Photo of the Month – July (yes one from May again)

Leica M10
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH 6-Bit 
50mm, 1/350 Sec at f/3.5 (est),  ISO200
Post Processed in Adobe Lightroom CC (playing with the cloud version)

OK so I am cheating again and using one from the archives. Since May I have only work for customers that I cannot publish and have just had no time for personal work. Together with the fact I am way behind in my editing, not having a laptop that can do the job any more. So again another street shot from the archives.

This was a test looking at the difference in dynamic range from ISO 100 and ISO 200 in bright sun. The base ISO of the Leica is rumoured to be about 160, but only 100 and 200 ISO is available. Reports are that dynamic range is better at 200, so I have been shooting more of my work at 200 ISO to see and evaluate.

This was also an experiment in using Adobe Lightroom CC and not the full classic version. Being very familiar with Classic, I struggle a little with the interface but it can be useful for quick edits when using my wife’s laptop.

NEC Photography Show – 2019

I enjoy visiting the local photography shows but the main show of the year is at the NEC. Most of the major players are there and I get the chance to handle the latest gear.

As I often say, most cameras today are more then good enough, its just a matter of choosing one that suits the way you work and your hand.

As always Sony are pushing the envelope and their stand was very busy.

The best thing with the show is that the smaller players are there, and all the accessories you might need.

There was also some demonstrations and I went to two very good presentations from Joe McNally and Moose Peterson.

It was from last years show that I got the idea for using different sunglasses in a shoot.

A good idea as you can see.

While most people come away with new cameras and lens from such shows I tend to come away with ideas, and sometimes with a few memory cards and batteries if on offer. Last year I managed to get a good deal on paper.

Lack of Posts

Coffee – Leica M10

As you will have seen there has been a lack of posts recently. The reason are several, one I wanted a bit of a break from blogging. I was intending to write something at least once a week, but once you get out of the habit, weeks can go by and you realise you have not posted anything.

Secondly Timmy the Greyhound who died in March was ill for about a year. This made a big impact on my free time.

Lastly I am really getting behind with my Adobe Lightroom edits. My laptop no longer supports Lightroom.

Choosing a new Laptop

Keeping up to date with the editing is getting to be a struggle. Locking myself away in the office every night is hardly being social with the family and while my MacPro Desktop is more then capable, for light organisation work and sorting my picks and selects a laptop is more useful to me.

My old laptop as I often mention is now eleven years old and is not really up to the job of running Lightroom for even light importing and sorting work, so a new laptop is now definitely on the cards.

For a long time I have liked the MacBook Air, and this years 2019 model is more then capable enough for light work, but I would upgrade it to 1 Tb SSD storage and 16 Gb of RAM. Once thats done there is not much difference in price to the new 2019 Macbook Pro; at least the low end version which would still beat in performance every machine we have at home with the exception to my desktop and this model give significant multicore performance gains over the air.

I’ll be visiting the local Storm Front shop and getting my hands on both. I still have a question over screen size, I do like my 15 inch screen but for a MacBook Pro of that size your talking serious money.

Waiting by the Bank

Leica M10 50mm Summilux-M ASPH

We gave had some hot weather and its always a challenge taking photographs in very high contrast situations like this.

Choosing an ISO that maximises your dynamic range is the first thing to remember, and if your shooting portraits professionally in this type of situation then I under expose slightly and use fill in flash. You need a camera with a high sync speed to do this.

Beer Festival – Lincoln Drill Hall

Leica M10 with 50mm Summilux-M ASPH

There are regular events at the old Drill Hall in Lincoln next to the Central Library, and one of the highlights for many is the annual beer festival.

Unfortunately I was in Lincoln for client meetings and not for fun, so all I had was this quick snap as I walked past.