11 thoughts on “The Chase, Part 4.

  1. Peter I have been watching this series and wondering! Wondering what it was that was intriguing me. Were they nice photos…absolutely. Were they focused with skill…of course. Were the tones nice from the M, or your natural eye for PP….100%.

    But then it occurred to me what really intrigued me about this series (the image of your beautiful golden retriever was the clincher) was “motion”. Catching people in flight is something I think a lot of people take for granted. We see sports images all the time.

    My “loonies” worth or my thoughts arrived at “motion.”

    All the other things I mentioned I’ve come to expect, but nice to see these with that perspective in mind…….

    BTW loved “1928”. I have a feeling that 28mm will start to yield some other “moments”.

    1. Thanks Andrew. The act of motion was certainly on my mind – and on display – when I was photographing. “The Chase” images 1 through 4 were all taken at the same time, so there is a uniformity of spirit, of lighting, and even of post-processing at “play”. Glad you enjoyed them.

  2. But…but I have it on good authority — scads of on-line reviewers and expert’s — that the Leica is useless for action photography, that it forces one to slow down and shoot only the static contemplative shots. Could they possibly be wrong?
    This series glows with feeling.

    1. Ahhh… Jon, “on-line reviewers and experts”… I guess I’m one of them, in a way.

      And yes my opinion differs from most, but unlike many of them, I try to let the images do the talking.

      Yes, you can use rangefinders for action photography:

      https://prosophos.com/2012/09/05/poolside-the-matrix/
      https://prosophos.com/2012/08/30/chasing-the-ball-revisited-2/
      https://prosophos.com/2012/08/21/breaking-through/
      https://prosophos.com/2012/08/02/the-power-move/
      https://prosophos.com/2012/07/13/chasing-the-ball/
      https://prosophos.com/2012/06/08/the-m3-for-kids-sports-featured-on-steve-huffs-site/
      https://prosophos.com/2011/06/29/the-leica-m9-for-sports/

      A rangefinder is not the best tool for sports/action, but it’s the best tool for me.

      Peter.

      1. So Peter, without going into it too much I have a question.

        When you are focusing for this type of image is it:

        1. a mix of having a very good knowledge of your hyperfocal distances AND fine tuning with the RF, or
        2. More about just using the RF to adjust on the move?

        Obviously given your accuracy and precision, shooting wide open both require a lot of practise!!

        1. Hi Andrew,

          This is something I discuss during my 1-on-1 teaching sessions (https://prosophos.com/practical-photography-teaching/).

          Essentially, the answer is three-fold:

          1. Practice, practice, practice.
          2. Fine tuning the RF while anticipating the trajectory of lateral moving subjects.
          3. In the case of subjects moving towards you, pre-focussing and firing the shutter when he/she/it hits the designated spot.

          Hope that helps. If it’s not clear, fly out to Toronto and I’ll work with you until you’ve mastered it… I’ll give you a heavily discounted lesson because you’ve donated to the site 🙂

          Peter.

          1. Thats great and thank you for the prompt response.

            Good to hear i’m the right track (albeit at the starting line 😦 )

            I have only had the M6 for about 6 weeks and to this point really just focused on using a full manual RF technique. How ever I went along to my daughters triathalon event and used that experience to practise just what you have mentioned in point 3. Worked well!

            Film not the best format for practising this though.

            My next step in the journey is to start understanding my lens hyperfocal capability and how it all fits together. About to start focusing on this (excuse the pun).

            As for 1 on 1 I am watching and waiting on a work initiative, which could very well take me to Toronto in July/August. Rest assured I’ll be in touch. And no discounts required (thank you very much for the offer)…..

            1. Hyperfocal focusing works OK for apertures with a large depth of field, but is almost useless for the shallow depth of field (wide apertures) I tend to use, hence my 1-2-3 system above.

              It would be my pleasure to host you here, Andrew, if you ever find yourself in Toronto.

              Peter.

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