30 Days with the Leica M10 Monochrom: Day 10

Today’s photo is a fun one! Well, to be more precise, today’s photos are fun ones! 😉

This image is actually a stack of two photos I took near the end of an evening photo walk in downtown Fort Collins. I didn’t have a tripod, so to get the desired outcome of the majority of the scene being sharp with blurred car headlight streaks intersecting the bottom portion of the frame I needed to take to photos. The base image was taken with a relatively wide aperture and a high ISO (well, high for most cameras…not very high for the Leica M10M) in order to maintain a fast enough shutter speed to prevent noticeable blur in the trees, hotel, street, etc. Thanks to the Leica M10M’s great low light capability, I didn’t have to make too many compromises in the aperture and shutter speed dimensions. For the second image, I simply set the ISO to the lowest level of 160, dropped the shutter speed to 1 second, and waited for some cars to drive by.

One thing I’ve noticed about my photographic behavior since owning the M10M is that I’m far more comfortable than I used to be at shooting at night. I mentioned early on in this project that the low light capabilities are great on paper but I don’t really need them most of the time. But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’m realizing that this capability has freed me up to shoot more creatively and in more contexts.

There’s another angle to this trend of shooting more creatively that, while related to being able to shoot in darker conditions, is kind of its own category. But that’s a topic for another day (specifically, day 14 😉)…

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