As a Leica man, I have been a big fan of your site from its beginning. What I am also a fan of is your no-nonsense real world evaluations of other quality cameras as well. For example, your recent peak at the new Sony R1x and its ground breaking raw capabilities have me intrigued and I find myself imagining one in my life. Then, I quickly fall back to reality and realize although I am a creative type that likes to experiment with the new wonders coming out every day with today’s technology, when it comes down to it, I am just an old dog that prefers his old tricks.
Back in the analog days when I was pulling film out of an M6 instead of SD cards out of an M9, and printing from a Focomat V35 in a darkroom instead of a Mac in Lightroom, I was what you would call a lazy printer. No dodging, no burning and just 2 minutes in the soup, because my general philosophy was to create the image in camera. If it needed more or less time in developer, it was a wrong exposure. If it need dodging or burning, it wasn’t a well conceived frame. Printing for me was just a formality, all the work was done at the exposure, not the other way around.
I find I am the same way in the digital age, especially in the digital age, because now it is easier than ever to get lost in the raging sea of post processing software. So, I prefer to simply post/print my M9 images straight out of camera no differently than my M6 days.
I’m curious to hear what your readers might think on this attitude.
Below are some images from the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan. I spent many early a.m. days there with my M9. Tsukiji Market is dark, crowded and active, and if you can find a way in there when tourists are not allowed, you will be living the discreet rangefinder shooter’s dream, for a rangefinder such as a Leica is just what you will need to capture an up close still life or quiet moment of a worker resting or in action.