Shooting India with a Monochrom

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by xdayv, Apr 16, 2015.

  1. xdayv

    xdayv Top Veteran

    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    At first, I really didn't felt comfortable the idea of shooting this country that is full of life and color with only a black & white camera, hence I also brought along another system (Micro 4/3s*) to complement my other shots. Overall, am satisfied with the combo, and would not hesitate to bring the MM again. Thanks for looking!
    *to view the shots taken with this camera system, head over to











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  2. BillN

    BillN Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Really interesting shots Dave

    would be nice to see them bigger, (1200 px wide?), as even on my 27" Mac they look small and do not do them justice

    Lovely shots ......... I'll look at your web site
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  3. Beautiful shots
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  4. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Wonderful images as usual, Dave. Like Bill I'd really like to see them somewhat bigger here but then your website is well worth a trip (and a bookmark).
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  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    As good a feel as you have for B&W, you don't ever need to second guess choosing that as a medium. It may not be the only choice, but it's always a good choice. I love your work - I occasionally stop by the Leica forum and check it out, but I don't need the high priced temptation, so I mostly stay clear! As an old time B&W film shooter, I really love the flexibility of shooting color raw files and then doing my own B&W conversions, taking advantage of all the color channels and filter options and stuff, but when I see the Leica Monochrome used really well, there really is something special about those files that makes me almost second guess my preferences. But unless Olympus or Fuji or Nikon produces a monochrome body, it's gonna be an academic question!

    I'd also like to see them somewhat larger though.

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  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
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  7. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Top Veteran

    Feb 6, 2015
    Central Ohio, USA
    Great series of images here and on the website! Thanks for sharing.
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  8. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Regular

    Dec 21, 2014
    :hail: :hail: :hail:
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  9. mnhoj

    mnhoj gee aahrr

    Jan 27, 2012
    Great series Dave.
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  10. marlof

    marlof Trying to focus Subscribing Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    The Netherlands
    a beautiful series Dave, both in B&W and color.
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  11. Hyubie

    Hyubie Top Veteran

    Jun 8, 2011

    Awesome as always, Master D.

    Ipagpatuloy mong iwagayway ang ating bandila!
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  12. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Gorgeous black and white.
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  13. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Varanasi still looks exactly as I remember it (after converting to b&w, of course :))
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  14. RT Panther

    RT Panther All-Pro

    Dec 25, 2012
    As always Dave, fantastic series!
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  15. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Wow - beautiful images, Dave!

    What focal lengths did you have covered in your kit?
  16. xdayv

    xdayv Top Veteran

    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Kyle, thanks!

    Here are some stats:

    Total number of final photos: 740 (100%)

    Panasonic GH3 - 345 (46.6%)
    --Panasonic 7-14 4 - 55 (7.4%)
    --Panasonic 45 2.8 - 77 (10.4%)
    --Panasonic 35-100 2.8 - 213 (28.8%)

    Leica M Monochrom - 395 (53.4%)
    --Leica Summicron 28 2 - 180 (24.3%)
    --Leica Summilux 50 1.4 - 215 (29.1%)
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  17. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Thanks for the detailed breakdown, Dave.

    Interesting for me how much you used the long zoom versus the UWA zoom. I have been wondering how much I would use either if added to my travel kit (been traveling with just a 35mm and maybe a ~50mm prime if going someplace cool).
  18. xdayv

    xdayv Top Veteran

    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Kyle, the mid-telephoto zoom (35-100) allowed me to get tighter shots which I really did enjoy (sans size & weight). The UWA zoom (7-14) OTOH didn't really get much action but had its moments when needed. On a hindsight, I could have left the UWA, and brought a mid-range zoom like the 12-35. But since I got the mid-range covered by the rangefinder lenses (28 & 50), I gambled to take the UWA along.

    As you can see in the overall stats, more than 50% of my shots were done by the 28mm and 50mm, 2 of my favorite focal lengths to begin with. Just like you, I can bring only one lens, either a 35 or 50. Cheers!

    One of my fav shots, by a 50mm:
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  19. The Smoking Camera

    The Smoking Camera Regular

    Oct 20, 2013
    Joe Marquez
    Gorgeous images. So much fun looking at each of them. Thank you Dave!
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  20. xdayv

    xdayv Top Veteran

    Mar 22, 2013
    Tacloban City, Philippines
    Thank you guys! Here's another set...









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