Weekly Portrait Post: Short Set With Valerie And The Pink Ladder

Weekly Portrait Post: Short Set With Valerie And The Pink Ladder:

Here’s a short set I took with Valerie a while back.  We were walking around the Lower East Side in Manhattan, and came across this pink ladder.  It was attached to a fire escape.  She saw the pink ladder from quite a bit of a distance away lol.  I didn’t even see it.  I don’t have much from this set but I thought I’d post it anyway, since I think it’s kind of cool to just see things like this in New York City.

Gear used was my Leica SL and Summilux-SL 50mm f1.4 ASPH.  I use the Lux so much nowadays that I’m seriously wondering if I should just sell off the rest of my Leica lenses.  I know this lens really well by now, which includes its quirks and of course, it’s positives.  I absolutely love the way that it renders.  As for the SL, this might be one of the last shoots with it.  I’m getting the SL2, and well, I wish I could keep the SL, since it’s been so good to me for all these years but I have no use for two bodies.

As for processing, I sent the files through Camera Raw in Photoshop CC.  I didn’t like the first way that I processed this set, so I redid them.  I’ve been getting busier with the year coming to an end, so I’m constantly at my computer editing or writing up reviews.  I think my eyes are getting a little strained, so it makes it a little more difficult to figure out where I want to go with some photos in terms of editing.  With this set, I finally decided to go a little more old school.  I added a slight fade, and originally, I added some grain but then I removed it.  I did want the pink ladder to pop because I think it’s cool.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this set, and stay tuned for more to come.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

4 comments… add one
  • I’m curious what tipped the scales for you on the SL2. I love my SL and don’t shoot video or print very large, and I only use M lenses at this point, so Im having a hard time justifying the upgrade. I hope you do a post about the things that swayed your decision.

    • Patrick

      Hi Michael,

      I love my SL too. Truthfully, I wish I could keep it as well but I don’t need two cameras. It’s nice to have the increase in MP but it’s not really the selling point for me either. I’d like some of the electronics to be improved like the autofocus. The AF in the SL is great but sometimes, the face detection isn’t on point, for example. Also, it would be nice to have the in-body stabilization as I may add some longer lenses to my collection soon. Whenever I get my camera, I’ll definitely write up a post about why I bought one :).



  • Hey Patrick,

    First off, I too am a big 50mm fan! Been keeping up with your website for a while now and am just curious if I might have missed your review of the original SL? Otherwise, can’t wait to read your thoughts on the SL2! Especially the autofocus 🙂

    – Subi

    • Patrick

      Hi Subi,

      Thanks for visiting, and leaving a comment! I never wrote a review for the SL but I probably should’ve haha. I was going to but it’s become my favorite camera, and my most used in every way. I crank out about 300 to 2,000 shots with it per week at times. I feel like I have a bond with it, so I guess for me, it was difficult to write a review for it. I know, probably a little weird to say haha. I was actually going to write one at the end of the summer but then I heard the SL2 was coming out, so I wasn’t sure if anyone would want to read it.

      But I may write up a farewell article for it, and I’ll probably write some stuff about it in comparison to the SL2 when I get the new one. I’ll definitely review the SL2 as well. I’ll write up a big review for that one :).

      If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I’ll do my best to answer any. I appreciate you stopping by, and look forward to hearing back from you soon!



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