18 foto del deserto di Tabernas, fotografato con la Leica SL

Dopo il racconto del mio viaggio nel deserto, è ora il momento di pubblicare le foto scattate con la mia nuova Leica SL.
Questa, è stata la prima volta perché, come gia scritto in un post di qualche giorno fa, l’ho ricevuta solo due giorni prima della partenza per l’Andalusia, senza neanche aver tempo di familiarizzare ocn i settaggi e i pulsanti.

Amore a prima vista – Impressioni al primo utilizzo…

Gia rassicurato dagli elogi letti in giro e dal parere più che entusiasmante del mio caro amico e fornitore Ryuichi di NOC, le prime impressioni d’uso sono state molto positive, più di quanto mi aspettassi. Onestamente, passando dalla splendida Leica M alla Leica SL, ero convinto di perdere quella fantastica maneggevolezza e discrezione tipica della M. Invece no, tutt’altro.

La Leica SL tra le mani è molto piacevole e non è “grossa” come si legge spesso in giro, anzi. È un pò più alta, ma molto meno profonda rispetto ad una dslr, per esempio.

 

Il menu, nel tipico stile Leica, è molto semplice ed intuitivo, e questo ne ha facilitato sicuramente il primo utilizzo.

Non avendo molto tempo per esplorare tutti i settaggi, prima di cominciare a scattare, mi sono assicurato almeno di impostare i parametri più importanti, per non rischiare brutte sorprese una volta scaricate le foto.
Il pulsante che ho da subito amato e che mi ha fatto felicissimo, è il piccolo joystick sul retro che permette di zoomare nel viewfinder e quindi mettere a fuoco con molta precisione.

Il viewfinder poi, è tanta roba, ampio, luminoso e con una definizione fantasticsa. Non ho sentito francamente la mancanza del mirino ottico.

Quali lenti

Per questa sessione fotografica ho utilizzato le seguenti lenti, con relativi adattatori Novoflex:

  • Leica Summicron M 50 f2
  • Voigtlander Skopar M 21mm F4
  • Pentacon M42 135mm f2.8

18 foto del deserto di Tabernas, fotografato con la Leica SL

(post produzione con Adobe Lightroom)

 

Summicron M 50mm – f6.8 – 1/320 sec. – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/400 sec. – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f6.8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f6.8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f8 – 1/160 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f5.6 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f6.8 – 1/500 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f8 – 1/200 sec – ISO 100

Voigtlander Skopar M 21mm – f11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Voigtlander Skopar M 21mm – f11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f4.8 – 1/125 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f4.8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f4.8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f5.6- 1/250 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

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18 photos of Tabernas desert, photographed with a Leica SL

After telling you the story about my experience in the desert of Tabernas, it’s time to publish the photos taken with my new Leica SL.
This was the first opportunity to use the camera, because, as I wrote in a post a few days ago, I received it only two days before leaving for Andalusia, without even having time to familiarize with all the settings and the buttons.

Love at first sight – Impressions at first use …

Well reassured by the praise and excitement of my dear friend and supplier Ryuichi from NOC, the first impressions of use of the Leica SL have been very positive, more than I expected. Honestly, switching from the beautiful Leica M to Leica SL, I was concerned about losing that great handling and discretion typical of the M. But no, no..

The Leica SL in the hands is very enjoyable and is not “fat and big” as I often reads around, indeed. It’s a bit taller, but much less deep than a dslr, for instance.
The menu, in the typical Leica style, is very simple and intuitive, and this has certainly facilitated its first use.

But, not having much time to explore all the settings, before I start shooting, I’ve made sure I set the most important parameters in order to avoid any bad surprises once I download the photos, later on at home.
The button I just loved and made me happy is the small joystick on the back that lets you zoom in the viewfinder and then focus very accurately.

The viewfinder then, is so much stuff, wide, bright, and with a fantastical definition. I did not clearly feel the lack of an optical viewfinder.

Which lenses

For this photo session I used the following lenses, with a Novoflex adapters:

  • Leica Summicron M 50 f2
  • Voigtlander Skopar M 21mm F4
  • Pentacon M42 135mm f2.8

18 photos of Tabernas desert, photographed with a Leica SL

(post production with Adobe Lightroom)

 

Summicron M 50mm – f6.8 – 1/320 sec. – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/400 sec. – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f6.8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f6.8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/320 sec. – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f8 – 1/160 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f5.6 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f6.8 – 1/500 sec – ISO 100

Pentacon 135mm – f8 – 1/200 sec – ISO 100

Voigtlander Skopar M 21mm – f11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Voigtlander Skopar M 21mm – f11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f4.8 – 1/125 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f4.8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f4.8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f5.6- 1/250 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f8 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

Summicron M 50mm – f11 – 1/320 sec – ISO 100

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Sabino

The Wellenstein trail, 8 km hiking along the wine road in Luxembourg

While waiting for the next trip and venting on my insatiable desire to photograph, I took the time to dive into the green of the Luxembourg hills. Just a few miles from the city, there is the “route du vin (wine road), 243 kilometers through a romantic river landscape covered with acres and acres of vineyards that, following the sinuous shapes of the hills, designs very interesting patterns.  A long route bordering on the Moselle River, one of the major tributaries of the Rhine.

Wellenstein’s trail, along with the tracks of Riesling.

Not knowing exactly where to go, I searched on the internet information about some trails and casually I chose to do that from the village of Wellenstein that lasts for about 8km, crossing also a protected natural reserve. The cultivated vine in this area is the Riesling, from which comes an excellent white wine.

Here is where to find all the details and the map of the trail:

http://www.visitluxembourg.com/en/place/walking/circular-walk-wellenstein

 

Free Spirit and Leica M

The choice of the t-shirt I wore on this trail was not casual, “Free Spirit”, but exactly reflected the desire to relief myself from all the stress of the city and so walk and photograph in nature, as a free spirit, in fact. And so it was. With my faithful Leica M and my wonderful wife, I walked for over two hours, bringing home some beautiful photos, plus a pleasant feeling of wellness and serenity.

 

Following some pictures I took with the Leica M typ 262 and the Summicron M 28 f2 ASPH:

 

Thanks for reading keep following me,
Sabino

 

Photographing Polignano, with a stormy sea (and my Leica M)

Not always a cloudy day with strong winds means not being able to take good pictures, especially if you are in that wonderful land that is Puglia. These days, in fact, I am here in my hometown, to celebrate the New Year with my family and, of course, I have with me my Leica M and some lenses.

A few days ago, the weather was not the best, raised a strong wind that made me immediately think of how great it is the stormy sea, in the winter season. And so, given that just a few kilometres away from my hometown, Mola di Bari, there is the beautiful and scenic village of Polignano a Mare, perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, I did not think twice and literally ran over there to photograph.

The show, once on place, is breathtaking:
high waves breaking on the cliffs, making the village, looking like a large ship adrift at sea.

The voice of the sea is impetuous and has something magic, the wind is very strong and my legs are almost trembling when I position myself near the edge of the cliff overlooking the sea.

I always look for a human element in landscape photos

On my Leica M, I mount first the Summicron 28mm f2 ASPH, and, as I always do, when I have to photograph a landscape, I start seeking a human element to be included in the picture to make the frame even more dynamic and real. So, now I see a couple intent on getting a selfie, he has a long arm with which it holds a mobile phone, and the treasures are almost the same colour of the rock, making all so harmonious.

I do not have much time to capture the scene, 3-4 seconds maybe, not more, but on my side I have the advantage of having set zone focus, on my lens, at a distance of 3 meters and so I do not have to worry about focusing, but I can quickly point and shoot. This is one of the things I love about my Leica M: once you learn how to handle the zone focus, even if it is completely manual, it’s almost impossible to miss a shot!

Waiting for the perfect wave

You know, photography is about waiting and patience, and for that, I remain on the spot a little bit more, waiting for the perfect wave that infringes on the cliff, and that makes the picture more dramatic. I mount on the machine, the Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f4, to try to capture the majesty of the scene, including both the stormy sea and village.

I could stay there to photograph this spectacle of nature for hours, the sea is my element, it makes me feel at home, and each wave that breaks, makes me my heart palpitate.

But the sun is already high, it’s noon and the light now too strong, so I decide to go home.

Why not be back at sunset?

The wind continues throughout the day, and is too strong the call of the sea and the memory of the scenes seen in the morning, to convince me to return to Polignano just before sunset. The decision is, in fact, perfect: the landscape has a softer and more uniform light, waves are higher and the sky is now cloudy, and therefore more dramatic, the little lights that turn on at dusk, make the scene to my eyes, wonderful and surreal.

Low exposure times to capture the movement of the waves

Now I can try to make some different pictures, taking advantage of the low light and so to have lower exposure time, that allows me to capture the movement of the stormy sea. I also carry with me a small tripod Manfrotto. I try to stand in the best viewpoint and start shooting. Unfortunately, the wind is really strong, the tripod is not very stable and I try to protect him with my body and hands. With some difficulty, I can set the exposure time around 4 or 8 seconds and the result is very nice.

In this photo (my favorite), with an exposure time not so slow, the sea seems to have been designed by the brushstrokes of an artist.

Leica M, not only for street…

In this difficult situation, the Leica M worked very well, also in low light, proving, once again, that this camera system is not only good for the street, but also for landscape photos.

I leave you now to the complete gallery, with the most beautiful photos taken on this memorable day.


Stormy sea , over Polignano a Mare

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