Over the years it has proven out that if I don't carry a camera with me all the time I miss things. You'd think as a professional photojournalist this would be an obvious thing but over the years I have purposely not carried a camera because I do that with my job. Now with the M9 I have started to carry it with me most of the time. On Friday I had a meeting to attend after work and I knew that where I was going might offer me something interesting. As I was walking to the meeting the sun was shining for the first time in a long time and the clouds were really cool looking as the showers moved off-shore. I saw these two gentlemen enjoying the afternoon like me sitting on a bench along the waterfront. Another man and his dog happened by and a picture formed itself with the returning deep sea fishing boat about to go through the cut bridge on the left. I envisioned this in B&W and it really worked out that way. The color version is still pretty good but not what I wanted.
Exposure ISO 200 1/750s @ 5.6
Another key to making the happened photo is to have the camera ready to go. This is not so much the case with the new cameras that make coffee for you but with the M9 I feel it's essential. I like to control the ISO and the f-stop and let auto control the shutter speed in this situation. That would be bright sun. I find myself using the camera in different ways depending on the situation. Of course you folks might use it differently - let me know how you set the camera up because it's a really personal thing. Either way the Leica M9 is a great camera for carrying with you everyday for those unplanned photos.