Photography

Fuji Velvia 50

Some film photographers talk about how great Velvia is, so I gave it a try. It was a morning at the Brookside Garden with some morning dew on the flowers. I used Leica M2 with Leica Summarit-M 35/50/75 and KEKS light meter. No overexposure, no underexposure. I want to show both the original and the …

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Kodak Tri-X 400

Used KEKS light meter on top of Leica M2 with Leica Summarit-M 35/50 f/2.5 to provide exposure – not overexposed. Made some adjustments in C1 using Digistock Tri-X 400 Pack.

Kodak Portra 400, Part 2

Used KEKS light meter on top of Leica M2 with Leica Summarit-M 35/50 f/2.5 to provide exposure – not overexposed. Made some adjustments in C1 using Digistock Portra 400 Pack. Location – the Brookside Garden in Maryland, late afternoon before sunset.

Hotshoe Light Meter, Part 2

Last time we reviewed a $30 external lightmeter. This time it’s a $112 one. KEKS EM-01 Light Meter fits much better Leica M2. It has multiple location options on the top of the camera to choose from. The metering buttons: Next to the LCD screen – the Metering button, also a wake-up button. The device …

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Brookside Garden, Digital

There is a small but beautiful garden in Maryland near me that I adore. One cloudy morning I decided to test my macro adapter of Leica M lenses to Sony E-mount. Leica Summarit-M 35: Leica Summarit-M 50: Voigtlander Heliar 75: I met several other photographers that morning. Some were using Canon DSLRs and huge lenses, …

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Non-Leica body and Leica M lens, Part 5: Sony A7RM2 and Leica Q

Can Sony A7RM2 with Leica Summarit-M 35mm lens provide the same result as Leica Q with 35mm crop given the same aperture of f/2.5? I made some nature shots during the sunny day, and found some interesting points to discuss. I relied on cameras’ indicators of the horizontal level, manual focusing and peaking. I set …

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Hotshoe Light Meter, Part 1

There are many ways to get the right exposure settings for the camera that does not have a light meter like Leica M2: the sunny 16 rule, the original Leica light meters, a phone light meter app, a traditional external light meter device, etc. Recently a new type of devices appeared: tiny set top boxes …

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Vivian Maier

While I was focused on Henri Carter-Bresson and Ansel Adams, the new photography icon appeared. Finding Vivian Maier film tells the story of a nanny with the camera who quietly perfected her skill. Of course, there are books published, articles written, who did what when why. She is the perfect example of the intersection of …

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Kodak Portra 400, Part 1

The classical fine grain color negative film, described by the Darkroom Photo Lab Index as “one of the most popular color negative films there is.” The metering of the scene – overexposed for ISO 200 – using Lumu Power Light Meter app: The color negative photo scan – using Canon M50 and Viltrox EF-EOS M2 …

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Camera

Currently I have several cameras: Canon 6D – full frame 24 MP ILC big DSLR HD Leica Q – full frame 24 MP fixed lens medium mirrorless HD Sony A7RM2 – full frame 42 MP ILC small mirrorless 4k Canon M50 – cropped 24 MP ILC small mirrorless 4k Apple iPhone XR – very cropped …

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Digitizing Film

As I wrote before, usually the film is scanned into digital files, so I do not treat analog photography differently from digital. There are many reasons to digitize film, and one is to unify the post-production workflow, including backup. So far I discovered the following approaches to scanning: Let the photo lab to do it. …

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Post-Production Workflow

The workflow ideally should be simple and stable, independent from various gear and software changes. Pre-Production Production Post-Production Publishing Let’s talk about step 3, Post-Production. Usually the film is scanned into digital files, so I do not treat analog photography differently from digital. The digital camera always records the image in the RAW format, which …

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