Thursday, 10 April 2014

Drombeg Stone Circle Leica M240 and Leica M8

One of our final photo shoots for the Michael Collins House Museum in Clonakilty was at Drombeg stone circle.
The forecast was for a reasonable sunset.

I used My Leica M8 and the loan Leica M240 with my Elmarit 28mm f2.8, Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton and Voigtlander 15mm f4 Heliar lenses.

Processed in Lr, Ps, and Nik Suite.

Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Leica M8 Elmarit 28mm f2.8

Leica M240 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Timoleague Abbey Canon 5D2 50mm f1.4

For the Michael Collins House Museum we needed some photos of Timoleague Abbey.

Weather was dry but overcast so the sky is a bit flat but I've managed to salvage something with Lr, Ps and Nix suite.

I used my Canon 5D2 with the 50mm f1.4 lens. I really like this lens, its very sharp and has a lovely colours. For the wider shots I used my 24-70 f2.8.

Canon 5D2 24-70mm f2.8

Canon 5D2 50mm f1.4

Canon 5D2 50mm f1.4

Canon 5D2 50mm f1.4


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Leica M240 in Clonakilty

We were loaned a Leica M240 by Bass & Bligh cameras in Harrogate to try out during the Michael Collins video shoot in Eire.

Our initial thoughts were that it might be nice to put this on the jib with a Voigtlander 15mm lens on it for nice sweeping shots. These thoughts were quickly dashed though when it was revealed that when shooting video the M240 suffers from a terrible rolling shutter when moved even slowly. It is also switched in automatic exposure mode when shooting video, not always what is required.

So, disappointed with the M240's video performance I gave it a chance to redeem itself as a stills camera. This, its pretty good at. I used my Leica 28mm f2.8 Elmarit, Voigtlander 15mm f4 and Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton lenses.
The Voigtlander 15mm vignetted and suffered magenta corners, these of course can be fixed with Cornerfix.
I found the Focus Peaking to be fairly poor compared to other systems I've used, the peaking is indicated in red and I found it hard to see, especially when shooting outdoors.

I used Lr, Ps and Nix suite to process the DNG files and they are easy to work on.


Leica M240 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton



Leica M8 Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton

Leica M240 Voigtlander 15mm f4 Heliar

Leica M240 Leica Elmarit 28mm f2.8

Old coastguard station Canon 5D2

We needed to shoot some video of this old coastguard station, which was burned to the ground by the British in 1922 for the Michael Collins House museum in Clonakilty. 
While I was there I took a few photos with the Canon.
The sky was somewhat flat and featureless but I've managed to get some detail with Lr, Ps and Nix suite.




Clonakilty with Canon 5D2 and Canon 24 - 70mm L

Been for a walk around Clonakilty this morning taking photos of the town centre for use in the graphic panels at the Michael Collins House museum.

Used the Canon 5D2 which attracted quite a lot of attention for some reason.

Canon 5D2 24-70mm f2.8

Canon 5D2 24-70mm f2.8

Canon 5D2 24-70mm f2.8

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Repaired Leica M8 with Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4

My Leica M8 has returned.
Shutter fault repaired, Rangefinder adjusted, factory CLA. It feels like a new camera.

Leica carried out all this FoC, very good service.

I was in York this morning and the weather was bright and crisp, perfect for a quick test of both the the M8 and the Nokton 40mm.

I set the M8 to under expose by -2/3 of a Stop, as is recommended with the Monochrom. This has resulted in these lovely saturated colours.
In Lr I added +0.25 Exposure and adjusted the Highlight and Black levels.

I think the quality of these images is stunning, especially when the M8 is considered to have old
technology and a mere 10.1MP.

Leica M8 Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4@ f5.6

Leica M8 Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4@ f5.6

Leica M8 Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4@ f5.6

Leica M8 Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4@ f2.8

Leica M8 Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4@ f5.6

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Storm damaged trees with Leica Monochrom and Voigtlander Nokton 40mm f1.4

We were over on Beddgelert this weekend checking on our house after the terrible winds of last week.

Winds reached speeds of 108mph in Porthmadog only 8 miles away down the valley.

Beddgelert was hit by some huge gusts that came up the Aberglasyn valley which took the roof of the Tanronnen hotel and blew off many chimney pots, ridge tiles and slates on other houses in the village. Thankfully our house is sheltered and escaped intact.

On the drive over we had noticed lots of freshly blown over trees, some had been up-rooted others snapping dramatically. One such tree is in a field behind our house, and even though the light was poor I took the Leica Monochrom and Voigtlander Nokton out to see what I could get.

I'm really pleased with the images. The Nokton, to me at least, has a lovely look to it, I like the bokeh and the contrast and range of tones is just how I like them. 
The Monochrom files are easy to work with and the range of tones, contrast and detail in the files is beautiful.

Images processed in Lr as usual.