Sammi – my little Angel!

Sammi shot on a Pentax 67ii and 105mm f2.4 and HP+5 400

Pentax 67ii and Pentax 105mm f2.4 shot on Ilford HP+5 400 film

Sammi at Youeni Cafe Castle Hill, shot on a Leica m6 with Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5 on Portra 800 film

Sammi at the Royal Easter Show, dog judging enclosure. Leica m6 + Portra 800 and Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5

Sammi at a local park in Quakers Hill, in Sydney’s north west region. Leica m6, Kodak Portra 800 and Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5

Sammi playing with the bark in outer north west Sydney. Leica m6, Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5, Kodak Portra 800

Fun in the sun at a park in Quakers Hill, Sydney. Leica m6, Kodak Portra 800, Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5

Quite recently, I acquired a Leica m6 and Carl Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f1.5. The rangefinder experience, takes a whole lot of getting used to. Aligning the squares, and capturing the moment, does take some practice. Save for sports and animals, an active 3 year old, is about being thrown into the deep end when learning a manual focus range finder. I do love the non blacking of the mirror box. The Leica m6 is largely mechanical, the only electronics being the built in meter. There is something special about shooting with a Leica. Perhaps it’s the link to past masters such as Winogrand and Bresson who used very similar instruments, that defined photography in the 20th century.

These shots of Sammi, is her basically enjoying herself out and about. The aim was capture candid moments and the expressions without having her sit in a particular space and posing.


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