Author Archives: Photographs by Peter

The Crazy Bedtime Routine.

Yes, all Canadians use 3D glasses to hypnotize our children into submission.

All frames shot at 1/30 sec.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!

—Peter.

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Mrs. Dracula.

A passing streetcar, a glance, and a beam of light.

—Peter.

Mr. and Mrs. Dracula

Photography truths I’ve learned over the years.

  1. The 35mm format is the ideal format for recording Life’s Little Moments.
  2. Rangefinders are the ideal camera platform for recording Life’s Little Moments.
  3. Photography is the art of exclusion (painting is the art of inclusion).
  4. Newer generation lenses perform better optically than old classics.
  5. Buy the gear you really want.  Do that once.
  6. The bond between you and your camera is more important than what the spec sheet suggests.
  7. When it comes to cameras and lenses, less is more.
  8. Internet photography fora, beyond the first year of participation, are generally a waste of time.
  9. You only get better with practice.
  10. CCD rules; Film rules CCD…  both are dying.
  11. Use prime lenses.  They lead to better photographs.
  12. Robert Capa was correct: “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.
  13. To increase your chances of success, shoot in Manual mode.
  14. Focus with manual lenses.  This too will increase your chances of success.
  15. The Rule of Thirds is a pretty good rule.
  16. One good idea is better than 100 frames per second.
  17. Have a healthy respect for those making a living via photography.  It’s difficult to do.
  18. Record video of your loved ones as well… you’ll regret it if you don’t.
  19. Photography is the most democratic form of art… all of us are capable of creating a masterpiece.
  20. Never bet against Leica.

—Peter.

Thank you Setadel Studios!

Setadel Studios

I want to express a sincere thank you to Alex of Setadel Studios.

Alex went out of his way this week to find me a Leica lens I never thought I would own again, and I must say I am very pleased.

By the way, while visiting his shop, I handled a black single stroke M3 (serial number over 1 million — it was originally chrome but was professionally restored and painted black) that is simply gorgeous!  It’s rated as 9+/10 and I can vouch for the accuracy of the description.  I wish I could buy it…

—Peter.

Joeri.

My friend Joeri had some nice things to say about me in a recent article, but you should check out his website for the images.

Thanks Joeri!

—Peter.

Birthday Girl.

I’m about two months late in posting this.

Birthday Girl

Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM.

Zeiss 35mm f_1.4 ZM

It comes in black and silver, of course.

A very intriguing lens.

If the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZM truly surpasses the performance of the Leica 35mm Summilux FLE, it will be impressive.  Even if the published Zeiss MTF graphs are misleading and this lens “only” comes close to the FLE, it will still be impressive, given it’s 50% the price of the Leica equivalent.

However, it’s larger than the FLE (but has less distortion).

Looking at the few sample images on the ‘net, it renders very similarly to my 50 Summilux ASPH and the Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 ZM (two lenses I love), at least with respect to the way it draws the (in-focus) subject.  Bokeh is not the same.

Did I mention I’m intrigued?

[EDIT October 13, 2014:  I re-purchased a Leica 35 Summilux FLE as I am pleased with its performance and small size.]

 

—Peter.

 

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