Monthly Archives: December 2011

Gear Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.)

Gear Acquisition Syndrome is a bad, bad disease that mostly affects photography geeks.

That’s all I’m saying.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 35mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

Beautiful dawn.

Beautiful dawn – lights up the shore for me.
There is nothing else in the world,
I’d rather wake up and see (with you).
Beautiful dawn – I’m just chasing time again.
Thought I would die a lonely man, in endless night.
But now I’m high; running wild…

—James Blunt, High

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

Beach bunnies.

For married men.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

Lap of luxury.

An early evening nap, after an eventful day.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 35mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

The photographer.

She, at dawn.  This was one of those special little moments I wrote about here.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

A little Honey.

Honey situates herself between the heat of the radiator and the smell of the shoes.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 35mm Summilux @ f1.4.

The drinks.

Are on him.

The halo-effect, around the drinks tray, of the out-of-focus palm tree foliage is what completes this shot for me; I was lucky to capture the scene at this moment.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

The singer.

In between songs on a hot, humid night.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

Stacked.

The unusual clustering of people caught my eye.

On a technical note, this photo is stacked in more than one way: the clouds serve as counterbalance to complete the composition.

The image is courtesy of the Zeiss ZM 21/2.8.  I don’t use this lens often, but when I do, I am always astounded by its rendering.

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↑Leica M9 and Zeiss ZM 21/2.8 @ f/4.

Ghosts on the beach.

Corporal forms haunt the shore, within that quiet meeting place of night and day.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2, 1/4 sec, ISO 160.

Twists and turns.

She’s full of them.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

The tractor driver.

That warm glow imbuing every element in this scene is courtesy of the rising sun.

When photographing, it’s all about the light — you have to work to find it, and you can’t fake or photoshop it.  In this scene, it’s permeating everything: his face, the tractor, the clouds… like dabbles of fluorescent paint.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

Blue.

There’s a story going on here.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

Stay tuned for more Konica Hexanon 60/1.2 shots.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting more images taken with the wonderful Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2 – a lens I’ve used extensively in the past and more so lately.

If you’re interested in viewing all of my posted work with this lens, please see here.

—Peter.

The jogger.

Illuminated by a glorious sunrise.

Even @ f/5.6, this 1966 Tele-Elmar 135mm is capable of producing some seriously shallow depth of field… the runner looks like he’s a cut-out figure pasted onto the scene.

By the way, I’ve tried using the Tele-Elmar at its widest aperture of f/4, but the rendering there isn’t as sharp.

This is definitely a daylight lens, but a great daylight lens.

Also, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that — despite the longish 135mm focal length — the Tele-Elmar has proven easier to focus accurately than many of my mid-range lenses.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica Tele-Elmar 135mm f/4 @ f/5.6.

25 images from 2011 NOT in my top 25.

A few weeks ago, I posted My Top 25 Images of 2011.

Today I’m posting some of the other images I enjoyed creating in 2011, but didn’t include in the Top 25 for one reason or another.

As always, thanks for looking…

The parade.

Taken during the 2011 Santa Claus Parade, in Toronto, Canada.

The Konica Hexanon 60mm f/1.2, when shot wide open on the M9, yields a unique visual imprint that I find quite interesting.  It is, for example, quite different from what I get with the Noctilux f/1.0.

If anybody out there can articulate the differences, I’d be happy to read your thoughts.  To view a small (and not-so-rigorous) comparison between these two lenses, please see here.

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↑Leica M9 and Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2.

I’ve been featured in Parallax!

I recently learned that I am featured in the December 2011 issue of Parallax!

Thank you to Jean Bardaji and Daniel Wiener of Leica Boutique for their very kind words… I am truly honoured!

If you would like to read the piece, please click here and scroll down to the middle of the page.

—Peter.

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