We’ve been in China for a little over two weeks visiting our son, walking in the countryside, meeting people and generally having a fantastic time. I wrote my report on the Leica Q on the flight out to China, now, on the flight back I’m writing a short field report with a few photos.
At heart I’m an M shooter, and lots of the images on our trip have been taken with an M-P or a new Monochrom 246, but normally I would also take a dSLR or a mirrorless camera with a zoom lens to compliment the rangefinders. This time I just took the Q, the idea being to thoroughly examine how far one could succeed using it as a travel camera.
I’ve covered the features and options of the camera in my previous report, so this one is simply as a photographer. All the images are processed to a greater or lesser extent: some are cropped, some at very high ISO, there are macros, landscapes and ‘street’ photographs, I haven’t given the exposure details this time; if it’s important to you then you can look at the exif information.
China is a fabulous place, and the people are friendly and hospitable – we were lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Beijing with a Chinese family, our son and his girlfriend acting as interpreter and tour arranger, so you’ll see a cast of characters re-occurring in these pictures.
Two weeks is not nearly long enough to present any meaningful critique of a society, and anyway, that’s never been the intent of my photography, but it is long enough to try and show a snapshot of a vibrant and exciting country.
We spent quite a lot of time in shady bars chatting with our son’s friends. The picture on the left was taken at 10,000 ISO and the one on the right at 3200. Both are cropped fairly considerably from the original. I was expecting to have to use Manual focus, but the AF still performed excellently, even in really low light conditions.
I’ve tried to show a number of situations where the Leica Q has proved to be a useful travel camera – some of these images are quite tightly cropped, but I’m sure that most would make nice A2 sized prints, and all would manage a good A3 image.
It’s been fun writing this short article and picking the images – I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride, whether or not you’re in the market for a Leica Q.
I’d like to thank all my patient and innocent victims; as always, if you see an image of yourself here that you don’t like, tell me and I’ll remove it. On the other hand, if you do like it and would like a print, then send me an email and I’ll do my best to get you one.
I’d like to thank very much all the people who have already donated to Emma’s Cancer Research fund raising. Some people have been incredibly kind . .