Sorry to be away for a while. I have just been able to sit down and write a blog post. This time of year is very stressful at work. This past Sunday I was able to attend a graduation party for a friends daughter. We had a great time dancing, talking, and eating. After about an hour I grabbed the Leica with the 35mm Summicron ASPH to try and capture the event. Most of the shots are so-so but I did get a couple I like. I must admit I did not really work at it. Focusing on moving subjects is tough and I'm not used to it. Lots of people could have meant plenty of opportunities but I was not concentrating and only a few things came up. Here are a couple that I got. Either way it was fun. I encourage anyone to shoot events like this looking for moments not just shooting people staring at you.
Exposure ISO 160 1/500s @5.6
This lens is silly sharp with contrast that really just blew me away. The color version was not really what I wanted even though the color was right on. These two kids were playing on this hammock and they always had their back to me so this is the best I got. The light was uneven as you can see with the top half of the frame a little overexposed. I just took an average reading that included more of the foreground and it worked out great.
Exposure ISO 800 1/500s @5.6
The graduate and her mom boogie to some music. When I first saw this frame I was amazed at the contrast and sharpness to me it was way over the top. I love this photo it just summed up the party for me and told the story of this young lady her graduation and party. This is really what I was looking for a shot that summed it up in one photo. I knew I had a good chance with the women out dancing.
Exposure ISO 800 1/500 @ f4
This guy is from Alabama and he had one heck of a tan. His little girl is 8 months old and was adorable. This is one of the only examples of the type of image I was looking for an unguarded moment. The two B&W's are straight jpg black and white's right out of the camera with just a little work done in Photoshop. Really amazing. I have the M9 give me a color DNG and a jpg black and white. I love this because Lightroom gives them to me side by side.