I started on this New Year Day by posting a photo a day from now. If this dream comes true, I will eventually have 365 photos on the last day of the year.  Will it be achieved? I do not know. People always say, “Practice makes perfect”. There is hardly any surprise if we do not improve our skills.



This featured photo and the other in this post were taken almost at the same time (around 11am) on 29 December at Caves Beach, New South Wales. Caves Beach, located north of Sydney, is well known for it caves by the sea. I went there once in a late afternoon but could not make the way to one of the beautiful caves. This time the high tide also blocked my exploration. Hopefully third time lucky.

These two photos were taken by the Leica M with the Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0. The light was so bright that I decided to mount a ND 0.6 filter on it, reducing the light two stops.  The aperture was f/4.0. The depth of field could be much better if I used the largest aperture on this lens. But according to Edwin Puts in his book Leica Compendium, the best overall contrast the optimum aperture is f/4.0 for this fourth generation lens.

Another nice things about this lens is that it has a built-in extensible lens hood. The filter size is 39mm. Overall the performance of this lens is excellent. Also of vital importance is that it is reasonably cheaper than the counterparts Summilux-M f/1.4 and Noctitlux-M f/0.95.

Featured image: The Photographers.  Summicron-M 50mm, ISO200, f/4, 1/2000 sec



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