Category Archives: Leica 50mm Summicron f/2

Coach.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Q&A: My lenses.

One of the more frequent email questions I receive is:

What lenses do you use?

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell if you follow my daily posts, because I list the specific lens (and camera) used beneath each image.

However, I’ve been known to frequently re-jig my set-up — as I’ve done recently.

So, currently, I’m using:

1. The Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

2. The Leica 50mm Summicron.

3. The Voigtländer Nokton 40mm.

And…

If you want to view images taken with any of the equipment I’ve ever used, you can search for specific lenses in the Category Cloud.  It looks like this:

You can find it on the bottom of the page…

Just click on a specific category (link) and all the images associated with it will be displayed.

Hope that helps,

—Peter.

My “Workers” photos featured on SteveHuffPhoto.com!

Ten of my “workers” images have been featured on the popular photography site SteveHuffPhoto.com!

The direct link to Steve’s site is here.

I’m honoured and would like to thank Mr. Huff for his ongoing support of my work!

—Peter.

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In thought.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Recognize this moment.

By the time I recognize this moment
This moment will be gone
But I will bend the light, pretend that it somehow lingered on….

And I will wait to find
If this will last forever…
And I will pay no mind
When it won’t, and it won’t, because it can’t
It just can’t
It’s not supposed to

- John Mayer, Clarity.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Levels.

This shot is unsuccessful.

The scene is from the lobby of the Royal York Hotel in Toronto where an interesting vantage point is afforded by the arrangement of the floors and spiral staircases – it sets up an almost Escher-like effect on the brain.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

My goal was to capture the bustling movement of people, on each level, including the connecting staircase.  The first strike against success was the lens  – I had a 50mm, and I needed a 35mm.  Consequently, the frame is tilted in order to try to “fit” more of the scene into the field of view (this somewhat contributes to the general visual disorientation so it’s not such a bad thing).  The second – and more fatal – strike was that, despite the constant flow of human traffic, there was never any satisfactory simultaneous distribution of people amongst the levels.  Despite waiting for it to happen, it never materialized.

Still, I kept this shot as a token for my efforts.  I do like the fact that the man in mid-step (bottom right) has spotted me, despite being two levels beneath me.

Reading time, Part 2.

Even stuffed animals enjoy a good book.

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Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Secrets and dandelions.

This photo was chosen as a Leica Fotografie International (LFI) Master Shot.

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Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

The dance of play.

The way children move when they play – it’s like a beautiful dance.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

↑Leica M9 and Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

↑Leica M9 and Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4.

R – A portait 1 and 2 and 3.

R – as rendered with three different lenses, environments, and styles of processing.

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↑Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

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

↑Leica M9 and Voigtlander Nokton 35mm @ f/1.2.

L – A portrait.

It’s fun photographing newborns… they always look cute and have no hang-ups about having their picture taken.

Lighting provided by Nature, in the form of gentle window light.

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Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Form and function.

Three different images, taken at three different times of the day, using three different lenses.

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

↑ Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

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

Boy and breakfast.

There was something about the way the natural light filtered through the window and shone upon the figure of this boy, who was quietly busy buttering his toast.  The crispness of the white table cloths juxtaposed with the dark and textured bricks also caught my eye.  And the orange juice looks as vitally orange as it did the morning this photo was taken.  Normally, the mixture of natural and incandescent light sources creates a white balance nightmare, but thankfully not this time.

This image was chosen as a Leica Fotografie International (LFI) Master Shot.

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Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Vintage, vines, and vintner.

A bit of a retro look, a timeless craft, a beautiful day.

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Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

I want to be free.

Taken yesterday.

Inspiration lies in the little moments, and I’m always amazed at how frequently it’s there to be found, when I look.

This image was chosen as a Leica Fotografie International (LFI) Master Shot.

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Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Pat from Jackson-Triggs.

Pat is an amazing tour guide from the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate winery, situated in Southern Ontario’s world-renown Niagara-on-the-Lake wine region.

The Jackson-Triggs winery is a state-of-the-art facility that is both functional and beautiful and when you take a tour there, you will be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff.  Every facet of the wine-making process will be explained, beginning outside in the vineyard, moving inside to the production facility, and ending with a (yummy) wine tasting at the Grand Reserve Tasting Bar.

If you want to experience a wonderfully humerous and educational guided tour of the winery, do yourself a favour and seek out Pat next time you find yourself at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

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Both images taken with the Leica M9 and 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

Corralling the ants.

A moment of intense concentration.

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Leica M9 and 50mm Summicron @ f/2.

The merry-go-round.

It’s challenging sometimes to photograph something you’ve photographed before and produce something with a fresh perspective.

I often look to change things up by photographing at different times of the day (or night), under different sorts of weather.  It’s mostly about the light and the way it paints everything it touches.  A simple park bench can be boring under flat light but can be absolutely poetic with the red-orange back-lighting of the setting sun behind it.

Sometimes I’ll change my angle or point of view.  There are actually many variables involved, and many opportunities to introduce change.

When I was shooting this Merry-Go-Round, I was doing it at the same time of day, in the same season, and using the same camera and lens I’ve shot previously.  So what to do?

I decided to play with the shutter speed to create a blur effect, shooting at 1/4 sec.  The aperture was set to f/16.  I panned a little bit to follow the action so that some of the elements in the image were recognizable and not just blurred blobs.

I don’t know if I succeeded in making these interesting, but I like the effect, and I enjoyed revisiting a familiar scene in a slightly different way.

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All three photos taken with the Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/16.

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