Daily Inspiration #942 By Jim Collins

Brandon and Steve,

As many others have remarked your site is an informative and interesting resources for photography – both equipment and images – so thanks for your effort.

My submission for your Daily Inspiration are three monochrome images shot this last Sunday in Manhattan using my Leica 246 Monochrome with 28mm and 50mm lens. I have been using one or another Leica since I was about five years old and my father showed me how to use his Leica IIIc and G.E. lightmeter. Other than a Hasselblad SWC/M no camera other than a Leica has ever felt quite right to my hands and held against my eye. While it took me a while to wander from analog into digital the Leica 246 Monochrome is a lovely combination of digital convenience with analog-like imaging.

 

The first image (50mm Summilux) – of the Speed Graphic – was taken while in conversation with a wonderful Manhattan character and photographer to tourists. If you visit B and H Photo on Sunday’s or Union Square on Saturday’s you will inevitably see him and if you have a camera in hand you have an instant New Best Friend. He has configured the Speed Graphic with a Polaroid back and a bulb flash unit the better to work his craft – he particularly likes baby photography as new parents are almost pathetically eager to have a photographic memory of the babies’ first visit to New York.

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The second photograph (again 50mm Summilux) was taken on New York’s High Line. The cityscape backdrop is painted on the side of a building adjacent to the High Line – really quite an expansive work and conducive to black and white images as it itself is, well, black and white.

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Finally, the pizza maker (28mm Summicron) was simply a quick shot through the plate glass window of a pizza shop on 5th Avenue near 23rd Street. Not a particularly striking image per se, but it does a nice job of showing the dynamic range of the Leica 246.

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Again, thanks for the terrific effort that is your site and all the best,

Jim Collins

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  1. Interesting images showing the tonality range possible with your camera. FWIW, I find that I can achieve pretty darn wide DR (plus excellent sharpness and detail) with my FujiFilm XT-1 in combination with the Photoshop Silver Effects plug-in. Thanks again for sharing!

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