Friday, January 28, 2011

Leica D-Lux 4: Macro

I used the 16:9 ratio on the Leica D-Lux 4 for this shot of four Hedgehog Greenies. My dog loves these things.
Green Hedgehog
Orange Hedgehog
Diane's pretty Orchids
Diane's pretty Orchids
Diane's pretty Orchids


I love the orchids my sister has upstairs. They are all coming into bloom. I used the Leica D-Lux 4 for all of these shots. The Hedgehog Greenies are chewable potato starch bones for the dog. He has a bit of a time chewing them due to their odd shape. He's getting faster though. I have to cut back serving these to him, as he's getting a bit chunky like a Hedgehog. LOL! 

So, basically I was playing with the Leica D-Lux 4 macro settings on most of these shots. I used 16:9 ratio for the first shot and 4:3 ratio for the rest. ISO was at200. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Square Format & Setting My Camera

Using Exposure 3 and a high ISO 1600
ISO 1600
ISO 1600
ISO 800
ISO 800 Dynamic B&W +1 Contrast
ISO 800 Dynamic B&W +1 Contrast
I took a few pictures using the square format on the Leica D-Lux 4 camera. The last two shots I set the "My Camera" feature to B&W dynamic setting with a +1 contrast. I like that I can make my own settings and pick them quickly in the file menu rather than having to set the camera all over again. Awesome.



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.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Leica D-Lux 4: Chit Chat

ISO 1600
Macro ISO 800
ISO 1600
Just playing with the Leica D-Lux 4 camera in square 1:1 format. I've been neglecting the little Leica D-Lux 4 as I've been using the Sony NEX 5 lately. Why? Because it has an APS-C sensor in it. But, I have found the Leica D-Lux4 has too many fun options and a sharper rendering of images via the lens. The Sony lenses are almost there, but not quite as sharp. The Sony files need some sharpening at times in Photoshop. Of course, it could me messing up the picture taking with this camera as I do shoot a lot of low light, but the Leica D-Lux 4 is my favorite so far in compact camera, even if it isn't the best in quality past a certain ISO range of ISO 400. (Though I don't know as these were shot pretty high in ISO of 800 and 1600 respectively.) The camera is so much fun to use. I would imagine the D-Lux 5 is a bit better, though they probably play with the way it renders more than any actual improvement.. I know the speed has improved. The Sony is a lovely camera, though not as fast IMO. I wanted to upgrade to a Leica X-1 but the cost versus the slow AF has kept me from doing this. To me, a X1 would be the ultimate camera if it were fast enough and if you had an option to shoot just RAW files. I would like a black X1 with a new firmware update, if that EVER comes. C'mon, Leica! WTF are you doing? Don't you realize the Fuji X100 is fast on your tail?



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.