Meetings and Separations

 

Usually, X-mast is the time of happy meetings and it didn’t prove wrong on the photographic area, I was finally able to have all my equipment back with me!. You may remember from my last post that my M2 had a viewfinder blackout and was sent to DAG for re-cementing the prism, a minor CLA’d was also performed and now it is in great working condition. It was now the turn for the M6: I sent it to DAG to have the viewfinder improved up to the MP standards by implementing the anti-flare mechanism. I use the M6 mostly in low light situations with the Nokton 50mm f/1,5 at full aperture; the M6’s native viewfinder – rangefinder patch flared a lot, so I decided to go for the upgrade. Almost two months later this beauty is back, better than ever, with a great low light performer viewfinder and with a minor calibration and adjusting in the curtains and shutter speeds.

There were a couple of movements during the Winter’s Transfer Market: the Voigtlander Super Wide Heliar 15mm f/4,5  arrived along with the Leica IIIf (as a result of a series of fortunate/unfortunate events which deserve and will have their own entry) and the very sought after Rollei Sonnar 40mm f/2.8

Unfortunately, these gains came at a cost: the Heliar 50mm f/2.0 and the Voigtlander Color Skopar 50mm F/2.5 … I really liked the Heliar 50mm, however I had to stick to one lens at each focal distance, so I kept the Nokton and sold both the Heliar and the Color Skopar

Now, with the 90mm C- Elmar f/4 on its way, the kit is finally getting form: 15, 35, 50 and 90, only the 25mm will be missing. All in all I think that I will finally be able to send a picture of my equipment to Japan Camera Hunter, In your bag series.

At the moment I will let you with a preview of the “new” Leica IIIf .

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Reboot 2012

A new year, a new approach? Yes, everything changes. Regarding this blog that means less words and more pictures, more often. So here we go:

After getting back the M2, I used it exclusively for a month. Here is an example taken at a small concert with very poor light. Leica M2 – Nokton 50mm @1,5 – Ilford HP5 400

New Year’s Resolutions

a)      Develop my own B&W film (kit has already been ordered and is on its way!)

b)      Enter into Medium Format (Rolleiflex?… maybe by the end of the year)

c)       Be focused at enjoying the photographic process and don’t be caught by the siren’s lure.

Luna F/1.5

This is my first post for 2012. I have not been able to write since last October!

These past months have been frenetic, I barely had time to go out and shot, I have just scanned rolls shot in November.

So what has happened in these past few months?

It’s Show Time

December 13, 2011.

I had my first photographic exhibition at the cultural bar/café La Luna Casa y Arte, 15 pictures – 11×14 and 12×18 – condensing some of the musical events held at said venue during 2011. I happen to like that place a lot and had gather quite a few photographs from the small concerts that the local bands present every now and then. Most of them were taken with the Leica M6 – Voigtlander Nokton 50mm at its full aperture of f/1,5 thus the name of the Exhibition “Luna f/1,5”. The pictures were showcased during the whole month of December, so they were appreciated by a couple of hundred people. Preparing an exhibition is not an easy task, it requires a lot of work and you always end up wishing to have had more time to prepare it, but it is also a very rewarding experience and nothing that cannot be achieved without some effort.

Here are some of the pictures that were part of the exhibition, more can be found here.

El Atico

Cartas a Felice

Artistas visitantes

Akumal