Leica M8 - Digital Rangefinder.
The lenses I have are not 6 bit coded but they work perfectly so far and using a Leica "M" again allows me to see potential intrusions into the frame as well as have a beautiful clear image no matter how dark the surroundings - a nostalgic journey back in time to my PJ days.
The images it produces are amazing and so far require very little if any work on them.
Cirencester and Local area.
Cold and sunny Autumn day today so had to take some pictures using 50mm.
Another trip out today with this camera, I need to use it more as it is a joy and makes me think more about subject matter, composition & use of light - the principles!
Picked up the Leica again today and found that regained pleasure of a precision made instrument.
This gentleman was attending a 40's memorial day and as can be seen, he had so much character in his face and dress that he just had to be photographed - glad I did.
Just some images taken recently and before the leaves finally all fell - we are in that time of dramatic skies and moody lighting!
My wife and I have recently completed a short "nostalgic" trip back to where I spent my childhood and early teens, we stayed in Chester an old Roman walled city with canal, river and character - it was great to see it has not changed too much and only for the better, it is now a lot cleaner and safer than it used to be.
Below is a selection of Chester images to try and capture the essence of the city.
I was in Avebury recently and wanted to try and get a couple of images that when converted to B&W had a sort etheral feeling, these two below are the end result.
The following images were all taken in Malnesbury, Wilts - it has a fabulous old Abbey and some quirky streets, I captured the majority in B&W as I felt it is more justified.
This is our neighbours dog "Dawson" - a real character who sits and watches the world go by!
It was my Father-in-laws 80th and he is very camera shy so I had to capture him when he was not expecting it - Gotcha!!!.........Mother-in-law is in between mid sentence - a rare happening.
Gloucester City Centre street shots.
I wanted to try some sunset shots to see how it performs in fading light - I am very happy and the image with the swan in it all came together after waiting patiently!
I have been doing a little more people watching since having the M8 - the images below are all taken with the 90mm f2.8 Elmarit (120mm equivalent) except the last one of the 3 eating lunch on the bench, this was very much a grab shot with the 50mm f2 Summicron (66mm equvalent).
I was out yesterday and managed to get this image of swan with signets (my friend had distracted the more belligerant male) - I was lying flat out and close with a 28mm on the camera and a nervous swan in my viewfinder - worth it though!
A couple of images of Rob - this is where he was distracted the male and I was able to get the female with signets - Thanks Rob.
Rob (being an ex pro PJ and Photo technician is always "designing new lens combinations" - this is a Lubitol lens fitted to his pentax with what looks like a car suspension rubber - it takes some incredible images that equate if not surpass those from a lensbaby - good job Rob!
This stunning young lady had just had her hair and makeup done by my wife (Sheunique Vintage in Cirencester - 2 The Waterloo) - I just had to take a photo and once more the 50mm Summicron did it's job.
I went out today in the pouring rain as I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how the M8 performs when the weather is wet and overcast - I ended up having to shoot from under an umbrella but nevertheless, I am very pleased with the results.
The 3 images below were all taken in Bibury, Glos - the row of cottages is the well know "Arlington Row" and lends itself well to timeless images in all weathers. The single cottage is by the row and is "small and compact".
I have never personally ever seen a "Black swan" (signet) so this was a great surprise, taken in the river at Bibury during a very short break in the rain!
All the following images in colour have been taken with the 50mm Summicron, quite a few at f4 to allow the focus to fall off - I am very pleased with the results so far.
This shot was taken with the 90mm f2.8 Elmarit at around f4, I have done nothing to the image other than crop it so about 70% of full image and add a touch of sharpening!