Category Archives: Leica 50mm Summicron f/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.

The kid: first day on the job.

His mentor is in the background and yes, this was literally the first day on the job for this young man.

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

Leica M9 and Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2

Bright, midday light.

Harsh light washes out colours and details, and creates blown highlights and deep shadows.  The latter two are unflattering to faces, so I try to avoid shooting in bright midday light when photographing people.

Sometimes though, the moment inspires and emotion wins over technical perfection.

[Photography Pearl:  An emotionally appealing, but technically flawed, photograph will always trump a boring, but technically perfect one.  If an image connects with the viewer, it has succeeded.]

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↑”Springtime” (Leica 50mm Summicron @ f/2).  [This image was chosen as a Leica Fotografie International (LFI) Master Shot].

↑”Mother and daughter” (Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4 with a 3 stop ND filter).

↑”The contortion of play” (Leica 75mm Summilux @ f/1.4 with a 3 stop ND filter).

↑”Not homeless, just tired” (Konica Hexanon 60mm @ f/1.2).

All images taken with a Leica M9.

The Dunk.

Did Marshall sink it?  Only three people know: he, his girlfriend, and I.  Nobody’s talking.

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

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Leica M9 and 50mm Summicron @ f/2

Spring 2011.

It’s been a damp and cold spring, here in Toronto.

Still, if you look carefully, signs of spring abound.

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

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

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