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    Talking Candlelight portraits

    Took these pics of friends during our New Year's dinner - candlelight, the M8, the 1.4/75 Lux wide open, ISO 640.









    Just thought I'd share them to show what the M8 & 75 Lux can do with, basically, no light... C&C welcome, as always
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    VERY cool series --- thanks for posting!
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Very, very nice results, Vieri. Wonderful lighting.
    Especially # 1 is as beautiful as an old dutch painting.
    Are they even handheld and in that case at what shutterspeed ?
    I no longer see any EXIF informations left, probably vanished during the text editing.

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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Thanks for sharing - that is one magic lens if used like this!
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Wow!!! Gorgeous photos!

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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Very nice use of that lens. Can't wait to get my M8 gear back from Leica. The 75 is getting the 6 bit added. Ever since I added a bit of magnification to the M8 viewfinder, it's been a lot easier to focus in low light.

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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Ever since I added a bit of magnification to the M8 viewfinder, it's been a lot easier to focus in low light.
    Amen --- I popped a +1 dioptr on and life has been oh o sweet ever since!
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Guess my eyes are worse 1.5 Plus
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Wonderful photos by candlelight! Looks like it was a great night. A steady hand there. Well done.

    And not to distract from the OP, but what are the viewfinder diopter thingies you guys are referring to? I'm a newb to the M8 and haven't heard of them.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by TRSmith View Post
    Wonderful photos by candlelight! Looks like it was a great night. A steady hand there. Well done.

    And not to distract from the OP, but what are the viewfinder diopter thingies you guys are referring to? I'm a newb to the M8 and haven't heard of them.

    Thanks!
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    Hard to go off topic in this forum if your talking about imaging or gear LOLOLOLOL!

    Leica makes eyepiece diopters to "correct" the clarity of the viewfinder for individual vision. They screw into the back of the eyepiece and are rated in diopter strength from -3 to +3 in .5 increments.

    In my case, I wear +2.00 cheaters for reading, and I found the +1.00 diopter improved my M8 VF view by about 3 fold
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Thanks for that info Jack. I'll definitely check those out.

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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Impressive photos Vieri. The first one is my favorite. It is especially interesting when one realizes the catchlight in the woman's eyes is a candle.

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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by jaapv View Post
    Thanks for sharing - that is one magic lens if used like this!
    Thanks a lot Jaap, I love the lens and the results it produces!

    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie O View Post
    Wow!!! Gorgeous photos!
    Thank you very much Maggie! Much appreciated

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Very nice use of that lens. Can't wait to get my M8 gear back from Leica. The 75 is getting the 6 bit added. Ever since I added a bit of magnification to the M8 viewfinder, it's been a lot easier to focus in low light.
    I love the 1.4/75, one of my fav for portrait work - despite is size & some not-so-positive critics it gets on the net, I think it's a wonderful lens;

    Quote Originally Posted by TRSmith View Post
    Wonderful photos by candlelight! Looks like it was a great night. A steady hand there. Well done.

    And not to distract from the OP, but what are the viewfinder diopter thingies you guys are referring to? I'm a newb to the M8 and haven't heard of them.

    Thanks!
    Tim
    Thanks Tim, I am glad you enjoyed - we had a lot of fun, and despite the wine I could use 1/25 with ok results I guess...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gowin View Post
    Impressive photos Vieri. The first one is my favorite. It is especially interesting when one realizes the catchlight in the woman's eyes is a candle.
    Thank you very much Mark! Indeed it is, there were 4 candles on the table and that was it...
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    Re: Candlelight portraits

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    VERY cool series --- thanks for posting!
    Thanks a lot Jack! Glad you enjoyed, thanks for viewing and commenting

    Quote Originally Posted by bondo View Post
    Very, very nice results, Vieri. Wonderful lighting.
    Especially # 1 is as beautiful as an old dutch painting.
    Are they even handheld and in that case at what shutterspeed ?
    I no longer see any EXIF informations left, probably vanished during the text editing.
    Thank you very much! I am glad you enjoyed the Ol' Rembrandt Light attempt... They were all handheld, ISO 640, 1/25 sec, f1.4 - EXIF got wiped out by saving them for the web, I guess, sorry about that;
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