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400 photographers agree: we love CCD!

400 Signatures Letter to Leica copy


The world’s longest-running (and most intense)  Open Letter to Leica has reached a milestone:

400 signatures!

It’s true, 400 photographers, enthusiasts, and artists agree:  we love CCD!

Specifically, we believe that the CCD sensor — at base ISO — offers superior image quality.

We also believe that an updated CCD sensor in a future Leica M camera would be in keeping with Leica‘s philosophy of providing out-of-the-mainstream elegant yet powerful photographic tools for discerning photographers.

So help keep the pursuit of high image quality alive by allowing CCD to develop and thrive.

Keep the momentum going!  Encourage others to PLEASE SIGN THIS LETTER.


The performance (where’s C?).

Spot her if you can :)


The performance

Snow Bunny (revisited).

I tweaked the colour — to remove the green tint — as recommended by the demanding viewers of this free blog.


Snow Bunny (revisited)

Snow Bunny.

I’m quickly learning how to process Sigma DP3 Merrill files.

For example, I’m constantly resisting the temptation to apply sharpening, since the images have an abundance of sharpness and micro-contrast (two qualities that are not necessarily flattering for portraits).

Yet, this particular image proves one thing:  it is possible to post-process DP3 files to produce a sharp and smooth portrait.

Oh, and the tonality possible with the Foveon sensor… wow.


Snow Bunny

Sigma DP3 Merrrill:  1/15 sec (hand-held, but braced), f/2.8, ISO 200.

From ethernet to ethereal (death and everlasting life on the internet).

Lately, I’ve been violating Rule #8 of My Photography Truths by visiting various photography fora (or forums, if you prefer).

It all started innocently enough when I wanted to find out what a specific individual, whom I respected, was up to.

It turns out, he’s dead.

In actuality, he died two years ago.

I was taken aback when my journey through the e-landscape led me to this.

And yet, there were all his previous posts.  His thoughts remained for all to see, each word shimmering on the bright computer screen before me, as if the ghost had never left the machine.

As I continued visiting other fora, it turned out a few other people had transitioned from the ethernet to the ethereal.

Of course, none of this should surprise me.  People died before the internet too.

But, many of us now leave an electronic trail that is paved with our most intimate thoughts, images.  People who have never met us will — in some very real way — get to know us… even after we’re long gone.

In the past, only authors, songwriters, politicians, or otherwise “famous” people left imprints that could reach beyond the consciousness of their loved ones.

Now, potentially all of us may be mourned by, well, all of us.

Or immortalized.

(provided we lay low and don’t post anything after we’re gone)



Paranoid Android.

This literally represents Test Shot #1 from my Sigma DP3 Merrill.

It arrived yesterday.

I charged the battery up, and fired some shots without even glancing at the manual or camera settings.

I’ve already decided whether I like the DP3.

(I do)


Paranoid Android


Winter Solace.

Cozy and hidden from the cold.

On another note, if there’s a better way to digitally record such Life’s Little Moments, then I’d like to know.

As it stands, the Kodak CCD inside the Leica M9/M-E remains my sensor of choice.

Won’t you please sign My Open Letter to Leica, if you haven’t already done so?


Winter Solace


In limbo.



Sigma Love-Apalooza on Planet Earth.

This is an example of the image output from the original Sigma DP series camera, the DP1:

(28mm equiv, F4 lens)



The DP1 was an excruciatingly slow compact camera, but it helped me capture one of my favourite images, Planet Earth:



The camera and software from Sigma were both challenged (and continue to be), so much so that I never purchased any of the subsequent DP offerings.  Still, the image quality from the Fovean sensor has always called out to me, like a Sirens’ song

The Siren that’s been singing the sweetest song over the past 18 months: the DP3.



Something Wonderful.

HAL-9000: What is going to happen?
Dave: Something wonderful.
HAL-9000: I’m afraid.
Dave: Don’t be. We’ll be together.
HAL-9000: Where will we be?
Dave: Where I am now.


Something Wonderful (HAL 9000)


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