Lunar Eclipse 2018

I’m not an expert in long-time exposures by a long shot, but the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a total lunar eclipse plus Mars being the closest to Earth, a combination apparently happening again in 105 000 years, I couldn’t resist tempting my fate. The conditions weren’t ideal, because it was a bit hazy shortly after moon rise, but later on when the moon would enter the Earth’s umbra, visibility became a lot better.

What I learnt later when editing the photos was that any exposure above 10 seconds would make the moon blurry, because, of course, the moon moves quite fast, so 10 seconds can already be too long.

The shot I selected was taken at 8 seconds, aperture of f/4 and ISO 50.

Admittedly, the Lux-50 is probably not the best lens to take shots of a small an object as the moon, so my expectations were quite low. That said, I think capturing the wider viewpoint, basically the way any observer would see it with the naked eye, has its own fascination.

This image was taken at 2220 CEST at the time of the maximum eclipse. Below the moon and a bit to the right you can see Mars as close as 57.6 million kilometers. The average distance is 228 million kilometers.

(Make sure you click on the image below to see the full res version.)

Mondfinsternis 2018

Leica SL | Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. | 8 sec, f/4, ISO 50

Museumsnacht Dresden

It’s a great tradition that Dresden is opening up its museums once a year for a “Night at the Museum” or in German “Museumsnacht”. For a very attractive price you get to roam through most of Dresden’s famous art galleries and all other renowned museums which Dresden is known for. On top most museums have arranged for some very special performances or special exhibitions that are normally not open to the public.

Albertinum | Leica SL | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | 1/40s, f/2, ISO 200

Verkehrsmuseum | Leica SL | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | 1/80s, f/2, ISO 400

Monochrome Madness

Went a bit overboard with the post processing with this image. But sort of liked the punch in this case. Incredible also how well the Leica SL is rendering in Black & White conversions.

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Dresden, Großer Garten | Leica SL | Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH. | 1/2000s, f/2, ISO 50

Molebrücke Pieschen

Leica M Monochrom M246 | Leica Summicron-M 35/f2 ASPH.

I hadn’t been posting new pictures for quite some time which is a shame. I think it’s a function of too much work-related distraction and just not taking my small Leica with me all the time. As one wise man once said, the best camera is always the one you have with you, and that’s usually a smartphone, not a “real” camera. Hence, I will try and get better in just bringing my Leica wherever I go.

The photo above is an example of one of those random pictures you can take as long as you have your camera with you. It’s really nothing special. I was on my way home from lunch. I just walked over the other side of the road to take it. No travel required or any other extra effort.