Sampson". He was so adorable. 
I added some old Kodachrome filter to this, because the actual color of this Scooter is bright yellow. Still, this filter makes this photo look like an old Kodachrome slide that didn't quite get the colors right. 
This is close to what the Scooter actually looked like, and I prefer the one above this, though the color is wrong. 
This is definitely not the correct Scooter color, but I still like the old Kodachrome film look. 
Light & shadow. 
Light and shadow.  People and dogs.
It's the Stay Puff Ghostbusters Marshmallow dude. Another window scene with reflection in glass.
Iris Photo. A photographer's heaven.
Curvy street. 
Woman walking on curvy street.
This is inside Thorne's Market. I did use an older Kodachrome filter for this picture. 
Now, what was the point of shooting this film? I was sick of digital and every once in a while I need to break loose and shoot film. I have a warm, fuzzy feeling about film, and I can't give it up. Even if it's costly, and a pain in the ass to have processed. Well, not too much of a pain. I send my film to Iris Photo in Northampton, Massachusetts. CVS sucks, so will never bring it there again. I like supporting the smaller camera store. (I may try Costco for its cheapness too).If Iris Photo were to shut down, I would surely cry and then believe that film is quite dead. If that happens, I think I'll give up on photography. It will just be too painful to shoot only digital. Maybe I don't shoot a lot of film, but I enjoy it when I do. How about you? I also get quite excited about the negatives coming in the mail. Like a kid excited. Digital is fun, and I love it, but film is where it's at, Baby! 

Why shoot color negative film? Because it's C-41 process, and can go to any lab, be put on CD, and converted to B&W or use the Exposure 3 filters on the files. Kodak doesn't make Kodachrome 64 anymore, and I want to try and replicate it. I may try the Kodachrome 200 slide film, though it just isn't the same. Okay, I'm done ranting.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Leica D-Lux 4 and Alien Skin

Autochrome Vignette Filter

Ozzy Mug
Color Toning Sepia Ilford HP5+ Filter
Ozzy on Stairs
Kodachrome Filter (Don't remember which one)
Horse & Rider
Technicolor Process 4 Filter
I used Exposure 3 Kodachrome 35mm 1936-1962 Vintage Filter
I have been using the Leica D-Lux 4 a lot lately, because I love the colors that come out of the camera. I also adore the square format. I'm sure you read this in previous posts, but I do! Here are some samples of photos I've taken and then added Alien Skin Exposure 3 software to the files. What a lovely combination. 

You can keep track of my Ozzy project HERE on Flickr or HERE on ZENDOG Blog. I alos have the first 365 days of this project on 365Project Website.

LFI Featured Photographers

I emailed a LFI featured photographer about his opinion on the Leica M9 as I'm on the fence about getting one. I've been on the fence for a while due to all of the sensor, dust and focusing problems. I basically asked Johannes Barthelmes through a simple email. I appreciate his answering me quickly and honestly. He is a Leica M9 fan. His work is absolutely beautiful. He is featured in the November 2010 issue. This is what he had to say:

"Dear Elaine,

thank you for your friendly words !

I love the M9, it is in my opinion the best camera for my kind of work. After ISO 800 it is not the best, but most of my work is ISO 100 - 400 with film or ISO 320 digital, so this is not a problem to me.

I like both ways, digital and film. I prefere the film-look, but i work on the digital file to got an film touch.
On some of my pics even i can not see if it came out of my M7 or my M9.
Last months i work more with my M9 than with my M7...
The DNG (RAW) of the leica and the prints on paper look always much more charming than all the others i know.
I am too working with a Mamiya 645 PRO TL, a Hasselblad 501 CM, sometimes with an CANON EOS 5D, but really comfortable and satisfied with the result of digital cameras i'm only with leica M9 and with my older leica M8-pics...
The M8 was too circuitously with the filters and so on and 10 MP had not been enough in some cases...

Jazz-music and photography are in a certain way very closed...

Have a wonderful time,
best regards,
I also asked Daniel Josefsohn what he used for equipment since using the Leica S2 was his first digital camera. He stated:

"...i´m on a job in Ethiopia, africa right now >>> so my mail will be short.... internet suck here !!
i used 2 Fuji GA 645 ZI  ( and love them still )

all the best 

 I loved Daniel's S2 stuff. He is also in the November 2010 issue of LFI magazine. 

The Invisible Photographer Asia Leica M9 Review

I thought I'd give a link to a Leica M9 review from a guy in Asia. I found it interesting. Maybe you will too. "The Invisible Photographer Asia"

Saturday, November 6, 2010

My "365 Days of Ozzy" Book by Blurb

I just finished compiling my photo book on Ozzy. I did it through Blurb, because they are the only ones I found that could do a book over 300 pages long. There were certainly others with better quality, but I needed a mock book to show people. I'm going to put together a better quality book, but with less pictures. A kind of "best of the best" in this project. I may even do another project of my other 365 projects. Hell, I have 3 of them. This book has the full 365 days project. One picture per page. There are several pictures in here using the Leica M8.2 and Leica D-Lux 4 camera. 

You can keep track of my Ozzy project HERE on Flickr or HERE on ZENDOG Blog. I alos have the first 365 days of this project on 365Project Website.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Leica D-Lux 4: Wide-Angle and Macro Mode

B&W Ozzy
I was playing around with the Leica D-Lux 4 and taking pictures of my dog as close as possible, which required me to switch to macro mode. Then I applied Exposure 3 filters. I used a Calotype and B&W filter. I love Exposure 3! I also love the wide-angle and macro mode on this camera.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Leica M6: Test roll of Ilford XP2 film

Booklink Book Store
Jewelry Kiosk
Inside Thorne's Market
Busy Day
People on Main Street
Main Street in Northampton
Outside Storage
Stairs in Thorne's Market
Sister in Sunglasses
Sister Posing For Me
Caminito Not Open!
Sister Acting Goofy
Help With Produce
Pipe & Brick
Mannequin Heads
Dog Seeks Coffee Cup
I was playing around with a roll of Ilford XP@ ISO 400 film. It's a C-41 process, which I dropped off at my usual photo place, (Iris Photo in Northampton, Massachusetts.) I actually like the film a lot. It's a bit contrasty, which I like. It's not the same as Tri-X, but I think it's a lovely film. Black and white film is my favorite to use in a camera. I know I can change any color picture, including film, into black and white using Photoshop, or the Exposure 3 plug-in filters, but the tones aren't quite the same. I'm getting used to the M6 camera. I fumbled again trying to load it, because I just didn't trust that the film would advance and instead the film tore in front of me. It's what I get for watching the film advance. Now I will trust that it advances while watching the little wind up wheel move. 

The only other issue I have is that I want to shoot both digital and film on the same day, and that can be a pain to carry two cameras. So, I must choose between digital and film for any particular day. I'm so used to digital, that it's hard to give up those instant results. I'm like an addict. It's a slow process going into reverse, to the old days of film, and wondering what the pictures will look like once they are developed. It's exciting, but I must have patience. Since I'm slowly shooting more film with this wonderful little rangefinder, I may as well start buying LP records again. LOL! I'm missing the old days!