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Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 1 Week Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 507
Posted By LCSmith
I am always dumbfounded to see my gallery posts...

I am always dumbfounded to see my gallery posts given special attention. Didn't anyone see these?...
Forum: Photography General Interest 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 43
Views: 1,261
Posted By LCSmith
Cameras for social posturing? Strange. A...

Cameras for social posturing? Strange. A perversion, by definition.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 48
Views: 1,422
Posted By LCSmith
If I remember correctly, Weston used the...

If I remember correctly, Weston used the extra-long exposure on the pepper photograph because he actually fashioned a special "pin-hole" kind of aperture for his camera in order to get the whole...
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By LCSmith
The fact that it was Kubrick and he was 17 makes...

The fact that it was Kubrick and he was 17 makes the photographs special. But the photographs in and of themselves are not particularly remarkable. If I came across some old negatives and scanned...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,143
Posted By LCSmith
Yes, I agree completely. The less camera, the...

Yes, I agree completely. The less camera, the more "you"; the more "you", the more art (by definition).
Forum: Photogs / Photo Exhibits 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 38
Views: 1,558
Posted By LCSmith
I wonder whether I might be permitted to offer a...

I wonder whether I might be permitted to offer a dissenting opinion, without the objective of stepping on toes or taking away from SK's legacy as an artist. SK achieved more than any of us could hope...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,143
Posted By LCSmith
This, and the "first 10,000" quote of HCB, touch...

This, and the "first 10,000" quote of HCB, touch the reality. Cameras are menacingly deceptive in their simplicity of operation -- deceptive in the sense that making a good photograph seems, prima...
Forum: Photography General Interest 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 50
Views: 1,143
Posted By LCSmith
As someone who has very little regard for his own...

As someone who has very little regard for his own work and who often asks the same question Tim asks, I enjoyed reading this thoughtful and reflective response. Thanks.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 07-04-2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3,249
Posted By LCSmith
This is absolutely true. It just takes practice....

This is absolutely true. It just takes practice. Counterintuitive as it may seem, after a little practice you will find that you become more accurate than an in camera meter in discerning correct...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-25-2019
Replies: 10
Views: 479
Posted By LCSmith
I am incredulous that anyone notices my trifles!...

I am incredulous that anyone notices my trifles! Thank you!
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-18-2019
Replies: 12
Views: 590
Posted By LCSmith
Mlehrman -- I am always interested to see what...

Mlehrman -- I am always interested to see what Mlehrman sees. He makes photographs I would never think of making and I learn from his eye. For instance, this photograph reminds me that light can also...
Forum: Business / Philosophy of Photography 06-12-2019
Replies: 46
Views: 1,655
Posted By LCSmith
What lovely stupid nonsense. I suppose we must...

What lovely stupid nonsense. I suppose we must dream what we dream and when we wake we find that what we dreamt is merely prevarication. And thatís the very painful thing of life, the infinite chasm...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,069
Posted By LCSmith
They never did. Thatís the point.

They never did. Thatís the point.
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 06-12-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1,069
Posted By LCSmith
Bokeh is a bourgeois concept.

Bokeh is a bourgeois concept.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-06-2019
Replies: 13
Views: 520
Posted By LCSmith
Thanks so much, folks. Much appreciated.

Thanks so much, folks. Much appreciated.
Forum: Chris Crawford 05-27-2019
Replies: 2,549
Views: 368,757
Posted By LCSmith
Chris -- have you ever considered that you may...

Chris -- have you ever considered that you may well be the Atget of Indiana?
Forum: Chris Crawford 05-27-2019
Replies: 2,549
Views: 368,757
Posted By LCSmith
A descriptive sentiment for the photographic...

A descriptive sentiment for the photographic truth, which is that every frame describes a moment that disappears completely.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-27-2019
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By LCSmith
What a good death. Shutter rat-a-tat-tat. Chaos....

What a good death. Shutter rat-a-tat-tat. Chaos. Flames. Silence. No whimper.

You could not put me close enough.
Forum: TLR Forum - Twin Lens Reflex 05-21-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 2,660
Posted By LCSmith
I use my Rolleiflex for street photography. Most...

I use my Rolleiflex for street photography. Most people do not have any idea what it is, let alone how it works, which makes capturing candids infinitely more effortless than when using a "normal...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-16-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,621
Posted By LCSmith
Yes! Lol! Ted Striker is a hysterical character....

Yes! Lol! Ted Striker is a hysterical character. Like the Debbie Downer of the photography industry. Truly a committed pessimist. I love it.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-15-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,182
Posted By LCSmith
I have been thinking about my absolutist and dim...

I have been thinking about my absolutist and dim statements about the worth of one's photography, and I think yours is a saner philosophy of artistic practice.

I recently finished The Stranger by...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-14-2019
Replies: 11
Views: 559
Posted By LCSmith
MLehrman https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgall...

MLehrman

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/3187/U3187I1557674913.SEQ.0.jpg

James

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/38373/U38373I1557615998.SEQ.1.jpg

https://www...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-12-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,182
Posted By LCSmith
It is only truth, my friend. Consider Marcus...

It is only truth, my friend. Consider Marcus Aurelius.

The time is at hand when you will have forgotten everything; and the time is at hand when all will have forgotten you. Always reflect that...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 38
Views: 1,068
Posted By LCSmith
Digital Leica rangefinders. I have owned an M9...

Digital Leica rangefinders. I have owned an M9 and MP. Clunky things. Maybe the M10 is better, but I don’t have any interest. It’s funny. I stopped in Adorama today on 18th st. to check out their...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-09-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,182
Posted By LCSmith
Well, I suppose I say it because I sense it is...

Well, I suppose I say it because I sense it is probably true. Family pictures are one thing, but all the rest of it is self-indulgent dilettantism. I mean, donít get me wrong, I like making pictures...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-08-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,182
Posted By LCSmith
No one will care about the pictures we make when...

No one will care about the pictures we make when we die. Which means no one really cares about the pictures we make now.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-08-2019
Replies: 35
Views: 1,182
Posted By LCSmith
I keep all family pictures. I delete or throw...

I keep all family pictures.

I delete or throw away all of my other work after I fully analyze it and understand what was wrong with it. This keeps me from pretending a picture was good when it...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-09-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 693
Posted By LCSmith
Thanks for the notice, Toreno and Mcary! I...

Thanks for the notice, Toreno and Mcary! I appreciate it.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-08-2019
Replies: 21
Views: 693
Posted By LCSmith
Many thanks to J.Scooter for taking the onus upon...

Many thanks to J.Scooter for taking the onus upon himself to initiate this thread each week. There is such a large number of talented photographers who post in the gallery. Here are a few of their...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
I do not see any provocation on his part. Clearly...

I do not see any provocation on his part. Clearly he thinks there is an issue with the lens. I am not sure I disagree. Mocking his opinion is mean spirited and puerile.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-05-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
Why has this thread incited such derision? I...

Why has this thread incited such derision? I think you are all being a little hard on Bushwick.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
Agree to disagree!

Agree to disagree!
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
Shawn, I am talking about the horizontal lines,...

Shawn, I am talking about the horizontal lines, not the verticals. Sorry, I should have been more clear. The "railing", as it were, of the subway grate. It curves in just slightly, along with the...
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
I am not an expert on lens design or on Fuji...

I am not an expert on lens design or on Fuji lenses. So, for all I know, you may be right.

What I do know is that tilting the camera does not cause undulating lines, like those green subway rails....
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
It's not about the converging parallels. The lens...

It's not about the converging parallels. The lens distortion is obvious in the first picture. The green subway railings look like they were bent by superman. That's lens distortion.
Forum: Optics Theory - 04-04-2019
Replies: 86
Views: 2,214
Posted By LCSmith
I see the distortion. My understanding, which may...

I see the distortion. My understanding, which may be flawed, is that makers of these kinds of lenses do not worry much about distortion since it is usually corrected by the camera software or in...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-04-2019
Replies: 137
Views: 11,640
Posted By LCSmith
The answer to the question is different for...

The answer to the question is different for everyone.

This is my experience. Strange to say, the more gear I have the less interesting my pictures. The reason for this, I think, is that I tend to...
Forum: W/NW Words no Words. 04-03-2019
Replies: 616
Views: 15,633
Posted By LCSmith
M3, Rigid Summicron, Tri-X 400, D-76 1:1

M3, Rigid Summicron, Tri-X 400, D-76 1:1
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 04-02-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 898
Posted By LCSmith
Thanks for the mention, BT!

Thanks for the mention, BT!
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-27-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,667
Posted By LCSmith
The first picture (the digital) is also better...

The first picture (the digital) is also better composed -- much better, actually, with the vertical element happening on the righthand vetical third. The film "version" is framed slightly too far to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,667
Posted By LCSmith
What this comparison confesses more clearly than...

What this comparison confesses more clearly than words is that a digital camera can make a bad photograph look not-so-bad, and that the film does not lie about the light and how one has decided to...
Forum: Photography General Interest 03-23-2019
Replies: 91
Views: 2,667
Posted By LCSmith
I suspect the reasons why we individually choose...

I suspect the reasons why we individually choose photographic mediums depend largely on the reasons why we individually make photographs.

The so-called debate about film and digital mediums in...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-13-2019
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By LCSmith
Many good photographs to choose from last week....

Many good photographs to choose from last week. My favorites are, in no particular order:

Mlehrman

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/3187/U3187I1551942112.SEQ.0.jpg

Guy...
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-11-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By LCSmith
Ah yes, thank you both for your responses. I...

Ah yes, thank you both for your responses. I agree that it may be an agitation issue.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 03-10-2019
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By LCSmith
Negative Streaks

I wonder whether I might solicit opinion from the pool of expertise. Behold a crop of a rather unremarkable photograph of two remarkably cheerful folk strolling Greenwich Village on a halcyon...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 529
Posted By LCSmith
Thank you for the kind words and encouragement,...

Thank you for the kind words and encouragement, Tony.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 03-04-2019
Replies: 14
Views: 529
Posted By LCSmith
Lynn https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/...

Lynn

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/27021/U27021I1551505851.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 03-04-2019
Replies: 176
Views: 11,757
Posted By LCSmith
Most of the people who buy these cameras do so...

Most of the people who buy these cameras do so after reading reviewers who tell them that better and newer features equate to a better and newer camera which equates to the buyer being a better and...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 03-03-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 55,272
Posted By LCSmith
Erik, I agree completely. I actually prefer...

Erik, I agree completely. I actually prefer framing with the SBOOI than with the frame lines in my M3 viewfinder. The SBOOI is a phenomenal (pun intended!) piece of kit.

Life looks brighter through...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-28-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By LCSmith
This is exactly how it happens on my lens.

This is exactly how it happens on my lens.
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 02-28-2019
Replies: 4
Views: 284
Posted By LCSmith
Summicron 11818 (Rigid) focus quirk

I recently picked up another chrome Summicron Rigid (11818). The seller described it as having been CLA'd by DAG. It's a lovely example, near mint, no scratches, and focus is buttery smooth -- 99.9...
Forum: SLRs - the unRF 02-28-2019
Replies: 127
Views: 5,521
Posted By LCSmith
Beautiful camera and photograph, Nick! I used an...

Beautiful camera and photograph, Nick! I used an MX once with the 50 1.4. Handy little street camera. The shutter on the one I used was quite loud, though.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,338
Posted By LCSmith
No one is forcing anyone, friend; although it is...

No one is forcing anyone, friend; although it is certainly interesting, the abilities of sensors these days not just to write light but to create light, in a way. There may be a few small minded...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,338
Posted By LCSmith
Yes, I take your point. That is the general...

Yes, I take your point. That is the general meaning; but notice how cleverly the language has evolved. If we may speak of images, we may also speak of image quality -- and it is only a very small...
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-26-2019
Replies: 48
Views: 1,338
Posted By LCSmith
This quote interests me for a number of reasons....

This quote interests me for a number of reasons. Let's get the obvious out of the way -- Mr. Huff's comment sounds like an advertising pitch. You too can take professional quality images!

In a way,...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-26-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 19,951
Posted By LCSmith
Obviously I was speaking in generalizations. It...

Obviously I was speaking in generalizations. It just seems strange to me to worry about autofocus on a 28 2.8 fixed lens camera. Of course, none of my cameras or lenses (except for my phone) has...
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-26-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 19,951
Posted By LCSmith
Right, which is when you would set the focus at...

Right, which is when you would set the focus at that distance.
Forum: Leica General Discussion / News / Rumors 02-26-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,539
Posted By LCSmith
Sometimes you do not have time to meter. As to...

Sometimes you do not have time to meter.

As to the original post, just do not be afraid to fail. You will be fine.
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-26-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 19,951
Posted By LCSmith
I am not sure I understand what you mean. The GR...

I am not sure I understand what you mean. The GR has an 18mm (28mm equiv) lens on a cropped sensor. When are you going to be using autofocus? Everything is already in focus. You set it and forget it.
Forum: Digital Compacts 02-26-2019
Replies: 292
Views: 19,951
Posted By LCSmith
I thought this was funny: "I found the Ricoh GR...

I thought this was funny:

"I found the Ricoh GR III to struggle with candid street photography at times. This struggle has nothing to do with the physical act of taking a photo–instead, the Ricoh GR...
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-22-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,218
Posted By LCSmith
Odd that someone confident in his position would...

Odd that someone confident in his position would become defensive. I have nothing to add. I hope you enjoy whatever decision you make. I have owned digital Leicas (though not the MM) and Sony A7R2....
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-22-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,093
Posted By LCSmith
Hmm. I cannot endorse this view. History is...

Hmm. I cannot endorse this view. History is destined to repeat itself.
Forum: Sony Alpha Mirrorless - All Models 02-22-2019
Replies: 43
Views: 1,218
Posted By LCSmith
Is this a serious question? I cannot think of two...

Is this a serious question? I cannot think of two digital cameras which are more different than a Sony Alpha and a Leica Monochrome. The similarities are that they are full-frame and mirrorless. That...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-20-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 641
Posted By LCSmith
Thank you, James and Tony! I am very grateful for...

Thank you, James and Tony! I am very grateful for the...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-20-2019
Replies: 257
Views: 55,272
Posted By LCSmith
I like them both equally. I have owned and used...

I like them both equally.

I have owned and used a Leica II, and now a Leica IIIf RD ST. Since I mostly shoot black and white film and process it and scan it myself, the glass available for screw...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-20-2019
Replies: 33
Views: 1,247
Posted By LCSmith
I might bite. Do Leica service the cameras? It...

I might bite. Do Leica service the cameras? It would pay off in the long run not to have to gamble anymore on 50+ year old cameras and dubious "CLA's".
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-18-2019
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,891
Posted By LCSmith
I rather like it. With the SBOOI is quite a...

I rather like it. With the SBOOI is quite a pleasure to shoot, and I really lucked out with the 'Cron. Very clean and sharp. Entirely usable for anything. Not exactly pocketable, though, so not in...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-18-2019
Replies: 2,125
Views: 591,891
Posted By LCSmith
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/40172281663_6f...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7849/40172281663_6f972b2806_b.jpg

This is my IIIF RD ST with collapsible Summicron. Both the body and lens were born in 1955.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-15-2019
Replies: 111
Views: 3,890
Posted By LCSmith
For many artists the tools they use matter and...

For many artists the tools they use matter and have value for their work which is highly personal and unquantifiable. Some people just "connect" with certain tools. I am not saying that collectors do...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 02-13-2019
Replies: 157
Views: 28,959
Posted By LCSmith
Street photography is really the only kind of...

Street photography is really the only kind of photography I do. I am in New York and Philadelphia each once a week just to do street photography.

I have used just about every type of camera listed...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 02-12-2019
Replies: 31
Views: 671
Posted By LCSmith
Many thanks for the mentions. I am grateful for...

Many thanks for the mentions. I am grateful for the encouragement.

Mlehrman

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/3187/U3187I1549859890.SEQ.0.jpg

Robert Hill...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 02-11-2019
Replies: 28
Views: 1,504
Posted By LCSmith
It doesn't really bother me, these special...

It doesn't really bother me, these special edition pieces. Some investment banker will buy one for his wife for Valentine's Day and who knows, maybe it will save their marriage.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-11-2019
Replies: 0
Views: 225
Posted By LCSmith
SGVOO vs. SOOUT: Opinions?

I am looking to pick up a 90mm screw mount lens, probably an Elmar, for my IIIF, which means I need a 90mm finder. I see the two main contenders are SGVOO and SOOUT, and I would be interested to know...
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 02-10-2019
Replies: 67
Views: 6,427
Posted By LCSmith
What a great story of a camera find and recovery.

What a great story of a camera find and recovery.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-09-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,423
Posted By LCSmith
Interesting idea. Thanks, Cal.

Interesting idea. Thanks, Cal.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,423
Posted By LCSmith
Good advice. Thank you.

Good advice. Thank you.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,423
Posted By LCSmith
I also have a kind of phobia about optical view...

I also have a kind of phobia about optical view finders that attach to the hotshoe. I was shooting street in Philadelphia and my SBKOO slipped out and landed on the cold hard pavement of that dirty...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,423
Posted By LCSmith
Holy guacamole, that's a big a$$ viewfinder on...

Holy guacamole, that's a big a$$ viewfinder on the screw mount.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2019
Replies: 361
Views: 116,461
Posted By LCSmith
I learned my lesson buying Zeiss and Voigtlander...

I learned my lesson buying Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses. I quickly realized I didn't like how they rendered or especially the ergonomics. Then I sold them and really felt the weight of my...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 02-08-2019
Replies: 34
Views: 2,423
Posted By LCSmith
I have my eyes on a 35 3.5 Summaron and I am...

I have my eyes on a 35 3.5 Summaron and I am thinking of getting a SBLOO, but it just seems so ridiculous that the accessory finder costs almost as much or even as much as a Leica Screw Mount camera!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 02-08-2019
Replies: 74
Views: 2,991
Posted By LCSmith
Not nearly as much as I should. I usually only...

Not nearly as much as I should. I usually only buy when I run out, or I am about to run out. That's just how I roll (pun intended).
Forum: RFF Polls 02-07-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,763
Posted By LCSmith
I believe the question was raised more out of...

I believe the question was raised more out of curiosity than a desire to know whether a correct method existed.
Forum: Analog DarkRoom / Printing 02-06-2019
Replies: 960
Views: 190,880
Posted By LCSmith
Erik, your sense of tone is exquisite and...

Erik, your sense of tone is exquisite and consistent. Low contrast, but somehow far from flat. Like a smooth, gentle voice. We are fortunate to experience your work, even if by pixels.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-06-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,093
Posted By LCSmith
Also, that the 50mm Summicron is the only lens I...

Also, that the 50mm Summicron is the only lens I need to do what I do.
Forum: Photography General Interest 02-06-2019
Replies: 70
Views: 2,093
Posted By LCSmith
Opportunities happen through relationships. The...

Opportunities happen through relationships.

The most successful people in whatever field prioritize making and maintaining good relationships.

I'm still in my thirties so I guess I have time to...
Forum: RFF Polls 02-06-2019
Replies: 71
Views: 1,763
Posted By LCSmith
When I am composing vertically, I hold the camera...

When I am composing vertically, I hold the camera clockwise, I suppose, but I hold the camera with my right hand only and press the shutter release with my thumb. Because of the weight and...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 07-15-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 2,049
Posted By LCSmith
Bill, Why do you ask the question? LC

Bill,

Why do you ask the question?

LC
Forum: RFF Polls 07-15-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By LCSmith
It's a cliche we've all heard, but I think it's...

It's a cliche we've all heard, but I think it's well-said. The digital media are ephemeral by nature and design. They are only pixels and numbers, the choreographed vomit of electricity. There's...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-15-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By LCSmith
Digital files are fleeting and frail. Prints will...

Digital files are fleeting and frail. Prints will last hundreds of years. I think a sense of impermanence and permanence, respectively, can affect and has affected how and why people make...
Forum: RFF Polls 07-14-2018
Replies: 71
Views: 2,267
Posted By LCSmith
wow! RFF is a lot older than I thought!

wow! RFF is a lot older than I thought!
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,391
Posted By LCSmith
Nick, All joking aside -- if, as you say, it is...

Nick,

All joking aside -- if, as you say, it is your desire to become a better photographer and not simply to own all the equipment you might need for every possible situation in the most...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-09-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,391
Posted By LCSmith
The DSLR-man is a considerate consumer. He weighs...

The DSLR-man is a considerate consumer. He weighs his gear options conscientiously in the clean, efficient space of his web-browser. For DSLR-man buying gear is like a game of Tetris. He very much...
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,391
Posted By LCSmith
Yes. Always.

Yes. Always.
Forum: Photography General Interest 07-07-2018
Replies: 275
Views: 10,391
Posted By LCSmith
This. Iíve been traveling the past couple weeks...

This.

Iíve been traveling the past couple weeks and Iíve seen not a few DSLR-men. Theyíre often wearing basketball shorts and some kind of performance T-shirt and sports sunglasses. They are aiming...
Forum: Roger Hicks -- Author of The Rangefinder Book 07-02-2018
Replies: 86
Views: 4,105
Posted By LCSmith
I admit I don’t get it.

I admit I don’t get it.
Forum: Simon Says -- SimonSawSunlight Photo Technique 06-19-2018
Replies: 57
Views: 6,651
Posted By LCSmith
One of my favorite cameras is a Nikonos III, an...

One of my favorite cameras is a Nikonos III, an all manual underwater film camera with a viewfinder but no rangefinder. It's my go-to camera on snowy and rainy days and of course in the water.
Forum: Photography General Interest 06-18-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 1,520
Posted By LCSmith
Excellent topic. Seeing and snapping from the...

Excellent topic.

Seeing and snapping from the beginning was the point of the Leica. Seeing and snapping is not the willy-nilly enterprise it seems to be. Seeing and snapping is informed by years of...
Forum: Leica M Lenses and Images 06-18-2018
Replies: 79
Views: 11,004
Posted By LCSmith
Interesting. The rant at the end of the review is...

Interesting. The rant at the end of the review is a rather sad piece of apoplectic vitriol.
Forum: Leica Screw Mount / LTM Cameras 06-18-2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2,024
Posted By LCSmith
What makes a "walkabout" lens? Sanctioning by the...

What makes a "walkabout" lens? Sanctioning by the Society of Australian Aboriginal Photographers?
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 06-18-2018
Replies: 20
Views: 1,257
Posted By LCSmith
This. I see an analogy to expensive cameras in...

This.

I see an analogy to expensive cameras in expensive guitars. People buy a Leica because Cartier-Bresson used one, just like they buy a Gibson or Fender or Martin guitar because BB King or Tom...
Forum: Leica M10, 240 family, M-P, M60 06-14-2018
Replies: 74
Views: 4,169
Posted By LCSmith
The visoflex on a rangefinder is the equivalent...

The visoflex on a rangefinder is the equivalent of bumper-bowling and training wheels.
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 06-11-2018
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By LCSmith
mcfingon https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgall...

mcfingon

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/51008/U51008I1528103058.SEQ.1.jpg

Mlehrman

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/3187/U3187I1528175084.SEQ.0.jpg

Lawrence
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
I confess not to have understood all of your...

I confess not to have understood all of your post, Ko. Fe., but I will elaborate about why I thought it might be a digital mindset. With digital, one may shoot at 1.4, let's say, more easily and...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
It all depends on personal preference, of course;...

It all depends on personal preference, of course; but none of my rangefinder lenses, even the fast ones, is so heavy that I wouldn't want to carry it around all day. Maybe I will feel differently...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
Oh no! I have failed to communicate. I was only...

Oh no! I have failed to communicate. I was only responding to the idea about lens design and the compromises of a fast lens, and that it was possible some logic existed in eschewing fast lenses for...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
This is also my line of reasoning. If you are...

This is also my line of reasoning. If you are close enough to the subject that subject separation is inevitable, why not allow yourself some room for depth of field? I rarely shoot a portrait under...
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
I try not to frequent those sites, "Flesh-lover"...

I try not to frequent those sites, "Flesh-lover" (lovely!), but while the spirit is willing the flesh is weak.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
This is interesting. So it is possible that I am...

This is interesting. So it is possible that I am committing actual photographic gaucherie when I stop down to f/8 with my ZM Sonnar?
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 06-07-2018
Replies: 24
Views: 899
Posted By LCSmith
Fast Lens Only For Shooting Wide-Open?

I confess to have found myself wading through the rotten dregs of lens reviews and a reviewer made the (strange, I thought) remark that one ought only to use a "fast lens" at widest aperture....
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 06-07-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 530
Posted By LCSmith
Possibly not enough agitation during the fix....

Possibly not enough agitation during the fix. Fixing benefits from rigorous agitation. I had a similar problem once when I fixed using the agitation twirler-stick with my Paterson instead of...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By LCSmith
I've tried several lenses. Each one makes a sound...

I've tried several lenses. Each one makes a sound under the same circumstances, when focusing from infinity to 0.7 but no sound when focusing in the reverse direction. The lenses do not make sounds...
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 06-06-2018
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By LCSmith
Odd Sound from M2

Irrespective of which lens is mounted, when I turn the focus ring in the direction of infinity to 0.7m, a slight grating sound is made (like metal on metal, e.g. sharpening a knife, though NOT very...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-30-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 825
Posted By LCSmith
This is my nomination. Wonderful image!

This is my nomination. Wonderful image!
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-30-2018
Replies: 21
Views: 825
Posted By LCSmith
Many thanks, Ko and M!

Many thanks, Ko and M!
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-29-2018
Replies: 47
Views: 1,362
Posted By LCSmith
The real cost of film is quite low compared to...

The real cost of film is quite low compared to digital, if we are thinking in broader historical terms. How many of your digital photographs will still be around in 50 years? The silver negative, on...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-25-2018
Replies: 677
Views: 50,448
Posted By LCSmith
High dynamic range

High dynamic range
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-25-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Indeed, much is in between the ears. What...

Indeed, much is in between the ears. What tantalizes is that it is not all between the ears. I think your analogy of belief is correctly stated. The best expression of this paradox is of course old...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-25-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Interesting thesis. I admit, I don't see the...

Interesting thesis. I admit, I don't see the theology connection.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-25-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Interesting. I don't understand your meaning.

Interesting. I don't understand your meaning.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-25-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Agreed. I think a lot about the phenomenology of...

Agreed.

I think a lot about the phenomenology of machines, which will not interest most photographers.

Machines such as the film Ms have a kind of harmony of parts. Everything in the machine...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-25-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 940
Posted By LCSmith
Many thanks, James and Tony! I like the feeling...

Many thanks, James and Tony!

I like the feeling of tension in this:

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/38373/U38373I1526772668.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By LCSmith
Erik, the quality and tones of your prints are...

Erik, the quality and tones of your prints are exquisite and refined; quite frankly, they inspire me to work on the craft.
Forum: Leica M Film Cameras 05-24-2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By LCSmith
Midtown glass M3 + 90mm 2.8...

Midtown glass
M3 + 90mm 2.8 Elmarit-M

https://www.rangefinderforum.com/rffgallery/gallery/74372/U74372I1526248449.SEQ.0.jpg
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-22-2018
Replies: 131
Views: 10,142
Posted By LCSmith
Monorail cameras aren't much fun. Not a bit of...

Monorail cameras aren't much fun. Not a bit of fun on hot, sweltering days. Nope. Not designed for fun at all. Not one bit.

In fact, I have found that to be true of every large format camera I have...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Thanks, Cal. That sounds like a sad and pathetic...

Thanks, Cal. That sounds like a sad and pathetic exchange. I'm sorry you had to endure it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
By the same token, Cal, for the sake of...

By the same token, Cal, for the sake of intellectual honesty you must concede that others like myself may propose legitimate reasons for disliking the digital M. It isn't all envy.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
I get it. What can I say, the digital Ms don’t...

I get it. What can I say, the digital Ms don’t feel at all like film Ms to me. To each her own.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Completely agree. I totally get the Leica as a...

Completely agree. I totally get the Leica as a status symbol; and for a lot of people, status symbols are important. When you make partner you have to trade in the old Beamer. I get it.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
To be sure, for professional or serious portrait...

To be sure, for professional or serious portrait photographers or sports photographers or landscape photographers the iPhone isn't going to cut it; but I'm neither serious nor professional. I make...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
A relevant anecdote: A friend who has an M10...

A relevant anecdote:

A friend who has an M10 showed me some pictures recently which he took with the M10 and the 28mm 2.8 Elmarit ASPH. They looked like iPhone pictures, which is not surprising...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-22-2018
Replies: 115
Views: 4,631
Posted By LCSmith
Puts posits: One thinks of something Laszlo...

Puts posits:



One thinks of something Laszlo Moholy-Nagy said in 1936:



Regarding the digital M's, I gave them an honest try. As beautiful as they are as objects, in use they seemed to me like...
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 05-21-2018
Replies: 112
Views: 3,669
Posted By LCSmith
Smile Ko.Fe. your posts always crack me up.

Ko.Fe. your posts always crack me up.
Forum: Fuji X-100 Series 05-20-2018
Replies: 29
Views: 2,678
Posted By LCSmith
Not a terrible idea. One positive would be that...

Not a terrible idea. One positive would be that you wouldn't have to worry about dust on the sensor from changing lenses.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,610
Posted By LCSmith
Categories are only useful inasmuch as they...

Categories are only useful inasmuch as they describe. Once a category prescribes then it is no longer useful as a category for the artist. The distinction between descriptive and prescriptive is very...
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-19-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,610
Posted By LCSmith
There's a lot of bad street photography. But...

There's a lot of bad street photography.

But good street photography is assuredly not social documentary. A good street photograph (and we use the term because there isn't a better one) is a...
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-18-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 966
Posted By LCSmith
I also use a little air purifier in my office. It...

I also use a little air purifier in my office. It really cuts down on the ambient dust.
Forum: Scanners / Scanner Software 05-18-2018
Replies: 31
Views: 966
Posted By LCSmith
Yep, this is what I use.

Yep, this is what I use.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-17-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,610
Posted By LCSmith
The last thing I want to be is polemical, so...

The last thing I want to be is polemical, so please understand that I do not take issue with you individually; but something you said does interest me quite a bit.

You hear a lot of this sort of...
Forum: Critique / Salon / Picks / Most Views 05-17-2018
Replies: 22
Views: 986
Posted By LCSmith
Many thanks for the mentions! I'm most grateful.

Many thanks for the mentions! I'm most grateful.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-16-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,610
Posted By LCSmith
Agreed. Nothing is so easy as a bad street...

Agreed.

Nothing is so easy as a bad street photograph, and nothing so difficult as a good one.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 05-16-2018
Replies: 41
Views: 1,610
Posted By LCSmith
Ninety percent of the photography I do is street...

Ninety percent of the photography I do is street photography. I am in New York one day and Philadelphia one day every week only to do street photography.

A *good* street photograph is inimitable,...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-13-2018
Replies: 677
Views: 50,448
Posted By LCSmith
Crispy (when referring to a photograph)

Crispy (when referring to a photograph)
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,728
Posted By LCSmith
Which is precisely why it interests.

Which is precisely why it interests.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-12-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,728
Posted By LCSmith
Yes, this has been the unanticipated revelation.

Yes, this has been the unanticipated revelation.
Forum: Technique: How To Shoot It 05-11-2018
Replies: 35
Views: 1,728
Posted By LCSmith
I think a lot about these questions. Your...

I think a lot about these questions. Your response to the pictures is correct. They are fine pictures by good artists interested in their craft; but we tire of such plasticity. We may ask why. NB:...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By LCSmith
I see what you mean. Thank you for the...

I see what you mean. Thank you for the explanation.

One thinks of the ancient distinction between aesthetics and callistics, or what is formally beautiful (e.g. a nice-looking vase) vs. what is...
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By LCSmith
Which means the "error" in focus is not so much...

Which means the "error" in focus is not so much an error as a fact of the medium. Depth of field is especially shallow at that focal distance. It looks sharp enough to me.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By LCSmith
Click on the link and look at the scan. It's a...

Click on the link and look at the scan. It's a 4x5 negative.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 3,039
Views: 735,421
Posted By LCSmith
On earth as it is in heaven. Shot on Hasselblad...

On earth as it is in heaven. Shot on Hasselblad 500 C/M kit with Zeiss 80/2.8. I still can't believe I sold that camera.
Forum: Photography General Interest 05-10-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By LCSmith
Of course, documentation for HABS, HAER, and HALS...

Of course, documentation for HABS, HAER, and HALS is still done with large format silver negatives and will be for the foreseeable future. The reasons are simple: stability and ease of access....
Forum: Sigma / Foveon Cameras 04-30-2018
Replies: 101
Views: 7,283
Posted By LCSmith
Those are phenomenal colors. Great photos too!

Those are phenomenal colors. Great photos too!
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-29-2018
Replies: 35
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Views: 1,591
Posted By LCSmith
Thank you for taking the time to respond. I think...

Thank you for taking the time to respond. I think you may have misunderstood my meaning, which is no doubt my fault for poorly articulating it.

I have always marveled at the University of Michigan...
Forum: Rangefinder Photography Discussion 04-28-2018
Replies: 62
Views: 4,099
Posted By LCSmith
I have to be honest. I donít like the look of...

I have to be honest. I donít like the look of Kodachrome. But I will certainly check out the picture.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-27-2018
Replies: 35
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Views: 1,591
Posted By LCSmith
Thanks for taking time to reply and for...

Thanks for taking time to reply and for articulating your disagreement so well. I suspect that the EVF has been a glorious revelation to you because you are already a good photographer. You use it...
Forum: Photography General Interest 04-27-2018
Replies: 83
Views: 2,166
Posted By LCSmith
I don't like the look my 50 summilux asph gives...

I don't like the look my 50 summilux asph gives on bw film. The images are so sharp so as to seem unreal. That's not the look I'm going for with bw film prints.
Forum: Film / Developing / Chemistry 04-27-2018
Replies: 28
Views: 1,046
Posted By LCSmith
I do not keep a record of what I am shooting when...

I do not keep a record of what I am shooting when I am shooting film. If I did, I would record f-stop, shutter speed, and subject matter.
Forum: Bill Pierce - Leica M photog and author 04-27-2018
Replies: 35
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Views: 1,591
Posted By LCSmith
These are interesting questions which I also...

These are interesting questions which I also consider from time to time. My entrance into "serious" photography was through Fujifilm's mirrorless cameras, then to Sony's mirrorless, and now finally...
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