This post is by Om Malik from On my Om

A landscape photography adventure with Leica M cameras

In deep winter, I experience the joy of making snowscapes by going manual with Leica.


There was a time when new year’s eve was a reason to dress up and paint the town red. Those days are behind me – now I prefer to spend the time between Christmas and the new year doing nothing much, in quiet contemplation. A writer for The Atlantic described it as “nothing time.” 

At the end of 2022, I had planned to go to Alaska, but the trip got postponed.

And as luck would have it, I found a ticket to Jackson Hole, and I decided to fly out for photography. It was better than being stuck indoors as it rained buckets in San Francisco. Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana have had a higher-than-average snowfall, and as a result, it offered a lot of opportunities for my kind of photographic work. Cold weather, snow, and silence are perfect for contemplation and communion with the universe. 

Why I decided to do it: 

Given the transient nature of the trip — three days — I didn’t want to lug around my kit: Leica SL body with two SL zoom lenses is roughly 6.5 kilograms. Add other accessories, and we see at the 10 kilograms mark — 22 pounds! (I previously wrote about the weight of creativity, in case (Read more…)