Posts Tagged ‘David English’

David English: Wide Lux Monochrom

Store Mannequins #1 (Leica M Monochrom, 24 mm Summilux) © David English

If you have an M Monochrom camera, should you use a Summilux lens? The Monochrom performs quite well at high ISO settings, so why spend the extra money when you could buy a Summicron or Super-Elmar at the same focal length? The answer is versatility. Once the sun sets, or you go inside, you can [...]

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David English: Sweet 16

Fashion Show Mall (Leica M Monochrom, 16mm Tri-Elmar) © David English

Did you know that Leica makes a 16 mm lens for the M-series camera? It’s hidden inside the Wide-Angle Tri-Elmar. The Wide-Angle Tri-Elmar can be set for 16, 18, or 21 mm, but it’s the 16 mm setting that’s most interesting, because Leica doesn’t manufacture a 16 mm M-mount prime lens. So how does the [...]

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David English: Classic Wide Monochrom

Sidewalk Shadows #2 (Leica M Monochrom, 28 mm Summicron)  © David English

Lenses can be like old friends. You love them dearly, but — for some reason or another — you may lose contact with them. On renewing the relationship, everything often falls back into place, as though the intervening years had never happened. The Leica 28 mm Summicron-M has been that sort of lens for me. [...]

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David English: Through a Glass Darkly

Display Window #2 (Leica M Monochrom, 28 mm Summicron) © David English

Walk along the streets of midtown Manhattan, and you’ll notice a parallel universe. It’s the glass-enclosed world of mannequins and storefront windows, where random reflections can sometimes blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Look closely, giving equal weight to what you see on the glass with what you see through the glass, and you [...]

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David English: Ethereal Shadows

Melaten Monument #2 (Leica M9, 50mm Summilux)

Sometimes you spend an entire day shooting photos and end up with just one or two images worth keeping. Other times, you spend only a few hours shooting and end up with so many outstanding images, it takes months to fully process them. So why the difference? It may need to be in an environment [...]

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David English: Infrared Monochrom

© David English, Harrah's Sign (Leica M Monochrom, 24 mm Summilux)

The M Monochrom would seem to be a poor choice for infrared (IR) photography. Leica’s spectral sensitivity charts show that very little of the infrared would actually reach the sensor. So why bother? It turns out there’s another side to the story. The camera’s high-ISO capabilities could help maximize the infrared that does get through. [...]

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David English: Ultra-Wide Monochrom

© David English Cosmopolitan Lobby (Leica M Monochrom, 16 mm Tri-Elmar)

I’ve been eager to try ultra-wide-angle lenses on my M Monochrom. Because lenses with these extreme focal lengths tend to have smaller apertures, they can especially benefit from the Monochrom’s high-ISO capabilities. If the room is too dark, you could bump up the ISO setting with minimal degradation to the image. Recently I tried two [...]

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David English: Shadow Play

© David English, Rain Dance (Leica M Monochrom, 21mm Super-Elmar)

With its extended dynamic range and high-ISO capabilities, the Leica M Monochrom is ideally suited to explore the relationship between light and shadow. But which lens should you choose? Assuming you want a film-like result, and you’re drawn to wide-angle focal lengths, you might consider pairing it with the 21mm Super-Elmar-M. Together they can produce [...]

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David English: Wide Monochrom

Adventuredome Ride (Leica M Monochrom, 18mm Super-Elmar) © David English

In my previous post for the Leica Camera Blog, I mentioned I was looking forward to using the 18mm Super-Elmar-M with an M Monochrom in low-light situations. I would be able to bump up the ISO setting to compensate for the lens’ maximum f/3.8 aperture. In January, I had a chance to do just that. [...]

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David English: Wide Eye Wonder

Arcade Game (Leica M9, 18mm Super-Elmar) © David English

I love wide-angle lenses. Why settle for reality as we know it, when you can have a wraparound view that’s larger than life. Accompanying this panoramic effect is an increased depth of field. Details become sharply focused across the visual plane. The trick is knowing where and when to use a wide-angle lens. I usually [...]

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David English: Faces

Tokyo Skytree #2 (Leica M9, 50mm Summilux) © David English

I have a confession to make. I’m shy about photographing strangers. I feel that I’m intruding. I’ve found a few techniques to help deal with the problem, but mostly I’ve avoided shooting portraits. So imagine my surprise as I looked through my recent photos from Cologne and Tokyo, when I discovered that some of the [...]

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David English: Dark City

Creepy Billboard © David English

After three-and-a-half years of shooting with an M-series rangefinder, I still feel like a newbie. Fortunately, I have a background in classic films to draw on for inspiration. Lately I’ve immersed myself in the Hollywood film noirs from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Many of these films have darkly lit sets with characters and [...]

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David English: A Luminous Presence

Pensive Figure (Leica M9, 50mm Summilux) © David English

Sometimes you need to narrow your focus in order to be more creative. You have to step outside of your comfort zone so that you’ll be challenged to take a different approach to your work. It may be a step forward into new territory, or it may be a step back to explore a path [...]

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David English: Stillness in Time

Monster Jackpot (Leica M9, 35mm Summilux) © David English

In choosing a lens, you have much to consider. Cost is a factor. So is the character of the lens. Then there’s the sticky issue of which focal length to select. Why choose a 35mm lens over a 50mm, for example? Is the field of view that important when the focal lengths are so close [...]

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David English: Expressive Architecture

Manhattan Intersection © David English

I love old movies. And now that I’m interested in photography, those movies have become fertile ground for inspiration. That’s especially true with my architectural shots. When I shoot with a 24mm Summilux or 18mm Super-Elmar, those images already have a larger-than-life perspective due to the wide-angle focal lengths. But it’s when I edit those [...]

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