Late evening light with Leica M9 & Zeiss 50mm

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Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar
The Kingsbridge Estuary Devon

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar
The Kingsbridge Estuary Devon

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar
The Kingsbridge Estuary Devon

It often feels that the M9 is my "personal" camera. I get more pleasure from using it, ususally plus the Zeiss 50mm, than any other camera/lens combination. My week in Devon followed a typical pattern, in that I started out using one or other of the Nikons plus zooms and ended with the M9 plus standard lens.

I was particularly pleased with the following set of pictures, taken in late evening light.

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Slapton Sands is a long sand spit that was used in the Second World War as a practice beach for the Normandy D-Day landings, after the local inhabitants were re-located. There was also loss of life when several blunders led to nearly 1000 men being killed in several incidents, all of which was hushed up until after the war.

see - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slapton,_Devon

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

I've always found it a strange, atmospheric place. It gets pretty crowded in the day, when the shingle beach is pretty full. Its actually very difficult to walk on the stones though. On this evening it was almost deserted. It faces east so the sun was coming from behind, and the low sun provided beautiful warm light.

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar

There's a small village at one end with a few houses, a pub and hotel. I liked the sign outside this cottage.

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar


Whenever I use the M9 / Zeiss 50mm combination I always love the pictures and really enjoy the experience. I would really like to use just this and nothing else, but thats probably never going to happen. My constant dilemma of what I want to use and what I think I should use never goes away. Its also about the difference between making and taking pictures. With the one lens I'm constantly thinking that I'm going to miss the "great shot". I don't and often my pictures with the 50mm are my favourites, but it still keeps nagging away at me.

I do also enjoy using other cameras and lenses, but this desire for simplicity and the "purity" of the one camera / one lens does seem very appealing. I'm sure if I did it I'd very quickly feel restricted and need to try something else. In the meantime my trips with the Rangefinder / Standard lens combination are very satisfying. And of course good for my "photographic soul" !!

Leica M9 Zeiss 50mm f/2 T* Planar