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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Kirk, I don't think it's too contrasty at all. Differences in viewing displays maybe.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Walked from 5th & Mission garage to the grand opening of the SF Leica Store this midday.



    Grant Street window dresser



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    Leica Store folk, Sean Cranor seated, Dan Leto second from right



    Market Street food
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    Ed, so did you end up buying something from the SF store?
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    [MM | 50 Summilux]
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by xdayv View Post
    Ed, so did you end up buying something from the SF store?
    I did not Dave! I drank a cup of their strong coffee and schmoozed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Seriously?
    No.... not seriously. That's why I put the 'wink' smiley into my post!

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    park chess; this group with 75 cron, yellow filter
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    I'm really starting to fall in love with this camera. Slightly out of focus - not as amazingly crisp as the other images taken with the same lens, but with a little added grain, the shallow depth of field reminds me of a large format portrait in a sense. The 4x5 photo wouldn't necessarily have all of that texture/grain however.

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    Monochrom and Summarit 75:





    and one with the Summarit 35:



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    two more, Granda and brother in law:



    Granda por Bruno Gracia, en Flickr



    Cuñao por Bruno Gracia, en Flickr
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    Wow, such great work since I last looked/posted here!

    Here's another Berkeley park, Indian Rock. It was one of our favorites as kids, and now it's especially popular with rock climbers for urban practice.

    Few kids are allowed to play here now, except with an accompanying adult. I guess it's come to be regarded as 'too dangerous' for children.

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    Kirk,

    Beautiful tonality.

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    Thank you!

    Usually I think of graffiti as spoiling a landscape. but here they seem to contribute?

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    28 Cron, two, and then three, files merged.

    Walnut Street Bridge, Live Oak Park by thompsonkirk, on Flickr

    Live Oak Park grafitti by thompsonkirk, on Flickr
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    kirk:

    nice shots; personally i would have cranked up the contrast a bit, maybe added some clarity, used a film-ike curve with lowered toe and raised shoulder (Capture 1 lingo) to get some more snap with all that texture

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    Also zone system lingo (LF film....)

    Way over simplified but in the zone system you expose for the shadows and process the negs to control the highlights. Shadows (toe) and shoulder (highlights). With digital there really isn't a shoulder or a toe. The chart looks more like a straight line. With film the toe starts with the first perceived density on the film over film + fog. If you use a densitometer to measure and plot the densities with most film & dev combos it looks like a curve. At the shoulder the silver gets dense and starts to block up and thus creates another curve. The rest of the chart (gamma) would be pretty much a straight line. In theory those things don't happen the same way with digital. It is pretty much a straight line entirely. So these terms come from film. I think these would make fine full range prints.
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    Thanks for understanding/explaining. Yes, these files are made for printing, and in my 'scapes, as opposed to my street stuff, I'm looking for a full 'zoned' print.

    And thanks for input, jlm, but that would be your style, not mine. I'm aiming at the look you're trying to 'fix. '

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    Perhaps I should explain: there are lots of ways to use an MM, but IMO the most interesting use its own potentialities, and not those one might achieve with film or with another camera/sensor. One of these is that it can achieve a long tonal range with emphasis on the midtones, the tones that previously required a larger format. In this series my aim is in that direction.

    I appreciate that many MMers want their images to look film-like in tonality, contrast, etc., and want to enjoy the high-ISO potentialities; so 'your intentions may vary'; that's great!
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    Another PS: the MM is in a way quite adaptable to the Zone System - by working backwards. In the ZS you expose for shadow detail and develop for highlight detail; but with MM you do the opposite - expose to keep the highlights from clipping, and then 'develop,' in post-processing, for the shadows. Theres so much shadow detail in MM files! You can bring out shades of dark gray that any other small digital camera would have reduced to salt-and-pepper noise.

    Tony Kuyper has developed some software to let you pick out a narrow range of tones for expansion/contraction (though his 'zones' don't quite match Ansel Adams'); and similar tools appear at the very bottom of the Silver Efex Pro screen.

    The bigger problem is to unveil more tonality in the highlights. As Airfrog explained, there's no rounded-off shoulder in digital highlights. This is where the Kuyper and Nik software can help, by expanding the Zone VIII region and lowering the left side into a curve.

    Again, I'm not recommending this to anyone else, but it's one of the MM's potentialities. Having used hand-held Leicas for 40 years, I was surprised to find myself buying one of those things called a 'tripod' to hold the camera for this more laborious kind of work. At first I thought my MM might be offended by being used as if it were a small view camera, but it doesn't seem to mind. No Decisive Moments this way, but lots of tonal gradation and fine detail.

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    MM + 50 Rigid Summicron

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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsonkirk View Post
    Another PS: the MM is in a way quite adaptable to the Zone System - by working backwards. In the ZS you expose for shadow detail and develop for highlight detail; but with MM you do the opposite - expose to keep the highlights from clipping, and then 'develop,' in post-processing, for the shadows....
    The bigger problem is to unveil more tonality in the highlights. As Airfrog explained, there's no rounded-off shoulder in digital highlights. This is where the Kuyper and Nik software can help, by expanding the Zone VIII region and lowering the left side into a curve.
    ...
    FWIW, there´s a new entry on Luminous Landscape today, that goes into these issues.
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    [MM | 90 Summarit]
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    Amphitheater, John Hinkel Park, Berkeley

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    Long time since I posted in this thread.

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    [MM | 50 Summilux]
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    Here are two shots of the same place, and I can't decide which to print….

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    MATE @ 28mm, 2 files and 6 files merged. These are at f22, which is well beyond where diffraction sets in – but the branch in the foreground is only a few feet from the camera.

    The dam at Jewel Lake, Tilden, Berkeley, vertical by thompsonkirk, on Flickr

    The dam at Jewel Lake, Tilden, Berkeley, square by thompsonkirk, on Flickr
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    [IMG]Untitled by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]


    [IMG]Untitled by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]


    35 summaron 2.8
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    [IMG]L1004452-Edit-2-Edit.jpg by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Two more 'fairytale' parkscapes: the first is a path where you need to leave breadcrumbs, and the second is a toll booth (manned by trolls).

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    [IMG]Untitled by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Earlier this year. MM and 15 CV

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    River Itchen, Hampshire







    5cm Summitar, f:11
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    I especially like all the textures in the second one. It's a matter of taste, but I'd go for quite a bit more shadow/highlight detail?

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    Here are two more 'parkscapes' – this time an artificial lake where we swam as kids:

    Lake Anza, Tilden Park, Berkeley

    MATE @ 28mm; 4 files stitched

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    IMG]South shore, Lake Anza, Tilden Park, Berkeley by thompsonkirk, on Flickr[/IMG]

    Southeast shore, Lake Anza, Tilden Park, Berkeley by thompsonkirk, on Flickr
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    [IMG]Untitled by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]Untitled by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]

    [IMG]Untitled by Shiro_Kuro, on Flickr[/IMG]
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    Quote Originally Posted by thompsonkirk View Post
    I especially like all the textures in the second one. It's a matter of taste, but I'd go for quite a bit more shadow/highlight detail?

    Kirk
    Thanks for the comment. I had another go:



    Toned in Silver Efex

    The previous attempt is:



    Is the newer version an improvement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Campbell View Post
    Is the newer version an improvement?
    I think the new one is better.

    The original has large featureless shadow areas... not good IMO.

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    MM + 50 Rigid Summicron. Coffee shop in Dubuque, IA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtsullivan View Post
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    beautiful captured moment!!
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    [MM | Summilux 50]
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    Old spillway, Jewel Lake, Tilden, Berkeley

    This isn't as romantically pretty as other views of Berkeley's parks, but it gives credit to those who've supported nature with a helpful measure of artifice.

    We think of this as a 'nature area,' and not far from this site is an official Nature Center. But it's also a built environment. To begin with, this old water system dates from 1922. Then the trails and the strong, well-integrated rockwork were created during the Depression by the CCC (and in the city parks, by the WPA). Now the facilities like this bridge are maintained and periodically rebuilt by the Regional Park District. So nature has already had lots of help from art, 'way back then' – before our cameras arrive to take pictures.

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    [IMG]Old spillway, Jewel Lake, Tilden, Berkeley by thompsonkirk, on Flickr[/IMG]

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    MM and Leica 28 mm f/1.4 Summilux Asph, wide open @ f/1.4





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