A couple of years ago we spent a few days in Lisbon and I took the Leica M9. I was prompted to put these images up after seeing some travel images taken by a friend Alina who seems to have managed to spend much of her life travelling and is there at the moment.
Often I think it would be good to lead my whole life with the eyes of a tourist, I guess one would live a bit like Wilko Johnson after the news but before the other news, the pavements might shimmer and glow. Whilst mentioning Wilko might I suggest you have a quick look at the work of Charlie Chan a man who does good things with a variety of tools including the odd Leica? Indeed one of his Leicas is really odd (I use the term warmly) as Mr Overgaard agrees.
We all have a ‘to-do’ list, mine is invariably longer than it ought to be. When I developed this new photography website site I remember thinking that I needed to create a travel-photography section and somehow didn’t get round to it so this is a start.
Low Light Photography With a Leica M9
These shots were taken with a Leica M9 wearing either the 50 Lux or the 28 Cron (both asph) and in a way some of my frustrations with the camera are here to be seen in some of the low light shots where, quite frankly I don’t know what I was trying to do! I’ve just had another look at them and can’t offer any explanation to the exposure settings.
I am also old enough to remember not remembering what film was in the Nikkormats; I had a chrome and a black one. In an act of perversity the black one was usually the colour camera, in my head a splash of colour sat better on a glossy black background, probably a Dark Side of the Moon thing.
I recognise I’m not a ‘fast thinker’ and acknowledge that part of my motorcycling technique is looking a long way ahead and giving myself time to react. So I have tried to develop techniques that avoid ‘Doh!’ moments both on the bike and with a camera.
My camera settings are chosen so that I am supported on those occasions when I get so engrossed in the action that I forget to adjust the camera. Some time ago I set Nikons to auto ISO however it’s never occurred to me to do the same on the M9, in fact I only just recently realised it did it. I guess though the Nikons do show what is set (or chosen) in the viewfinder, the Leica just starts flashing. I seem not to notice that the red number is flashing.