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Soul mate

You find yourself in a strange dynamic being a Leica shooter. One day you are being envied and seen as a snob who has spend¬†too much money on a camera that lacks so many features other camera’s have, the other day you are being praised for your pictures you take with it. We live in an era in which the camera itself is a statement and fashion item too, beside being just a tool for creating art of capturing moments. For some people, owning a particular camera seems to be more important than actually shooting with it. I’d guess that’s all right too…whatever floats your boat. Instagram is flooded with ‘eye candy’; just pictures of Leica’s, but also other brands, instead of pictures taken with the camera. Being a substantial financial investment (hence the second hand option I took), it attracts both haters and lovers of the brand and for different reasons. I try not to identify too much with the gear I use, but having said that…..I actually do. I do but more in the sense that this type of camera make me feel they are my soul mates. Not to state something pompously, but the less is more approach of the Leica brand really resonates with me. They really are an extension of my eyes, heart and soul. Stripping the camera of all of the non-essentials enables me to focus (not pun intended) on the key points of my photography: seeing and capturing. I recently saw two Youtube video’s, in which both the M8 and M9 are being praised, despite being ‘old’ and ‘lacking’ or expensive. It prompted me to write this comment:

Hi Mattias, thanks for the effort you have put in this video and the one the M8. It strongly resonates with how I feel using my M8 and M9 (both second hand bought). In this age of ‘low light madness’ and the need for having a camera that does it all (including video), it is refreshing to hear somebody talk about these two camera’s and their specific qualities. What I like the most about using these kind of camera’s, besides obvious things like the IQ, handling, manual focusing and build quality, is ‘the less is more’ approach of Leica. The very reason I still shoot analog besides digital. This makes it not a camera for every one, but if it is it…..it surely becomes a soul mate of you and technical specs will soon be irrelevant :-). You can check out my pictures at http://vincentvankleef.wixsite.com/lightonlight . Cheers, Vincent

Till next time, thanks for reading this post. ūüôā

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To the beach

This is a picture a took quite a while ago. I decided to combine two things that I like to do very much; riding my bike and taking pictures. It is my Ducati at the beach you are looking at. The picture is taken with my very first camera, the Minolta X-700. A sweet little camera and a perfect combination of Japanese engineering and design. I have the intention to shoot more analog this year, but the X-700 shall have to compete with the Olympus OM2-n, the Trip 35 and the Yashica Mat 124G (along with my two digital Leica’s)…..To the beach

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Beauty and grace

Beauty and grace

her being so vibrant

her silhouette catching my eyes

the sound of her voice whirling through the room

warming and embracing my heart

 

To be with you

is to change ordinary things into something precious

is to celebrate life

 

With you.

Precious

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Greatness

Nature surpasses all concepts of greatness. The wonderful thing is that you can be awed by it in so many ways. As I live in Amsterdam now, all the places that are not occupied by concrete or cars are safe havens for the mind. I took this picture in the Westerpark, a park along a busy road. You can sense the different state of mind of people when they are surrounded by nature, even if it’s a park.Greatness

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Reflective state of mind

As I stated before in this blog, photography is sort of walking meditation for me. It calms me down and makes me more aware of my environment. I practice meditation at home too, but to be honest I enjoy this kind of calming down the mind more than just sitting down. It is something I cannot do in the companion of someone, let alone the fact that I am not in very communicative state when I am in this mode…..Who's that

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Let my camera do the talking

The gentle window light strikes your face,

highlighting your beautiful lines and femininity.

Revealing the boundless greatness of your soul and being,

your true love, compassion and wisdom.

Capturing your beauty and grace is something I truly can not do with words

so let my camera do the talking while I am left speechless and in awe.

Natural beaut and light

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Lines of Berlin

Moving to a new town have made me put photography almost on the bottom of my priority list. I have forced myself to take some time off though, supported by my wonderful girlfriend, and to go back to Berlin. One of the many amazing things about my girl is that she somehow lets me photograph while enjoying each other company. If you are a fellow photographer, you know how hard that can be! We had a truly unforgettable time in Berlin, which we visited for the second time within a year. This time I had taken the M9 with me. I have taken quite some pictures in Berlin so stayed tuned as there will be some more to come.Lines of Berlin

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Look at that #2

The Rembrandt Plein is one of the tourist hot spots of Amsterdam. Many tourists take pictures with the Rembrandt statues and enjoy the food and drinks that are widely available. My eye caught this little fella…..he was fascinated by the performance of a group of street artists and jumped several times ‘on stage’. A wonderful sight which just had to be captured.¬†Look at that

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Let me show you how it works

I have taken a big leap (in a technically but foremost financial way) by purchasing a Leica M9. I am now shooting full frame with means that being used to shoot within the 35-50 mm frame, I had to buy a 35 or 50 mm lens as well and trade in the 28 mm Summicron¬†in able to afford the 50 mm. I have chosen the 50 mm Summilux, considered a ‘perfect’ and classic lens with the most beautiful bokeh of all Leica lenses. Well, all fine and dandy, I simply love the look of this lens. Did I just say love? I mean adore. The quality of this lens is just stunning….I also considered buying the 50 mm Summicron, but being spoiled by a man who creates the most beautiful pictures, often with this combo,¬†Peter ‘Prosophos’, I picked the Summilux.¬†Please check his website out and be amazed by his wonderful pictures.

With this new combo, I experience a new learning curve after being so used to the M8. So, a lot of test driving needs to be done. I took this picture this very afternoon in the park of two boys playing with a water gun. Oh, by the way…I still have the M8. How can I possibly ever part with this camera?

 

Let me show you

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Bruised and battered

Still going strong, my beloved Leica M8. ¬†Presented to the world in 2006, it is considered ancient by now but this camera still manages to amaze me with the pictures it produces and the way it fits my hand as well as my style of photography. Signed by Anton Corbijn, bruised, battered and full of quirks. Hated by those who seek low light performance but loved by the ones who appreciate the look of the Kodak sensor and how to use the camera. It is funny how emotional connected you can get to an object as it has gone through the same experiences as you. It has seen the same things that triggered me to grab my camera and take that shot. That’s the beauty of photography too.Bruised and battered

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