Having a non-commercial photo session with a friend should be fun and mostly stress free, right?

Photo sessions are fun.

Midday Portrait Session in the Studio. Photographing Artists is Fun.

This is Catie Lewis. She is a fine art painter and muralist here in Austin, Texas. B. and I met her last weekend at a gallery talk for Lady Pink at the West Chelsea Contemporary Gallery and I invited her to drop by the studio for a portrait. 

I've been anxious to work with my cameras and lenses more in the manner I was accustomed to back in the film days. Then I shot mostly black and white and nearly always shot in a square format with a Hasselblad or Rollei camera. When I set the Leica SL2 for high contrast monochrome the finder and rear screen both show me the image cropped and in black and white. It helps me light accordingly.

I chose to photograph in both Jpeg and DNG and was happy to see that the crop carried over to the previews in Lightroom from the raw file as well as the Jpeg. Nice. 

These two frames are random grabs from the 500+ poses we worked on. I'm just now going through and tweaking the files so I can make a gallery for Catie. I'm very, very pleased with the way the images are turning out. It feels like I've come full circle and I'm back to shooting the way I like.

I'm grateful to Catie for her collaboration and look forward to working together again. Soon.


Trying to become more conversant with wide angles of view and urbanscapes.


I was out yesterday afternoon with a Leica SL set for monochrome. I was shooting Jpegs. The lens was one that is getting (surprisingly) more and more use. It's the 20-60mm Panasonic lens for the L mount system. I've been trying to see "wider." 

No one way of seeing is harder than another; they are just different. I guess it takes time to work out the fundamentals.

Michael Johnston is back from his short vacation and posted some links to interviews with Josef Koudelka over on his blog. One of my all time favorite photographers. He is best known for all his images of gypsies in eastern Europe but also for his people photography. A consummate Fine Artist with the capitalizations intended. 

In the interviews he makes the point that he has turned more and more to making landscape images. The rationale, and the rest of the interview, is priceless. I suggest you take a look...

I can't say that I disagree with anything Koudelka said. Here's the link to Mike's site and the referring blog post: https://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2021/07/quote-o-the-day-josef-koudelka.html

Added after initial publication; a couple of variations from the image above: 

applied presets from Lightroom's new "Futuristic" preset catalog.

You don't have to "vote."