Friday, August 03, 2012
After a day of just doing house chores my wife and I went out for a late supper to a place on International Drive. I like I-Drive because I can exercise my crazy style of photography and nobody bats an eyelash. After all, I-Drive is the heart of tourist country, and tourists are always snapping something. Later on in the restaurant I saw no less than three groups taking photos of themselves, and one of them had a Canon digital Rebel (model unknown). What was interesting is that none of them were using flash. Contemporary cameras now have decent enough high-ISO performance that flash isn't a necessity any longer, especially for the latest consumer DSLRs.
I left for supper with the Olympus E-PL2 with the Leica 25mm in tow. That combination can work in just about any light, usually at or just above base ISO. Because it was late afternoon/early evening light, the deepening shadows and colors were all the more deeper and richer, especially around the restaurant. I love the combination of camera, lens, and light, and with a little extra effort in Lightroom I can actually get pretty close to the original colors, such as the blue neon zig-zag in the top photo. I also love how sharp that Leica lens is wide open, yet I can still achieve a decent fast shutter speed at ISO 200, the E-PL2's base and best ISO.
It shows what kind of lemmings we humans are, as I'm sure some huge crowd didn't just show up one day and do all this damage to this poor plant. No, someone started it, and as time went on others came by, thought it was cool, and added their own names. This is human destruction against nature, major and minor, perpetuated.
The Leica 1.4/25mm might be the most expensive prime in my µ4/3rds collection, but it's been worth every penny.