China - Travels with Leica
Every year I make a special trip to China with a group of photographers to share what I love about the country. Every year the journey is unique, never the same as before and never to be the same again. This year I borrowed a Leica M9-P as my camera companion for the trip, which was both challenging and enlightening. I discovered a whole new respect for professionals who choose the M format.
All images here were taken on the Leica M9-P, mostly with the 28mm f/2 lens.
You can read about my review of the Leica M9-P in the upcoming 'Portraits' edition of Digital Photography Magazine Australia, due in December 2011. The short version is this...
"A legacy of fine craftsmanship now struggles to find a place in the digital world. Leica make lovely gear and the M9-P takes lovely photos, but the fact is that I take better photos with a more modern camera system that offers fast autofocus, affordable lenses and quality review of images on the rear screen. But, people who buy a Leica already know what they want from a camera, and they don't need me to tell them what is good or bad about the M series. It takes immense skill to shoot manual focus these days, and the Leica M9-P will reward that skill very nicely."
The images in this series were taken while travelling with my annual China Photography Tour. See more about the journey here...
Ewen Bell's other website is called "Photography for Travellers", an online guide rich in features both practical and philosophical. Field guides to wonderful locations, insights into techniques plus inspiring idea to help you think differently about the art of photography.
Photography for Travellers
Ewen's guiding principles are simple...
"Go slow. Get closer. Look for the light."
"Photography is about showing other people how to see, to share the beauty of life. It's not a job, it's a lifestyle. We only get one lifetime, one chance to add some light into the world. Photography competitions are mostly silly. Cats are excellent."