Great camera, but . . .

. . . what about the old dude behind it? Ummm, lotsa work to do.

Going though a trove of stunning shots taken by others with the 75mm Summilux-M wide open, I happened on a couple by a photographer whose work I greatly admire, someone who has the Midas touch with every genre she shoots, and every piece of gear she lays her hands on. I was inspired to head out the door this afternoon with the M9 and the 75 ‘lux along with a 50 ‘cron v. 5.

The good news is that I got some nice examples of the M9 “look” that I’ve seen in other shots from this camera model. Of the many words I’ve read that attempt to describe the look, “filmic” is the one I’ve seen most. The bougainvilleas in the second shot below look exactly like ones that I shot with a medium format Linhof view camera eight or ten years ago.

The bad is that my wide-open shots with the 75 ‘lux outrightly sucked. Okay, so maybe I can blame it partly on lack of decent subject matter in my walking area. In that case, an upcoming change of local patch in the next week should help my cause (for bird-stalking, too).

But the fact remains that there’s a lot of work to do to improve. I’m reminded of Beckett’s words: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

I intend to.

M9/50mm Summicron-M v. 5
6M9/75mm Summilux-M @ f/5.6