The Grey’t Lincolnshire Greyhound Gathering

This Sunday 12th July was the Great or shall we say Grey’t Lincolnshire Greyhound Gathering.  We took Timmy for the day out as he always enjoys meeting other Greyhounds.

We had several show rings for greyhound judging, typical greyhound competitions, baldest bum, best Blue, best mixed colour, best Male, best female and best in show.  We also had veteran classes and a class for hounds that had not won a rosette!  There was also a general sight hounds class for inferior breeds 😉

 

Mrs B’s Farewell shoot

The lovely Cherry B is retiring this summer, I have photographed her a number of times over the years and she is one of the most professional models I know. No matter what your skill set you will always come away having enjoyed yourself and with great images.

I booked her for a final farewell shoot in May and we played around for the first half of the session with various sunglasses and hats before getting down to business for the actual shot I wanted.  See below.

What to expect from Leica Next

Window Light, Leica M8, Summicron 35mm

Everyone was expecting a new Leica L mount camera the other week to be announced during the official opening of Leica’s new HQ.  It did not arrive but its still expected soon.  We are also starting to get rumours of a new Leica Medium Format camera to arrive before the end of the year.  The Leica S system is great, and the lens and quality cannot be faulted with the exception of a far to high rate of failure of autofocus motors in the lens, which Leica say they have now fixed.

With high end now hitting 200 MP and mirrorless cropped medium format at 50 MP from Hasselblad and Fuji the 37.5 MP Leica S2 is looking out classed.  They need something soon.

New firmware from Leica M10, Q, CL, TL2, TL, T

Friday saw the release of new firmware from Leica.  The interest for me is that they are re-introducting the aperture guess in the exif data.

The Leica M range have no way of informing the camera what aperture they are using, but in previous M digital cameras like my M8.2 it did make a guess.  The M10 did away with that as Leica did not want inaccurate information in the Exif data.  Thanks to pressure from the users, Leica have now brought this back.

Leica M8 sample – Seascape Road

High Contrast Shooting

The weather last week here in the UK has been hot and with bright sun little cloud cover and high contrast, with more forecast to come.  Not something we are usually used to here in the UK, at least for more then a few days.

Modern lens are designed for high sharpness and high contrast.

But when shooting some subjects, either into the light, or at high noon, modern lens and high contrast scenes just do not mix.

Here in this woodland scene, the strong light was defused somewhat by the mist and its all been well handled by the Leica 50mm Summilux lens despite shooting into the sun.

Here close to noon in late May the bright sunlight was nearly too much. I wanted a black and white look but the contrast was difficult to handle, so I used the brushes in Lightroom to tone down some areas of the shot and brighten others.  Even so its far to contrasty and sharp to  be mistaken for a vintage image.

Here with its mix of modern architecture and bright colours, the high contrast seems to work.

Another image I have given the black and white treatment too. Again taken near noon during a walk with Timmy the Greyhound along the Fossdyke Canal. The high contrast of the scene has not really worked.

The last two images actual suite the high contrast. In particular inside of the church. In Adobe Lightroom and the original RAW file there was enough detail to remove the lost detail in the shadow but I decided to leave it with the high contrast and let the dark become lost.

Leica M10 underexposed

Holidaying at Home

We have a week off now; unlike at Easter where we took off for North Wales to enjoy the snow capped mountains we are staying at home.

Timmy the Greyhound will have us for company for the whole week while we get on with a few garden chores that definitely need doing.

The big job of the week will be cleaning out one of the out buildings at taking the junk we have collected over the last couple of years to the local tip for recycling, and re-felting the chicken coop and building and installing a new nest box lid.

Where of the big two go from here

I am not up to date with the state of current Canon cameras, but Nikon currently have a problem thats only going to get worse.

Sony are currently ruling the roost with their 35mm full frame mirrorless.  Fuji have built up a loyal following with their DX crop mirrorless cameras and Panasonic and Olympus have their MicroFourThirds.

Ashleigh in LR4

Neither Canon or Nikon have muchs to show in the mirrorless range and certainly for Nikon, they have nothing.  Currently the only thing selling for them is the high end D850 which is arguably the best full frame 35mm camera available today and the end D3400 which is almost always on sale.

Nikon S3 Compact – Whitby Lady in Black & White

I expect that both need a foothold soon in cropped mirrorless and full frame mirrorless.

Loving the Leica Look

Leica M10 50mm Summilux

I have been spending the last year shooting pretty much only with the 50mm.  As a walk around street shooting lens its a little long or too short.  I have recently switched to the 35mm for my carry around lens and its certainly a better field of view for generally walking around.  I miss the Summilux as my 35mm is only a Summicron.  Its a great little lens but its got the old style lens hood so I may look out for another version.