Here’s another practical experience with the Leica M9 and the Elmar f/3.4 24 mm. I’ve been photographing a friend’s exhibition opening here in Berlin the day before yesterday. It had quite a turnout of people coming to see his imagined botanical drawings. Mingling with the crowd, I was looking for interesting angles and chanced upon this:
Holding the camera above the heads at outstreched arms and angling it down approximately pointed at groups of people gave me the graphically most interesting shots of the evening. If the floor had been even lighter colored, the shapes could perhaps have floated in white space. Something to remember for a later project.
Then yesterday I did documentary photos of the artwork and the gallery installation, see lead photo. And I was glad I had bought this in the Berlin Leica Store in the morning:
It was used (is no longer made, and, curiously, sports a shame-faced “Made in Japan” script. Voigtländer? Or from the period of cooperation with Minolta?) and the only accessory viewfinder they had that gave a good approximation of what you’ll get on sensor with the Elmar f/3.4 24 mm. We tried a Zeiss 21 – 25 mm finder that was too wide and the original Leica brightline viewfinder was on order with an uncertain delivery date. Leica’s being overwhelmed by it’s own succes lately.
So, this was just an example that you can work both ways with a Leica and a wide angle. To frame or not to frame…