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 Checks Cashed, Chicago 2005

I snapped  this check cashing shop while walking back to my hotel after dinner while on a business trip to Chicago. I like night scenes, especially ones that have luminous objects contrasting with more dimly lit elements. The Leica Digilux II does nicely at ISO 400, with noise that reminds me of the grain in Kodak Tri-X.

 San Mateo Coast 2005

 Linda and I often take the dog over to the area around Half Moon Bay for a Sunday hike. These wind-swept Cedars (I think they're Cedars) are on a bluff over the beach about half-way between the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (a socia club on the South side of Half Moon Bay) and the new Ritz Carlton hotel. I think I snapped the photo in RGB, and then used just the red channel to create this photo. Using the red channel gives an effect much like using a red filter over B&W film, and is different (it's more contrasty and darkens the sky more) from the Leica's normal in-camera B&W (which approximates a light-yellow filter). Leica Digilux II.


Arastradero Preserve 2006 

One of our other favorite hiking/jogging spots is Palo Alto's Arastradero Preserve, a 600-acre former Ranch between Alpine and Page Mill Roads. This picture started life as RGB and was converted in to B&W with Apple's iPhoto, using the 'adjust' tools in the latest version. Not quite as silky as the Leica's in-camera B&W, but the picture has a nice look nevertheless. At some point, I will try a Photoshop conversion to see if there's any difference. Leica Digilux II.

Ferns, Portola Valley 2006

Snapped on a hike on Portola Valley Town Trails. I realize that work leaves me just a few slots a week to pursue pastimes, and hiking uses a lot of that time, so hikes become my de facto slot for B&W photography as well. The new ferns in spring have a wonderful light green color that transaltes to a bright, silvery gray seen in these two shots. Leica Digilux II. 

Photos by Chris Gulker