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In 2014 I went to India and took some informal street portraits. It was the first time I had traveled with the Leica M9. I used some Voigtlander lenses since there was no possibility of me paying two grand plus for Leica ones. I have posted the photos here before, but my slideshow video has got more than 35,000 views, so I am going to post it because why not.

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I carried around my Xpan for much of 2014. It made it to Canada, Tibet and a few places in India. I got everything processed and scanned but never really looked at the images till now.

Here are a few.

Xpan – Tamil Nadu



Xpan Tibet


Autonomous Region


Xpan – Tibet
Rice Lake, Ontario

Xpan -Tibet

Raccoon Lake, ON
Xpan – India

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So, I did something I had never really considered doing, I bought a Leica. A lightly used M9. After snickering at the Leica-heads for years, I now am one. I did however avoid acquiring the subsequent Leica Lens Fever that can kill savings accounts.
Instead I bought a few very reasonably priced Voigtlander lenses. This glass comes in at around 20% of what similar Leica lenses would cost. Sure, Leica lenses are the best, but these Japanese lenses are just fine for my needs. Voila, my new travel kit.
To kick the tires on my modest little rangefinder package, I went off to India for a few weeks. For the first couple of weeks I wandered aimlessly around Calcutta, shooting portraits and drinking tea. Then I headed to Jodhpur, Rajasthan to take part in conducting a workshop on travel photography. This gave me plenty of time to find out what would and would not work with the rangefinder.
Obviously I love this camera. It’s amazing to use, it makes me slow down, and best of all, the files are beautiful. Warm and more ‘filmy’ than the Canon files I am used to. (It’s the CCD sensor I’m told.)
Here are a few samples of images I made with the Leica, and my cheapo Voigtlander lenses.
You can check out a larger gallery of these recent images on my FB page and my website.

Voigtlander 75 Heliar
Leica M9, Voigtlander 75 Heliar

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar

Voigtlander 21mm Color Skopar
Kolkata, Leica M9, 21 Color Skopar

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Kolkata Rickshaw, Leica M9

35 Color Skopar
Saraswati Puja, Kolkata, Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar

Jodhpur, Leica M9, 50 Nokton

Voigtlander 35 Color Skopar
Kolkata Rickshaw, Leica M9, 35 Color Skopar
Kolkata, 21 Color Skopar
Kolkata Rickshaw, Leica M9

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I am just back in Bangkok after taking part in my first photography large workshop. Hong Kong photographer Gary Tyson and I had nine participants from a bunch of countries. We congregated in Jodhpur, (“The Blue City”), and spent four days shooting in alleyways, markets and desert villages. Here are a few of my “Behind the Scenes” shots from the event.

On the last day all the participants made a slide show of their strongest images. Here are a couple of those slideshows.
Steve Pike’s great B&W street photos. Steve shot with a smaller camera and fixed 35mm lens. Just to show it ain’t about the gear.

Jodhpur India – Feb 2014 from Steven Pike on Vimeo.

And Laura Simonsen’s beautiful images.

INDIA-Delhi Jodhpur Osian from Laura Simonsen on Vimeo.

We will be running more of these workshops. Please contact me through my website to make an inquiry. 

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Just back from my first real trip to India. It is simply the greatest travel destination of all time.
I didn’t shoot nearly as much as I’d hoped, but I got some nice shots in Calcutta and Sikkim, two very different places.
Here are a few of the scenes, and some of the characters I met along the way.

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