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

  1. 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.

  2. 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… 🙂

  3. 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.

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