With all the focus (no pun intended) on high ISO performance these days, one might be inclined to forget about the other things that make you shoot great pictures. I don’t want to go into a rant, because that is unnecessary anyway. I understand that the aspect of high ISO capabilities can be crucial for being able to take that shot that you otherwise could not have taken. But…..working with both the Leica M8 and Leica M9 but also shooting analog, I have learned to appreciate the limitations of my equipment and to adjust my technique whenever it is what helps me to take that shot. Furthermore, it supports narrowing down my photography to the style and subjects that really resonate with me. Last but not least, it lets me appreciate the unique qualities of the gear I use even more. Naturally, this applies to shooting analog. Although not known for the high ISO performance, the Leica’s CCD sensor designed by Kodak (!) creates a truly unique look. Combined with lenses of Leica or Zeiss the results can be stunning. I don’t want to call this picture stunning, but I like it though. Shot in a very dim-lit room, at ISO 800 and wide open with the wonderful 50mm Summilux lens.
My girlfriend and I live in different cities and because I am the one with a car, it is mostly me visiting her. Because of the insanely high parking rates in Amsterdam, I am forced to park my car in a nearby area where the rates a little more-let’s say-friendly. The stroll from this area has become a routine for me and the photographer in me watches the lines and shapes passing me by. I cross the A10 ring road from under and it is here where I took this picture. I expected a cyclist to pass across the canal so I waited for the right moment. Shot with the (amazingly capable) LG G4 smartphone and edited in Snapseed.
‘the sweet memory
your smell in my clothes
your voice in my head
going home but not
away from you’
Shooting analog actually reflects the state in which I am at my best: calm, at ease and observing the world around me. I have written multiple times (e.g. here, here and here) my love for shooting film, so I won’t go on that route again….but let me tell you; I am going to shoot with the Yashica tomorrow and boy I am looking forward to it. Please have a little patience, just a few weeks, for the results to come 😉