The best pictures tell an unfinished story, with a sense of place or personality - what, where, when, how. I love painterly colour yet also see strength in black and white form and composition. Maybe too eclectic?
I have used Nikon for ever, and have been digital almost from the beginning. That said, I have rediscovered my Leica, especially for street and black & white. I also love the creative versatility and freedom of the iPhone. Capturing the moment, the story, the context is the key.
Experienced in portrait, street, press and travel.
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Just got back from a wonderful 3 week road trip through France, Holland and Belgium. Lots of fun and a great chance to try out the new Leica Q. Loving it – see my earlier notes.
However, I am now going through the images, and came across this one. It’s taken in Périgueux. When I shot it, I was looking for a nice background bokeh, with some sharpness on the flowers. I’ve not done much at all to the image, other than a little on the levels. Q images seem to me quite saturated, and they have a very impressive dynamic range, so they are very easy to correct for highlights or shadows.
The image was shot at F/2.5, 1/2500th and ISO 100. This image is the full size, as taken from the camera. Click on it to get a better view.
Zooming in (using a 1500 px crop, from the original 6000 px, in Lightroom), I was very pleased with the Q’s performance in nailing the details on the petals, even when so tightly cropped.
But then I noticed the Bee, in the bottom right hand corner. So I also also cropped it at 1500 px.
I would like to think it is a “decisive moment”, but it’s just a lucky shot with a technological boost
It’s not a great image in its own right, but it does show once again the terrific sharpness and versatility of the Summilux F/1.7 and the new Q sensor.
Thank you, Leica!
There is a Facebook group, founded by Olaf Willoughby, Gavin Mills and Stephen Cosh, called The Leica Meet. And there’s an excellent, associated website. The quality of work is simply superb – please check it out.
Anyone can join, as long as you use a Leica of some description. Earlier this year they organised a street photography meet, in London and New York simultaneously. I couldn’t attend, unfortunately. Please look at these excellent images taken during the meet.
This week a Paris Meet was held, and I was able to attend.
It was enormous fun. Over 20 enthusiasts came alone – joined in passion for photography and Leica. The group will be published a selection of the best shots in a week or so. For now, here’s some of mine.
Selfie at the Moulin Rouge
Michel Yang, paper artist from Taiwan
Here is my full set of images
Also, here is Herman de Pagter’s set
And here is Vincent’s set