A weekend with the Leica M (Typ 240)

I've spent the last year owning a Leica M Monochrom and a Canon 5D mk III, and sadly it was a REALLY sparse year for photos. I probably took less photos in the past year than any year in the past 15, which includes my film days which ended around 2003. 

This weekend, however, I walked around Stockholm a little with my friend Shane Robinson, an amazing painter and photographer from Maui, and I brought the Leica M (Typ 240) and a 50mm 1.4 Summilux ASPH. Wow. Where the Monochrom is clunky, the M is smooth. Where the 5D draws attention, the M stays covert. It's an amazing camera and really brought a little joy back into my recently rather dead photographic life. 

I then posted the photos to Instagram, and after looking back at them I realize that while Instagram is a great community and and an amazing way to get lots of eyes on your photos, the low res, mobile viewing experience really does kill all the detail in them, and not all photos look good in a tiny format. So while I know that 25% of my blog viewers are doing it on mobile, at least there's the option to view the images on a large screen if I blog them. So here they are, click to view them largeish.

Birch trees at Tyresta National Park - I still prefer black and white images, and M files convert beautifully!

While I love black and white, some images want to be left alone. The fall leaves in the background had to stay.

After a visit to the photography museum in Stockholm, Fotografiska, we looked out over the water at this scene.

I almost never shoot vertically, but when you have one lens with you sometimes it makes sense!

And this last image I didn't share on Instagram because I realized it would look boring and terrible. I suppose it really is a little boring, but it captured the mood and weather of the day so perfectly that I like it.

Ars Lake in Tyresta National Park on a cold, misty autumn day.

I'll be shooting lots more with this camera, and have a good amount of travel soon. So should I blog the images? Or just Instagram them? Is that just how people like to consume photos these days?

Holga Fashion Photography - Carlie Renee

Amy, Ashley Rose, Ashley (not Rose) and Carlie asked me to come down and light a fun fashion photography shoot they wanted to do of Ashley Rose... with wonderful makeup and styling (as always) by Carlie. I brought the Alien Bees down to Ladera Ranch, we climbed a hill... and photographic adventure ensued. I wasn't really there to shoot, just sorta show them how I'd light the various things they wanted to shoot... since they are all wedding photographers they wanted to learn a little about fashion lighting when it's dark. Lighting is just one of those things that isn't the most obvious thing to figure out, and having a little guidance from someone who does photographic lighting often can make a big difference.

I brought my Holga which I had just cleaned out and loaded with film the day before... and decided to take a few shots of Carlie while we were all set up. I didn't bother dialing in exposure or trying to get anything perfect... just had Carlie pose how she wanted and I snapped off 11 shots. These are the 5 I like. No PS, just Lightroom adjustments because the exposure was WAY off. I didn't even remove the dust.

I see more Holga Fashion Photography in my future.

Carlie Holga

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Carlie Holga 3

Carlie Holga 4

Carlie Holga 5

Holga photography is a lot of fun. You get unexpected results, not just from the camera but from yourself. Through the crappy little plastic viewfinder things look a little different, and so you look at things a little different. Also, looking through a square is a different experience as well, your cropping is completely new and fresh. Basically what I'm saying is that you should go and buy one. Just PLEASE don't buy one from Urban Outfitters with their flashy colors and $45 price tag.

Go to Freestyle Camera and get one for $28 or click the photo below to buy from Amazon (it's the same price as Freestyle but I get like $1.20, which is cool) and have some FUN.

Buy a Holga on Amazon