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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 was incredibly lucky last month when a friend asked me if I’d like to make up the fourth person for a drive around the Tibetan area of West Sichuan, Province. Obviously I grabbed it. We were two Canucks, and two Chinese.
We took a couple of weeks to make a 3000 km loop starting in Chengdu. For photographers who love scenery and interesting cultures, this has to be one of the best corners of the world.
But rather than type about it, here are a few images. I have a larger gallery from this trip here.
If you’d like to check out more of my work, you can check this and/or this.

All images Leica M9 with Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses.

Leica
马尼干戈乡 Xiongba

Ganzi
སྐོར་ར M9

སྡེ་དགེ
Tibetan Woman, སྡེ་དགེ Dege

kham
Leica M9, Zeiss 25mm

Tibet
Tibetan Pilgrim

 དཀར་མཛེས་རྫོང།

Leica M9
 སྡེ་དགེ

Kham
སྐོར་ར, Ganzi
Kham, Tibet
Up to Chola Pass (5000m)

tibetan
马尼干戈乡
Tibet
 དཀར་མཛེས་རྫོང།

Zeiss 25mm
Ganzi Horse Festival 
Tibet
Zeiss 25mm

Leica
Voigtlander 75mm Heliar

Leica
Leica M9དཀར་མཛེས་བོད་རིགས་རང་སྐྱོང་ཁུལ

Tibet
Dzogchen Monastery རྫོང་ཆེན་དགོན།

Zeiss 25mm
Derge Parkhang

 Derge Sutra Printing Temple

M9
Eastern Tibet

德格
Derge Parkhang

Tibet
50mm Nokton f1.5

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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

Voigltander
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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