No golden hour light, no clever composition, no subtle symbolism.
Just a simple image of her… for us.
During my recent hiatus, I received a number of thoughtful messages.
One reader wrote (in part):
Another stated (again, in part):
Not all of the comments were supportive. One person wrote:
And another had this to say:
Well thanks for the input everybody.
The upshot of all of this?
I gave considerable thought to what I really wanted to do.
And now I’m going to do it.
One thing I’ve already done is sell my Leica Monochrom. I enjoyed using it much more this time vs. my first go-around, but something – for me – in the experience and output was lacking.
Another thing I did was buy a Leica M3, some Kodak Tri-X, and a Plustek 8200i scanner.
Yes indeed, I’m going back to shooting, developing, and scanning film myself. In fact, I tried developing a test roll today, but mangled up the film as I loaded it onto the reel.
What can I say? I’m out of practice. I lost 1/3 of the strip and most of the remaining frames are damaged.
Right now, I’m scanning some of the frames from my mangled test strip.
I’ll post a few images if any of them are worth posting.
(Warning: They are just family “snaps”!)
And in case you’re wondering:
(By the way, I’ll have more to say about my Leica M3 in a future post. And I still have the M9P.)
This series was photographed last night with my undisclosed lens.
(click to see LARGE)
Each image was created with the lens wide open.
For those interested in seeing the details this lens captures at maximum aperture, here is a 100% crop of the third image:
(focus is on his eyelashes)
Yes, this lens costs less than a Leica lens hood. It costs less than an M9 battery. Amazing really.
I’m working my way down the list of donators to the site and revealing the identity of my undisclosed lens.
Thanks again to those who donated.
This was photographed tonight.
It’s another colour image taken with my undisclosed lens (well, eight of you now know which lens I’m using — I’m going down the list of people who donated to my site and revealing its identity as my personal thank you).
As you can see, the rendering — even wide open — is impressive.
She’s emerging from the darkness of a 6 day fever.
And with this post, I’m emerging from radio silence. Thank you again to all who donated to the site.
As you know, I’m going down the list of donators each day and divulging the identity of my mystery lens, which can currently be purchased for less than a Leica lens hood.
This is the first colour shot I’ve created with the undisclosed lens. I see impressive colour rendition and pulling of shadow detail, but it also helps to have the mighty M9 sensor capturing those precious photons.
On a related note, I’d like to thank the great Mr. Youxin Ye for repairing my undisclosed lens in record time and making sure the aperture and focus rings are working smoothly. He also removed a considerable amount of dust from within the lens barrel. Thank you Youxin!
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I’m sincerely touched.
A few of you were quite generous, and a few others have also contributed in the past. You’ve basically subsidized the site for the thousands who view it daily. It doesn’t seem quite fair does it?
I therefore want to thank you in this additional way:
I will reveal the identity of the “undisclosed” 55-yr-old lens that I’ve been shooting with recently, so that if you’re interested in finding one, you have a good chance of getting a great copy at a very reasonable price (it currently can be found for less than the price of a Leica lens hood).
I know once I reveal the identify of the lens on this site the price will shoot up, so you have a head-start.
Starting this week, I will send a personal email to
one [EDIT: several] of you, each day — in the order listed above. Matteo will find out first.
* = donators who have been informed of the identify of my undisclosed lens.
I will no longer be posting images, articles, or reviews.
However, previously posted content will remain, but will not be indexed.
I will resume posting when enough $1 donations are received to pay for the costs of running the site.
If that never happens, then it never happens.
For the few individuals who have been appreciative of my help over the years, you know how to reach me.
For the rest… if you’ve ever been inspired by my site, or helped by my articles or advice, please consider making a $1 contribution.