Articles Tagged with: 35mm summicron
Leica Sighting | Blood Diamond

In the movie “Blood Diamond”, Jennifer Connelly portrays a journalist and occasionally breaks out her black M6 Classic and a 35 Summicron to take photos. Annoyingly, the sound editors dubbed in the sound of an SLR firing instead of the sound of a Leica click.

Yes, I am a geek.

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in Blood Diamond

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in "Blood Diamond"

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in Blood Diamond

Jennifer Connelly and her M6 Classic, 35 Summicron in "Blood Diamond"


Los Angeles | Museum of Contemporary Art

At my best, when I am shooting B&W, my images are all about light and the way it interacts with the world. I will often shoot the source light itself, the sun or a bank of windows, all blown out and creating an area of dead space.

With film also, metering when shooting the source light is tricky because the range of exposure stops within the image is large. I tend to point the Lecia at the area that will have the proper exposure for the figure in the light, such as the floor, and then reframe. Another great metering tip with the Leica in tricky situations is to take a reading off of your hand when in the same light as the subject, the hand being the greatest gray card.

In this instance, shooting these two standing in front of an installation at MOCA, I metered the room and opened up three stops. I neither wanted the bodies completely silhouetted in black nor the light source completely blown out. I got exactly what I wanted which is a half and half mixture of luck and experience.

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm summicron, and Kodak Tri-X 400.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles © Doug Kim


Portrait | Leyla

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron and a Mamiya 67 Pro II, 85mm and Agfa APX 400.

Leyla, Union Station, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Union Station, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, West Hollywood © Doug Kim

Leyla, Santa Monica © Doug Kim

Leyla, Santa Monica © Doug Kim

Leyla, West LA © Doug Kim

Leyla, West LA © Doug Kim


Portrait | Cheryl Daro

Shot with a Leica M6 TTL, 35mm Summicron, Mamiya 67 Pro II, Agfa APX 400 and Fuji NPZ 800.

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Pepperdine, Malibu © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim

Cheryl & Perry, Downtown Los Angeles © Doug Kim


Houston & Chrystie

Sorry, I forgot his name but this guy was from New York, had lived in Venice Beach and was probably headed back there for the winter. And yes, he knows Roller Skating Hendrix guy.

Houston & Chrystie, sometime in August 2009; Leica M6 TTL, Kodak Tri-X

Houston & Chrystie, sometime in August 2009; Leica M6 TTL, Kodak Tri-X