Friday, 16 January 2009

Happy New Year...(at last)

It's been a busy few weeks, preparing to move and all that. So far I've neglected not only most of my friends, but also Afric Pepperbird. It's only now that I'm putting that right by contacting folks, and also posting a few special pictures taken during a Riverside walk in Stockton on Boxing Day.

For all the years I've been interested in photography (as an amateur dabbler) I've longed for two brands of camera: Hasselblad and Leica. This Christmas I was fortunate enough to receive a small black Leica D-Lux 3, and I'm absolutely in love with it. Small, sturdy, stylish, functional, expensive and with so much manual control and such superb image quality it's hard to imagine any situation (other than one requiring a large zoom) that would faze it. Oh, and that retro leather case is something else!!

These first efforts show only the potential, and you'll notice they're in the unusual 16:9 widescreen format. I've now adjusted it back to standard 35mm format, and once I get the time (very soon I hope) I'll be experimenting some more. None of the images have been cropped or manipulated in any way.

I may be without broadband for a while, so blogging probably isn't an option in the next 7 days. For now, take a look at these photographs and start saving for a Leica of your own...

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