Daily Inspiration #488 By Ty Domin

G’day Brandon,

I am from Australia, but am taking an extended break and will soon be venturing aimlessly around the world by bicycle. My last four or five years of photography have been almost exclusively film based as I have enjoyed the process of shooting on the street in B&W and home processing and scanning. However, this is practically impossible while travelling for extended periods of time by bicycle (and more importantly, without possibility of backing up on the road) so I recently invested in an M9; the choice made easy based on the fact that it maintains almost all of the joy of the photographic process I feel while shooting my M6, including its limitations in low light!

Everything I love about film still stands, and always will, however the detail I am able to easily reproduce in the large RAW digital files has been an entirely positive part of the transition, and no where more so than recently on the busy streets of Kathmandu. I recall the joy of printing my favourite photographs in my makeshift darkroom (the bathroom) and finding extra detail and depth in images that were not present in the scanned negative; I felt the same way when peaking at the images while I hastily backed them up on my iPad while in Nepal. There’s so much to see outside of the subject and after roaming Kathmandu for three days I found myself peering endlessly into each image for that hidden secret – the balance weights, the staircase leading to an unknown destination, the headless chicken, the lone lightbulb, the wooden blocks used as pedals and the precisely manicured facial hair; they are all in these images.

It makes me think that almost any photo I took over those days, no matter how mundane, will tell a story if I take the time to look!

Ty Domin






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  1. Wow Ty, these pictures are particularly amazing. You’re detail is so intricate and you’re so versatile with so little. I like to check in and see what your up to every now and then. Looks like you’re doing well and having a ball. Travel safe old friend.

  2. Ty’s pictures on his website convinced me to enter the Leica-path, Under the hood, I kept some money for this in the last year 😉

    But I am totally confused with this CCD / CMOS thing. Some serious photographers say the CCD has the magic depth, and Ty’s images clearly have this ‘depth’, glow, whatever. So should I go for an used M9 or does the M-E offer the really same sensor, look – the sensor dimension has slightly changed from the M9 to the M-E.

    I hate GAS, but the joy of Ty’s images really encourages to switch to Leica.

    • Surprised nobody answered the sensor query. The M-E is the same camera as the M9/M9P to all essential respects – has a CCD sensor. BTW, Ty IR personally responsible for getting me into Leica RFs and he’s currently cycling in Greece!

  3. Beautiful shots mate! I used to have a m9, unfortunately got stolen in Sydney and I did not have insurance. Still miss that camera as it can, with the right lens, give incredible depth, a 3d feel and rich colours. Now switched to the Olympus omd em1 which can give me about 95% of the IQ of the M9, sometimes even more. The only thing I really miss is the rangefinder style of shooting and those beautiful little leaice and zeiss lenses. Enjoy Kathmandu and try to get to Bhutan; even better!!!

  4. Thanks for asking Chris, I should have mentioned. I use two lenses, predominantly the 35mm Summicron ASPH and when called for the 21mm f1.8 Voigtlander. All three images here were taken with the 35mm, which lives on the camera.

    • Thanks Ty, yes this pictures are awesome indeed, visited your homepage – truly some of the best travel-pictures, I like your postprocessing and the magic light and depth in this images. Thanks for the lens, will start to keep some money for that. Thanks.

  5. Which lens(es) die you use for this very nice shots? Especially for #3 which has a fantastic depth.

  6. Hi Ibraar, all my belongings were packed away in July of last year (i am working abroad until i begin my travel). Hence, a couple of bags of belongings, a bike and one camera!

  7. Traveling round the world on your bicycle taking photographs – that is the true Aussie spirit.
    Lovely photographs of Kathmandu, and stay safe on your travels.

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