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Assembling The Leica M9: Vimeo

If you have an interest in Leicas, and I do, this may be of interest.

It’s funny how technology develops, the 35mm film format could be considered an accident, existing because of movie film,

Oskar Barnack, who was in charge of research and development at Leitz, decided to investigate using 35 mm cine film for still cameras while attempting to build a compact camera capable of making high-quality enlargements. He built his prototype 35 mm camera (Ur-Leica) around 1913, though further development was delayed for several years by World War I. Leitz test-marketed the design between 1923 and 1924, receiving enough positive feedback that the camera was put into production as the Leica I (for Leitz camera) in 1925. The Leica’s immediate popularity spawned a number of competitors, most notably the Contax (introduced in 1932), and cemented the position of 35 mm as the format of choice for high-end compact cameras.
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Improving Your Image (Part 2)

Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole

Is Your Image Bigger Than Big Iz?

Can’t see the linked video on anIPAD?

Who says Twitter doesn’t do anything useful? I put a Tweet out the other day and within a couple of minutes the following suggestion had been made,

“Anyone out there able to recommend an online image resizing tool, not that my image needs resizing you know?”

mediocre_mum @designcredo “picnik.com???”

“excellent work @mediocre_mum, award yourself a mid-afternoon drink”

So why am I looking for online editing, as a pro photographer surely I use fancy software ‘n’ stuff?

In short my customers need a way to manipulate images and somehow I have to bridge the gap between what I know and do and what they could really do to know and do. Putting it simply I am trying to erect some scaffolding for those learning WordPress

My Workflow

I now work entirely digitally having sold my trusted Mamiya RB67s some time ago. I generally use Nikon equipment. What customers don’t always get is that the taking of the photo is a relatively small part of the process. Nowadays quite a bit of time will be spent at the computer but compared to the costs incurred pre the full digital era this is a worthwhile investment and a step forward.

Typically then I will

  • Shoot the image
  • Transfer the image to computer and open up in Photoshop
  • Adjust levels, curves, colour balance, verticals, crop
  • Save a PSD and a High Res JPEG (retaining the original file)
  • Let the customer proof the JPEG
  • Backup computer before deleting originals on camera card

So the first problem here is that Photoshop is a hugely powerful program that isn’t the easiest to learn. The second problem is that the program alone costs several times more than most reasonable compact cameras.
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Leica M9 – einmaligkeit. If you miss the moment, it’s gone forever.

The Germans call it einmaligkeit, meaning that there is only one best instance in life when any particular photo can be made. In English we call it the decisive moment. In any language it means that your camera needs to fall away from your consciousness so that you can concentrate on your subject and capture that one moment in all eternity, for an eternity, and not be off dicking around looking for some lost menu item somewhere. If you miss the moment, it’s gone forever. The Leica photographer never misses his moment because his camera doesn’t weigh him down, doesn’t try to confuse him, and never gets in his way.

Ken Rockwell

Footnote

Sometimes you post something and for yourself returning to it, in this instance I have because so many people have searched the term ‘einmaligkeit’.

As I read this short paragraph again it says so much about photography but, so much more too.

If you miss the moment, it’s gone forever.

Rolleiflex: Just Because

Rolleiflex_camera

Just reminded myself of one of the old ones, the Rollieflex. There was a simplicity to these cameras that still appeals to this day, and also a certain beauty (to my eyes anyway).
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Once Again I Want a Leica

At last some sun, some light and a chance to get out with the camera.

There is something about photography that is very pleasing and whilst I try not to be too wrapped up with technology, the tactile nature of cameras cannot be denied.
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