No smoking…

…within 9 meters.

iPhone.

Baseball Girl.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

September in the Park.

Watching our daughter playing baseball.

Here’s to hoping that winter takes its time arriving this year.

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Leica M2-R (Test Images).

Yesterday, I posted some images of the Leica M2-R I was fortunate to acquire.  The photos were taken with a Leica M10 and processed in Lightroom with relative ease.

In contrast, today I set upon the boring and arduous task of testing the M2-R without — of course — the immediate feedback of digital photography.  As I subsequently stood in my basement processing the film, I must admit that I had second thoughts about whether all of the hassle was worth it.  It’s especially frustrating when the effort of processing and scanning is undertaken only to find out that the camera is in some way defective.

Fortunately in this case, all is good.

And as I watched the images magically appear — first on the negative as it was unspooled following its final wash, and then in more detail on my monitor as the scanner did its thing — I realized for the 1000th time why I keep coming back to film: even mundane test shots look better on this antiquated “sensor”.

The following images are not meant to be interesting.  However, they are useful to me.  In them, I’m verifying:

  1. Shutter speed accuracy (in various types of light)
  2. Rangefinder precision (in near, mid, and far distances)

Technical:

  • Lens: Leica 50mm Summilux
  • Aperture: f/1.4 (except the last image which, because of brightness, necessitated f/2).
  • Shutter speed range: 1/60 – 1/1000 sec.

—Peter.

(focus is on the small word “Elect”, above the J)↓

(focus is on the number “50”)↓

(focus again is on the number “50”)↓

(focus is on the letter “G”)↓

(focus is on the poor sap )↓

(focus is on the faint word “KeepRite”)↓

(focus is on the round thermometer)↓

(focus is on the door of the house across the street)↓

Leica M2-R + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Leica M2-R.

A warm body for those cold winter months.

—Peter.

 

Baseball Girl, 2.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Baseball Girl.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

That harasser/troll…

…sent me a message from this location in Montreal earlier today:

(please click on the image to see every last detail)

He/she is becoming more and more cowardly with respect to the location of his/her activity (although he/she obviously lives in Montreal and has family he/she visits in Serbia — please note his previous location).

It’s really a Nenad Bojic situation.

I am documenting this stuff so that it’s on the internet… the internet never forgets.

—Peter.

 

I stopped using Instagram a year ago.

A year ago, I deleted my Prosophos Instagram account.

I can tell you why I did it, but I wasn’t planning to in this post.  Suffice it to say, I think social media in general is a vex on all of us, and Instagram in particular is a vex on photography.  Funny enough, I still keep a Twitter account active, but all it does is link back to posts on this site.

In order to protect my “online identity” from people up to no good, I subsequently reserved the name @PhotographsbyPeter.  The Prosophos account was no longer active (once deleted, Instagram does not allow you to re-claim it).  However, recently I realized that @prosophos (with the lowercase “p”) is considered a unique name, so I claimed that one too.

Both of those IG accounts have a placeholder composite photo attached to them, but that’s all they will ever have.

—Peter.

Breakfast Date.

The first day of school used to be so complicated.

Now, there’s time for us to enjoy a quiet breakfast out.

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Me, in 2011.

When G was 3½ yrs old, he gave me this.

He got the smirk right, and the subtle smile.

And the blockhead.

—Peter.

The Long Walk Home.

Not sure about theirs, but ours was.

Technical:  f/1.4  |  1/125  |  ISO 1250

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Power.

Tested a copy of the 75 APO yesterday.

Had last used it in 2012.

Didn’t end up getting it, but did get this image.

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Leica 75mm Summicron APO f/2.

The (Blue) Eyes Have It.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

Presents!

Delayed birthday gratification.

Technical note:  Mixed lighting (natural and incandescent) was wreaking havoc on the colours here, but I managed to get acceptable skin tones via post-processing.

—Peter.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

The Secret.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

That Look.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.

The Welcoming.

Leica M10 + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4.