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.
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.
Living in the The Netherlands gives me the opportunity to visit the great city of The Hague and Scheveningen (the latter seemingly very hard to pronounce for non-native speakers of the Dutch language…). One of the gems of The Hague is the Municipal Museum Of The Hague. Designed by Berlage, with Piet Mondriaan one of the most renowned Dutch artists from the De Stijl movement. The art displayed in this museum is beautiful, mesmerizing and enchanting but the building itself is maybe even more stunning. I absolutely adore the design from De Stijl and this building has a lot to offer in this respect. You keep being fascinated by the lines and the use of materials, color and light. You literally walk inside a piece of art, so visiting this museum is double treat!