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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Barcelona, Spain | 2012-11-13

Even though we’ve been on the road traveling in our Airstream I still had to go to work.  So while we were staying in San Diego for a month I flew two work rotations from there.  On November 11th my company had me airline to the NY area for a trip to Barcelona, Spain.  I emailed a fellow Ricoh GXR shooter Albert who lives there that I’d be coming through and asked if we may get together again.  I’d been to Barcelona this past summer and had a great visit with Albert and hoped to see him again.

I arrived to Barcelona the morning of the 13th after flying all night from NY.  I grabbed a few hours sleep after getting to the hotel and woke around 4 in the afternoon.  Albert asked me what I thought I’d like to do.  Of course with the winter sun being much lower this time of year, day photography was out of the question.  So I suggested we go to the the camera store he’d taken me before when I last visited.

I’ve been very happy with my current hardware but am fascinated and dream to have a couple more different focal length lenses to attach to my GXR.  Since I don’t live near a camera store its a real treat to visit one that stocks Leica and Zeiss lenses that will work on the Ricoh GXR M mount.

Albert picked me up at the Hilton hotel where I was staying we headed to the store.  While there I had a chance to try several different lenses that I had never had on the camera but only read about.  They included the Zeiss ZM 21mm, 25mm, and 50mm Sonnar.  All beautiful lenses.  I also got a chance to mount a used Leica Tri-Elmar 28-35-50 mm f/4 aspherical lens.  This is a discontinued lens and was made from 1998 – 2007.  Its a very compact lens and its not a zoom lens so to speak but does have the three different focal lengths.  An amazing lens.  Leica still makes the Leica’s 16-18-21 Wide Angle Tri Elmar which currently sells for  $4,950.00, if you can find one in stock.

3 comments on “Barcelona, Spain | 2012-11-13

  1. Great shots Duane!!! Love the last portrait!!! 🙂 **


    1. Thanks Xandré. This is the second time I’ve met up Albert and he’s a very gracious host!


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