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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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I traveled to Rochester, NY yesterday to begin rotation for work.  At the moment as I look out my hotel window, the sun is trying to peak through the clouds but the outside air temperature is not budging above 20 degrees F today.  I fly out tonight for another “all nighter” and would have liked to have had time to see some things here in Rochester.  May have to put a tick on the map and remember to make this a future place to visit.  My camera has some history here as the original digital sensor created for my camera was a joint endeavor with Kodak and Leica.  If I had time today “The George Eastman Museum” would have been Number One on my list of places to see.  So a few photos to get a flavor of my day as I made my way from Dayton International Airport with a connection in Detroit before arriving to here in Rochester, NY.

3 comments on “Travel to Rochester New York

  1. Hi Duane. One thing that continues to strike me about your images is the color accuracy. Do you have to do much color grading in post or is that just how the Leica sees the world?


    1. Hi Michael, you have some awesome portrait photography on your website and thank you for your gracious comment. I don’t know why you’d be asking me about white balance/color accuracy! But to answer your question, I’d have to say photographing with the Leica M9/M-E with the CCD sensor can be a challenge. If time permits, I try to use a WhiBal card to create a custom white balance setting in camera. I can’t remember when but I’ve also added a UV/IR cut filter to my lenses and I think its helped with the camera’s color accuracy. And finally, the latest desktop version of Lightroom’s (Classic CC) Calibration Process version 5 seems to have improved my RAW files. Depending on the light, I can sometimes get what I like right out of the camera but most of the time I’m waving the White Balance Selector in Lightroom around on the photo to pick what I like as the correct color!

      I’m sure it matters to the true professionals out there that have the latest desktop systems with the specialized monitors but I do all my work on a 2017 MacBook Pro 15″ that I profile the screen with the Spyder 5 Pro. I believe this has helped out too in getting what I think looks right in the images I’ve captured.

      Again thank you for stopping by Michael.


  2. Lana says:

    Lovely 👍🏻


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