Good Times! (A Weekday in Manchester with the Leica M)

July 1, 2011

Earlier in the week I attended a small course taught by Leica photographer Brett. Not only the course was super fun and very informative, I got to experience Manchester city centre on a weekday morning; something I’ve wanted to do for a while but didn’t manage to because of work. The course was the perfect excuse to take the day off and have some fun. (Click on pictures to enlarge)

I must say, Manchester during lunchtime was exactly how I expected it to be. Buzzing and full of business men/women. If I didn’t know better, I would think there were also a few doppelgängers walking around.

Individuals using their mobile phones was a common theme; this was to be expected considering our constant need to communicate and socialise. I did notice however, that some people looked more solitary than others. It wasn’t obvious at first, but after some thought, I concluded the reason was body language. What do you think?

The plan for the day was simple: Have fun and learn a couple of new things. A fun day it was indeed, but have I actually learned anything new? Yes! Plenty. Sepia is cool; the M9 has functions I wasn’t aware of; back-lid scenes usually means one needs to step down the exposure by 2 stops and consistency is more important than accuracy. There’s plenty more but I shall leave some to expand further in future posts (along with the ones I mentioned already).

I leave you with a “behind the scenes” shot from before the group split up for pictures. Brett: “Ah, this is perfect, but it will cost us a couple of quid each.” Agreed, it’s rude to take pictures of street performers and leave without donating a pound or two. He then continued: “Document the event: the music; the details; the story. 10 shots”.

I must admit, the girls were a bit puzzled until the end of the song. “Are you… er… Doing a photography lesson?” “Yes!” “Ahhh… Now it makes A LOT OF SENSE” (Sigh of relief and four big smiles). Good times…

All pictures shot with 50mm Summilux ASPH mounted on a Leica M9.



There are 5 comments in this article:

  1. July 1, 2011Helder Ferreira says:

    Perfect story with perfect pictures! Well done Chris! Well done! Love the photo with the lonely girl.. it was the one more emotional to me.

  2. July 2, 2011Christakis says:

    Thank you Helder, really appreciate all your comments.

  3. July 19, 2011claire atkinson says:

    I thought Brett was American!

    Cool post :)

  4. July 19, 2011Christakis says:

    Ah, no. He’s very British :-) Cheers for dropping by!

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