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Compiegne

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We are working on a long-term project concerning shipping, I won't elaborate too much on that, nothing solid yet, but this photograph is part of that project, as an example of the style we might want to achieve.
What I want to show here is how this particular lens, the Carl Zeiss Biogon ZM 2.0/35mm, works in this kind of light.
First of all, the lens is superb. No need for the boring details, but I love it.
A lens is all about character. I don't care if one lens is sharper then another one, or how much coma is left in the corners at a specific aperture. Boring data.
In photography, it is all about prediction. You want to predict what is going to happen next in order to be ready to actually capture that moment. If not, you will be too late, you missed the moment. Your camera must be ready to capture the instance. Prepared, ready, focused, exposure set, in front of your eye, you know the drill. You must be able to predict the near future in order to take a picture.
Prediction is also wh…

Back to Basics

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Finaly another post after some months.
It took a while because I changed my approach to photography, and I had to learn part of the trade again.
I bought myself an old and cheap Leica M6 (cheap for Leica standards) from Germany, found a nice Carl Zeiss Biogon 35mm in Japan, had the camera overhauled at the factory (not cheap by any standard) and started shooting film again. And I love every second of it.
I love the basic simplicity of a film camera. Shutterspeed, aperture, focus. That's it.
Why the Leica? I adore viewfinder camera's (as opposed to a reflex), because you are not distracted by the process of focusing. You look through the viewfinder and everything is clear, in focus. You can concentrate on content. With these cameras you are forced to prepare your shot, have everything ready before you can take whatever shot you have in mind. Anticipate. Prepare your exposure, focus ... and wait for the moment, let things unfold in front of you. And when it happens, you only ha…