A weekend with the Leica M (Typ 240)

I've spent the last year owning a Leica M Monochrom and a Canon 5D mk III, and sadly it was a REALLY sparse year for photos. I probably took less photos in the past year than any year in the past 15, which includes my film days which ended around 2003. 

This weekend, however, I walked around Stockholm a little with my friend Shane Robinson, an amazing painter and photographer from Maui, and I brought the Leica M (Typ 240) and a 50mm 1.4 Summilux ASPH. Wow. Where the Monochrom is clunky, the M is smooth. Where the 5D draws attention, the M stays covert. It's an amazing camera and really brought a little joy back into my recently rather dead photographic life. 

I then posted the photos to Instagram, and after looking back at them I realize that while Instagram is a great community and and an amazing way to get lots of eyes on your photos, the low res, mobile viewing experience really does kill all the detail in them, and not all photos look good in a tiny format. So while I know that 25% of my blog viewers are doing it on mobile, at least there's the option to view the images on a large screen if I blog them. So here they are, click to view them largeish.

Birch trees at Tyresta National Park - I still prefer black and white images, and M files convert beautifully!

While I love black and white, some images want to be left alone. The fall leaves in the background had to stay.

After a visit to the photography museum in Stockholm, Fotografiska, we looked out over the water at this scene.

I almost never shoot vertically, but when you have one lens with you sometimes it makes sense!

And this last image I didn't share on Instagram because I realized it would look boring and terrible. I suppose it really is a little boring, but it captured the mood and weather of the day so perfectly that I like it.

Ars Lake in Tyresta National Park on a cold, misty autumn day.

I'll be shooting lots more with this camera, and have a good amount of travel soon. So should I blog the images? Or just Instagram them? Is that just how people like to consume photos these days?