I saw someone's pictures on Instagram of a lotus pond and it fueled me to go out to take some pictures. A quick search showed that Echo Park Lake is the perfect spot. I switched between the 90MEM and 28'Cron, but I think if I have another chance to shoot it again, I'd use the 50'Lux for its shallow DOF.
Back in May, during our weekend stay in Palm Springs, I took a couple of rolls with the Rolleiflex SL66 and just got it developed. Since I got some weird stripes from my old online processing place, I decided to try another place. This place, The Darkroom, is awesome. They provide a mail-in envelope and is very reasonably priced. This time I tried out some TMAX400 film, and I'm in love. I like it much more than Tri-X!
Yesterday was Darren's high school graduation, the entire family/clan couldn't be more proud of him. It was a rather cool summer evening with good light and a joyous mood. It was awesome to find that Mr. Ziolkowski, one of my favorite teacher back in high school, was there to give a touching speech.
I started with the 90MEM to cover the walk-in, speeches, and the handing out of diplomas. Then I switched to the 50'Lux with a ND-filter to handle all the portraits. I did not dare to use f/1.4 too much because I needed to make sure everyone's faces are in focus, so I mostly stay around f/2.8, unless I see some opportunities to go wide-open. Here are just some select shots, you can see the full set [HERE].
Had a fun-filled day yesterday... We drove to San Diego for a birthday party (see [HERE]), then had to rush back to LA for a wedding reception (see [HERE]). Also, in the morning, took some portraits of my sister-in-law because she like the B&W conversion I did of her from a few days before. The trusty 50'Lux handled all of that. In the bright sun, I attached a 3-stop ND-filter so I can still shoot wide open, and in the evening, I bump the ISO up to 800 and hoped I have steady hands.
Here's a variety of shots from yesterday:
This evening, went to my son's spring concert. There was a natural spotlight on him throughout the performance, good thing I brought the 90MEM to grab some shots.
I needed a picture of myself to put on our company's corporate website. Instead of paying someone to take a studio headshot, I thought I try to take one of myself in the backyard with a more natural environment. So I setup the tripod at about 10 feet away from my standing spot and mounted the 90'MEM at f/4. I had a little bit of trouble with focusing so I asked my sister-in-law to stand in for me so I can get the right focus.
My Journey into Leica...
A path not to be taken lightly, not without reservations, and not without dedication, but the results can be sweet, OH SO SWEET! This is a documentation of my trials and tribulations into the world of Leica Rangefinder Photography, and I hope you'll enjoy coming along with me.