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Walking On Bubbles

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 16, 2016 by johnbuckley100

So close, and so far, from the D.C. neighborhoods P.J. Harvey captures in The Hope Six Demonstration Project, a man walks on the overpass between buildings in D.C.’s Emerald City-like City Centre.  Leica M, 35mm Summilux FLE.

Floating On Bubbles 3


Simple Black & White Bake Off Between the Leica M and Leica Monochrom

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 7, 2013 by johnbuckley100

What follows is not scientific.  One image (taken with the Leica Monochrom) comes from a cloudy day, and was shot at ISO 800.  The other image (taken with the Leica M-240) was taken on a sunnier day, at ISO 640.  Each was taken with the 50mm APO-Summicron-Asph at f/8, Monochrom at 1/125th, and the M at 1/500th.  Both were processed in LR4, and then sent over to Nik Silver Efex Pro2, where we toyed with them in the High Structure preset.  So, similar settings, similar post-production, not quite identical.  My reason for this experiment was to determine whether or not the M-240 takes images that can compete with the Monochrom’s, when converted to black and white.  Here are the two shots; look at them carefully, and after which I’ll weigh in.  Admittedly, you are seeing these in a significantly down-rezzed file so they could be posted online.  As always, click on the image to see them at a better resolution.







So, same lens, slightly different light conditions.  One image in its native monochrome, the second image converted to black and white.

My conclusion?  I think the M-240 black and white rendering is quite good, and I would not hesitate, after taking a picture, converting the image to black and white.  But I also think the Monochrom image is just that much better — a little more detail in the grays, a little richer.  So, which is better?  I think the Monochrom.  Is the M-240 black and white rendering good enough to use and be happy with?  I think so.

What do you think?

Escape From D.C.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 1, 2012 by johnbuckley100

Holiday weekend beckoning, Leica Monochrom, ISO 320, 35mm Summilux FLE, orange filter, Silver Efex Pro2, ND filter setting. At full resolution, on my screen, each leaf has definition and you can practically read the license plate numbers…

The Train Did Not Keep A-Rolling

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 29, 2011 by johnbuckley100

Leica M9, 21mm Summilux (cropped), processed in Silver Efex 2.

Empty train station, with the previously useful tracks converted to a bike path.

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