“Tea Break”

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Photos shot at: Yangon, Myanmar. Leica M9 Voigtlander 21mm F4

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Portraits of Charcoal Factory Workers

Recently I shot a series of portraits of workers at a charcoal factory. The photos were shot using the Leica M with the 35mm Summicron ASPH. I had the intention to use also the a 50mm focal length lens but due to the dusty environment inside the factory I decided not to change lens. (Click the image for sharper resolution)

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Some Sample Photos from My Leica Monochrome

I received my new Leica Monochrome (Leica MM) last week. I took the opportunity to do a series of test shot during my business trip to China. The shooting was done using the 35mm Summicron ASPH and a Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM classic lens. I am very impressed with the photo quality captured with the Canon 50mm 1.4 LTM lens. The classic lens is able to produce sharp and high contrast photos even with the “wide-opened” aperture.

Here are the sample photos captured with the Leica MM and Canon 50mm F1.4 LTM :

Here is another set of photos captured with the 35mm Summicron ASPH :

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Black & White Impression Of An Old Barber Shop

Recently during my business trip to Quan Zhou at People Republic of China (泉州,福建省), I found this very old barber shop at Zhong Shan Street. According to the local, this shop is about 100 years old and during its golden time of 1950’s to 1980’s, the barber shop served many prominent people, including businessmen and political figures.

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Leica MM, Canon 50mm LTM F1.4. ISO 800 1/45
Leica MM, Canon 50mm LTM F1.4. ISO 800 1/45

These days the barber shop is showing signs of dilapidation, the metal on the barber chairs are corroded and the fabric are worn down.

Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 3200

The master barber was winding down after a hard day’s.

Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200

During his prime, he used to be a “hot shot” barber serving VIPs who needed to make appointments to get his service.

Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200
Leica MM, 35mm Summicron ASPH ISO3200

Nowadays the patrons are mostly senior citizens.

Leica M9P, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 1250
Leica M9P, 35mm Summicron ASPH. ISO 1250

Seeing me aiming my camera at her, her spontaneous reaction was to cover up her face. I ended up with an out of focused shot.

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Fuji Pro H 400
Leica M7 35mm Summicron ASPH
The photo was shot at Penang World Heritage Site with the Fuji Pro H 400 film. The Fuji Pro H is capable of rendering good and natural skin tone and vividness of color. Furthermore the ISO400 gives me greater flexibility in term of aperture selection when shooting subject under the shade or semi-indoor. My favorite color film for street photography.