I took Josie to softball practice at Whitney Lane Baptist Church in Kensett this morning. Across the street from the church, was a wooded field with a bunch of wild flowers and daffodils. Normally this would be easy pickings for me and my iPhone, but today I had a Leica M8 with a 35mm F1.4 lens that has a close focusing distance of .7 meters ( 27.5 inches ). I really enjoyed trying to make sense of these landscapes and flowers with the rangefinder camera.
Working with a different camera type is a creative challenge I used for years in the film era. Anytime I felt uninspired I would trade out the Nikon camera bag for the Bronica medium format camera bag. With the bag change I lost zoom lenses, built in light meters, motor drives and auto focusing, a complete change of pace and a new way of seeing. I really miss that with digital cameras. I use P&S cameras and my iPhone to take up the slack but it is not the drastic change I enjoyed in the film days.
Using the Leica today took me back to those old days of a completely different way of working.