Leica lusting

Leica shooting takes practice. Everything is different. Focus, hold, framing, timing – the whole lot. It feels unique, and it takes getting used to. All the more reason to cash in on a birthday gift and go out with John from the Leica Akademie, and shoot Soho.

The decisive moment...

The decisive moment…

Would I have taken this shot with an SLR…? Possibly. But enjoyed it as much. No. This one just feels such like a Leica shot, slap bang in that Leica tradition. Pre focus, set aperture and speed. Wait for the right moment and squeeze the trigger.

One for the wife.

One for the wife.

Rangefinders are fun. Framing can be tough, but they’re light, and you don’t look like a boastful camera geek with a massive lens stuck on the front. Slightly more subtle, refined…

The Stones are everywhere (awesome at the O2 on Friday!)

The Stones are everywhere (awesome at the O2 on Friday!)

The quality of the Leica image is superlative. It’s those biting lenses, in this case a 35mm Summicron. (My kids can’t believe you actually have to focus it yourself…. at that price it’s not autofocus?!!)

Window mannequin

Window mannequin

Mmm, does anyone actually phone from a box anymore? Or is it just advertising space for hookers?

Mmm, does anyone actually phone from a box anymore? Or is it just advertising space for hookers?

John had brought along a real treat. The brand new BW-only Leica. My lust knew no bounds. So the last pic is with the borrowed BW M9. I really really really need to win the lottery…

Hey, Maccas friends. May the Guardians be with you!

Hey, Macca’s friends. May the Guardians be with you!


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