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Connemara between jobs…

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April 29, 2013 at 9:59 am


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Facebook, two weeks from now and my account will be deleted. Linkd In is next. My blackened toes and moments of clarity in-between evenings imbibing cans of Devils Bit have brought me to the simple and sweeping realization. Now is now, now is gone. Now is now. Everything hinges on now.

The Leica 50mm Elmar

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The Leica 50mm Elmar is the country cousin of the 50mm Summicron. But it has something special. Shooting with it takes a similar élan to using hands to print an image in b&w wet process. It has a long focus throw and while I’ve enjoyed it’s unusual ergononomics, I could never make up my mind about it. Untill I sent it off to Malcom Taylor Leica repair in Hereford, UK. It came back in almost new condition, not bad for a fifty year old lens. So the Elmar is a keper. Beautiful low contrast images. Processing the Leica M8 files in the latest version of Aperture is a painless way to process. More time to shoot, that’s the way it should be.

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April 13, 2012 at 12:32 am

Blink and it’s gone

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So much happens, we live in space. Even if we are unaware. Time is fleeting.  Time is all we have.

New stuff cometh

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It ‘s been nearly four years since I picked up an old Olympus SP35 at a car boot. Now I’m only beginning to realise what glass I really need to stick in front of my Leica M8. A 24mm Elmar, a 50mm Elmar – old school, and a fast 35mm lens…


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April 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm

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Fleeting Moments

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The lovely thing about the Leica is panning at slow speeds. With a lens like the 35mm everything is just sharp enough when panning. I know the latest superduper auto everything could do this as well at the kind of shutter speed this was taken at, but there is something satisfying with hitting the arc just right and getting it in one shot. Picture shot with Leica M8 and 35mm Color Skopar.

Acid Rock

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Acid Mother’s Temple, the japanese acid rock collective, rolled into town a few weeks ago. It was a sonic assault in a small room, allowing me to re-engage with my inner teenager. Rocktastic! Snapped with a Leica M8 and Voigtlander 35mm color skopar.

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December 5, 2011 at 10:56 am