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    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Ashwin,

    What I found interesting (at least for myself, I did), is that in the last 5-6 images you posted of individuals looking at photographs, I just assumed they were looking at B&W printed photo's. Indeed they may have been B&W and of course this is emphasized by this being a monochrom thread.... but on the other hand they (the printed photographs they are holding) just as well could have been in color. It's sort of the "mind" paying tricks on perception.

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    Cool! Hadn't thought about that -- makes the images even more intriguing!

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    I've had this camera about three days and am trying to get the hang of the postproduction. Am working with Adobe Camera Raw 5.x and Silver Efex 1. This is a crop, with 50mm Summicron-M plus orange filter.

    Actually, I hope this image inserts correctly. Haven't tried this before.... Ahhh, after about five tries I grabbed the right link!!


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    Lunchtime shot. I realise I was using the wrong CoC for my hyperfocal distance calcs. Tops of buildings are a bit OoF. CV 12 @ f/11

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

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    Lunchtime shot. I realise I was using the wrong CoC for my hyperfocal distance calcs. Tops of buildings are a bit OoF. CV 12 @ f/11
    Now that is an image that illustrates the potential of the MM!

    Amazing that you got that out of the CV12/5.6!

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    Thanks Vivek, Yes the range is H.U.G.E. Only because it's a JPG has the top right most building blown out. On the TIF, only the lower sky is blown.

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    Wow, Paul, that is an AMAZING image, in terms of scope and scale...great work!
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    Great image Paul. After using for quite some time a T&S lens, converging lines are usual hurting my eyes. But this does not take place with your image. Great composition and of course super duper MM detail. I do not like the bluish color tint, but that is a matter of taste. Thanks for sharing.
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    And finally some last shots from Marakesh. Here as well all shots made with the MM + Voigtländers Snapshot Skopar 25mm f/4.


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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

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    And finally some last shots from Marakesh. Here as well all shots made with the MM + Voigtländers Snapshot Skopar 25mm f/4.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Let me share a few of mine

    Night Cruiser


    Loner


    Rollerball


    Street Market
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    Autumn here in Texas


    Autumn Setting

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by Petster View Post
    Great image Paul. After using for quite some time a T&S lens, converging lines are usual hurting my eyes. But this does not take place with your image. Great composition and of course super duper MM detail. I do not like the bluish color tint, but that is a matter of taste. Thanks for sharing.
    I know what you mean, I'm also an LF user and find converging lines very displeasing when they dominate a subject, somehow they take your eyes and fling them off the paper in a jarring way. I think this image avoids that feeling due to the other buildings that fill in the space. In the literal it is more like tilting your head back and looking up. In the abstract it''s like some geometric shapes all coming together (or breaking apart). The MM certainly gives my big cameras a run for their money in terms of sharpness, I can't beleive this is handheld too! Remarkable camera.

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    Jono: Thanks!

    Paul: Couldn't agree more. Since Henry is here, some other buddys are just sitting around without getting used.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by awslee View Post
    Let me share a few of mine
    The night cruiser is a fabulous capture! More please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    And now for something completely different....but still Monochromatic...







    Ash I think your Leica B&W work is excellent, surprises me because I had only seen you Pentax645 work.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Here are a few impressionistic captures. Not everyone's cup of tea I'm sure, but hopefully someone somewhere likes them The only adjustments were a bit of cropping on one of them, some spotting and contrast in LR, otherwise the entire effect was done at time of capture.



    Can you really see inside?



    The General and the EOD Expert



    Imprisoned Trees

    I developed these on my work laptop and forgot the SD card for a few days. I think they need a matt added, will do that at home tonight.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    I like what you're doing here. Excellent!

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Were these done PP or is it the effects from the lens?

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    Thanks Lloyd.

    Higgs, Just a combination of focus, DoF, slow shutter and camera movement. Post processing is usually just a contrast adjustment (and saturation if you do it in colour).

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    Thanks, Antonio. Actually, the M system is my primary frame for photography. Thanks for the kind words!
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    You captured a whole lot of love there Ashwin!

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by wentbackward View Post
    Here are a few impressionistic captures. Not everyone's cup of tea I'm sure, but hopefully someone somewhere likes them The only adjustments were a bit of cropping on one of them, some spotting and contrast in LR, otherwise the entire effect was done at time of capture.


    Can you really see inside?



    Altered Merry-go-round


    Imprisoned Trees

    I developed these on my work laptop and forgot the SD card for a few days. I think they need a matt added, will do that at home tonight.
    Fabulous!

    (I would not do anything to them)
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    Thanks Vivek!

    I've re-processed them at home ready for printing this weekend as I noticed some blown highlights and many dust spots I'd missed (due to the small aperture they show really badly). Anyhow no need to update anything online. I am renaming the 2nd image though as I somehow see it differently. It's called the General and the EOD expert now!

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    A few from Mustique. This with a 24mm Lux and apologies to Ashwin.

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by erudolph View Post
    I've had this camera about three days and am trying to get the hang of the postproduction. Am working with Adobe Camera Raw 5.x and Silver Efex 1. This is a crop, with 50mm Summicron-M plus orange filter.

    Actually, I hope this image inserts correctly. Haven't tried this before.... Ahhh, after about five tries I grabbed the right link!!


    L2000201c2 by Ed Rudolph, on Flickr
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    Two comments

    First of all, the 50 Cron M shows resolution with the MM that is unreal

    Second, because of the high dynamic range of this rig, there would appear to be quite a learning curve to get these files "right" Certainly not equivalent to black and white processing an M9 file

    Love to hear your comments about this

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

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    Ed

    Two comments

    First of all, the 50 Cron M shows resolution with the MM that is unreal

    Second, because of the high dynamic range of this rig, there would appear to be quite a learning curve to get these files "right" Certainly not equivalent to black and white processing an M9 file

    Love to hear your comments about this

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    Not much time these days...
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

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    Ed

    Two comments

    First of all, the 50 Cron M shows resolution with the MM that is unreal

    Second, because of the high dynamic range of this rig, there would appear to be quite a learning curve to get these files "right" Certainly not equivalent to black and white processing an M9 file

    Love to hear your comments about this

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    Out early for a walk with the Mono.

    Mono and Summicron 35 ASPH


    Fenced Tree






    Autumn Lake Morning Light





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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Ed

    Two comments

    First of all, the 50 Cron M shows resolution with the MM that is unreal

    Second, because of the high dynamic range of this rig, there would appear to be quite a learning curve to get these files "right" Certainly not equivalent to black and white processing an M9 file

    Love to hear your comments about this

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    Hi Woody,
    I wrote extensively abou these issues here:

    Lessons Learned – Using Classic Lenses on the Leica M Monochrom by Ashwin Rao | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
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    A few on the way back.


    Monochrom and Summicron 35 ASPH


    Shade Tree Tin Barn






    Net on Old Oak






    Goal






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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    [QUOTE=docmoore;469010]Out early for a walk with the Mono.

    [CENTER]Mono and Summicron 35 ASPH


    Fenced Tree


    I like this toned photo!
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyspedden View Post
    Ed

    Two comments

    First of all, the 50 Cron M shows resolution with the MM that is unreal

    Second, because of the high dynamic range of this rig, there would appear to be quite a learning curve to get these files "right" Certainly not equivalent to black and white processing an M9 file

    Love to hear your comments about this

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    Thanks for the response Woody. There are a lot of different versions of right, aren't there... :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by docmoore View Post
    Out early for a walk with the Mono.

    Mono and Summicron 35 ASPH


    Fenced Tree


    I like this toned photo!
    Thanks Ed.

    I was holding out for a 50 Summilux but after seeing your Cat I may go for the 50 Cron...love the detail in that picture.

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    ISO 1600. 50mm Cron-M. Yellow filter.
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    One with the 28mm Cron ASPH, no filter

    I have just figured out how to insert images into a post without getting the thumbnail attachment. My wife Jamie says she likes a graphically interesting pose because for years she worked at a record company and had to make interesting covers from uninteresting photos. We're about to go for a bike ride here on Thanksgiving day, at noon, in the bright light.

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    Nice work, Ed. Love the poses that you have captured across the board

    Bob, I enjoyed the footie goal box...


    Here are a few images to share from this evening's Thanksgiving Festivities:

    C-Sonnar 50:










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    One with the 35 Summilux LFE (taken by my friend Joe, but it is my finger)
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    Couple pictures from ROME


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    Some lovely warm and inviting holiday candids Ashwin! Whats most striking in this thread is the many varied and different looks to an MM image. As you wrote elsewhere, the choices one makes with regards to processing their MM Raw files, has a profound effect on the presentation of the image.

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    Yat, the top half of your 1st image almost looks like an artist's sketch (often viewed in museums) of what Rome looked like centurys ago. ..especially with the capture of the bird in flight. Nice!

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    A couple of different shots...Leica Monochrom


    Monochrom and Summicron 35 ASPH


    Autumn Oaks







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    don't sell the 50 sonnar ashwin ...

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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    One with the 35 Summilux LFE (taken by my friend Joe, but it is my finger)
    Priceless.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    It'd be fun to share some post production tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by erudolph View Post
    It'd be fun to share some post production tips.
    I think that is an ambition of getdpi!!

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    28mm Cron ASPH, no filter

    Here is a cropped shot taken at the Union Square ice skating rink yesterday just after noon. The day was extremely bright. Below the shot is an outline of the post.



    1. I use ACR 5.7 and PS CS4 with Silver and/or Color EFEX v1.
    2. Shot opened in ACR with Fill set to 15 and Recovery to 30 (this recovery probably wasn't necessary). Default sharpening set down from 25 to 15.
    3. With shot open in Photoshop, I used the ColorEfex filter Tonal Contrast to open and define the shadows some. Maybe the setting were something like Highlights 10, Midtones 7, Shadows 10-15.
    4. Back in PS I then selected the mid to shadow range using the Cmd-Opt-2 command and inverting the selection and used this selection to brighten that range (note that this selection creates a mask that will affect most of the image to some degree).
    5. That's it.
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    Re: Fun with the Leica M Monochrom

    Quote Originally Posted by yatlee View Post
    Couple pictures from ROME


    L1000944 by yatlee, on Flickr


    Pantheon by yatlee, on Flickr
    Great shots. I love the details in the first one and the mood in the second one. Rome is awesome if you love old stones.
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