Over the summer, some friends and I went to Bull Shoals for camping and spearfishing.
After our first day there I noticed that in the early mornings and in the evenings the river would get a huge blanket of fog. So I spent part of my afternoon scouting out some spots that I wanted to shoot from. And then, once the evening fog rolled in, I would be prepared — knowing exactly where I wanted to be and what shots I wanted to get.
Here are a few of those foggy dam shots. I have some other shots of the river bank that I’ll post later.
Shot with the Leica Q and edited in VSCO on my iPad Pro.
A few weeks ago I was in Nashville for about 24 hours to briefly visit an old friend and connect with a new one.
We had dinner at Bourbon Steak. A restaurant that sits on top of the JW Marriott in downtown Nashville.
Despite the name, the bourbon selection was unexpectedly average. But no matter! The steak was fantastic, and the view from the top of the city was incredible.
Shot with the Leica Q and edited in Lightroom an my iPad Pro.
The live podcast events at WWDC are turning into the main events, second only to the keynote. I was just barely able to get tickets to the Talk Show, and I only managed to do so by setting an alarm on my phone for a few minutes before they were scheduled to go on sale, and then furiously refreshing the web page.
But it’s worth it. This year’s The Talk Show Live show was fantasic.
I’ve been to nearly every live Talk Show. And, aside from the year when Phil Schiller showed up completely unexpected, I thought this year’s show was definitely best. John’s interview with Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak was just excellent — both insightful and entertaining.
These photos were taken with the Leica Q and edited in Lightroom CC on my iPad Pro.
Yesterday, Sunday, I flew in to California for WWDC. Here are a few photos from my first day at WWDC 2019.
Even though the conference is in San Jose, I first flew into San Fransisco to meet with a friend for dinner.
At my layover in Las Vegas.
My WWDC travel bag. (Read here for more details.)
Outside Marlowe restaurant in Soma.
After dinner in San Fransisco, I hopped the Cal Train to San Jose and got in just in time to meet up with a bunch of other Apple nerds…
Stephen Hackett and me. (Photo by Mike Hurley.)
With Federico Viticci and “Underscore” David Smith. (Photo by Mike Hurley.)
Side note… I forgot my iPad’s SD Card reader! And, to top it all off, there’s a bug with the Leica Q app on my iPad that is keeping me from being able to import photos.
So let’s just say my photography workflow this trip is a bit convoluted. Here’s what it looks like…
I am using the Leica Q app to connect the camera to my iPhone via the camera’s built-in WiFi. Then I transfer the JPG files over to my iPHone. And then I transfer them via AirDrop to my iPad where I can edit them.
Normally, I’d just plug in the SD card reader dongle and transfer the RAW files directly to my iPad. Ah well.
Earlier this year I was in Nashville for Donald Miller’s StoryBrand workshop (which was fantastic, by the way).
The workshop was downtown at the Music City Center — a stunning building with incredible architecture. My only regret from the trip was that this was the only photo I made of the place while I was there.
(Taken with the Leica Q and edited on iPad Pro.)
Taken with the Leica Q in Kansas City on November 9, 2018. Edited in Lightroom on the iPad Pro (which is how I edit all my photos now).
For more details and pics of the Jeep, you can check out my CJ-7 Build Thread.
A few weeks ago when I was in downtown Kansas City, I was shooting some photos and my Leica was missing focus a few times. The photos came out blurry, but I really love the aesthetic.
So last week when I was out for a friend’s birthday, I took the Leica of course, but this time I took shots that were intentionally blurry.
These photos are of a few great places here in Kansas City. Come visit and I’ll tell you all about them.
I was recently downtown in Kansas City’s Power and Light district to go see the new Spider-Man movie (which was absolutely amazing).
Of course I took the Leica Q with me to snap some nighttime shots of the area.
Several of the shots missed focus, but I love how they turned out.
You can download a high-res version of the above two images here and here.
This morning, we woke up to a dark and cold house with about 10-inches of snow outside. The storm had knocked out the power to our neighborhood sometime in the middle of the night.
I made some “coffee” in the french press by heating up the water on our gas stove (lit with a match) and then “grinding” the coffee beans by putting them into a zip lock bag and crushing them with a rolling pin.
We all spent the morning building Legos and doing crossword puzzles. For a few hours we had no heat, but I discovered that our fireplace (which has an eclectic pilot) also has a battery backup. So I was able to get it started and that was definitely the highlight of our morning.
Alas, around noon, the power came back on.
Over on The Sweet Setup I wrote wrote an article that goes through the process I use to get images off the Leica Q and onto my iPad, how I edit them, what apps I use, and why there are some best practices that I’m intentionally bypassing.
It’s now been two months since my used Leica Q arrived from eBay, and gosh am I smitten.
I am still struggling to describe how awesome and delightful this camera is.
While I feel as if I am taking the same shots that I always take — like my shooting and editing style has not changed significantly over the past 2 months — yet the photos that are coming out of the Leica are vastly superior to what I’m used to from my M4/3 gear. (Surprise, surprise.)
Now, I know that “tools do not an artist make”. But I also know that when you reach certain points in your skills, using a better tool will bring about a better end result. Tools and gear may not matter the most, but they do matter.
My Leica Q has become a part of my Every Day Carry. After it arrived on June 26th, I made a commitment to shoot with it every single day. Even if I’m going somewhere that I don’t expect to take a photo — such as out to lunch with my dad — I still choose to take the Leica and I still choose to find and take a photo.
And would you believe it, but I haven’t yet edited a single photo on my iMac. Yep… every photo I’ve take in the past two months has been edited on my iPad or iPhone using either VSCO or Priime.
I’ll get more into the details of my photography workflow in an article next week. For now I just wanted to finally get some of these photos posted onto the site and to share this quick update that, yes, after two months with the Leica Q it awesome.
All that said, here are 14 of my favorite photos that I’ve taken over the past two months with the Leica Q.
For more photos, I’ve been posting daily on Instagram
If you’ve been following me on Instagram the past few weeks then you probably know my family and I were in Colorado for the month of July.
While I was there I made a commitment to take my Leica Q everywhere I went and to shoot at least a couple of photos each day. I’ve only had the Q for a month now, and I’m still getting comfortable with it. And the only way I know to get confident and familiar with it is to just keep shooting. So that’s what I’ve been doing. And, I have to say, the more I use it — and the more accustomed I get with the wide, 28mm lens — the more I like the camera. But now I am getting ahead of myself.
Every evening I would import the day’s photos onto my iPad, pick out my favorites, edit them in either Priime or VSCO (which is another story for another day), and then post one of them to Instagram.
I’ll be sharing more of those images over the coming days here on the site.
To kick things off, one of my favorite photos so far is the lake photo above. This image was taken around six in the morning at Arapaho Reservoir while my brothers and I were fishing.
The Leica Q shoots images at 6000×4000 resolution — which is big enough even for the Retina 5k iMac.
Thus, this image is my current iMac wallpaper, and I thought you might like it as well. And, of course, you can also put it on your phone, iPad, et al.
Download the full-size version here. »
For years and years I’ve been shooting primarily with my Olympus micro four-thirds gear. The E-M10 is an excellent camera setup: inexpensive, high quality, easy to use, compact.
But a few weeks ago when I was in San Jose for WWDC, my friend Drew Coffman let me borrow his Leica Q for a few hours and I instantly fell in love with it.
After getting back from California, I found a used Leica Q on eBay. And it just showed up yesterday. It’s an incredible camera that’s just delightful to hold and carry around.
Now… I’ve only had it for 24 hours, so I’m still figuring this thing out. It’s a wholly different camera from my E-M10 and the 50mm lens that I’ve been using for the past several years.
All that to say, here are a few of the photos after the first day of wondering around with the Q. (I realize it’s quite the spread of photos — they all look different in style, scene, and editing. But I’m still experimenting and learning.)
(All of the photos were shot on the Leica Q and then edited on my iPad with the Priime RAW app.)