Puerto Rico, India, Family… 2013 & the Leica M240 By Bob Boyd

Puerto Rico, India, Family… 2013 & the Leica M240
By Bob Boyd

Hey Steve,

2013 was a very busy year for me. Lots of work. Lots of travel. We took a family trip to beautiful Puerto Rico in July (our first ever outside the states as a family) and then I had the opportunity to return to India this past fall to document some mission work in the field. I’ve shot both an M and an SLR for the last 5 years but for personal work, it’s almost always the M. I made the decision to jump to the M240 early – mainly because of the ISO limitations of the M9 – and was fortunate enough to get an early copy last spring through my longtime Leica dealer, Ken Hansen.

I thought I would share some of my favorite images from this past year with a brief description.

Here’s to a great 2014 for you and your site!

All the best,

Bob Boyd

www.bobboyd.net

A bay near El Morro, Puerto Rico. (Zeiss 21mm f/2.8)

Bay near El Morro, Puerto Rico

Paths… (Left) a path of doorways at Fort El Morro and (right) Two brothers walk along the beach at sunset in, Puerto Rico. (50mm Lux ASPH)

Paths...

Coast Guard boat at sunrise near the ferry for Culebra, Puerto Rico. (35mm Lux ASPH)

Coast Guard at sunrise

Ocean play at sunset… Isle of Culebra, Puerto Rico (50mm Lux ASPH)

Ocean play at sunset...

Graffitied Tank… The kids inspect an old rusted out tank on the beach in Culebra, Puerto Rico. (35mm Lux ASPH)

Graffitied tank

Room with a View… Windows of a watchtower open to a beautiful scenic view in the Puerto Rican rainforest of El Yunque.  (Zeiss 21mm f/2.8)

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Fire in the sky… A firey sunset illuminates the post-rain mist on the mountainsides in Puerto Rico. (50mm Lux ASPH)

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Amritsar, India… A Sikh woman bows in the middle of tourists at the entrance of Harmandir Sahib – the “Golden Temple”. (50mm Lux ASPH)

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A Sikh man and his bike outside Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar. (50mm Lux ASPH)

A Sikh man and his bike outside Harmandir Sahib in Amritsar.

A Sikh man in Amritsar, India (right) and a Christian woman in Punjab, India (left). (50mm Lux ASPH (l), 90mm Summarit/ISO6400 (r)

Common Differences...

Indian Corridors… (Left) Golden sunset light pours into a market area in Amritsar, India. (Right) A mother walks her children to the village school bus stop.

(50mm Lux ASPH (l), 90mm Summarit (r))

Indian Corridors...

A remote village area. Punjab, India (35mm Lux ASPH)

A remote village area. Punjab, India

Two young boys playing in a village in Punjab, India.
(50mm Lux ASPH)

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An elderly man in a remote village in Pujab, India. (50mm Lux ASPH)

An elderly man in a remote village in Pujab, India.
Brick Factory A worker hauls new bricks at a brick factory in Punjab, India. (21mm Lux ASPH)

A worker hauls new bricks at a brick factory in Punjab, India.

Children playing with tire inner tubes along a dirt street in Punjab, India. (35mm Lux ASPH)

Children playing with tire inner tubes along a dirt street in Punjab, India.

A Mother’s love and pride on display as she holds her child. Punjab, India (21mm Lux ASPH)

Mother and child. Punjab, India

Two women rest on cots at a home in Punjab, India. (21mm Lux ASPH)

Two women rest on cots at a home in Punjab, India.

Village street scene. Punjab, India (35mm Lux ASPH)

Village street scene. Punjab, India

A woman prepares an evening meal in a small hut. Punjab, India (21mm Lux ASPH)

A woman prepares an evening meal in a small hut. Punjab, India

Market traffic… Punjab, India (21mm Lux ASPH)

Market traffic.  Punjab, India

I’ll end on one last personal image… My wife visiting her 88 year old grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. (50mm Lux ASPH)

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54 Comments

  1. I went to Puerto Rico few weeks ago and visited exactly the same places. Amazing! But I was not able to capture as beautiful photos like yours. Thanks for sharing!

  2. in the picture : A Sikh man in Amritsar, India (right) and a Christian woman in Punjab, India (left).
    description is inverted (left..right)

    I love these India pictures , such a wonderful place on earth

  3. A big thanks to all who took time to view the images and to those that commented.
    Thanks to Steve and Brandon for their work on a consistently great site.
    Happy shooting!

  4. I guess the 21 lux is a tremendous lens. It has an unique DOF, nothing compares. Very nice bokeh that you usually don’t see in this format. You talent is obvious, I dont need to talk about =)

    • Many thanks Osvaldo. It is definitely a unique lens and one that had been on my dream list for some time. I like my photos to have a sense of depth when possible (and appropriate) and when I found a clean used copy of the 21 Lux, I pounced. A wide view of the scene plus some shallow depth of field. Very happy with it.

  5. I think the 50 Lux is the most beautiful portrait lens I’ve seen. I love 50mm for portraits – more depth and feel than longer lenses. And the 50 Summilux has such great contrast and creamy bokeh! I also like the way your 21mm portraits perfectly capture the essence of the subjects’ surroundings. I feel like I’m in the room with them.

    A great variety of images beautiful images. Thanks for posting 🙂

  6. Lovely “moments in time” very well captured. I normally don’t comment but your work is outstanding. On a side note; thanks Steve for the wonderful content on your site, keep up the good work. Cheers 🙂 New Year

  7. Lovely shots and processed very well – great saturated colors without being over the top. Those ‘Luxes simply shine in your photos.

    • Thanks Tord. Yes, sadly, it’s a disease that can bring a range of emotions. There can be challenges but I’m glad I’m able to document the time we have with her.

    • Thanks Harv. I don’t remember the exact locations but we stayed in host homes through the week in several different villages. I love India and the Indian people. I wish I could have stayed for weeks longer…

    • Thanks Ivan. Indeed – my wife’s Grandmother helped us out greatly when we were first married. She’s quite sweet and funny and I love capturing these moments when when we visit her.

  8. Really enjoyed these, Bob!
    I’m especially partial to the people shots.
    I can’t get enough of the 50mm Lux ASPH — what a fantastic look.

    Keep ’em comin’!

    – Peter (Montreal)

  9. I love the photos AND love the captions telling me what and where thempic is AND the exact lens used, Thank you.

    • Thanks Pierre – I love the 21mm focal length. Something I fell into a bit by accident. Years ago, I picked up the Zeiss 21mm to be effectively a 28mm for my first Leica – a used M8. When I got the chance to upgrade to a used M9 later, I fell in love with the focal length as a true 21mm.

    • When I read this I couldn’t help wondering how long it would take someone to make a completely irrelevant remark about the equipment.
      These are nice images . Thanks for sharing them.

        • Beautiful pics in this set…and yes they were taken with some expensive gear…I don’t see the problem with stating the obvious.

          • The “obvious” is that envy is such an ugly color… doesn’t go with JL’s or your skin tones. But if you insist…

            See a lot of photo essays here and remain quiet cuz the photos are…meh or the author is ego-tripping

            These are gorgeous! Very nice…

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