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LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS Show the world your individuality
15th June 2017
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
Show the world your individuality


Leica Masterclass – A Personal Vision: Space, Lights, Colours and People with Fulvio Bulgani
Discover your creativity with award-winning photographer Fulvio Bulgani and Leica Akademie UK on this two-day Masterclass at Leica Store City.

A freelance professional photographer for over 20 years, Fulvio’s work has been published in international magazines and websites like TIME and LFI. He has several ongoing photographic projects in Cuba, Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Georgia and combines a hugely successful commercial career and collaborations with NGOs such as Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières.

The interplay of colour and light is a main feature of Fulvio’s long-term Cuban project and this masterclass will focus on his personal approach to reality, use of light and shadow and complexity of composition. There will also be practical photography demonstratrations and assignments, follow-up editing and analysis of the final images.

On 7th and 8th July 2017 at Leica Store City, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.


Leica Masterclass – London Street Portraits with Niall McDiarmid
Discover the secrets behind authentic street portraits on this interactive one-day Masterclass with renowned Scottish photographer, Niall McDiarmid.

Since 2011, Niall has been travelling the length and breadth of the UK photographing the people he meets. With work in the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, a large display of his portraits from across the capital will be shown at the Museum of London from May through till October 2017.

Niall will share his advice for approaching and photographing people in the street and will challenge you to take your own portraits out and about in the city before returning for a critique of the final images in the Leica studio.

On 15th July 2017 at Leica Store Mayfair, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.
THE 68th MIDLAND SALON ORGANISED BY THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION
15th June 2017
THE 68th MIDLAND SALON ORGANISED BY
THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION
 
ON LINE ENTRY SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN @
www.midland-salon.com
ONLY 14 DAYS TO
CLOSING DATE 28 JUNE
THANK YOU IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENTERED
 
SECTIONS:
OPEN COLOUR PRINTS, OPEN MONOCHROME PRINTS
OPEN COLOUR AND OPEN MONOCHROME PROJECTED IMAGES
NATURE PROJECTED IMAGES, CREATIVE PROJECTED IMAGES
 
WE CAN FORWARD YOUR PRINT ENTRY TO THE
WESH INTERNATIONAL
 
LOW ENTRY FEES
ONLY PAY FOR SECTIONS YOU ENTER
 
A4 72 PAGE COLOUR CATALOGUE
TO ALL ENTRANTS AT NO EXTRA COST
ASK ABOUT SPECIAL RATES FOR CLUB ENTRIES
chaiman@midland-salon.com
 
The Fox Talbot Museum Invites you to a Presentation of Cubist Photographs by Thomas Kellener
13th June 2017
The Fox Talbot Museum Invites you to a Presentation of Cubist Photographs by Thomas Kellener

Love Planes? Love Wine? A brand new tour for Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
13th June 2017
Love Planes? Love Wine? A brand new tour for Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, with Newhall Wines. Just pick one of the dates and add yourself to the tour, £40pp, coach only needed for large bookings.


 
 
Leica Masterclass – A Personal Vision: Space, Lights, Colours and People with Fulvio Bulgani
13th June 2017
Leica Masterclass – A Personal Vision: Space, Lights, Colours and People with Fulvio Bulgani
Discover your creativity with award-winning photographer Fulvio Bulgani and Leica Akademie UK on this two-day Masterclass at Leica Store City.

A freelance professional photographer for over 20 years, Fulvio’s work has been published in international magazines and websites like TIME and LFI. He has several ongoing photographic projects in Cuba, Kenya, Indonesia, Turkey and Georgia and combines a hugely successful commercial career and collaborations with NGOs such as Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières.

The interplay of colour and light is a main feature of Fulvio’s long-term Cuban project and this masterclass will focus on his personal approach to reality, use of light and shadow and complexity of composition. There will also be practical photography demonstratrations and assignments, follow-up editing and analysis of the final images.

On 7th and 8th July 2017 at Leica Store City, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.


Leica Masterclass – London Street Portraits with Niall McDiarmid
Discover the secrets behind authentic street portraits on this interactive one-day Masterclass with renowned Scottish photographer, Niall McDiarmid.

Since 2011, Niall has been travelling the length and breadth of the UK photographing the people he meets. With work in the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, a large display of his portraits from across the capital will be shown at the Museum of London from May through till October 2017.

Niall will share his advice for approaching and photographing people in the street and will challenge you to take your own portraits out and about in the city before returning for a critique of the final images in the Leica studio.

On 15th July 2017 at Leica Store Mayfair, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.
The 110th Annual General Meeting of the MCPF
01st June 2017
The 110th Annual General Meeting of the Midlands Counties Photographic Federation will be hosted by kind invitation of Smethwick Photographic Society, on Saturday 10th June 2017, at The Old Schoolhouse, Churchbridge, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2AS

Agm Information June 2017
Income Expenditure 20162017
Photofolio Poster
Smethwick Photographic Society Map Directions
THE 68th MIDLAND SALON ORGANISED BY THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION
01st June 2017
THE 68th MIDLAND SALON ORGANISED BY
THE MIDLAND COUNTIES PHOTOGRAPHIC FEDERATION
 
ON LINE ENTRY SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN @
www.midland-salon.com
 
ONLY 28 DAYS TO CLOSING DATE 28 JUNE
 
SECTIONS:
OPEN COLOUR PRINTS
OPEN MONOCHROME PRINTS
OPEN COLOUR PROJECTED IMAGES
OPEN MONOCHROME PROJECTED IMAGES
NATURE PROJECTED IMAGES
CREATIVE PROJECTED IMAGES
 
FULL RULES ON WEBSITE WE CAN FORWARD YOUR PRINT ENTRY TO THE
WESH INTERNATIONAL
 
LOW ENTRY FEES
ONLY PAY FOR SECTIONS YOU ENTER
A4 72PAGE COLOUR CATALOGUE TO ALL ENTRANTS
ASK ABOUT SPECIAL RATES FOR CLUB ENTRIES
Martin Parr will be speaking at the Swan Theatre, Worcester
01st June 2017
A reminder that Martin Parr will be speaking at the Swan Theatre, Worcester on the 1st July.
 
Attached is a poster which gives all the information.

LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
23rd May 2017
LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOPS
Be a part of the Leica culture

Leica Akademie UK are delighted to be partnering with Richard Caplan Ltd to offer two exciting and inspirational workshops.


Reportage Photography with Clement Lauchard
Join established wedding and event photographer and Leica Akademie Ambassador Clement Lauchard for this unique workshop on how a professional photographer approaches and produces images using the Leica SL.

Clément’s bespoke storytelling is unobtrusive and focuses on emotion and personality. Often referred to as reportage or documentary photography, he delivers images that are close to the action without imposing his presence. This workshop is the perfect opportunity to discover why the Leica SL is Clément’s perfect companion in his work.

On 25th May 2017 at Richard Caplan Ltd, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.


Leica Portraiture – Mastering Available Light with Cat Garcia
Discover your creativity with Cat as she helps you explore composition, depth of field, light, interaction with the subject, body language and expression.

Cat Garcia works across portrait, reportage and advertising photography, capturing people and places with a lightness of touch and sense of storytelling. Her work celebrates individuality and the simple, authentic beauty of her subjects.

On 8th June at Richard Caplan Ltd, for more details visit the Leica Akademie website.

Early bookers will be able to take advantage of limited loan Leica equipment at no extra cost.
Leica Camera supports Sky Arts’ search for the ‘Master of Photography’ 2017
23rd May 2017
Leica Camera supports Sky Arts’ search for the ‘Master of Photography’ 2017
 
European TV talent show for professional and dedicated amateur photographers begins second series with Leica Camera AG as exclusive technical provider
 
Following the enormous success of the first season, the new series of the Sky Arts TV talent show ‘Master of Photography’ will be aired from 25 May 2017 on Sky Arts in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Sky Arte HD in Italy and Sky Arts HD in Germany and Austria. In this second season, Leica Camera AG makes a return appearance as the show’s exclusive technical provider. The aim of this unique international production is to promote all aspects of creative photography.
 
Throughout the eight shows of the series, twelve talented photographers from all parts of Europe must prove their photographic skills in the areas of creativity, instinct and versatility. As the show’s exclusive technical provider, Leica equips each competitor with premium cameras and lenses made in Germany. All contestants are provided with professional photographic equipment comprising cameras, lenses and a range of accessories. With products such as the Leica SL mirrorless system camera, the Leica M-D digital rangefinder camera and the Leica Q compact, full-frame, fixed prime lens camera, the contestants are ideally equipped to master every photographic challenge.
 
In their battle for the title of ‘Master of Photography’, the contestants must prove their talent and skills in a number of different photographic genres at various locations throughout Europe. The jury of three world-renowned photographers and experts, Caroline Hunter, Darcy Padilla and Oliviero Toscani, judges the contestants’ works to decide which of them will be honoured with the title ‘Master of Photography 2017’ at the end of the season. The winner is awarded a cash prize of 150,000 euros.
 
Further information about Sky Arts ‘Master of Photography’ can be found here: http://masterofphotography.tv/
 
Simulcast across five countries, Master of Photography is created by the Sky Arts Production Hub, a commissioning and production centre of excellence dedicated to creating quality arts programmes for Sky’s 22 million customers across the UK and Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria.
Grubb and Parsons: Optical and engineering giants
12th April 2017
Grubb and Parsons: Optical and engineering giants, by William Fagan

It was my recent acquisition of a Grubb lens made in Dublin around 1855, shown above, that led me to pen this article about two remarkable Irish and Anglo Irish families. In particular, this involves two father and son duos where the fathers were born in the same year (1800) and the sons both passed away in the same year (1931). 
The contributions of the Grubb and Parsons families in the fields of optics and astronomy are well known, but they also had achievements in other fields such as the consistent printing of bank notes and the creation of the steam turbine. The 19th century was truly a great time for inventors and creators and what we might call ‘renaissance men’ or ‘polymaths’ who could, seemingly, turn their hand to anything and succeed.

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Cotswold Salon 2017: The National Exhibition of Monochrome Photography
03rd March 2017
Cotswold Salon 2017: The National Exhibition of Monochrome Photography
This eThis popular ‘print only’ competition for monochrome photographers has three entryclasses for digital prints, three classes for silver prints and a combined open class for a triptych panel. The exhibition is run under the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain rules and forms part of the British Photographic Exhibition circuit. The final exhibition of selected prints will be held in the magnificent Blackfriars Priory in central Gloucester from 13th July to 16th July 2017. Entry opens from mid April. For further information see the Cotswold Monochrome website at
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Oracle on a Tripod — all Greek to me Posted on March 3, 2017 by William Fagan
03rd March 2017
Oracle on a Tripod — all Greek to me
Posted on March 3, 2017 by William Fagan

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The MCPF Newsletter June
02nd March 2017
June Newsletter.

If this link to the newsletter does not work then please go to the MCPF website and follow the links. You can also find previous editions on the website.


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Monthly Leica meets in Bristol
21st February 2017
Monthly Leica meets in Bristol

London Camera Exchange Bristol (Baldwin Street) will be hosting a monthly social meet and photo walk, named Bristol Leica Social. The first meeting will be on April 1st, 2017, and on the first Saturday of every month thereafter.

Each meet will start at the store, at 9am, (3 Alliance House,Baldwin Street, BS1 1SA) then divide into smaller groups for a photo walk around the centre, meeting at a café at 12 noon to compare images and, of course, discuss all things Leica.

For more information please contact LCE on 0117 929 1935. Please note that there are two branches of London Camera Exchange in Bristol. The Leica specialist Baldwin Street branch is near the Waterfront area of the city.
New Russar+ 5.6/20 L39/M
06th February 2017
New Russar+
Discover our stunning brass-bodied wide-angle lens. The New Russar+ is compatible with L39/M mount analogue cameras, digital mirrorless cameras and tons more using adapter mounts.
Discover our stunning brass-bodied wide-angle lens. The New Russar+ is compatible with L39/M mount analogue cameras, digital mirrorless cameras and tons more using adapter mounts.

Details
An Ongoing Legacy
Just like its predecessor, the 1958 Russar, the New Russar+ is a 20mm wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of f/5.6. This exciting reinvention showcases a host of new features for modern day shooting. The New Russar+ is now multi-coated to reduce flare and surface reflection and has a modified lens tube construction that is compatible with L39 and M mount cameras, and lots more using adapter mounts.
High Quality Manufacturing
The New Russar+ is handmade and features a beautifully complex symmetrical internal construction. Although very compact, it contains 6 lens elements in 4 groups. Thanks to their years of technical expertise in developing premium, high-quality optics, the team at Zenit was able to produce this technically advanced lens! The New Russar+ design utilizes the benefits from its new-moon shaped front and rear elements to achieve almost distortion-free photos and excellent vignetting control. In addition, the lens has fantastic distortion control at less than 0.1%. This means that the photos it produces are a near perfect representation of reality with a great evenness of illumination and resolution.
Ready for any kind of adventures, this special wide-angle lens will inspire you to get creative as soon as you attach it to your camera. The Russian glass used in the New Russar+ produces super-sharp images filled with vibrant colors, vignettes and contrasts, bursting with the unique character and quality that only a lens manufactured using the finest Russian glass can bring. The New Russar+ has an excellent distortion control to avoid barrel and pincushion distortions, making your shots an impressive mirror of reality.
With a wider view, the New Russar+ is great for shooting outdoor landscapes. The lens effortlessly soaks up the whole scene using its 20mm angle of view, producing sweeping, majestic photos filled with a truly authentic and unique personality. This prime lens is great for those up-close-and-personal portraits in corners, cars and cockpits. With creativity and the New Russar+ by your side, who knows what kind of fantastic shots you will achieve?
Package Includes
New Russar+ 5.6/20 L39/M
L39/M mount adapter
Front and L39 Rear Lens Cap
Lens pouch
Cleaning cloth
Instruction manual
Technical Specifications
Focal length: 20mm
Aperture: f/5.6 - f/22
Image circle: 44mm
Field of view: 94 degree
Lens Mounting Profile: L39, includes Leica M-mount adapter
Lens Construction: 6 elements in 4 groups, Symmetrical design
Lens Coating: Multi-coated
Lens Body material and Finishing: Brass with chrome plating
Focusing Mechanism: Helicoid
Flange distance: 27.8mm (M mount) - 28.8mm (L39 mount)
M mount frame line triggering: 28mm
Closest focusing distance: 0.5m
Filter thread: 49mm
Rangefinder Coupling: No
Distortion: ~ 0.09 percent
Lens' Dimensions
L 35mm
W 35mm
H 55mm
Weight: 98g
~17mm from mount to rear end of lens without LM adapter
Additional Information


Brian Oliver
The Leica Society
Leica M10 vs Leica M (Typ 240) Comparison Review
24th January 2017
Leica M10 vs Leica M (Typ 240) Comparison Review by Park Cameras.

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The last rose of Summar Posted on December 5, 2016 by William Fagan
05th December 2016
The last rose of Summar
Posted on December 5, 2016 by William Fagan

The Leitz Summar: A lens which has an undeserved bad reputation among Leica collectors. I’m not entirely sure why so I am taking a look at some aspects of the Summar that may have been overlooked. As I now have eight Summars in my collection, I feel that I must say something on behalf of this wonderful lens.

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John Brockliss's new gallery entitled 'Petrohead'
18th November 2016
Many of my earliest memories are of long afternoons spent in my father's motor engineering workshop surrounded with cycles, motorcycles and cars, all in various stages of repair. It was here I learnt to write and draw. Hardly surprising then (as you may know) that I have enjoyed a lifelong love of motoring heritage and motor vehicles.
Twenty Nine years ago my father joined me on a visit to Morgan Motors in Malvern - a few weeks after taking delivery of my Morgan Plus 8. Sally and I revisited the Morgan factory with the car in October this year - with camera in hand and fond memories of that previous visit. This new visit and the memories it evoked has prompted me to review the countless motoring photographs I have taken over recent years.
From the archive I have selected some of the more interesting images and this afternoon I published a new motoring-focussed photo gallery on my website, titled 'Petrolhead'.

You can visit Petrolhead using the following link

I hope you enjoy the new gallery as much as I did creating it.
Phillip Gray Web Site Link
13th November 2016
A selection of black and white photographs taken with a Leica M (240) and a variety of lenses by Phillip Gray

click here to go to Phillip Gray web site