Friday, July 30, 2010

17 Mile Drive

More pictures from the Monterey Bay Area featuring the 17 mile drive that winds through Pebble Beach to Carmel. All photos were taken with the Leica M-9 with the 90mm Elmarit 2.8 and processed with Adobe Lightroom 3.0, Nik and Topaz plug-ins.
In this first picture you see one of the world famous Cypress trees at  Cypress Point. The skies where overcast and the ocean calm which is common for early summer.
A lone fisherman on the colorful rocks, Pebble Beach.
Who is watching who? I love this picture with the young lady taking a picture of the chipmunk as another one is checking out her pocket for some goodies.
Looking over the side of the cliff down at the blue water.
On the beach the remains of a seal, just skin and a few bones are left.
Looking south from Cypress Point towards Big Sur.
A rocky beach between Pebble Beach and Carmel.
Looking down through a Cypress tree to the rocks and ocean below.
A last look at a Cypress tree which almost growing out of the rocks.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Moss Landing

We took a drive down the California coast on Wednesday and here are some of the images I took. All were taken with the Leica M-9 using the Elmarit-M 90mm 2.8 lens. Today's pictures are from a quick stop at the working harbor of Moss Landing. Starting with this interesting view of the smoke stacks of the local cement factory taken from across the Moss Landing harbor.
Processed with Adobe Lightroom 3.0 and Viveza 2.
Working fishing boats sharing the harbor with small sailboats.
Point Lobos a local location and the name of this boat, they do lots of whale watching from this harbor.
This is where the fish are processed and sold. Note the Pelican perched on the processing equipment watching and waiting for a handout.
A working boat docked and ready for tomorrow.
As you may have guessed all of the photos were taken on a dreary overcast morning, not that unusual for this time of year. Next stop is the famous 17 mile drive.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Contrasting Elements

A few interesting pictures taken with the Leica D-Lux 4.

1940's Chevy truck sitting out in the open air waiting for service. This photo was taken at a local garage that has a interesting client base. On any day you may see everything from a new Bentley to a vintage Ferrari. In this picture the brightness of the chrome grill is what caught my eye and is in complete contrast to the dirty windshield and faded paint.
Close up of the grill converted to black and white using Nik Software Silver Efex Pro. The reflections off the grill really jumps out at you.
Going back to nature a overgrown garden cart with strong filtered light highlighting the leaves and spokes of the wheel. You never know where you may find a interesting photo opportunity. That is one of the reasons I try to carry a camera with me. The D-Lux 4 is great for throwing into your pocket or purse.
I'm not sure who is more interested, looking through the glass a safe way to meet new friends.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Follow Up

Just a few words and pictures to follow up on my experience with Elmarit 90mm.  The first picture is a black and white of a flowering agapanthus in my garden just as the sunlight was filtering through the plants. The photo was processed in Adobe Lightroom 3.0.
This next photo was taken at the minimum focal distance of about 3.0 feet at f4.0. I was sitting on a bench, stuck my foot out, focused on the tied laces. You see the sharpness at the point of focus and the softening of the image as you go away from the focus point.
The other images are indicative of the quality of the lens as you get the focusing down. It seems that I'm now on target with about 70 percent of my shots. Not bad as I have a feeling my eyesight isn't what it used to be.
The horse photo was taken on our walk and she welcomes the attention and carrots that we bring.
Old farming equipment is also a familiar site and makes for interesting photographs. This one was taken from beyond a fence and through some over grown grasses and weeds.
I will finish up with a enhanced photograph of this flower taken through a chain link fence. I processed in Adobe Lightroom 3.0 and then with Topaz Filter Adjust 4 I enhanced the detail of the image.