In search of colors and light

In search of colors and light

I ended up taking the hoods and cases off the Leicas when I was photographing them.   A few of my friends don't shoot with the hoods or cases on their Leicas.  I have always used a case as I don't want to scratch my cameras but I really like the look and the weight of the camera without them.   My cameras are already 'broken in' now so I am less worried about scratches.  I am thinking of shooting without a case and hoods.

If you are a Leica shooter - What do you do?  I would be curious to hear...

Today's Configuration: Leica M9-P with a Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 (except the first picture)

Nocitlux
Nocitlux

I headed out on Friday with my friend Jeremy who I met at Tokyo Photo and my friend Matthew and a few of their friends for shooting on Old Tokaido Road near Shinagawa.

Shinagawa Station
Shinagawa Station
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

I love the year end holidays in Japan.   I think it is great that so many places shut down.   It really gave me an opportunity to shut off from work and really spend time with my family.   One thing Mayumi gave me for Christmas was Jay Maisel's Light Gesture and Color.   The book is a bit of a summary of the workshop that I took from Jay.  The book is a great reminder of one of the best weeks of my life.  It is also fill with so many fantastic lessons on photography.

As everything was shut down for the new year break there wasn't a lot of action on the streets.  With inspiration from Jay's book I headed out looking for powerful colors and interesting light.

Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

Even the construction site is welcoming in the new year.

Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

I wish I shot this more straight on but I like the contrasting colors.  I love the way the Noctilux handles shadows.  All of these images are right out of the camera and I love the powerful colors I can get with the Noctilux/M9-P combo.  When I am seeking inspiration I take this par for a walk.

Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

I was enjoying finding contrasts such as this grey wall with this deep red poster on it.

Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

...and these great carving at this temple we came upon.

Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

This is what it looks like when you completely blow your focus with a Leica...

Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road
Old Tokaido Road

I am really happy how my white Paul Smith sneakers have held up.  I was sure they were going to be black after just a week but almost 2 months of daily wear and they look awesome!

Stop
Stop
Shimbamba Station
Shimbamba Station
Shimbamba Station
Shimbamba Station

Thanks for stopping by today...

Always carry your camera

Always carry your camera

Welcome to the future

Welcome to the future

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