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Twisted trees as far as the eye can see

Twisted trees as far as the eye can see

 

Was out for a drive with the little man in the countryside yesterday on a super hot day here in Perth. There were massive bushfires on the horizon. He’d fallen a sleep in the car by this point so I was just pulling the car over when I saw things that struck my interest and quickly snapping before jumping back in the car and continuing on. I am always a sucker for gnarled trees in countryside fields. This is a continuation of my gnarled trees post yesterday, though this is one of my favorites, being out in such an open field.

Earlier in the day I had finished a roll of kodak hd400 in this camera and had decided to load a roll of Ilford PanF 50, as I remembered my mate Boris talking about how great it was for hot, bright summer days, especially if stand dev’d in Rodinal. Considering it was a 38 degree day here it was probably a good choice. This was shot using spot metering, though I did switch to zone metering after this and that did result in more blown out highlights, so mental note to self shoot this spot metered for best results I believe.

This was taken with my Minolta Dynax 7 using my Minolta 28mm f2.8 on Ilford PanF 50, stand developed in Rodinal and scanned on my Epson 4990.

Reach no more

Reach no more

Was out for a drive with the little man in the countryside yesterday on a super hot day here in Perth. There were massive bushfires on the horizon. Anyway, I decided to stop in a national park along our drive to take a quick respite from being cooped up in the car. There was some really interesting landscapes here. Having the little man with me didn’t allow me too much freedom to explore, but I did get of a couple of quick snaps.

Earlier in the day I had finished a roll of kodak hd400 in this camera and had decided to load a roll of Ilford PanF 50, as I remembered my mate Boris talking about how great it was for hot, bright summer days, especially if stand dev’d in Rodinal. Considering it was a 38 degree day here it was probably a good choice. This was shot using spot metering, though I did switch to zone metering after this and that did result in more blown out highlights, so mental note to self shoot this spot metered for best results I believe.

This was taken with my Minolta Dynax 7 using my Minolta 28mm f2.8 on Ilford PanF 50, stand developed in Rodinal and scanned on my Epson 4990.

 

Looking tough

Looking tough

Placed the little fella up on top of the car after dinner at the pub. I took two shots, however this is my favorite.I have plenty of him smiling but this shows his attitude.

This was shot on a roll of Ilford hp5 through my Canon ae-1 as I had originally put this roll in one of my Minolta a7’s. However I thought it had not loaded properly. In my haste to check, I broke the clasp that holds the door closed. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. Anyway, I rewound the roll, put it in my darkbag and loaded it into a re-usable canister I use for bulk rolling and then proceeded to shoot the roll in my canon ae-1.

I dev’d this roll in rodinal, using the stand dev method and scanned the negative on my Epson 4990.

The rumors were true… the Leica M Monochrome.

So it seems all the rumors about Leica releasing an all new M9 with a dedicated B&W sensor were true. At an official announcement party yesterday they made the announcement along with the release of an all new 50mm F2 aspherical lens. While this is great news for Leica fans, it seemed a lot of the sheen was taken off the proceedings by the general shock and bewilderment of the price point on these new releases. While we all know Leica to be a superior optics company who produce a supreme mirror-less digital range finder body, which are already priced to only those with deep pockets. The announcement of this all new colourless camera body for $8000US was quite a shock to most. Then the announcement that the accompanying lens the all new 50mm f2 aspherical would be priced at $7992US had most jaws squarely locked to the floor.

Fellow photo blogger Steve Huff has exclusively had the opportunity to have a 1 hour shoot with the camera yesterday and I must confess the results do seem impressive. You can read his first impressions with test shots here:
my-one-hour-with-the-new-leica-monochrome-by-steve-huff

However, now having had a day to process the news, it did occur to me that I had seen great B&W images previously from owners of Leica M8’s and M9’s. I wondered if these were all just post processing conversions done in Photoshop. So after doing a bit of a google around I came across articles on forums from Leica M8 and M9 users raving about the vintage B&W setting in the camera and the files they got from using it. They also all reported much higher usable ISO’s.
Here are some examples of the great in camera B&W from the M8 that I found they had shared:
This is a whole folder by E.Mager
and this is another one of by him

and here is a whole folder of work done in this setting on the M9 by Alex Es:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexes/5867917565/in/photostream/

I find it interesting how similar the rendering seems…
I’m sure there are those that have a desire and need for this all new Leica M9-Monochrome, however I also wonder whether it could also be more practical for some of those who desire this look to consider investing in an M9 for $2-3K less than this model or even consider a second hand M8 for around $2-3K, you could by 2 and still have some change.
I’m not sure you would have the same resolving power, but if it is just the look you are chasing, surely one of these options are viable.

All in all you have to applaud Leica for striving to push the boundaries in extreme excellence. While many of us can only dream of using their gear with the extreme price tags, we are at least blessed to live in a world where we can enjoy the lushes IQ of others who can afford to enjoy this extraordinary gear.

Till next time, keep well and happy snapping. 🙂