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Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Month in Review




With the amount of shooting that I do, I've been wanting to put together monthly reviews of some of my favorite images taken the previous month... 
In January, I revisited some of my favorite locations around Hong Kong, did a photo walk with one of my social media friends, discovered a new location and added a new lens to my stable of equipment (happy early birthday to me!).  January has certainly been a good month for shooting :)

Cheung Chau Island

Although I spend most of my shooting time exploring the streets alone, its always great to meet up with other photographers and photo enthusiasts to go out shooting.  During this outing, I connected with my friends in the Hong Kong Photography Club Meetup group to take the ferry over to Cheung Chau Island.  To get to this small outlying Island, you can grab the ferry from Central Pier #5 and it'll be about a 45 minute ride.

Many of the images that you see from Cheung Chau Island are with the new Leica Noctilux 0.95 and the trip to Cheung Chau was my 1st outing with it.  Being a street photographer, this is an incredibly difficult lens to shoot wide open.  With a 0.95 aperture and its very shallow depth, the difficulty revolves nailing the focus of moving subjects.  Today's outing was not just exploring a new area but also learning to shoot with this low light monster of a lens.

Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95

Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux

The Noctilux 0.95

Back to this beauty of a lens... I like to shoot wide open and in order to do that during the day, you really need an ND (Neutral Density Filter).  The filter I use is a 3 stop ND filter made by B+W.  Even on bright and sunny days, I am able to shoot at the maximum 0.95 aperture.  I mean lets face it, you buy this lens to shoot wide open.  Otherwise, you are better off with the 50mm Summicron APO for the ultimate in sharpness or the 50mm Summilux ASPH which is a good balance of both (incredibly sharp and fast with a 1.4 aperture).  I also have the Summilux and I don't think I'll ever sell it.  It is simply that good.

The New Leica Noctilux mounted on my M240


The following images are samples of the lens wide open :)

Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95

Meeting Up with a Friend in Sham Shui Po

One of my friends from the U.S. visited Hong Kong and I had a chance to meet up with her for a photowalk through Sham Shui Po.  There are a lot of markets in Hong Kong but with a diverse mix of goods and electronics...really old electronics, this one is a favorite of mine to shoot.


Leica M240, 24mm Elmarit
Leica M240, 24mm Elmarit
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95

Some More of my Favorites from January around Hong Kong 

Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95
Leica M240, 50mm Noctilux 0.95

Thanks for stopping by!

-Jasen






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