Do you really use all of those Leica’s

Yup.  

One of the more common questions I get is do I actually use my cameras. Pretty much every time I leave the house I take a camera. For most of my serious shooting I grab my M10. I like the look of the images but they are not that much different than the M 240 images. Actually they are the same. But the M10 is so much thinner that I feel more comfortable carrying it. The M10 feels so much like the M6 and I carried that for about 20 years so it has a familiar feel to it. 

The M240 has been mostly regulated to backup duty but it sees its share of action. The 28mm Summaron is mounted on it and that turns it into a nice little point and shoot camera. The more I shoot with that little pancake lens the more that I like it. Really has a film look to it.  

I have been shooting more and more film so my M6’s get the occasional exercise. Like to shoot tri-x and process it myself. I skip proof sheets and go straight to the scanner. I have shot so much film over the years that I can judge a negative without proofs. The Lightroom presets are nice but I still like the look of real grain. As long as they keep making film I will keep shooting tri-x. I should try to get a hold of the new Ektachrome, that would be a blast from the past. ( Funny, autocorrect doesn’t recognize the word Ektachrome ).  

And now to the poor neglected M8. I never really bonded with this camera. Occasionally I use my M8 as a poor mans Monochrom. I just leave off the IR filter since I’m not shooting for color. The images do print well in black and white on my Epson P800. I see no reason to give up on it so I just keep the batteries charged for the once and a blue moon excursion. 

As if I don’t have enough Leicas I still find myself looking at the CL. Not much reason for one but it would be a great carry all of the time camera. I like my iPhone 8 but I am not crazy about the 28mm field of view for all shots. I really am a 50mm guy. We’ll see.  

Summer is almost over so I will start shooting again. Just don’t like the harsh light of June through September.  

ICONS OF STYLE : A CENTURY OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, 1911-2011

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles currently has on display ICONS OF STYLE : A CENTURY OF FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, 1911-2011. The Getty has a history of curating some very good photography exhibitions and this one is up to the usual standards. I have not done much fashion work and I don’t follow the trends but I do appreciate good photography when I see it. I have books by Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton. I went to the show not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. The work was first rate and from about the 50’s to the present I recognized most of the images. 

I try hard to expose myself to all kinds of photography. I have a niche that I subscribe to for my own work but understand that inspiration comes in many different forms. My abstract work has been influenced by a number of contemporary German artists. Looking at other forms of contemporary art, architecture, and even music can have a great influence on your work if you let it.  

The show runs through October 21, so if your in the area go to the Getty to see the show. Also the Getty is a great place to shoot architecture and people. 

 

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J Paul Getty Museum 

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Icons of Style

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Irving Penn, Nick Knight, Jean-Baptiste Mondino

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Patrick Demarchelier

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Tim Walker

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Chris Von Wangenheim and Francisco Scavullo

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Hiro and William Silano

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Helmut Newton

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Horst P Horst

 Edward Steichen 

Edward Steichen 

NORRHASSEL COLLECTION - IKEA × Hasselblad®

IKEA has teamed up with Hasselblad to make Fine Art Photography available to the masses. The prints are mostly in the 20" X 30" size. They sell for from $20 - $25. I have seen them in the store and the are well done. Supposedly this is a test run to see if original artwork sells in their stores. I would like to see this catch on as it would allow photographers to get their artwork in the hands of a lot of people and make some money. The images were taken with Hasselblad cameras.

 Norrhassel Collection at IKEA

Norrhassel Collection at IKEA

Leica Watch

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Photo Gear

Leica is getting into the watch business. Today Leica announced that they are entering the watch business. My first reaction was shock and skepticism. I’m an Apple fan and have been following what they have been doing to the watch business with great interest. Apple is just steam rolling the industry with the Apple Watch. I have a long fascination with high-end Swiss watches. Specifically the Rolex. I own a Submariner and I just love it. Something about fine European craftsmanship that I’m attracted too. At the same time I appreciate why the Apple Watch has become so popular. It’s usefullness when combined with an iPhone is impressive. So much so that I recently purchased one for my wife. She loves it and wears it all of the time. 

I can see why Leica is moving in this direction. The company is doing well and selling their products as fast as they can make them but there are only so many people that will by a Leica camera. With watches Leica can enter a market where they can exploit their strengths namely small items made with the utmost in mechanical precision. Looking at the big picture it is a sensible gamble. Most people that buy their cameras would be a logical customer for a Leica Watch. 

The photos of their new watch so a blend of traditional and current design trends. This Watch is obliviously not a product that is being rushed to the market to capture some recent fad. Leica has been around for more than 100 years and is obviously planning for 100 more. I wish them luck.