Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Contrast - a marked difference, a difference, or something that is different.
I woke this morning in Yosemite where it had rained and snowed all night and was in the process of deciding which to do as I made my way to breakfast then checkout. The trees had a lovely frosting of new snow as did the mountains nearby. The sky was much as I have seen it all week which is to say mostly overcast.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Only three images today - all were taken with the Leica M9 and 50mm lens.
I leave tomorrow morning for home stopping off first in Death Valley for a day.
I've walked everyday I've been here, some days more, some less. I've walked in rain, snow, sleet and cold clear blue skies always with the M9; its never let me down. I've seen unique and interesting things during my walks from the wolf a couple morning ago to the Yosemite Cemetery yesterday. Walking among the final resting places of a few of the first stewards of this beautiful area leaves a sense of purpose.
I've now had the Leica M9 for just over two-weeks; during that time I've experimented with low light, fast moving, cold, wet, and dry. I've customized my M9 and complained about the strap. I hope to sit down after I get home and summarize my thoughts into one post after I return home. That post will be here as well as on Capture Integrations website so stay tuned.
Next stop Death Valley.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
While I did drive around some today I also walked the better part of two hours this morning using both the 50mm and 35mm lenses. Woke up to snow on the ground and in the trees, beautiful till I stepped outside. Mother Nature couldn't make up her mind whether to rain or snow so she was doing both. The sky for the most part was totally socked in however I did see a small patch of clear blue sky for a nanosecond. I'm enjoying my walks here especially since I have such a small light weight camera. Loaded the Jeep with the Cambo/P45+ along with the M9 and decided to drive to Tunnel View to see what the valley looks like from a high elevation. I was able to capture one image using the M9 and before you know it the valley was completely covered in clouds so no joy with the Cambo. The completely opposite occurred in the meadow across from Lower Yosemite Falls Trail; I was able to capture Half Dome just as it showed itself from the clouds however by the time I tried it with the M9 is was completely covered again.
I've been thinking of adding the following especially since I noted the blog has reached the attention of other blogs/websites, www.leicalinks.com and www.1001noisycameras.com to name a few. The cameras I use and write about are mine, I own each and everyone bought and paid for. Dave Gallagher, Capture Integration may occasionally send me one to try out (the last one was about 12 months ago and was the Cambo Ultima). I don't review cameras as a profession if I did I'd quit and find other work. What I'm attempting to do here is pass on my thoughts and experiences as they happen, in this case shooting the Leica M9 in weather ranging from the mid 60's when I started this trip to now, snowy, cold, rain, did I mention cold? I'm in Yosemite primarily to capture (hopefully) at least one or two images I feel I'll want to print and hopefully sell, and at the same time attempt to share some images and experiences along the way. So there you have it, I'm a professional fine art landscape photographer and a hobby camera reviewer.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The primary reason for me to get the Leica M9 was as a companion camera. I wanted a camera that produced a high quality image while not being overly large or heavy. A camera I could use for scouting locations to return to with my Cambo WRS/P45+. All this has been theory till this morning. I took a walk in Yosemite Valley near where I'm staying with just the M9 and my lenses. The walk lasted well over 90 minutes and I figure I walked close to 4 miles. I had my Domke F2 slung around my neck so it would lay on my left side and be able to move either to the rear or closer to my chest. The bag contained two lenses and an extra battery; not much weight at all. I had the M9 around my neck laying on my chest. I began using the 90mm and changed lenses between that and the 35 and 50mm with little problems. This was a spur of the moment decision to take the walk and I honestly didn't think I'd be that long otherwise I would have also taken at least a monopod. I'm pleased to say everything worked as it should. I returned with no back or shoulder problems from the weight of the gear. I even found an area I'll be returning to with the Cambo to shoot in medium format. All told I'd say this morning's walk was a win-win.
I've been complaining about the camera strap and had the chance to fix it yesterday in Monterey at Camera West. Walked into the store and found that they are not only a Leica dealer they also had concerns with the camera strap; so much so that they actually had a replacement made. My M9 is now wearing a very nice, very soft leather strap that is indeed a joy to have around my neck. I want to give a big vote of thanks to the folks at Camera West; sorry I interrupted your morning meeting though.
Here's a sample of the images from this morning. Enjoy