• #1506
    Jack MacD

    This is a three image merge from a M9 28mm at 500iso 1/125 at f4.8
    This was a card stunt shown last night on NFL Monday Night Football.
    Go Pack

    I usually shoot this kind of stuff with my S2, but wanted the camera to fit in my pocket.
    Thought about bringing my WATE for the shot.

    I have been using the 28mm on the M a lot as it is so compact.

    Beyond the merge, I haven't manipulated this image and in the end, wish I had tried the WATE at 16mm to allow for less distortion than I get from the merge. However then I couldn't see faces in the crowd, and I am not sure the POV of the WATE would allow an image this wide. Had I known that I didn't need the opening of f2.8 I definitely would have tried the WATE. Image is 7GB on this upload.

  • #1531
    Jack MacD

    Well after suggesting to myself that I should have shot the former stadium shot with the WATE on 16mm, I went back today and did just that.

    In the future which lens should be used? Both are merges, one certainly lets me go wider with the same three shots. But I could have gone wider with the 28 if I had taken five shots. Worthwhile clicking on this shot to see how clear the individual players are.

    Packers now 10-0 for season. Challenging game for them.

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  • #1639
    allegretto

    Jack MacD;1320 wrote: This is a three image merge from a M9 28mm at 500iso 1/125 at f4.8
    This was a card stunt shown last night on NFL Monday Night Football.
    Go Pack

    I usually shoot this kind of stuff with my S2, but wanted the camera to fit in my pocket.
    Thought about bringing my WATE for the shot.

    I have been using the 28mm on the M a lot as it is so compact.

    Beyond the merge, I haven't manipulated this image and in the end, wish I had tried the WATE at 16mm to allow for less distortion than I get from the merge. However then I couldn't see faces in the crowd, and I am not sure the POV of the WATE would allow an image this wide. Had I known that I didn't need the opening of f2.8 I definitely would have tried the WATE. Image is 7GB on this upload.

    Well Jack, this was an extremely poignant game for me! Nah, I'm a Bears fan… BUT it was my pick in the knockout pool. Others had already used the Pack in earlier weeks, six survivors and all five took the Eagles (what were they thinking?) against the Cardinals. After the upset, the Vikings game was fate accompli. Won enough to buy a 90mm 2.0 and a 35 ASPH. Imagine, both your home teams made me a winner in one weekend…!

    Be sure to tell Aaron thanks for me.

    On second though, I already have a 35 2.0 ASPH -cron… that WATE has always interested me… you like yours a bunch?

  • #1641
    Jack MacD

    I'm glad Green Bay and Phoenix football has been good to you. I hope your admiration of Aaron helps you get a WATE. I will relay your thanks to him. You really should drop the love of the Bears, as you seem like such a nice intelligent photographer.

    Admittedly this photo of Aaron and Clay was not taken with the WATE but I can report that the WATE is a very handy lens. It is not as pocketable as my 28mm, but still a very small lens for a zoom. I like the WATE finder too, with the bubble level in the view. I use it for the level more than as a finder. I often take the shot without the finder and merely check the display to insure the field of view, then adjust as needed as I did with the stadium shot. I would say my 90 2.8, my 35 lux and the WATE would be my favorite three lens M traveling kit. The one lens M traveling kit is the 28mm 2.8 for it's size.

    So a WATE would be a great next lens for you.

    FYI these two gentlemen are the #1 and #2 sellers of NFL jerseys this year. So they could afford plenty of Leica lenses if they so desired.

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  • #1642
    allegretto

    yes, they could

    Have heard anecdotes about Aaron being a very good kid at heart. Does lots of charity and Community service. My work has brought me into contact with pro athletes of all the major sports.

    Little use for NBA players, very selfish and poorly mannered. Baseball not far behind in many cases. NFL guys are very intense but seem to go out of their way to show gratitude to fans. Hockey players the absolute best gentlemen! Lots of fun to golf with them too, they know how to enjoy life.

    I'm thinking the WATE is still fast enough in an M9 to take some very special shots indoors too. Your comments?

  • #1643
    Jack MacD

    The WATE indoors is best on a tripod for two reasons, to insure being level and to allow for low light options unless using strobes etc.

    I have shot hand held in well lit rooms, but even a small tripod is a huge plus.
    This bar shot was half a second in the very low light so the outdoors would not overpower the indoors and require artificial light beyond the lamps.

    The porch shot could have been hand held, but I wanted max depth of focus and that required f8.

    If you click on the porch photo to enlarge it, and examine the edges, you will see how little distortion there is in the lens. Who knows, the ever so slight curvature might be the old porch rather than the new lens.

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  • #1644
    allegretto

    Great, thanks!

  • #1867
    Jack MacD

    Well, I much preferred the game result of the Viking game.
    But i once again brought my M9 with WATE and took this sunset Lambeau Field shot set at 16mm.
    If you enlarge the photo you will see Aaron Rodgers making one of his signature runs. He had more running yardage than any of the Packers.

    This one photo completes my football photography for the 2011 season. As they say, one and done.

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