How this photograph was made in full Auto! Featuring the Leica SF 26.


The key point to this image is soft light. Probably doesn’t look like a flash unit was used, does it? That is because the light was diffused and to camera right.

The flash I used is a small portable unit SF-26 ( Amazon: ) and a Nikon 4765 Flash Cord ( Amazon: ) in full automatic mode. The camera balances ambient light with the flash automatically and I simply add a full CTO to match the room temperature.

Here is a diagram that shows the placement of things in the room.


Here is a list of the gear used with direct links:

Leica M:

Leica Summilux 50mm:

Leica SF-26 Flash:

Gel Kit:


Nikon Flash Cord:

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As it continues, The Wild Fire in Durango, Colorado (Lightner Creek Fire)

Nighttime hit Durango and the wild fire was still going. Managed to get some shots from Fort Lewis College, which is still a safe place to be. The town is safe, most of the fire is happening in the outskirts. For more information and updates about the fire, I suggest visiting the Durango Herald.

As of June 29th, 2017 at 1pm the fire is expected to grow. Air Tankers and Bull Dozers arriving from Denver are expected. Lightner Creek Fire is declared a disaster emergency. Fire is moving towards Perins Peak.

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Sirui P-326 Carbon Fiber Monopod

Nikon D3s and Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary above. This monopod is sturdy and very compact. Just not sure on the locking rings, locks well but doesn’t feel like a manfrotto or sachtler obviously.

I’ve used it to support a Nikon D5 and D3s with a newest Nikon 600mm f/4 FL VR and 400mm f/2.8 VR FL as well. Yes, it supports them without any problems. Baseball, soccer and MotoGP. Still going sturdy.