Essays / date / August 2011

The weather at the Iowa State Fair was better this year than any I’ve been too previously. I took about 250 shots with the M9. I’m getting the feel…I miss more shots due to exposure than manual focusing, but that’s remedied by paying closer attention!

The Great Bike Ride Across Iowa…10,000 bicyclists, 450 miles, six overnight stops, lots of local flavor at each stop along the way. Coralville was the last night and they pulled out all the stops, including .38 Special!

My second real outing with the M9, and considering it was 95 degrees it was great to work with a light camera and one lens. Manual focusing is coming easily, but I still have a bit of work to do on the successful framing of images.

These are the first few shots I've processed. I'll post a second set after I sort through again.

So the M9 is here and in action. Summicron 50mm f/2 for everything. I’m stunned by the rendering and color…these photographs have soul!

I’m [very] colorblind, and tend to think photographically in black and white. Usually, I only leave images in color at the request of others, but the color rendition is stunning even to me. I’m used to heavy post processing and these images leave me wondering what to tweak (and in the end, just leaving them alone).

Nothing fancy, just a day at the antique shops and brewery of the Amana Colonies to put the camera through it’s paces. I’m learning the rangefinder as well as trying to remember to manually make my settings, so not everything is right yet, but this is already thrilling!