Potted plant

Potted plant

Potted plant, Saratoga, CA

Kodak Tri-X 400. From the Leica year challenge.
Slighty overdeveloped: Developer – Kodak D-76 6.15min at 80F, Kodak Rapid Fixer with hardener (5 min at 80F).

Technical Details:

Camera: Leica M6 TTL Chrome
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 35mm
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm
ISO: 400
Date: May 2014

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Morning bench

Morning Bench

Morning bench, Santa Clara, CA

Kodak Tri-X 400. From the Leica year challenge.
Slighty overdeveloped: Developer – Kodak D-76 6.15min at 80F, Kodak Rapid Fixer with hardener (5 min at 80F).

Technical Details:

Camera: Leica M6 TTL Chrome
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 35mm
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm
ISO: 400
Date: May 2014

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Waiting at the carwash

Waiting at the carwash

Waiting at the carwash, Santa Clara, CA

Kodak Tri-X 400. From the Leica year challenge.
Slighty overdeveloped: Developer – Kodak D-76 6.15min at 80F, Kodak Rapid Fixer with hardener (5 min at 80F).

Technical Details:

Camera: Leica M6 TTL Chrome
Exposure: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Focal Length: 35mm
Lens: Leica Summilux 35mm
ISO: 400
Date: May 2014

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Birds

Birds

Birds on a electric line, Mission peak Regional Preserve, Fremont, CA

Hiking on a Saturday morning just after sunrise, at Mission peak Regional Preserve. Test drive of my LMMM setup. Simple, minimalist photos are so hard to take. But it is an aesthetic I seem to be liking more and more.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/250s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 21, 2013

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Mesh on Leaf

Mesh on leaf

Mesh on leaf, Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA

Day One of LMMM. The reflection of the mesh screen on the plant next to my table at lunch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/400s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Mirrors and Windows (and a camera)

Mirrors and Windows (and a camera)

Mirrors and Windows (and a camera), Kotetsu Ramen, Santa Clara, CA

Never realized \’selfies\’ are this much fun! What fun eating ramen for lunch, good conversation with friends and taking photographs. This is from Day One of LMMM.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Man checking phone

Man checking phone

Man checking phone, Outside a restaurant, Santa Clara, CA

Taken through a mesh screen at a Japanese restaurant – Kotetsu Ramen in Santa Clara, CA. The man in the photograph was sitting on a bench outside the restaurant while waiting for his table. I was, luckily, seated right by the window.

This was day one of the LMMMs. This is hard. I am realizing how much I don\’t know about dialing in the right shutter speed and focal length for a given ISO. I never knew I depended on the in-camera metering this much. Setting the ISO fixes to 1000 was a good idea.

Why did I choose 1000? Well, I know it is pretty high. But if I am to take photos every day, it will mostly be indoors, and I need a decent ISO to make low light photographs, and my camera can handle it. Day one has been very enjoyable so far. I am loving the look of my Konica Hexanon lens. It is not perfect – flares easily, soft wide-open….but so what! I love how the photos look. Someday I will have the vocabulary to describe what is so different, so nice about images from this lens.

What to change / add tomorrow? I need to start noting what aperture I\’m using for my photos somehow – for every frame. Is this going to be a phone app , or old-fashioned pen and paper? I am also using focus peaking a lot for manually focusing. However, after a couple of weeks, I am hoping I\’ll get the hang of manual focus without needing the focus-peaking crutch.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/?
Focal Length: 50mm (35mm conversion – 100mm)
Lens: Konica Hexanon AR 50mm f1.7 with Konica AR to Micro 4/3rds adaptor
ISO: 1000
Date: Dec 23, 2013

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Sunset Chilling

Sunset Chilling

Chilling at sunset, Carmel Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA

A couple enjoying sunset on Carmel Beach on a Wednesday evening.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-P5
Exposure: 1/800s at f/1.6
Focal Length: 25mm (35mm conversion – 50mm)
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G Micro 4/3 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 25mm f/1.4 Leica Aspherical Lens
ISO: 200
Date: 10/9/2013 evening

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The Last Supper diorama – Monsatir de Pedrables

The Last Supper Diorama -  MONSATIR DE PEDRABLES

The Last Supper Diorama – Monastir de Pedrables, Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

A diorama of the last supper with Jesus. The lower level in the monastery at Pedrables had a bunch of these very beautiful dioramas depicting the story of Jesus Christ..

This monastery was founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada Jaume II\’s queen as a place to retire to after the King passed away. You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s. Another link: www.barcelona.de.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/60s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012

Stairs Diorama – Monastir de Pedrables

Stairs Diorama - Monastir de Pedrables

Stairs Diorama – Monastir de Pedrables, Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

A diorama from the life of Jesus at the lower level in the monastery at Pedrables.

This monastery was founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada Jaume II\’s queen as a place to retire to after the King passed away. You can read more about this monastery at Frommer\’s. Another link: www.barcelona.de.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/8s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012

Dining room – Monastir de Pedrables

Dining room - Monastir de Pedrables

Dining room – Monastir de Pedrables, Barcelona, Spain

We took the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Barcelona. This was one of the places where we got off the bus – and we were the only ones. I was a little apprehensive that no other tourist wanted to check out this monastery … and we ended up liking it. It is a very peaceful place, founded in 1326 by Elisenda de Montcada, Jaume II\’s queen, as a place where she could retire to after the king\’s death (What a mobrbid thought – but I guess that\’s how it was in those days). She is also buried here. More about this place from Frommer\’s

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?
At Parc Guell
Clock Tower in Town square
Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo
Building in Veils

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Barcelona Doors – #1

Barcelona Doors - 1

Some door, Barcelona, Spain

I know I was fascinated by the doors, and the graffiti in Barcelona. Why? Maybe I was looking at photographs of doors before I went there?

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus PEN E-PL3
Exposure: 1/15s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012

Building in Veils

Building in veils

Building in Veils, Barcelona, Spain

After a long day with a lot of walking we were looking for a coffee shop and happened to walk along this street. We found ourselves in front of the Palau de la Musica deCatalana – however what caught my attention was the building next to it. This one, was under some renovation of some kind, and looked like it was covered with veils. However this corner had torn its veil and was basking gold in the evening light and the the light of the lamps, with its veil fluttering in the wind.

The lovely architecture of Barcelona in the pale evening light.

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/20s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 400
Date: March 02, 2012

Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo

Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo, Paseig de Gracia, Barcelona, Spain

We were walking down the Paseig de Gracia, window shopping, since the prices were not that attractive at all the uber branded stores! (Really! 90 euros for a tie-die like t-shirt?). It was around sunset. And luckily for me, the sun happened to shine in this exquisite way on the two modernist buildings side by side – Casa Amatller and Casa Batllo.

Of course, I could identify only Casa Battlo. Antoni Gaudi. A bit of time on a search engine helped me identify Casa Amatller – with its colorful steps profile. Casa Amatller is the work of another Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch.

Anyway, after photographing this building, and how nice looked in the light, we walked on. I must say that one can never ignore a modernist building (unless of course you pass by it twice a day..). Love it or hate, but you will notice it!

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?
At Parc Guell
Clock Tower in Town square

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/4000s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012

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Clock Tower in Town square

Clock Tower in town square

Clock Tower at Placa Rius I Taulet, Barcelona, Spain

We visited Parc Guell in Barcelona, and decided to walk to this square which the person at the apartment we were saying told us about. Actually, we wanted to take a cab – but no cab was ready to take four adults and a three year old – and since we didn\’t know exactly where we wanted to, we decided to walk.

The person had described the Placa Rius i Taulet as the town square of an old village, which is now a part of greater Barcelona. (I found out the name of this place today after a lot of searching! In my mind it was a town square with click tower..not very descriptive) He had told us that it was a very charming place. In the evenings, all the locals come and sit around here, order coffees or a glass of wine while the children run around and play (soccer!). It was such a great suggestion!

And it was just like what he had described. We ended up eating some tapas at a restaurant called Bo – they had yummy patats bravas and the deep fried padron peppers! Yum!

Other photos from Barcelona:
By La Rambla
Pillars
Arches
Gothic Cathedral – Barcelona
Cathedral Corner
La Seu – Color or Monochrome?
At Parc Guell

Technical Details:

Camera: Olympus E-PL3
Exposure: 1/2000s at f1.7
Focal Length: 20mm
Lens: Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
ISO: 200
Date: March 02, 2012

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