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2 Idiot-Proof Approaches to Street Photography with a Leica M6

So basically, I have 2 idiot-proof approaches.

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Approach 1, step 1: Set the camera to f/16 and 1/125s on a bright (or even slightly overcast) day, depending on your film ISO.

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Approach 1, step 2: adjust my 35mm lens such that the DOF scale allows for a distance of between 1.2m to infinity to be in focus.

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Approach 1, step 3: walk around and allow serendipity to do its work.

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Approach 2, step 1: focus on a brick wall.

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Approach 2, step 2: fumble with camera.

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Approach 2, step 3: allow serendipity to do its work.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Ilford XP2 400


8 comments on “2 Idiot-Proof Approaches to Street Photography with a Leica M6

  1. Wilhelm
    May 8, 2015

    I find 1/125 a bit too slow to take pictures of people in motion at close range, even with such a short lens. I’d go to f8 to get some more speed.

    • eddietay
      May 8, 2015

      Cheers – i’ll keep that in mind!

  2. Nil
    May 8, 2015

    That sounds a lot like what I did with my old OM2 when milling with the crowds during an event or a demonstration 🙂 But, as Wilhelm says, f8 is indeed better… 🙂

    • eddietay
      May 8, 2015

      Many thanks! – will definitely try f8.

  3. Dr Sze Wey Lee
    May 10, 2015

    I have a friend who loves street photography using the camera on his phone. And he takes some very nice shots just walking around Melbourne.

    • eddietay
      May 10, 2015

      Yup! – the best camera is the one you have with you.

  4. Thailand Everyday
    May 28, 2015

    It’s about, who is behind the camera and not the tool. Even so nice captures.

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