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Man in prayer

I saw this man sitting on the pavement next to the Masjid Jame LRT Station in KL. I think I must have stood there observing him for about an hour. It occurred to me that this man may be, like so many others in KL these days, a professional beggar relying on people’s sense of compassion to make a living. I doubt it though because I could see his legs were not fully formed. I wanted to get in closer to give justice to the 50mm I was carrying but couldn’t quite summon the courage to. Next time, I must get closer. I thought maybe some of the images I captured were quite good though I am certain as I revisit them that they are not good enough and could have been better.

Leica M8.2
Voigtlaender 50mm f/1.1 Nokton

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The Leica Man

After a long hiatus from writing, I’m finally back and am determined to maintain a semblance of commitment to writing.

Life is a little bit more exciting since my latest acquisition. After months of deliberating and anxiety I finally went ahead and got my Leica digital rangefinder, a silver M8.2 and a very nice Leica 35mm f/2.0 pre asphalt Summicron. I knew from the first few pictures I took that I should have done this a long time ago.

I also bought the Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar and the 50mm f/1.2 Notkon (which is still way less than what I paid for the 35mm Summicron). These 3 lenses satisfied 90% of my lens requirements though I am tempted to fill in the other 10% with a longer lens probably a 90mm Summicron.

I took the M8.2 out for a spin to take pictures during my cousins wedding. What a difference it makes. I can immediately see that my whole photography has changed and the picture taking experience is so much more satisfying. Though metering is still a bit tough for me (I’m pampered by the whole slew of metering from the Canon EOSes I’ve been using), after awhile I am sure it will come naturally and I can’t wait to use it for an actual assignment.

Below is a portrait of my cousin taken during the wedding.

Wedding portrait

Leica M8.2
Voigtlander 50mm f/1.1 Nokton
Processed in Aperture
Black and white conversion in Adobe Photoshop CS4

 

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Film and digital

Well. It’s been nearly a month now since I started my affair with film. Lots of mishaps in the developing tank but now with some experience I can confidently say I am 90% there, at least in achieving consistency of results and repeatability. I have now stocked up with lots and lots of bw film in my efforts to master 35mm film photography. I have a bunch of Ilford Delta 100, Ilford Delta 400, Ilford Delta 3200, Kodak T-Max, Fuji Neopan Acros 100 and lots of Lucky SHD 100 films. I’ve also stocked myself with Ilford ID-11 developer, Ilford Ilfosol, ilford LC29 and the accompanying chemicals. Some new tanks and a rack to put them all in.

I’ve also dug up an old Seagull TLR and have been experimenting medium format 6×6 with the Ilford Delta 400 120 film.

Needless to say, I am having the time of my life. So much so that digital seems so impersonal to me now. The anticipation of looking at the negatives after developing can’t be matched by anything digital. To me, this is what photography is all about. I will continue to use my dSLR but its now the alternative instead of being the norm though I am planning to get Canon’s new EOS 5D II.

But the priority is to look for more lenses for my Leica, maybe the 28mm or 35mm as well as a telephoto like the 75 or 90mm for portrait work. I am also budgetting for a used medium format camera like a Hasselblad.

I have just completed development of 2 rolls of Ilford Delta 100 35mm and 2 rolls of Ilford Delta 400 120. The negatives looks good and I am waiting in anticipation for the scans.

 
 

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Building confidence with the Leica M6

Boy at KLCC
Leica M6 50mm Summicron f/2.0 Kodak BW 400CN at f/2

I spend the afternoon at the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) Park today. I wanted more time with the Leica M6 as part of my efforts to get to know it better. My pictures have not been all that good since I got it 4 weeks ago. I must have shot 20 rolls since I got it and my success rates is less that 10% (not good). I’m going to Thailand in a couple of weeks time and I’m considering not lugging my Canon dSLRs with me. This time I brought my Canon Powershot G7 which acted as a reference for metering and exposure. The flow was simple. Meter with the M6 (or use the sunny 16 rule) and use the G7 to check it. Using this method I was able to make sure that I get the correct exposure based on the effect I wanted. I shots 2 rolls of Kodak BW 400CN and 1 roll of Fuji Pro 400H.

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I’ve done it…. Leica

Rooftop

After months of agonising, thinking, weighing pros and cons, research and just plain giving myself a migraine, I’ve finally done it. I bought a used Leica M6 TTL and a brand new Leica 50mm Summicron f/2.0. And the agony was worth it….

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Hello Again

I haven’t been writing for a long time. I’d like to say I’ve been busy but the truth is I was taking a break. My photography has taken a major reshuffle. I’ve sold off a lot of equipment to finance new ones. I was even looking into switching from Canon to Nikon but have decided against it (because I’ll still face the same issue described later). Having said that, I am still looking into radical change of gears. The equipment is just getting too heavy these days and I long for the days of being able to focus on the image rather than focussing on the equipment. The 1 D Mark III, as wonderful as it is, is just too heavy nowadays. Put a EF 24-70mm f/2.8 or the 70-200mm f/2.8 on the 1D Mark III and you have the hallmarks of a big workout. Am looking at the Leica M8 but the IR issue is still a worry for me.  But still, the India pictures were generally good although I messed up a few places here and there. Where is the next destination? Not sure yet but the yearning to take pictures is still very strong in me provided I can solve this nagging heavy equipment issue.

 
 

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