Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2005/02/04

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Subject: [Leica] LeiCanon photos from Arizona
From: abridge at (Adam Bridge)
Date: Fri Feb 4 18:07:57 2005

We're down in Black Canyon, Arizona for a few days and I brought along
the 1Ds and some good glass.

These flowers are in what passes for a yard here. I wasn't prepared
for specular highlights on these flowers - but like all dessert blooms
they protect their water content.

This first one was shot with the very good Canon 24-70 F2.8L lens:


Then I swapped it for the Leica 100mm APO.


This, I think, is a kind of lantana. It is VERY small - maybe the size
of a US penny or even a dime across.


There are also birds. These are house finches (I think given Doug
Herr's comments.) All shot with the telyt 280 wide open. It was a high
milky sky and I was shooting through the pane of the kitchen window
when I snapped these. So the Leica glass doesn't show its stuff as
well as it could. I'll have to craft a kind of blind if I'm going to
shoot these without the window.


I think the softness in this one is more my focusing, and my unsteady
hand, than anything else.


Canon recommends using the photoshop unsharp mask starting with
settings of 300%/.3/0 which is what I have used on all of these. The
images are sharpened again when reduced for display on the web.

Your comments are most welcome.