Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/10/17

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Subject: Re: Joys of spring
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 1997 11:08:04 -0700

At 10:11 AM 10/17/97 -0700, you wrote:
>At 09:48 AM 10/17/97 -0500, Eric Welch wrote:
>> I did not want to identify her, so I stood behind her (she
>>only noticed me for a second) and took pictures of her silhouetted against
>>a bright light and included side-lit cops from headlights. The M6's
>>focusing was perfect for this...
>>... (Again, no identifiable people but the
>>police).  That's the M6. The F5 wouldn't have a chance with a 2.8 lens.
>>That would require flash.
>Eric, I was very impressed by your description of doing photography while
>being sensitive to the privacy needs of people in distress.  I've always
>found the voyeurism of "cops" shows, in which the camera and floodlights
>linger lovingly on the face of a terrified and crying child as his or her
>parent is arrested and led away, to be completely revolting.  It sounds
>like you were thinking of these subjects as people even when they couldn't
>think for themselves, and I'll bet that that kind of sensitivity probably
>shows in your photography as well.


This is truly an M world. R need not apply. Besides being manageable and
focussable, it's quiet and won't draw attention with mirror/motor noises. I
applaud your discretion with the subject. Will any of these photographs
ever make it to your www site?