Category: Leica Monochrom

Lone Surfer: the story of one photo.


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


Leica M10 Monochrome & Leica f2/50 Summicron lens, ISO 160, f4, infinity focus, and 1/4000th of a second

A few weeks back, I visited Bolinas. It was one of those bucolic days that we often take for granted in California. The temperature hovered somewhere between that of a lukewarm cup of mint tea and water from the tap. A bead of sweat would break after a long walk, only to evaporate with the wind that started somewhere in the deep Pacific.

As I made my way along the Bolinas Bay, all I could see was the blue ocean, rendered colorless at times by the bright sun. The sky oscillated between deep blue and near white, depending on how and where you looked. There were surfers everywhere. And more were slowly making their mark on the sand.

It was a perfect day for monochromatic photography. And I had a high-key photo in mind. I was hoping to find a lone surfer who perhaps would make my wish come true and walk into the viewfinder of the Leica M10 Monochrome. One should be careful what one wishes for — a few minutes later, I got the perfect shot: a surfer walking along the edge of the ocean, surfboard in hand, against the blue sky. Distant mountains to the left, ocean beyond, and a faint outline of San Francisco somewhere on the horizon — it is what I had come to capture in the camera.

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A rainy day (photo) walk


This post is by Om Malik from On my Om


We photographers are an odd bunch. When the weather is bad, we decide to leave our dwellings and go out in search of photos. Last week, after hiding in my cave for over a week, a rainy day allowed me to put the underused Leica M10 Monochrome to work. It was a chance for me to clock some much-needed steps — and much-needed visual exercise.

Even though I am primarily a landscape photographer, I have been trying to translate my approach to landscapes to urbanscapes. Creating images that capture silence or reinforce the need for silence is much harder on busy city streets. Rainy days and foggy mornings make everything easier.

I went out for a photo walk with Chris Michel. We started at our new favorite espresso joint and then made our way towards the Embarcadero. There were only a few people to be seen anywhere — not that the birds were complaining.

Here is a small subset of photos — made with Leica M10 Monochrome and a Leica f2/50mm-ASPH Summicron lens and lightly edited for brightness and contrast.