Daily Inspiration #198 by Alfred Corrodi

Hi Steve,

I was out with my son yesterday afternoon. Kind of a dull day, lots of fog, coldish, wet. Mommy was home with a stomach bug so the two boys made sure the small town of Zug wasn’t save for a few hours.

I was running after him (he is 4 and on his first bike) when all of a sudden the sky broke up a bit. No wind, totally calm waters, and that scenery.

I ran to to lake shore, Elio just behind me. He stumbled with his bike and fell into a puddle. No worries, he pointed at the scenery and wanted to go swimming (!!??) :-))





  1. Hey thanks!
    Likewise on your post, stunning, both content and execution of skills.
    See the mountain in the back with the fog rising (or cloud hovering)? Theybsay it houses ghosts from farmers with unfinished business.
    We are looking at buying a 400 year old house nearby. I’ll keep my cameras ready?

    • Thank you. The house sounds wonderful. Where are you located?

      We live in Nashville in a log cabin from the 1830s. Best decision we ever made buying it. I hope you get the house and would love to see how you capture it.


  2. Ok – thank you all very, very much.

    True, it is not about the camera but it helps to have a good one that one finds time to master, too (!). A rangefinder is difficult to shoot well, so is a Hasselblad, methinks.

    The photos were in fact shot with my new M9 Titanium and were, believe it or not, the very first shots I made with the body and the lens that came with it. I took it out because I did not want to shlepp my 20 pounds of Hassi (H4D50 and yes, I do chase my boy with it, sometimes – see attached shot) nor Nikons. Oh yes, the D3X is very good for chasing him, but it’s boring 🙂
    Horses for courses.

    The Leica M9 and its lenses don’t make better pictures per se not event technically (except for the new Noctilux which comes from another galaxy), BUT it makes you WANT to make better pictures. That is all that counts.
    An old Hasselblad 500 with some good film also makes you WANT to make better, different, sensual, calm, creamy pictures. I bet you you succeed if you try!

    Same is true – for me at least – for the new Hasselblads.

    The Nikons are sensational and just work … always … but it is hard to get a feeling for/with them, even though I have used them for 30 years. Same is true for the Leica S2. Great but sterile.

    Not sure if you care to know that – sorry for my gadget rambling.

    In the end, the body you happen to have with you when opportunity, emotion, scenery presents itself is the one that must do. Never think “if only I had taken …” shoot and enjoy (and hopefully you took your time to master it beforehand!)



    Technicalities: Taken in Zug, Switzerland about 15:00 or so. Post processed in C1 (LR seems to have a bug with M9 DNGs) then in SFX Pro 2. Only twisting was a bit of shadow/highlights/contrast and clarity … not too much otherwise you get those funny edges, and some selective brightening since wife figured it looked too much like those cards you send for condolence 😉
    See unadjusted original attached. F4, 1/4000, ISO160, focus on rower (sharp! 🙂 )

    PS: I would have loved to have my 50MP Hassi with me shooting that – except that I wouldn’t have gotten to the lake in time with it …

    [img]http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Custom Name 20110225_M9T_0002-Edit-Edit.jpg[/img]

    • PS: For “horses for courses” illustration – the second shot was done with H4D50, HTS and HCD 28 – one shot, F16, 11s ISO50 – no dof bracketing or HDR. Don’t think you could do that with an M9
      If anybody cares and Steve is ok with it, I can post some fullsize JPG – they are huge though

  3. Great job, Mr. Corrodi. Gotta love those Swiss landscapes! Stunning indeed.. 1 and 3 are amazing. But yes, which of all of this gear was used here?

  4. Great pictures. A few questions though. Where were they taken, with what equipment and how were they post processed?

      • I doubt he was chasing his 4 year old with Hasselblad digital equipment in his back pocket. 😉

        Hovering the cursor over the pics brings up a notation that contains, in part, the notation M9T. You Leica folks will need to say whether that means what I suspect it to mean.

        Regardless of that, however, they are absolutely stunning!

  5. That’s what I call photography!

    I could hang that first one on the wall and look at it day after day after day.. What an eye, Alfred! ..and who cares what the camera or the lens was; it’s the EYE that counts!

  6. Beautiful DI! Stunning photos and brilliant story, such eloquent description of a intimate memory!

  7. Amazing!!!! I love dark and gloomy weather, so much character. Shooting in bad weather is always a personal battle to either stay warm and dry inside or venture out and see what happens. Great job!

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