Leica M9 in the Cotswolds

Leica M9 90mm f/2.5
Leica M9 90mm f/2.5


Leica M9 90mm f/2.5
Leica M9 90mm f/2.5


Leica M9 Zeiss 18mm f/4
Leica M9 Zeiss 18mm f/4


Leica M9 Zeiss 18mm f/4
Leica M9 Zeiss 18mm f/4


Leica M9 Zeiss 18mm f/4


As ever lovely sharp images with beautiful colour. And as ever I look at the pictures on the screen and wonder why I ever use anything else. I know there are the dust spots (building up again) the lack of AF, no long lenses, no close-ups, vignetting and colour casts on the wide-angles and I do use it less than I should because I get put off by all of that. However when I'm using it its incredibly enjoyable and I definitely think more about what I'm taking and slow the whole process down. 


Being a stock / library photographer for so long has put me into the mind set that I might somehow miss a classic best-seller if I'm not ready and able to shoot anything at a moments notice. However when I actually look at the images that have earned me the most money, they could have all been taken with a 10x8 plate camera, and its actually very rare that I sell a motor-driven, fast AF, instant reaction shot. 


There is also the fact that Leica pictures do take longer to edit, with the dust spot removal and the lens corrections. One of the reasons I've always liked m4/3 is the speed I get through editing the images. However I do like to linger over a Leica shot.


There is an answer to this. Use the Leica and take less and take better. If I can just get the cover it from all angles with all focal lengths, stock shooter sensibility out of my head then it might work. As I've said on many occasions, my favourite photo shoots are with one camera and one lens.


When I started serious photography and began to sell pictures via picture libraries I did work quite slowly and simply, often with a medium-format camera. I then got involved with studio portrait work, performing arts, events, commercial photography and weddings and everything became faster, more complicated and more gear driven. My intention this year was to scale all of this back and return more to the photography I love most of all, outdoors with the opportunity to take my time. For that the M9 comes into its own. 


Its pretty obvious what I should do, but somehow it doesn't seem to register with me. One day it will.


Words - David
Images - David and Ann