The latest piece for the Leica arrived tonight in the mail: a Boop from Match Technical Services in Seattle. The Boop is a rather peculiar soft-release made from brass that screws into the shutter release post on non-digital cameras. While I found the colourful options to be really charming and cute, I decided that I just had to order the limited edition dragon boop. It is a simple piece of brass that has the dragon form actually etched into its surface.
The idea is that brass is softer than steel, and a concave shape makes the connection between human and camera less harsh. With a simple screw into place, the Boop seems like a piece of jewellery for your camera that should actually improve camera shake incrementally. The feel from my first experiences are buttery soft and confident.
Given that I have just recovered the Leica M3 body in lizard skin from Camera Leather, it seemed like fate that I should come across a dragon-style modification to carry on the theme. While it was not expensive, I think that it adds a final touch of character to the camera. I would like to say that this particular Boop was easily transferable from the Leica to my Hasselblads, but the 501 C/M does not allow space between the release and the lens body and the SWC/M seems to have an odd weighting on the release that I never noticed before. I would think that a red Boop would look good on the SWC, though.
On other fronts, I was working on some photographs for the Toronto saxophonist, Trevor Hogg. I have rather enjoyed shooting Trevor over the past two years with his quartet and Peripheral Vision. Lately, I have been using Silver EFX Pro to create some compelling black and white photos with an edgy, Steve McQueen look. On the topic of edgy…
The results of the Sunday Best photo session that V. and I did for Katie and Emily were pretty darn cool. There is no ETA on when or where the images will surface, but I will set up a link once that project gets underway. V. covered the fashion details, while I did some Vanity Fair-inspired portrait looks to round out the coverage. I did get a chance to try the Leica M3 for some 35mm film capture using Kodak Ektar 100 film, but with 4 frames left on the counter I will not have those developed before next week. Regardless, there is a noticeably different vibe from a person when shooting their portrait with the Leica, and it did seem to create the sense that I might know what I was doing and that these photos would be the model’s efforts.
Peru and Quebec are just around the bend…but I have reports and marking and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.