Author Archives: Photographs by Peter

Springtime in Toronto, Part 2.

You have to love this city and its weather ;) .

This image was taken using the Mamiya 110/2.8 at its near focus limit; even at f/4 (the aperture used for this shot), the depth of field is quite thin — perhaps too thin for this portrait, since only the near eye is in focus.

Still, I like it.

The look of the Tri-X film and the bigger 6 x 7 “sensor” of medium format is quite remarkable.  Notice the true-to-life rendering of his face, texture of his hat, etc.  Currently, high-end 35mm digital cameras may be able to out-resolve this antiquated gear (at least using the scanner I’m using), but they cannot duplicate the look of this image.

—Peter.

Springtime in Toronto, Part 2

Tree Portrait, Part 3.

Tree Portrait, Part 3

Photographs by Peter.com on Social Media.

If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you can click to follow me on Twitter and also “Like” me on Facebook (new!).

…and I barely know what any of that means.  Hey, I’m busy trying to create images :)

Thanks,

—Peter.

 

Photographs by Peter on Facebook and Twitter

My film photos featured on SteveHuffPhoto.com

Some of my film images were featured last Friday on Steve Huff Photo.com.

Thank you Steve Huff, for publishing them.

—Peter.

Film Friday at Steve Huff - Photographs by Peter

 

Tree Portrait, Part 2.

Tree Portrait, Part 2

Tree Portrait.

Happy Easter Sunday.

Tree Portrait

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 6.

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 6

Alone.

What have I become
My sweetest friend?
Everyone I know goes away
In the end.

—Johnny Cash, Hurt.

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Alone

 

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 5.

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 5

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 4.

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 4

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 3.

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 3

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 2.

Toronto Yonge St. 10K, Part 2

Toronto Yonge St. 10K.

Cross-perspective cross-hairs.

Toronto Yonge St. 10K

Giving Leica Credit.

Leica.

Last week’s experience with new gear made me appreciate something all over again:  the joy of shooting with a rangefinder.

I’ve written about this previously, but it doesn’t hurt to be taught old lessons again.

Many people view the Leica rangefinder and its mechanical coincident focusing mechanism as antiquated.  Yet, I’ve chosen this type of camera (starting with the M8) for almost 100% of my photography for the last 7 years.  For me, and many others, there is no better example of an unobtrusive and high quality image-capable camera.

Recently, another camera company has been celebrated for manufacturing smaller-than-DSLR “full frame” bodies, yet it is noteworthy that Leica accomplished this back 2009 with the M9.  Moreover, to this day, Leica is the only company that (mostly) understands the ergonomics of a proper camera and the importance of an optical viewfinder.

The modern Leica M camera carries forward design principles that have been retained, honed, and perfected over many decades.  Quite literally, there is no competition in the current camera landscape.

On a final note…

Although I have been famously critical of a sensor decision Leica made with the M240 (though I’m learning to live with it), I have no problem giving credit where credit is due, so:

Thank you Leica, for the M.

—Peter.

The bicycle ride.

Spring springs eternal.  And we do too.

—Peter.

The bicycle ride

M too, Part 2.

M too, Part 2

M too.

An impromptu photo shoot with M, and a Leica M testing session.

—Peter.

M too

Portrait.

This is an image, of course, but it’s also a test shot.  I’m trying to tackle and tame the shortcomings of the CMOS sensor.

My brief experience with the D800E confirmed for me that “CMOS is CMOS” when it comes to trying to pull out shadow detail (or getting micro-contrast, or getting good skin tones)… i.e., as of April 2014, it’s not as good as CCD, whether we’re talking Nikon or Leica.

Surprisingly, the D800E also made me appreciate the M240 more.

However, going forward I’m going to give the technical stuff a rest and start concentrating on photography again.

And as I go along I hopefully will be able to reduce the time it took to get this image to where I wanted it to be.

—Peter.

Portrait

↑Leica M240 and Voigtländer Nokton 40mm @ f/1.4.

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