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En el Colmado San Rafael - Return to Leica M

Discussion in 'Leica M Forum' started by ajramirez, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    The Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art is currently sponsoring a program where artists have presented proposals for performance and fine art pieces based on the different neighborhoods that comprise the Santurce section of San Juan. One of the activities is scheduled to take place during February in the Alto del Cabro sector of Santurce.

    Alto del Cabro is a very small, mostly poor, section of Santurce where a group of residents have taken the task of cleaning up and improving the quality of life of the sector, while attempting to stave fairly consistent attempts at displacement and gentrification.

    A town hall meeting of sorts took place yesterday afternoon at Colmado San Rafael, where members of the community and Museum staff discussed certain aspects of the performance. I was asked by the Executive Director of the Museum (my sister) to take some documentary shots at the meeting. This turned out to be the maiden voyage for my new Leica M-P Type 240.

    As some of you may recall, I have been shooting with an M9P since the beginning of 2012. However, last year my camera developed the sensor glass corrosion and delimitation issue that has been affecting M9 sensors, particularly those in humid climates. I sent the camera to Leica NJ in mid-December, and shortly thereafter received a call with the diagnosis. Even though Leica would replace the sensor for free, since this would have been my second sensor replacement, and Leica has not yet implemented a permanent solution to the problem, I decided to take advantage of their offer to upgrade to an M-P Type 240. The amount offered in trade-in for my M9P was more than the current used value of the camera, so I accepted it. The camera arrived last Thursday and, after a two-month hiatus, I am a Leica shooter again. The shots below are a sample from its first shots:

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    En el Colmado San Rafael
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    En el Colmado San Rafael
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    En el Colmado San Rafael
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    En el Colmado San Rafael
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    As to the camera, in comparison with the M9P, I must say that at this point the jury is still out. The obvious improvements are the speed of operation, the quality of the LCD screen, and the much more accurate framing with my 24mm and 18mm lenses through the EVF rather than the add-on optical viewfinders. The improved shutter release, and the much quieter shutter, are also significant improvements.

    High ISO performance appears to be better, but even though the M9P had higher noise (at ISO 800 and above) the CCD sensor noise is IMO more pleasant than the CMOS noise. As to color performance, I am still working on learning how to process my M 240 files, which certainly have a different look from my M9P files. Only time will tell as to this aspect.

    Of course, the Leica and Zeiss glass continue to shine on either body. All of the shots above, except no. 4, were shot with the 50mm Summilux. No. 4 was with the 90mm Summarit.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  2. Some very nice shots!
     
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  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Beautiful stuff Antonio - I don't know how much of a role the camera or lenses played (although the lenses are clearly wonderful), but most of it is down to you. And these are just great street portraits, taken on the street or not...

    -Ray
     
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  4. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    These are all nice but I find the ones with direct eye contact the most compelling :)
     
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  5. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
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  6. bluzcity

    bluzcity SC Veteran

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    Jul 30, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Brent
    Beautiful work. Thanks.
     
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  7. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Those are stunning, and yes, the ones with direct eye contact are a cut above.
     
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  8. ReD

    ReD SC Hall of Famer

    Mar 27, 2013
    just keep shooting
    IMO No1 eye contact is wonderful but so are others without
     
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  9. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    I think it may be the processing. The M-P appears to have a wider dynamic range than the M9P. While this is a good thing, the OOC RAW files look flatter than do the M9P files. I still need to work on how to process the new files.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
  10. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Here's the promotional poster the Museum put together for the performance. The three colour shots, and the second black and white shot in the first row, are older shots done on the M9P. The rest are from Saturday's shoot with the M-P.

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    Convocatoria Alto del Cabro
    by ramirezaponte, on Flickr

    Thank you very much for your kind comments.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
  11. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    It looks good. And it reminds me how different photos look / appeal to the eye in thumbnail size vs "screen" size.
     
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  12. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    And how different again when nicely printed, with yet more difference between large and not so large...

    -Ray
     
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  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Something Zack Arias said about entering gallery competitions... "if it doesn't work as a thumbnail, don't enter it."
     
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  14. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
  15. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
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  16. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
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  17. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Beautiful work.
     
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  18. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
  19. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    And, some photos from the actual activity and performance, which took place last Thursday night:

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    Gemelos
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    Gemelos
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    Leyendo el mapa juntos
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    JDP
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    ¡Apúntelo!
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    En el spotlight
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    JDP
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    JDP
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    Karen Langevin
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    Karen Langevin y Nibia Pastrana Santiago
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    Karen Langevin y Nibia Pastrana Santiago
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    Karen Langevin y Nibia Pastrana Santiago
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    Nibia Pastrana Santiago
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    Nibia Pastrana Santiago
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    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  20. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. SC All-Pro

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    You are soooo good!
     
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