Oh, Endre, those are just lovely! I love how you have captured them. Almost a film noir feel, especially given the subject matter. Thanks so much for sharing these!
Many thanks Lloyd and Ashwin for your generous feedback.
Silver Fx plugin seems to work, then.
I promised real HDR
here they are
Zeiss C-Biogon 21mm f/4.5
bracketing 5 exposures 1 EV
PP: LR 2.6 - Photomatix - LR 2.6
on this one you may notice the red line on the left:
it is a faulty sensor with a column fault (Leica: Spaltenfehler) and the sensor will be replaced by Leica
BUT I can't decide to send the M9 to Leica from La Palma and being without my M9 for a few weeks
By the way, the line in the sensor usually doesn't require a sensor replacement, but rather a remapping of the sensor. It can be done in less than a day. You shouldn't have to wait long for your camera, unless they have a lot of them to fix. Best of luck with that.
Dierk, these HDR's are terrific. It would be hard to tell that they are HDR, and I like that very much. Good luck with your decision. Sorry that your M9 has that column defect. I hope it can be repaired quickly, so we can see more images from you!
thanks very much Lloyd, Ashwin and Endre
you are right, HDR should not be obvious, it should just compensate the contrast (as long, as the sensor can't do it)
with the D3 I do most shots with bracketing hand held at 9 frames/sec and use HDR very often. It works fine with Photomatix.
If you are interested, they are here and here, here and here and following. But all not Leica (jet).
as it is a complete row, Leica told me, that they will replace the sensor for free.
I must say, that I want a perfect sensor for my money.
My problem is, that it takes at least 3 weeks turnaround time from La Palma to Germany and back plus the time at Leica and about 100€ for insured transport
I will take the chance, to get my 90mm Macro Elmar adjusted, it has a terrible front focus at infinity -- and on the way back I may order the 75mm cron and sell the Macro Elmar, I would love to have f/2
during the meantime I could not resist to play with the last portrait
PP: Nik Skin Softener (I tried it the first time and it works great)
and Nik Silver Efex for grain, toning and vignette
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Great car shots, Endre.
M9, Summilux 50 asph
Nicely composed, Jaap. I like the details in the shadows and the strong industrial composition here...I like how the M9's sensor holds details in the shadows, and your image shows this...
Ashwin, Dierk, Endre, Steve, Nick, Simon, Matt, Jeff, Kurt, and Jaap – I am in awe of the incredible photos you guys are posting here. Inspiring me to push the creative envelope (or at least to try to).
Still looking through the old files for unprocessed gems. These are from my trip to the CEATEC tradeshow in Japan back in October. All shot with an M8 and 50 lux.
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Here are a few from the Vault, taken with my M8, 50 lux asph, 75 lux, and noct...
Oldies, but good stuff...the M8 was good with fast glass...can't wait to shoot something similar with the M9....
And a couple of reflections, M8 style
David, superb b/w-s, very nicely done with great clarity.
Ashwin, incredible images, especially love those reflections.
M8, Cron 90
Dierk: Great HDR shots; I would have never guessed they were HDR they look so natural.
David: Nice shots as usual. I really like the first one; great color contrasts.
Ashwin: Excellent low-light band shots.
Great shots everyone! It's always a pleasure to check this thread once a day and see a lot of posts of high calibre photography! You guys inspire me
Dierk: Nice HDR. Sorry about your sensor.
Ashwin: Great band shots. Love the reflections.
Endre: Love seeing your photos of Budapest. The light on those flowers and your PP works very well in B & W.
Kurt: Thanks There a lot of old wooden sailboats and cruisers moored in front of my office.
Kurt and Jeff: Let's see some more 0.95 Nocti shots!
Here's another shot from the marina. I like getting variations. The first one was processed slightly different to take out some of the yellow light. I think that i like it better then the second. The cabin glass seems more transparent and gives a better sense of depth. Also, the lighting seems more natural. Looking for thoughts. Cheers, Matt
M9; 50mm f/2; 1/40s @ f/8; +1/3 EV; ISO 160
Some other photos of friends and fellow photographers:
Berlin, M8, ZM25/2.8
Berlin, M8, 21/2.8 preasph
Berlin, M8, ZM25/2.8
Lincoln Memorial, 6:38 AM
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Zeiss C-Biogon 21mm f/4.5
these are only testshots - nothing serious.
you may find more of the Biogon at my pbase biogon gallerie
click on the image to see a bigger and sharper version
this is out of the camera
for the CornerFix calibration I shot a milky glass against the clouds.
It is not easy to find a grey surface and if you use a small cardboard, you make shadows on the board with the extreme wideangle, it seems to work very good this way.
and this may show the performance of this little lens
and a 1:1 crop
Firstly - the images I've seen here on this thread helped me with my decision to get an M9 so many thanks to all. I hope the following images will in some way complement those images that are already on this thread.
I took a break yesterday from processing the images from my recent trip and went to the nearby Saguaro National Park.
[QUOTE=dierk;191717]Zeiss C-Biogon 21mm f/4.5
a few samples of this lens
@retow, there is no secret besides a working CornerFix calibration
I ordered it, because it does not show distortion.
Some great b/w-s, indeed. No distortion, at a glance.
The Cron 28/M9 combination :
interior of a kind of bazar in Pilgrim Rest, M'pumalanga in South Africa !
Beware, girafe's crossing :
with M8/Cron 50/red filter
Don: I like the last image, but what's with the pink cast in the first image? Is that intentional?
Dierk: Really great group of images. That lens is working well for you.
Aboud: Gorgeous light on the Lincoln Memorial.
Great images, Kurt, but having lived in WI for 15 years, I have to say its more like Winter battling Summer: Spring is just a blink compared to what I grew up with on the east coast. As always, summer will prevail, and make you soon forget the bitter cold of winter.
Lovely, Kurt! I love the seasonal supremacy analogy...gosh, your images are tempting me towars the new noct...hahah...and that's a testament to your shots. My wallet would cry, though...
@ Dierk: Lovely black and whites
@ Don: Enjoy that M9. Nice dessert series
@ StefLaurent974: Nice giraffe composition...
@ Endre: Lovely black and white conversion for those flowers. Was this Nik-efex'd
@ Matt: I think I am going to head down to the pear soon, and see what your eyes are seeing. I love the patterns of reflected water against the boats...
M8, Konica Hexanon 90/2.8 @ f4, ISO 160:
Kurt & Lloyd,
very nice b/w-s, as expected.
m8, cron 50