Category: Landscape Photography

Why (modern) Leica M is a great landscape camera


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.


Introduction: 

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...)

The Weight Of Creativity


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


Leica M11 with 35 & 50mm Summicron and 135 Telmar lenses.

Photography, or rather landscape photography, strums my heartstrings like none other. A trip undertaken to indulge in one’s passion in life is often a reason for one’s soul to smile. And then why do I find myself cringing at the idea of such adventures? 

The answer is relatively simple – I’m not too fond of the gear. To be more specific, I hate the weight of the gear. Is it such an unreasonable reaction? Or is it?

Perhaps, I have become accustomed to the idea of my devices — iPhone, iPad, and MacBooks — becoming more powerful and adding features. And at the same time, finding ways to trim their weight.

The sight of a backpack filled with gear – camera bodies, lenses, and other paraphilia fills me with dread. My two camera bodies — my original Leica SL and Leica SL-2s, along with three lenses — the Leica Vario-Elmarit-SL 24-90mm f/2.8-4 ASPH (2.5 lbs), the Leica APO-Vario-Elmarit-SL 90-280mm f/2.8-4 Lens (4 lbs) and the Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH (1.67 lbs), some filters, four extra batteries, and a charger, plus a few other do-hickeys, add up to just over 20 pounds on my back. And this doesn’t include the weight of the laptop and the bag itself. A landscape photo adventure means carrying at least 30 pounds on your back. And I am not one of those who camp in the wild. Otherwise, the total weight on (Read more...)