SL66 on Nature...
Truth be told... if these were shot on the M9, I would have probably processed them as color. However, I'm not unhappy with what I see from the B&W film at all. On our trip to the Silver Saddle Ranch, I wanted to test out my Light Meter glassware, so I brought the Rolleiflex SL66 and used my Google Glass solely for exposure evaluation. I think they came out rather well. I brought the 50mm f/4 Distagon and I'm amazed by the sharpness and details in some of the shots. Here are a few more:
Silver Saddle Ranch...
We spent the weekend in Silver Saddle Ranch, in California City, which is about 2.5 hours drive away from Los Angeles. It's a man-made oasis in the middle of the desert, lots of good'ol outdoor fun. We get to spend the weekend there for free, in exchange for listening to an hour long investment opportunity pitch. Even though the place is probably 30 years old, it's still kept in pretty good shape, and very friendly staffs.
I brought only the 35'Lux with me because I actually wanted to shoot more film. Since my light meter glassware was just recently approved for Google Glass, I was itching to apply it to some real film shooting to see how it'll work. I will have to post the results in another post, since the film just got sent out to be developed today.
To see the full set, please click [HERE].
Happy 5th Birthday, M9...
Leica M9 was announced on September 9, 2009... 5 years ago. It's considered a couple of lifetimes in the digital world. Just to give you an idea, it's the same year iPhone 3GS was announced, and we just heard about the iPhone 6. The M9 was the first ever full-frame digital rangefinder, and they've got it right the first time. It still makes beautiful images today. I've been tempted by the newer models that have been released over the years, but the images I take calms me down. Let's hope it'll keep going for many 5 more years!
Heaven and Hell?
We went to visit a few interesting places in and around Palos Verdes (PV). First, we saw the Wayfarer Chapel, which is a small chapel made of glass panels. We couldn't get inside because there was a wedding ceremony going on, of which they are very popular, as you can imagine. It was quite hot today, nearly 87 degree by the coast. I couldn't help but imagine it must have felt like a hellish green house in the chapel.
Speaking of hell... we then drove down and visiting a place called the "Sunken City", which was a part of a residential area that were lost to landslide many years ago. Slabs of concrete and asphalt are now covered with graffiti. The whole area was fenced off, but it didn't stop us and quite of few others from exploring the place.
You can see the full set of photos [HERE].
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.