First Public Leica M Photos Published

Photo by Jean Gaumy/Magnum – taken with the Leica M

Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy shoots with his Leica M

Leica has published their first public Leica M typ 240 images. Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy took a trip back to Kyrgyzstan to document the changes in this central asian country with his M.

The Leica Camera Blog carries twelve separate images, followed by another 8 images in a contact sheet which doubles as a slide show.

The same blog entry contains a first-in-a-series video covering French Magnum photographer Jean Gaumy’s photo trek to Kyrgyzstan. There is no indication however that that this video was captured with the M.

De La Salle Soccer Photo Walk

Thank you to everyone who attended the Camera West Photo Walk last night. We covered a great soccer match under the stadium lights of De La Salle High School in Concord.

I chose a night game for this photo walk to challenge the shooters. I think i succeded! Covering soccer in itself is challenging due to the fast, unpredictable action and size of the playing field. However at night, under dim stadium lights, it’s even more difficult. Long, fast aperture lenses are needed, along with a camera that can handle high ISOs. (For the action photos you see on this page, I used a Canon 1DX with a 400mm f2.8 lens. ISO was set at 8000 with a shutter speed of 1/640 of a second.)

Those photo walkers who did not have 2.8 aperture telephotos, practiced a technique called panning or what I like to call, painting with motion. When done right with a slow shutter speed, it can produce fluid, action photos.

A special thank you to De La Salle’s athletic department and Conrad Rowling for allowing us to hold this photo walk.

Photos will soon be published from all the participants on the Camera West Photo Walk Flickr site.

And as always, check out our Events link on the Camera West website for upcoming photo walks and events. On our next photo walk, we will be shooting beautiful waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Marin County.

Leica : A Passion Brand

How Leica Camera is Generating Momentum for a Passion Brand

An interesting interview by with Roland Wolff, VP of Marketing and Corporate Retail at Leica Camera in the United States. Wolff, a native of Germany, has spent most of his career at Leica. He is now at the forefront of the company’s product line expansion, and extension into retail.

Part I  focuses on Leica’s status as a passion brand for its traditional customer base, and younger customers.

Part II,  focuses on Leica Camera’s global growth strategy and extension into retail.


March Photo Walk : Sutro Baths at Night

Six minute exposure of Seal Rocks at Sutro Baths. Photo by Michael Maloney (click photo for a larger view)

Join Michael on this photo walk as we shoot long exposures under a nearly full moon at an area called Sutro Baths in San Francisco. Once a recreation area complete with swimming pools, the area is now a photographer’s dream with interesting cement ruins and rock formations and reflecting tidal pools. There is even a sea cave to explore!

Michael will show you how to set up your camera to get proper exposure under the full moon. Photos take on a dreamy, magical look as the long exposures paint your scene. If we’re lucky, we may even witness a beautiful sunset as we set up for our night shoot.

This photo walk is for photographers of all abilities. Only requirements are a camera that will allow you to shoot in bulb mode, a remote release and a sturdy tripod.

Sign up early for this photo walk as it will be limited to just 12 participants.(PHOTO WALK IS FILLED) Call or email Michael to be put on the wait list.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

7:00 PM

Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to be put on the wait list.