It's been a while since I have been out and about with the Leica. So today, Palm Sunday, I wanted to bring the camera along to church because I knew that the photo opportunities would be numerous. The Leica M9 or any Leica are the perfect tool to record life as it happens. The size of the camera gives photographers the ability to blend in and make images that really give feeling. Last year I shot with my dad's Leica 28mm lens and I got a couple of outstanding images. I was really excited about them. Today the images did not come easy. The palm fonds were given out by the children and not at the door like last year. So I needed to look for something different but nothing really presented itself. I was able to make some nice images but nothing that really grabbed me like last year. This year I had the Leica 35mm Summicron on the M9 and it worked out great. I have always used the Leica 35 cron as my carry around lens even when I was shooting film on the Leica M5.
I don't know what it is but when I shoot with the M9 I like to convert my images to B&W. They just have a different look to them when I convert them. Today it was obvious as the AWB was off and on, mostly off. My brain also thinks in B&W as I was trained in my early years shooting B&W all the time so I tend to think that way. The images below are from today's shoot. Some are converted and some are not. They are all made at ISO 1600 at 5.6 or 2.0. Normally I try to process my B&W in Silver Efex Pro but this time I did them in Lightroom.