Of late, it has been bothering me that I have not improved in my photography over the past 3-4 years. It feels like I\’ve been wallowing in mediocrity – not even attempting to better myself. And the other thought rattling around in my brain cage is this: Should I attempt the Leica year?
What is the \”Leica Year” you say? Go here and read the article – an exercise proposed by Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer. In short, it is a commitment of one camera ( a fully manual Leica), one lens and black and white film for one year. One whole year! Maybe someday, I\’ll jump in headfirst…but not right now.
Currently, I am unable to make myself spend the $1.5k in buying a Leica (though you can regain that money by selling this), when earlier this year, I spent a similar amount for my lovely, beautiful and scrumptious Olympus E-P5 with the VF-4 and the 17mm lens. But I really do need to improve, learn to see better and feel better. So here is my mutated Leica Year.
I will use only a Konica Hexanon 50mm AR f1.7 lens, with its Konica AR to M4/3rds adapter on my Oly beauty. Since this is a manual focus lens, with manual aperture controls, I will shoot in Shutter priority Mode only. I will also use only one ISO setting – ISO 1000. I will also shoot in at the native 4:3 aspect ratio and in monochrome only. Also no continuous shooting. Electronic viewfinder allowed. No histograms, guides or any such this. Only the shutter speed display is allowed. No framing on the LCD.
Cheats allowed: Focus Peaking is allowed. Chimping is allowed. Videos in color allowed – but with this lens only.
I will do this for a period of 8 weeks – Monday December 23, 2013 to February 17.2014. In this time period I will endeavor to shoot between 2 to 6 film rolls a week (2×24 to 6×24). I will also try to keep this blog posted with what I shoot.
So that is it. Today, the first day of the \”Legacy Manual Monochrome Months” (LMMMs) for short, my new exercise in bettering my photography begins. Wish me luck folks!