Quick Shot: Shooting with the Leica M10 and Q by Paul Cowled

Inspiration with the Leica M10 and Q

by Paul Cowled

My name is Paul Cowled and I am a photographer (trying to go pro…..) in Canberra Australia.

I am trying to find my feet with landscape, flora, fauna and soon portraiture.

I have included a mixed bag of pics.

The fist one  is near my house, Point Hutt Pond.  I took this in the late afternoon with my gorgeous Leica M10 with a Voigtlander 35mm f1.2 v2.  I normally shoot wide open I love FAST glass.  This was shot at f1.2, 35mm, ISO 100, SS 1/350 with -1 ExpComp.  I processed in Lightroom trying for a moody feel.

The second shot was taken in the Lakes District of Cumbria in the UK on a recent vacation.  We were visiting a stone circle and I happened to capture this stone wall and vegetation that worked out well I think.  I was using my Leica Q (travel camera) again wide open at f1.7, 28mm fixed lens, ISO 100 SS 1/800 with no ExpComp.  Again I processed in Lightroom for a bright poppy picture.

The last shot was taken in my back yard garden 😊.

I started my exposure to photography in the Australian Army (Military Police Investigator/Crime Scene Examiner) where we used old Nikons with B&W film and did our own developing and printing, circa 1996.  Anyway, I was looking for a 70’s feeling crime scene pic with a 3inch plastic skull in some vegetation.  I was using my Leica Q again at f2.8, 28mm fixed lens, ISO 100 SS 1/125 with no ExpComp.  Again I processed in Lightroom grainy film like B&W render.

I currently shoot with a Leica X, Leica Q and Leica M10 (4/135mm Tele-Elmar, 2.8/90mm Tele-Elmarit, 1.1/50mm 7 Artisans and 1.2/35mm v2 Voigtlander) but hope to soon get a 2/75 Summicron to round out the kit.  I also use a Sony A7S with 2.8/35mm and Leica M lens adapter for the Leica glass.  There is also a Sony RX100M3 for times when I need to have a REALLY small camera.  Although I have to say, I enjoy shooting the Leicas the most.  They are difficult to master and the learning curve is steep but worth the effort.

My website is www.photosbycowz.com.au

Cheers mate from Oz

Paul R Cowled

Photos By Cowz


  1. I love my Q and my M…both for different reasons… I love the portable power the Q provides and its really intuitive, but I also love the grunt and classic lines of the M….. like comparing a Shelby Mustang (M10) to a Subaru Impreza (Q) both fast and nice cars but achieve the aim differently. I use the Q as a travel come impromptu shooter and the M when I have more time to plan and compose my shot.

    Oh….. Big thanks Steve for putting me up here 🙂

  2. Thanks for the sharing…How do you like the Leica Q so far? I have one and find it extremely capable. Harness its limitations, and you are rewarded with stunning images!

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