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I got cabin fever after two weeks of almost continous cold and got a few pics in before the snowstorm started today. Would really like to give the lux a better work out but I was pleased with it's mid aperature performance. Any lens should perform there. I hope the pics do it justice in a couple of grab shots at -10c.
wow, that looks like a pencil drawing on my monior.
i know all about that cabin fever, i'm slowly starting to go even nuttier than normal.
What about this one.
Nice images but the contrast is a bit much i.e., lack of tonal range. May be a bit too much PhotoShop processing trying to recover an image, at least that's been my experience with snow bound images that I shoot over exposed. That may not be the case here, and I don't presume to know, just relating my experience trying to capture the tonal range in snow country (I live in Idaho so snow quite well).
Be that as it may, I'm not sure how much experience you have with the pre-asph 35 Summilux but my experience with it is it is the most flare prone lens on the face of this planet (OK, a bit of exaggeration there), but it is at the top of my list of lenses to avoid.
I was in your country, BC, Chiliwack to be exact, shooting my wife in a beautiful flower garden/park, sun no where near the lens, but all the shots came out with the most gross case of flare (sun reflecting off the bright green leaves in the garden) I've ever seen. It was truly a shame because, otherwise, the photos would have been excellent (beautifully saturated colors, excellent contrast, etc.). And that was just the first of what I noticed after having my slides processed in Canada while on my stay there, and it got worse (and it made no difference in what country they were processed, the remainder were processed in the USA and came out no better). Any shots approaching the sun, even outside the frame, were disaster.
I do hope you have better luck with your pre-asph 35 Lux, but as a warning, never leave home without a lens shade, but even that may not help (I had my Leica shade on in all my shots!).
The shot of the bridge is won-der-ful! I love it.
The shot of the church is a bit overblown in the whites but it's a nice composition anyway.
Hi Bob! The brightness of the snow compared to other objects can make such shots a real challenge. Then one faces the dull look from the overcast illumination... These shots have punch, and I like the first one, but I think the second loses at both ends of the tonal scale.
Thanks for the comments. The film was C41 Kodak shot at 200 and hand metered. So much for C41 being not too contrasty/muddy. Yeah, I had heard about the 35 lux being a flair queen and I want to put it to the test but the bright sunny days have been far too cold to tempt me outside for anything . Got to learn PS a little better while I'm at it.
This is as close as I have got to getting the sun in the frame. Some flair there, taken at F1.4.
I like that shot!
The 35 Summilux is a nice lens, nice Bokeh, nice contrast (not to high) and resolution. It's an excellent lens for low light work, just watch that sun outdoors. LOL!
I love your pix, Bob. But, really . . . don't you think a Ukranian church should be shot with a good ole Ukranian camera? . . . A Kiev, perhaps? :D
BTW, ever take your camera on a canoe trip up there in the North country?
OK, I'll have to flash up my Kiev that I got from wierdcollector sometime and do that. Not one for paddling a canoe I'm afraid. Lots of opertunity here though.
You guys are really confusing me with all that white stuff on the ground. In LA it was about 70 deg F today. What is that stuff you call snow?
Nothing that can't be moved with a frontend loader.
By the way Bob. I liked your images. The C41 should handle the contrast range easily. You probably clipped the scale when you scanned or in Photoshop.
Shot and scanned some 200 Fuji the other day and no trouble like the C41 B&W. I did not do anything different that I can recall. Oh well, next time I use the C41 B&W I'll have to watch more closely.
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