Leica – Love at first sight.
I recently decided that I wanted to shoot my new blog ‘I Love Cap d’Antibes’ with a Leica. Luckily for me a friend of mine Ingrid owns a Leica M8 so I asked her if I could try it out.
Ingrid is also a photographer and I was introduced to her through a friend of mine who was helping her promote her SchimJolie range of limited edition silk scarves in the South of France.
We arranged to meet up in Antibes the following week so I could try out her Leica and decided to combine it with a little photoshoot of her new range of Silky designs.
Wow what an amazing and fun collaboration. I was instantly smitten! The Leica had transported me straight back to shooting with film before DSLR. Instead of clicking away the Leica forced me to approach shooting in the same way as I did back when each frame was precious and each shot mattered, a total contrast to the throwaway shooting of today. The manual focus was definately a challenge and forced me to take my time but therefore allowed me to pay more attention to composing the shot.
I realised how wasteful I have become when shooting digitally. For a 1/2 hour shoot I literally shoot anything between 150-300 frames many of which get discarded but with the Leica over 2 hrs I took maybe 150 frames and ended up with more than 25 shots I totally love!!! , I deleted just 2 or 3.
In the post production (my least favourite element of modern photography), I opened the images and played around with some of them but no matter what I did I always came back to the original shot with the original settings as the image I liked the best.
All the work was done during the shoot which is something I have craved for many years since switching to a DSLR. As a photographer the thing that gives me the biggest buzz and which initially ignited my passion for photography was the process of taking pictures, coming up with ideas for shoots and going out and photographing but somehow over the years this has become a smaller and smaller percentage of my job. Unfortunately post production seems to demand as much time, if not more, than the shoot itself and I sometimes feel I spend more time sitting at my computer than I do actually taking pictures! The Leica puts the emphasis back on the photographer which I love. The magic happens in the moment rather than after it! What you see is what you get, there is nowhere to hide which is why I am so in love with the Leica.
Below are some of the images of the lovely Ingrid who I will write about in another post after our next shoot.
Images shot with a Leica M8. @ 125 ISO 1/500 F2.8