The Social Network

13 12 2010

The Social Network

Originally uploaded by Eriza


Just what is so special about a Leica?

3 11 2010

They are expensive.

People say it’s simply because it’s Leica.

People say it’s the build quality.

People say its shutter is very quiet.

People say it looks old-fashioned, so that other people on the street will just ignore you.

People say it’s the viewfinder, the rangefinder, the lenses, etc.

and.. and.. and..

But what about…?

If you ask if their picture quality is superb, you’re pretty much asking the wrong question. Because you won’t get a definite answer. It’s always it depends. It depends on YOU.

If you ask if they’re worth the price, again you’re asking the wrong question. It depends on how YOU value those qualities. Sure is, that price is determined by the law of supply and demand, and the agreement between seller and buyer. The fact that they still cost that much after all these years shows that buyers do value Leica’s quality propositions, which pushes demands. And quality comes from tight manufacture and test standards, which limit supplies. Hence the price. As simple as that.

[Disclaimer: This is not meant to be scientific, so I neither put references, nor really say exactly who those “people” actually are]

Talking about monkeys

8 09 2010

If you let a monkey have your camera, and take, say, 10,000 pictures, “some” of them will be good. Now the question is, how big is the difference between the monkey’s “some” and yours?

Notes from near the Equator

9 01 2009

One of the “missions” of the recent visit to Indonesia was to get acquainted with the sky of the southern hemisphere, when possible also to capture some photographs. Now, carrying a 6-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain, along with the tripod and the equatorial mount, is cumbersome, if not impossible. So the idea was to bring along some simpler equipments: a binocular for observing, and a small tripod for photographing, so that I could create a star trail or something like that. But darn it! As I was sitting in the aircraft before departure I realized that neither of them was in my luggage. And so observation must then be limited to naked-eye visual only. It was not so bad, it turns out, as it was pretty exciting to see Orion up high near zenith, with different orientation from the one one would be seeing in Europe. It also looks interestingly smaller. My immediate speculation was this might be another form of the Moon illusion; well, it’s just a guess, I would like to further investigate this later. The Crux was another impressive discovery. It was actually my visual cue, sort of, to really understand after-midnight sky. Once I identified the Crux, other stars were much easier to find, comparing the sky map picture to the real night sky.

The idea of creating a decent star photograph was simply forgotten. Until the 31st of December. I had no idea that Venus and the Moon would be very close together that day. I simply went outside, and behold! Two heavenly bodies were on the show, right in front of our house. So here’s the scenic, something that was unthinkable to make a few weeks earlier.