Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/01/27

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Subject: [Leica] Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 11:51:54 -0500 From: Ryan Scott Bardsley <> Subject: My first successful picture of my son To: Message-ID: <> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252 Hello, I am getting better at capturing the little monsters with my M8 as they run (and crawl) around our house. Honestly, they are great practice. I am becoming more familiar with the lens focus, and which direction to turn it as they constantly move closer and further away from me because it ?makes daddy grumble.? It is still a bit hard for me to see the area I am trying to focus on, especially when I don?t necessarily have a well-lit edge to align. But, I gather that will come in time. In general, what is a good place to focus on for a human face? I have been trying several settings, but it seems like the eyes offer a good balance between capturing the expression and having a nice soft edge to their face. Sometimes I find that the nose is also out of focus. Again, more time behind the lens will cure this, I am sure. Does anyone have experience with adding the diopter correction attachments to the viewfinder? What about that viewfinder magnifier? It is still a bit tricky for me to see the focusing area very well. Either way, I am loving my M8. I ordered a strap for it so I can have it at the ready all the time. I have been trying to keep it with me so I can get used to trying to capture things I see on my commute. Getting up and close with strangers on the street hasn?t happened just yet. I don?t live in the nicest of areas. Here is my son: Why he thinks this is how you ?smile? for the camera, we have no idea. It is a consistent response and I am sure you will be seeing more of these in the future. Please, comment away? I am just starting. I would love the help. Ryan Boston, MA
From: amr3 at (Alan Magayne-Roshak)
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:58:42 -0600 (CST)

On Fri, 27 Jan 2012  Ryan Scott Bardsley <rbardsley at>wrote: 

>I am getting better at capturing the little monsters with my M8 as they run 
>(and crawl) around our house. 

>Here is my son: 

I would say this is VERY successful, especially if you aren't used to a 
rangefinder.  It might be nice cropped to a vertical.


Alan Magayne-Roshak, Senior Photographer
University Information Technology Services
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

"All the technique in the world doesn't compensate 
for an inability to notice. " - Elliott Erwitt