Morning Walk

Images from my daily morning walk. All photos taken with Nikon D800E and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens.

 

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Sony a6300 with Leica Elmar 135mm f/4

  Testing my 50 years old Leica Elmar 1355m f/4 lens on the Sony a6300. Focusing with the Elmar on the a6300 is a walk in the park compared to the Leica M8!!! This is a great telephoto lens too be used on both ful frame and APS-C mirrorless cameras and you can find them used in very low prices these days, since 135mm is not a popular choice among Leica M users.

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Leica M6 with Elmar 135mm f/4

After quite some time, I am slowly starting to  shoot film again. For now I am using color negative film but I hope soon I will be able to organise my tanks and chemicals and move on to black and white film. Color film is easy to develop in the local lab , but for black and white I prefer doing it myself.

For today’s post I have there images taken with the Leica M6 and Elmar 135mm f/4 lens. The film I used was Portra 160 Professional. I used to scan with the Nikon Coolscan 9000, which is a top notch scanner. but these days I use a humble Epson V500. Although there is no comparison between those two scanners, I still can get decent scans , and the look of film is definitely there!

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Leica M8 with Elmar 135mm f/4 lens

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This is  not your average rangefinder camera setup! A Leica Elmar 135mm f/4 sure looks strange on a rangefinder body like the Leica M8. A very long lens , but at the same thine quite thin, and no as heavy as one should expect from a telephoto lens. 

This is a lens from the 1960’s, but still holds up very well for the images I make. This is a very challenging lens to use on the M8, it’s quite difficult to nail focus even with a 1.4x magnifier. The focus rings turns almost 360 degrees, so its very precise but at the same time very slow. Focusing with a lens like that is many time a hit and miss effort, at least for  me. But it is a very cheap (for Leica terms) telephoto lens for those times when someone needs it. 

I haven’t used this lens for quite some time, so I decided to go for a short walk and actually remember how this lens feels. As expected, many images were out of focus, but I managed to get a few good ones for today’s post. I really love the bokeh of this lens and the way it renders an image, it has this vintage look and I would say it’s own character (like many old lenses have).

Here are the images from today’s walk!!

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Sunrise Timelapse

It was one of those beautiful mornings, where almost all elements of nature combine to make the perfect scenery for a timelapse video. 

 

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Infrared images with Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8 lens

My new infrared photos. As always I used the Leica M8 and B+W 092 IR filter, but this time my lens of choice was the Leica Tele-Elmarit 90mm f/2.8. This is a very rare setup for me when I shoot infrared. The main reason is that with infrared,  the focus scale is not accurate, but I have to focus and then turn the focus ring a little bit to the left (none of my lenses has an IR focus scale unfortunately). Combine that with the horrible LCD screen of the M8, and it’s very very hard to nail focus. 

What I do is shoot multiple images while slightly turning the focus ring each time and hopefully one of them will be in focus. For this reason , I almost exclusively use the Voigtlander 21mm lens for IR photography (which acts like a 28mm with the M8, my favourite focal length for landscapes). 

Of course, with the 90mm I am able to make very different images with shallow depth of field, and this was a pleasant break for my usual infrared landscapes.

Enjoy the images.

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Boats

A collection of photos with boats from my archive.

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Lone Trees

One of my favourite subjects to photograph is a lone tree. Here are three very different images of the same tree.

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A tribute to Efke 25

Efke 25 was one of my favourite films which among many other emulsions, has been discontinued. Today I post some of the images I have shot with this great film.

 

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1)

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5)

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(Leica M7, Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4.5)

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(Plaubel Makina 67)

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(Plaubel Makina 67)

 

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(Leica M7)

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The fiddler

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