Leica C-Lux First Impressions

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll probably know I’m a sucker for compact cameras. Many of you probably found me because of a compact camera of some sort. In fact, for my general street photography I have always preferred compact cameras. I haven’t used many lately, but the above generally holds true.

Iksan, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

So let me get the disclaimers out of the way before I continue:

  1. I work for the Leica Akademie here in Korea as organizer and head teacher.
  2. I am well aware there is a cheaper Panasonic version of this camera. In my humble opinion (work bias aside) I think the extra warranty, resale value (the Leica versions hold their value much better whether you think this is justified or not) and subjectively better looks are well worth the price difference.

Okay, now that that is out of the way let us continue with my Leica C-Lux 2019 first impressions.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

I think it is cute the handsome camera. I very much like the blue tones and leatherette grip. I also generally love a silver lens on a black body. Of course, the lens isn’t silver but the multifunction ring is. I quite dig it.

The camera itself has a bit of a weird lens for my normal tastes. It’s a 24-360 that is only f3.3 at the widest. I find the former a positive. First, as this will be a travel / video camera for me I appreciate the range more than I might on a dedicated street camera. Second, the f3.3 doesn’t make much of a difference to me as I wouldn’t buy a compact camera for “bokeh.” That said, bokeh can be had because of the zoom range if you don’t mind using your feet a bit.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

As a street camera, it performs great. Even with the crazy zoom range there is little to no distortion or what happens to be there is well controlled with the software. I love the fact that Panasonic and Leica always include the ability to zoom their lenses in steps. I find 24 a little wide these days so I have the camera set to turn on at 28mm. It is very fast to turn on and shoot.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

There are some convenience features I quite like as well. The camera uses a low powered bluetooth mode to send photos to my smartphone as I walk around shooting. This it makes quite easy to sit down and edit in a coffee shop when I need a break. All the photos here were edited in Snapseed. They might be a bit much for you, I just try to keep all my photos looking somewhat similar these days. This is as close as I can get to my film photos.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.
Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

I included the normal version of the photo above for your reference. I like this photo. I asked the woman to look more into the light and then we got talking. She grew up very close to where I live now.

Another feature I love about the C-Lux is its ability to charge via USB. I can charge it on the go with my laptop or a battery bank. I really, really wish it were USB-C but I guess we are a ways off of that on cameras yet. Maybe next year.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

I didn’t find myself using the zoom very much during the first day of shooting. I did take a portrait of my wife with it later at night that I am saving for the full review. Much like the need for a viewfinder I find the need for a prime lens when shooting street photography to be a bunch of hipster nonsense. The only actual reason I see for this is size. With a camera like this it matters very little.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

One thing I won’t really talk about a lot until the main review is the flash. It is a bounce type flash that is similar to that on the RX100 series. Because of the zoom range the flash on the C-Lux is quite strong for its size. This is important if you want that Daido Moriyama high constrast blow out the highlights kinda look. I didn’t do much testing of this yet aside from a couple of shots around my house. Expect more in the review.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

I think the reason I like compact cameras so much is they so perfectly match the “moment” of capture to me. The photos I take with a compact camera almost always seem to be closer to my mind’s eye. I don’t think this is exclusive to any particular compact camera just those cameras in general.

So, surely I am not saying you go and buy this camera. I will say it ticks all the boxes I want in a modern compact camera. It has a 1 inch sensor, viewfinder, strong flash, nice looks, touch screen(also in the menus) self contained lens cap, bluetooth, and usb charging. The video is a big bonus since I have started to do a lot more of that.

Anyway, that is all for my first impression of the Leica C-Lux. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments.

Upcoming reviews include the C-lux, the Leica MP (film), the Wotancraft Trooper, and the Pixel 3.

Much love from Korea,

Josh.

Seoul, South Korea. Leica C-lux.

First Roll of 2019

Frame 1: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

This was the first frame I took this year. My cat sits on the air purifier while I sit at my desk. I guess she likes the fan. We should have called her Marilyn. The light from the window to her left was particularly strong. I’m happy I got a full frame from this considering it was first. My wife said “how can you make the cutest kitten in the world look so scary?..”

Frame 7: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

So my plan for this post was simply to go through most of the photos from my first roll of the year. I had a bit of a contemplation during the end of last year. One thing that continually came to me was how much I needed to shoot film. I don’t know what it is honestly. It isn’t some hipster nonsense “look” or anything of the sort. It just works for my brain. I was sitting down last night scanning these mediocre photos and I felt near-on giddy.


Frame 3: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

These photos aren’t in any particular order. I’ll probably share 20 or so. The way I shoot film is I shoot 4 to 5 frames of most scenes. Even mundane stuff like my lunch (the Soju bottle actually houses sesame oil ;)). I got in the habit of doing this because I shoot without a meter. I guess you can call it self bracketing.

Frame 5: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

Would I benefit from a camera with a meter? Maybe. I never end up using them after the battery dies. I never agree with the meters either. Maybe I’m weird. I end up second guessing myself with a meter. I prefer to just trust that I’m right.

Frame 18: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.
Frame 19: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

My way of developing is quite strange too. I develop a roll based on my brain’s version of what it thinks the roll was shot like. For example, if I feel I slightly over exposed the more memorable photos in the roll I will develop the roll slightly less than I might normally do.

Frame 9: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

People hate watching me develop because I don’t use a thermometer, don’t clean my negatives, and only use a wall clock for timing things.

Frame 10: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

As I developed this roll a friend from Seoul was watching me. He was cringing the whole time constantly saying I’m crazy. I changed the developing time midway because I remembered something from the roll. He wanted to bet with me that they wouldn’t turn out.

Frame 24: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.
Frame 25: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

I don’t want this to come off as I’m some kind of mad genius. In fact, I’m quite lazy, hate maths, and lost my thermometer years ago. The fact of the matter is, black and white film is so forgiving that it is a joke to care so much. At least for me.

Frame 27: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

One thing I’d say is clean your negatives before you develop. I never do aside from a slight dip in my magic sauce (classified information and no dirty ideas it is safe for work ;)). This is basically the reason for the cloudy look of my negatives.

Frame 14: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

Well, that is what has been hypothesized by those whom have watched me develop. Who knows. I just keep doing the same thing. I hate being introduced to new developers or fixers. I’m too lazy to learn something new.

Frame 15: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

Ah, I guess then I should tell you what I do use. I use T-max developer and Ilford fixer. I love Tmax with Tmax film but these days it has just become too expensive. It is also okay with HP5 like this roll was.

Frame 21: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

I didn’t shoot much street on this roll. It was the first roll with a camera I wasn’t used to. Wish I would have shot more “normally” though considering every frame (exposure / focus wise) came out great.

Frame 22: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

Forgot to mention some big news! Yesterday I started shooting the introduction for my YouTube channel. I know I’ve promised this many times. I can honestly say this is the first time I’ve ever taken it seriously.

Frame 23: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

I even hired someone to take care of the filming outside. Yesterday was supposedly the “practice” session but there was lots of useable footage from the day.

And yes, I know you video guys are going to tell my the Olympus camera I have sucks for video. I’m sure it does. Basically it is what I have and it works. The footage looked fine to me. Maybe later I’ll get something “better.”

Frame 30: 2019. Ilford HP5 @1600. Leica M4.
Iksan, South Korea.

That’s about it for today.

What’s up next?

Well, I’m waiting on my 40mm Summicron to come back from service to shoot another roll of film. In the meantime, I’ve got two reviews coming up. One of the Leica C-Lux and another of the Google Pixel 3.

You can expect the Pixel review by the end of the week. Small spoiler, the camera is really, really good. Really good. Like, really. The Pixel has never been available in Korea so I’d never even held one until recently. I don’t know how I can go back to anything else.

Friends in Japan wanna be on call to send me one when needed 😉 ?

Anyway, kitten picture to end the day.

Manbo. Google Pixel 3, Portrait Mode.

Peace kids.

-Jt

2018: Top 10 Photos (1-5)

Iksan, South Korea. May 2018.

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This is a photo of my mom. My mom came to Korea for the first time in 2018. I cherished that time with her. We didn’t have a great relationship when I was young. She’s a bit like Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter. Tons of heart but extremely strict and can be borderline scary. She was a high school teacher and the type that you’d imagine still might have a belt lying around. That said, she has softened much in her old age. I took this after my wedding reception. She was hungover. My mom literally never drinks. Well, Junku bro and friends had her drinking at my reception and she was feeling the effects. She stayed like this for a whole day. She’s coming back this may. I can’t wait.

Iksan, South Korea. July 2018.

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I shared this in my last post as well. I absolutely love this photo. When my wife cleans the floors she dances like a ballerina. It is one of the most beautiful and graceful things I’ve ever seen. She clears the floors of obstructions, plays a classical piano arrangement and floats through the rooms with a cloth and some water. I’d never been able to get a very good photo during the routine. She’s embarrassed by it. I haven’t a clue why.

Iksan, South Korea. February 2018.

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This was also taken during the unusual snow storms that plagued Iksan for a couple of days in 2018. I was on my way to class when I saw this loan man just kind of standing there contemplating his plight. I took this without much care to be honest. I was cold and had no gloves so I wasn’t much in the mood to be taking photos. I’m glad I did. Prints of this now hang in many countries throughout the world. It was my most requested photo from this year. Generally I don’t agree with those numbers but in this case, I love this photo.

Iksan, South Korea. May 2018.

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So the last two photos were taken one right after the other with the above having been taken second.

I took this photo of my wife on our wedding day. I didn’t take many photos during the day, perhaps 10. Every time I see this photo I am filled with happiness. She was talking to a friend or something but I couldn’t see anything but her.

Iksan, South Korea. May 2018.

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This is my favourite photo of 2018. It isn’t the best photo I’ve ever taken technically. It is a photo that I would describe as an amalgamation of compromises. I took the photo in our then unfinished living room. The lighting was a simple placeholder light that struggled to light the entire room. I had 400 speed Ilford film loaded in my camera and no flash. I’d shot the previous 15 photos on the roll at 400 because I’d dreamed of my wedding photos being “clean.” Realizing this wasn’t going to work I just said f%$k it and decided to shoot this at what I’d thought to be 3200 (no meter on my camera). I think continued to take 6 photos of her during the next 3-5 minutes (number 2 on this list being also taken during that time) at what I judged to be 3200. I developed the film as such and just threw out the rest of the negatives. I only wanted these photos. They are grainy, and show the lack of dynamic range in the film at 3200. I don’t care. I wanted to get those photos. Do I wish they were digital? Not at all. I can’t tell you how much happier it makes me to look through my book of negatives and see these photos. Those pieces of film were there with me at that moment. Cheesy? Maybe.

I could give a f%$k.

Hope you enjoyed this year’s top 10. I didn’t take many photos this year. Around 500 in total. That’s okay. I love the photos I did get. Nowadays I’m more than happy to get 2-3 photos a year I consider to be good.

Much love.

Josh

September 15th Artist Talk – Leica Store Gangnam

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Korea, 2017.

Hi Everyone!

It’s been a while. Some new stuff to announce!

As of this week I started as the Leica Akademie Ambassador in Korea. What does this mean? It means workshops, lectures, exhibitions and more! I’m really excited by what is to come.

First! This Saturday, September 15th at 1:00 at the Leica Store Gangnam I will be having an artist talk introducing myself and my work. It costs just 10,000 won and drinks will be served! So if you’re in an around Seoul please stop by and say hi!

There are limited spots available, so please sign up at the website below. If you have any questions please let me know!

http://leica-store.co.kr/main/akademie/akademie_view.php?idx=79

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Korea, 2018. 

Who wouldn’t want to come out and see this face?

haha.

See you soon 😉

 

Neverland, First Solo Zine Available !

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Neverland: Korea Volume I

After much ado, my first solo zine is now available. It’s been a long time coming and I apologize for the wait!

The photos found in this zine are mostly street photos, which is where I had my start. This book is special to me because of the title:

Neverland.

This is what my father used to call Korea whenever he called me. He called it Neverland because he said it was a place I’d come to to avoid growing up. That’s fine, and I think it is true on most levels. He didn’t like the idea of me coming to Korea, initially. However, eventually, he came around. Just before he passed he told me he was proud of me for coming. Proud of me for following my heart.

To Neverland.

The zine can be found here:

MAGCLOUD.

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Neverland: Korea Volume I

Return of the Legend: Ricoh GRII Follow Up

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Iksan, South Korea. Ricoh GRII.

Well, this should come as a surprise. I’ve been shooting with a Ricoh GRII again.

Yup, again (well only like ten photos so far, ha). My blog post- Why I Always End Up With Ricoh – is especially pertinent at these kind of moments.

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Ricoh GRII. 

The story goes something like this:

I had a GRII at the same time as I was starting to shoot film again. I really, really love shooting film. As you could probably see from my last post film is the part of photography that appeals to my soul.

The Ricoh part of photography – on the other hand – is the one that appeals to my brain.

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Seoul, South Korea. Ricoh GRII.

It is an interesting thing and one that is tough to quantify. I don’t know what it is about using a Ricoh but it makes digital feel right to me. Admittedly, I feel somewhat similar about Fuji’s X100 (the original one). The Ricoh though, is the one that really “sings” to me.

So, to continue. I had sold this one to a friend. She used it for several months travelling through Asia, America, and Europe.

I originally sold it for two reasons:

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Iksan, South Korea. Ricoh GRII.

1. I wanted to sell it before it broke my heart..

Ricoh’s were never known to be reliable. I have had several Ricoh GRs that all had some issue or another. I have had nearly 15 Ricoh digital cameras most of which ended up with lens problems or dust f$5kery. There is a meantime to failure about them that scares me. My Leica M3 on the other hand is from 1961 and still works like new. I know it won’t let me down.

Did I mention I have TWO Ricoh GR21s at home in a box because they are both broken.

Ricohs almost always break my heart. I love them to death.

Literally.

It is a tough thing. I always feel I have a relationship with a Ricoh camera in the same way I do with an old car. Someday, it will invariably let me down but yet somehow I can’t help but love it just the same.

 

After re-buying my GRII from my friend after her trip I was worried about dust being on the sensor so I took the photo above (the one of the sky). On first glance I almost cried at seeing the two spots. Luckily upon closer inspection they are just fighter jets from the nearby Gunsan Airforce base. Thank the f%$k.

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Seoul. Ricoh GR2.

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Seoul, South Korea. Ricoh GRII.

After all those countries there was no dust. I was shocked. The outside of the camera was fairly worn. So why no ill effects?

I think the key is the hood. Most of the dust seems to come in through the lens as it opens and retracts. Basically, when I originally got this one I cleaned the lens of dust and then put on the hood / filter kit (GH-3). The hood, stops most of the dust that might otherwise enter the lens from entering. I will always use one of these on any Ricoh GR from now on.

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Seoul, South Korea. Ricoh GRII. 

2. I end up not shooting with anything else.. 

Whenever I have a Ricoh I almost never use anything else. I don’t finish rolls of film because I don’t pick up my film camera as much. It isn’t a conscious thing as if I had to take one camera to my grave it would be the M3. It is the simplicity, I suppose. It is the fact that it takes no effort to carry, use, or store. It doesn’t become part of conversations like the Leica does.

It is kinda just there.

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Seoul, South Korea. Ricoh GRII.

This might not seem a problem. Why not just shoot with the Ricoh? Well, the weird thing is I never feel like shooting with the Ricoh is intrinsically “fun.” As a photographic tool, it is probably the best out there for most of what I do but I never really feel anything when I’m using it.

It just sort of melts into the periphery.

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Seoul, South Korea. Ricoh GRII. 

Again, not really a negative. Actually, for sure this is more a positive. That being said, when shooting with my M3 I really enjoy myself. I feel happy even if the photos don’t turn out as well. It is a different sort of feeling. I feel involved in the process. I feel like my decisions matter a little more. I enjoy going home with a full roll and developing it with a beer or a glass of wine. It is certainly a different feeling.

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Busan, South Korea. Ricoh GR. 

All that aside, picking up the Ricoh from the table at dinner with my friend felt like picking up an old friend. It is extremely strange, in that, whenever I pick up any Leica M3 that isn’t my own beaten and battered one I don’t really feel anything. They AREN’T my camera. With a Ricoh, no matter who owns said camera or in what context I may be in every single one I pick up feels like a friend.

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Iksan, South Korea. Ricoh GRII.

I suppose you’d call that an affinity. An affinity for a particular camera?

Not really.

An affinity for a brand?

For a series?

Definitely.

This one will probably break my heart just like they all have done. Then, so will the next one.

And the next.

Iksan, South Korea.

September 2017.

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As a side note, I am planning on starting print sales this month if anyone is interested please shoot me an email (jtinseoul @ gmail . com) or message me on my Instagram.

24 Hour Project and the Leica Q

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Somewhere between Iksan and Seoul. Leica Q.

April 1st was the date of the 24 hour project this year. For those of you that don’t know what it is, it is an Instagram initiative where photographers from all around the world post one photo per hour for 24 hours in their given city. It is the third time I’ve done the project, however, this year was slightly different for me.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

First of all, I did the project with the help of Leica Korea. I have only my film Leica lately and only had my phone to shoot. I don’t have to explain how film doesn’t work in this situation. They kindly decided to lend me a Leica Q for the night as long as I promised not to lose or vomit on it.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

To be fair, the Q is about the perfect camera for such a project. It is fast, easy to use, has WiFi, and has a decent battery. Plus, looks cool around one’s neck 😉

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

The project starts at 00:00. That really makes it harder than it ought to be because instead of staying up for 24 hours it is more like staying up for 36. This year, I decided to start the night with some friends in the Hongdae district of Seoul.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

The night is usually the easiest part. You can drink away the pain of what is to come. We drank quite a bit taking turns going out and shooting. Sadly, Hongdae wasn’t as busy as it usually is. The Q, it turns out, is really good in the dark though.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

Around 5AM things start to get messy. These girls were passed out at a coffee shop after being at a club. I kinda wanted to pass out by this time. I probably would have if I hadn’t had to guard the $4000 dollar camera I was lent.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

When the sun came up, I decided to leave the group and go out on my own. I was starting to get a second wind. I went to Leica in Gangnam to drop something off (ahem….more on this in a later post) and then headed to Namdaemun Market to shoot a bit more.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

I think the fact that I was using a camera like the Q helped my mood during the day. It helped me want stay awake. I haven’t used a camera in a long time that felt as capable at EVERYTHING as the Q did to me.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

After arriving in Namdaemun I walked around a bit. I couldn’t look into the viewfinder as it was making me dizzy. Not because of the viewfinder – which is in fact by a long way the best electronic viewfinder I’ve ever seen in a camera – but because of being so tired.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

Being as tired as I was I decided to start using the touch screen on the camera to frame and shoot. I turned it on a mode where I could just touch what I wanted to shoot and walked around like a tourist jabbing at people’s faces. In fact, it worked great. Much faster than I had imagined.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

I was also really happy to be shooting with a 28mm lens again. A lot of you who have followed me probably know my affinity for a 28mm lens. It has been a long time since I have been able to afford a 28mm lens for a Leica. This lens is great and almost too sharp for me.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

In between the the 30 minute or so shooting sessions I would retreat to my friend’s camera shop in Namdaemun. I’d relax a little and help out around the shop. After coming back the first time there were eight girls from a university photo club in the tiny shop buying film cameras. Needless to say, I wasn’t in the mood for this.

I remembered it was my turn to buy the coffee and booked it.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

The third time I came back he had a surprise! A Leica M2 that was recently CLA’d. I had been looking for one for a while since I had fallen in love with the 35mm Canon LTM 1.8 that I was shooting on my M3. Those of you will who shoot Leicas will probably know how a 35mm lens on an M3 doesn’t really work. So, needless to say the Q wasn’t the only “new” camera I had going home with me that day.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

This is Ryan. We have been friends for years. He decided to stop by the shop and keep me awake for a while. Gave me a chance to try the macro mode on the Q. Felt strange to focus so closely with a Leica. I know it isn’t an M, but it sorta feels like one in your hand so it was a bit strange. No stranger than watching it auto focus while jabbing at the LCD though I suppose.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

I realized the more tired I was getting the more sad my subjects started to look. I think it really is true that every photo a photographer takes is in some way a self portrait. At least it felt true to me on this day.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

Maybe not..

I left the shop for good at around 5. I was beat. This pro-government rally was happening outside the subway station I needed to get to. Wasn’t in the mood for this either.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

Ironically I didn’t post a lot of these photos to my Instagram that day. I was too tired to think. I just posted the first one that popped up in my phone that looked okay.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

I took the subway back to the train station.

Felt like a super long ride.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

This guy smoking in the bathroom at the train station didn’t improve my mood much. He put his cigarette out on the ground just after this. Probably one of the only times I’ve ever seen something like this in Korea.

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Seoul. Leica Q.

My train back was a three hour one. I walked around a bit during to take some photos for the remaining hours. The Leica Q shot the entire two days on two batteries. I don’t shoot much, but I still think that is pretty impressive.

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Somewhere between Iksan and Seoul. Leica Q.

I got off the train just after 10. As you can see from my Koudelka homage the train was completely empty by this point. And yeah, no Apple watch for me. I always wear this old one my aunt gave me years ago.

Reminds me of my family.

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Iksan. Leica Q.

I got home just after 11 and this was my last photo. Ironically the Q battery indicator started blinking red at this moment.

Some last thoughts:

I have to say I loved the Leica Q during this 24 hours. It is a great camera and I completely understand now what I have heard from a lot of people about it. When Leica first said they would lend me one I scoffed a bit thinking it would feel like a fat dlux and be nothing like an M. It isn’t much like an M, but I really do think it is a good as one. As with a lot of people I thought I would hate it at first and after using it for a day I was completely smitten. It feels like almost the perfect digital camera for street photography. I’m not even sure what I would add or subtract to make it better. If I want to shoot an M, I have a “real” M in my bag.

One of the film variety.

As for the project, well, much like every year I was so tired I can barely remember much of it. That being said, I do feel happy to have done it.

Next year?

Ask me in 11 months..

 

 

 

 

2016, Go Stuff Yourself.

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Seoul, 2016.

2016 was a weird year for me. Lots of things changed. Both for better and worse.

Photographically, I think I grew a lot this year. I didn’t post much however, and have become quite lazy about it. Hence the guest posts lately. I’m glad Bin has being doing that.

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Somewhere between Seoul and Iksan. 2016.

As per usual, I changed cameras a lot this year. I wrote a blog post in the summer about how I was going to use the same camera and same lens for a year. That camera died shortly after. Maybe it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe I’m not meant to be like that.

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Seoul. 2016.

Some of my favourite photos from this year were taken during a very short period. There was a two month span when I was shooting a lot. Otherwise, I barely touched a camera. Sad, really.

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Seoul, 2016.

Truth of the matter is, I went through a rough break up and have been having a bit of a hard time with that. Sucks, but is what it is. We move on. The world keeps turning.

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Iksan, 2016. 

One of the themes of this have has been friends. I haven’t kept many people close. Maybe ever. This year, I have found that friends really are the most important people in our lives. Even the friends I had ignored when I was in a relationship were the ones that were first to come to my side when I needed them. Brilliant thing, that.

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Seoul, 2016. 

I’ve spent much of this year feeling as though I was being smothered. The beginning of this year, anyway. I didn’t really know what was next or why I was doing was I was doing. I didn’t want to work. I didn’t want to take photos. I didn’t really want to do anything.

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Busan, 2016. 

I’m not sure what changed or when. I’m still having a hard time. Every time I feel like I’ve started to figure it out I realize I’m just as far away from doing so.

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Seoul, 2016. 

Feels like being on the ring train. You know, the ones that do a loop around the city. I’m not sure where to get off. Not sure I want to.

I just wanna ride.

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Seoul, 2016. 

Lots of good things have happened this year as well. I was featured on Lensculture. I co-founded the Instagram group @Wearethestreet. I’m proud of both.

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Seoul, 2016. 

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Seoul.

That being said, I can’t seem to shake the funk of this year. Can’t seem to break free of the feeling that I’m treading water. That I’m going through the motions.

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Somewhere between Iksan and Seoul. 2016. 

I road the train too many times. I took the bus too many times. I wasted too much money, gained too much weight. I traveled too much, but not really enough. I played too much, worked too little. Worked too much and felt like I hardly played at all.

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Seoul, 2016. 

I suppose that is it. Destined to ride the ebbs and flows. I don’t have much to say aside from;

fuck you 2016. Go stuff yourself.

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On a slightly different note, I have decided in 2017 to dedicate myself to a project I worked on for a while in 2014 called 여자들. It examines the double standards that exist in Korea in relation to women and their sexuality. More on it in the coming weeks plus a post on my new years resolutions and one on a trip to Busan I’m taking this week.

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2014.