I can tell you this.....
I shoot in bars at night while having pints with friends. I
tend to shoot high ISO and handheld.
I've been known to shoot as low as 1/8 second while holding my breath
and a beer.
The photos are dark, grainy, and sometimes blurry. As far as I'm concerned photography is all
about composition and light, emotion......
It's not about camera specs and low light image quality.
Good photography should trigger an emotional response. Live life, spend time with friends and family, have cocktails..... Just remember to take a camera along.
photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone
or webcam and uploaded to a social media website:occasional selfies are
acceptable, but posting a new picture of yourself everyday isn’t necessary
"Selfie" is 2013's word of the year according to
the prestigious Oxford Dictionary. I
think that social media is the cause.
Here are a collection of selfie's that I have posted on
I've never really been a landscape kind of guy. Let's just say that I wasn't until my wife
and I spent a week in Moab, Utah.
I've always been into the outdoors. I was eleven years old the first time my
folks dropped my twin brother and I off in the woods and said "Hike to
your aunt's house if you get into trouble.
Meet us at this spot in a week."
It was the mid 1980's and parents had much more freedom and didn't have to worry regarding public
criticism from the media as they do
Backpacking and hiking have always been a passion in my
life. Other outdoor hobbies have
followed. I do not bring many new
hobbies into my life as it is already full and I'm not willing to lessen the
time with loves I already have.
The great thing about photography is that it does not
interfere with the activities that I do or the adventures that I take. It
My love and I always take at least one week long outdoor trip
per year. We fill the rest of the year
with weekend trips as one week a year isn't enough for us. On occasion I sleep out in the back yard for
a quick fix.
While planning for the Moab trip my wife asked "Are
you going to take some landscapes for me?"
My love doesn't feel as much passion as I do for street photography or
my attempts at documentary style visual story telling. I used this opportunity to reply back "I
am. But..... if we want to print the photos
big I should probably invest in a wide angle for my M9." I still can't believe that she agreed without
hesitation or question.
I ended up purchasing a Voigtlander 28mm Ultron f2.
I must say that after
spending a week in ArchesNational Park and CanyonlandsNational Park
I will definitely look forward to taking more landscapes. On a side note, many men ask how I get my wife
to head out into the wilderness for a week at a time. I always respond...... Keep her gear light
and comfortable. Keep her warm. Don't forget to hold hands and snuggle in the
tent. Tell her you love her.
A Leica M seems to be the perfect on trail, off the grid,
landscape camera and here's why I feel so:
SIZE: No explanation is really needed. Pack a DSLR on the trail with a battery grip
attached and you'll understand. On the
trail no one has anything to prove. Carrying
a heavy pack doesn't make you any more tough.
Have a good time. Pack light and
enjoy the trip.
OPTICS: Corner sharpness? Micro contrast? I don't really think about these concepts as I
normally only care about composition and light when shooting street or
documentary style. This matters when
printing landscapes. I look at the landscapes
I took during this trip and don't really focus on a single subject but admire
the composition as a whole. I actually
look into the corners and into the details of the rocks. The quality from the M9 and M lenses amaze me.
TRIPOD: What are those for? With no mirror slap I shoot handheld. I've been known to shoot as slow as 1/8 of a
second with my M9 in a dark bar while having pints with friends. I'm amazed that the photos actually turn out
pretty sharp. I actually take a Zipshot
Micro for the occasional self portrait when on the trail. We occasionally run into people when out and
about. When people ask to take our photo
for us I'm nice, oblige, and hand them the camera. But..... we all know where that gets us.
CONNECTION: My buddy has a great saying "It
feels right." When I'm on the trail
with a pack on, the pack feels apart of me.
It feels right. When I'm on stage
my guitar feels apart of me. It feels
right. I hold a rangefinder to my eye
with a finger on the shutter release. It
feels right. Shooting a manual
rangefinder feels pure. That's also why
I head out on the trail. It feels pure.
All photos were processed using Lightroom
4. I couldn't resist converting them to
black and white. I couldn't get Ansel's
photos out of my head. My only two M
lenses are a VC 28 mm Ultron and a 50 mm Summicron V4. I used both for these shots.