Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/07/06

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Subject: RE: [Leica] M6 question backups
From: "Tim Atherton" <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 21:00:08 -0600

> My point is the beauty of Leica is its un-obtrusive-ness and flash just
> ruins that.
> Id rather shoot a 3200 speed film pushed to 6400 w/o flash. But then I
> like grain.
> If people really want smooth tones and grainless shots, shoot 4x5 or 8x10.
> :)

Yes Mark,

But try doing that in colour...!

And coping with midday tropical sun and shadows (okay, Alex Webb can do it,
but I can't), or indoors when you are down to 1/8th second at 1.4 and people
are moving around (and I can't afford a Noctilux yet!).

Try selling b&w reportage these days. Even Gene Richards (who doesn't use a
Leica) is shooting advertising to make ends meet. I still do B&W anyway, but
grainy colour somehow just doesn't feel the same as grainy b&w - now why is

What were the last two big b&w photo essays you saw in Time or Newsweek or
even Life. And if you can remember two, where they less than 6 months apart?
How much Kosovo stuff did you see in B&W? (and there was some good colour)?

Sad but true I am afraid.