Leica D-Lux 5

Searchin’ for that train…

I have some great memories from my childhood, many of which seem to become more and more lucid the older I get, and the more I watch my own great kids grow.  One of my fondest memories was of the Christmas I got my first train set from “Santa” (thanks Mom and Dad; I love you!).  It was a Märklin set, and it included an engine just like this one here, same color even!  Man I loved that train set, and I played with it day in and day out.  Heck, I even had a conductors cap and baton I’d wave about while racing that train around the tracks.  Those memories cam rushing back when I saw this scene the other day, so I was glad I had my little pocket Leica with me to score the brackets needed to create this.  And, while I did not have my big ol’ Nikon D700 and 24mm PC-E (tilt-shift) lens with me, I knew I’d have no problems getting the “toy” look I was after once I got home to my Mac; once I processed my brackets and got the shot looking the way I wanted, all I had to do was bust out my trusty FocalPoint 2 Software (part of OnOne Software’s Perfect Photo Suite of post-processing goodness) and I was easily able to finish the shot off with a tilt-shift identical to what an expensive tilt-shift lens would give me.  Sweet!!

BTW, I processed this photograph to the song Train, by 4 Non Blondes.  Rockin!

Salvador rides again…

What with the beautiful weather we’ve been having of late, I decided to explore Berlin a bit today during my lunch hour.  Not wanting to drag all my gear about with me, however, I carried only my little pocket Leica and my tripod.  I have to admit, I do love that little combo for its convenience.  For today’s explore, I had in mind to shoot this bike, which I had actually found about a week earlier (though I did not have a proper camera and tripod along at the time), so off I went to bring back the brackets.  What caught my eye about this bike, and the reason I wanted to share it with you, was the Salvador Daliesque look of the thing.  I still can’t figure out how the wheels warped that way.  Anyone have a clue?

That Little Red Dot

In my continuing effort to broaden my photographic skill set, I’ve been shooting a little bit of everything, rather than forcing myself to stick with shooting only Urbex.  Today, I decided to see what I could shoot around the house, and I’ll post some of the shots I’ve come away with here on the blog.  Just like I spent some time playing with my 50mm lens recently, I chose, this time, to shoot with my 90mm Macro lens.  This allowed me the chance to look at things much more closely than I usually do, which gave me all sorts of cool ideas.  Instead of wondering what to shoot, I started to see photographic possibilities in almost everything, from the tip of a knife, to the edges of a flower petal.  I might even post some of those later today, but for now I’ll leave you with a shot of my favorite pocket camera, my trusty Leica D-Lux 5.

Triangularity

Did I mention how much fun I’ve been having just running and gunning with my fabulous little Leica D-Lux 5?  Man, what freedom to create one has when not weighed down by a ton of gear.  Sure, I still love my big guns, but this with my Leica I feel like the light cavalry charging down the hill to smite mine enemy!!  Here’s a little architectural goodness I shot yesterday morning while in the center of Berlin with my family and close friends.

See the Sun

Had a fantastic day with my amazing wife and daughters in the middle of Berlin today, winding things down by looking up into the roof dome of the Sony Center as the sun was setting.  Man do I ever love this kind of light to work with!  Sure was glad I’d brought my little Leica D-Lux 5 with me to capture this scene on our way home.  I really like the way this one came out, and I’m thinking it would be perfect in Black & White as a canvas print to hang in my office.

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