A few posts below this one you read my account of shooting with Jack MacD. at the abandoned Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee. After seeing a few of my pictures, I thought you might enjoy seeing a few from Jack's early edit. He's the only guy I know personally who shoots with a Leica S2.
You might recall that Jack prints his work anywhere from large to very large and sells the prints to corporate clients for decor in hotels and commercial buildings. Anyway, for this reason he is always looking for potential panoramas, diptychs like the one above, and triptychs.
In Jack's impromptu portrait of me looking out the window you can start to get a bit of a sense of what the S2's large sensor and spectacular lenses will do for you. The files are vivid and lifelike, full of fine detail and texture and subtlety of color. Showing S2 files on the internet, of course, is a little like driving a Ferrari in a school zone.
By the way the subjective contrast in the portrait scene was much greater, with deep shadow on the right side of the picture. I'm assuming that the Leica lets Jack dig into the shadows pretty much at will. I took a few pictures of him in the same place, and I was thinking a white reflector would be needed to pick up a little extra detail on the shadowed side of the face. Not so with the S2, which is essentially capable of mimicking a reflector virtually.
He has only two lenses, a 35mm and a 120mm (equivalent to 28mm and 96mm in 35mm format). The portrait was taken with the long lens. By the way, despite owning other cameras, including an M9, Jack guesses that he does 90% of all his photography with the S2—even family snapshots. I've heard him call it "my point-and-shoot," only partly joking.
These last two are of the same motifs as the first two pictures in my post—proof of the old adage that two photographers can shoot the same thing standing alongside each other and not make the same picture.
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Featured Comment by Scott Kirkpatrick: "The informal portrait of you shows signs of its MF origins that are not wasted at internet size. Besides the 'virtual fill light' from a little extra dynamic range, look at how well-rendered the middle tones are in your shirt. I think the difference is obvious, so maybe it is time for some blind testing with best case comparisons.
"I tried one of these a while back, comparing images of the same distant village with my M9 and a 75mm against a P45+ MF back (on my Hassy 500C) with a Zeiss 120. Tripod, mirror up, all that stuff. I asked Carl Weese to be the 'golden eyes' judge. He could tell pretty easily, that the rendering of details in the middle tones was more complete and lifelike from the P45+. It was obvious while pixel-peeping, but you could also tell at 800 pixels width."
Featured Comment by CMS: "That is really a great portrait!"