First of all, love your site. Specially the work you do with Seal and of course your daily inspiration. Therefore I figured I would like to contribute as well. I am a Dutch photographer. After working in hospitality for over 15 years I decided to turn my hobby into a new career, and took the plunge.
Last week I had a studio shoot with some drag queens. These “girls” take their time preparing and I decided to also go for a behind the scenes with my Leica M9. It was amazing to see how these men transform into ladies. But the fun really started when we decided to hit the city of my home town Haarlem (Netherlands) after the shoot. All ladies were tired of a day in the studio and wanted to go out and have something to eat, so they invaded the local snack bar.
I’m working more and more with the Leica M9 after working with a Nikon D3 for years. First I had to really learn to work with the rangefinder, different feel, all manual, new approach of my subjects…. It felt like I had to learn how to walk all over again. Definitely some of your tips and tricks helped me to find my way. After a while I actually really started to enjoy working with it and now, I use it as often as I can for fun and also on the job. Most of the time I work with a 35mm summicron f2.0 and if I want to get in close I have my 75mm summicron f2.0. Somewhere in the future I definitely would like to work with the noctilux and explore its possibilities.
I really like converting the pictures to black & white using silver fx pro 2 with all its amazing possibilities.
If you like to see some more pictures of the drag queens or my portfolio, check my site www.danielmaissan.nl