Category: Photography

“You have a choice. Live or die. Every breath is a choice. Every minute is a choice. To be or not to be.” ~Chuck Palahniuk This is the final weekend with the rental lens, the Voigtlander 50 mm f/1.1. I wanted to go to Asheville today, but wasn’t feeling well enough to do so. Also, I didn’t feel like driving 200 miles, round trip, to take some pictures, so I stayed close to home. Each day on my way from…

Click for larger image (2 MB) OK. I’ll start with this: No, this is not an April Fools Day joke. I did buy an M9. I’ve been thinking about it for, oh, since 9/9/09, the day they were released. I finally got around to doing it. You can find any number of reviews on the M9, waxing poetically about how grand, great, and wonderful it is. Who knows, I may say that too, but I’m not a Leicaphile. I would…

Now, remember that if I was shooting this with a 50mm lens on an SLR, I;d never even SEE the guy approaching on the right of the frame. With a rangefinder, I can include him or not. That’s one big advantage. The disadvantage is that because you’re NOT looking through the lens, you get no DOF preview. ~Chris Klug The emphasis on the quote was added by me. Seeing this got me to thinking about depth of field previewing. Back…

Silver EFeX Pro 2 OK, folks. Stop it with the good reviews on software, cameras and the like. I can’t afford it! LOL I downloaded and started my trial version of Silver EFeX Pro 2 and after just an hour or so, I really like it. Sigh … Oh well, reading blogs has its dangers. I haven’t bought it … yet! Damn!

The walk home With about 4 1/2 days of my 12 day rental remaining, I find myself still unsure about this Voigtlander 50 mm f/1.1. I don’t know if I like it, yet. I developed another roll of film that I shot with the lens, this time without incident. What I’m seeing so far is decent sharpness, little if any vignetting, which is good, and good light gathering abilities. What I’m not seeing is that “punch” that I’m used to…

I just finished reading Ken Bello’s quite humorous post, Stupid Ideas Pt. II. Now, somehow after reading that post, a long forgotten memory bubbled to surface of my brain. When I first started into photography, I wanted to be completely immersed in it. I wanted all facets of my life to revolve around it. I wanted to work at a camera store, but couldn’t find a position so I, instead, settled to work in Jewel Mart, a local store similar…

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