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The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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I’m talking to you! | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm

I only had one day to shoot while in Buenos Aires but could have easily spent a week there.  The people and architecture are wonderful.  Plus the weather at this time of year is perfect.  Unfortunately, I only had the day.  I walked over 4 hours in the area of the hotel I was staying which was near the Monumento del Libertador José de San Martín.  My walk took me down Florida Ave to the Plaza de Mayo and further south via Defensa Ave to an older section of the city.

20140318-171415-©DuaneLPandorf-L1024194What can I sell you? | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm

On a side note, I enjoy participating in a couple online photography forums and I find it interesting how much time other photographers worry about what camera and especially what lenses to take with them while traveling.  In the past I too have thought it important to have as many focal lengths covered just in case.  But what I’ve found is that you end up being too engrossed in worrying if I have the right lens on the camera rather than enjoying the view along the way.

I’ve found I enjoy taking just my Leica Summilux-M 35mm lens while traveling.  It stays attached to my camera 99% of the time now as I find this focal length for most of my work.


Boo! | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm


Which way do we go? | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm


Colour Coordinated | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm


You’re too funny | Leica M-E, Leica Summilux-M 35mm

9 comments on “A Day in Buenos Aires (Part 2)

  1. says:

    thanks, nice work … makes for an enjoyable break during the day


  2. It was an interesting city, I had to keep reminding myself when I was there that I was in Spain… Not fun when my wallet got stolen though… 😦


    1. Having anything stolen is way no fun. Sorry to hear that. Since I travel a lot I only keep a few bills and a credit card in my front pocket. I never carry anything in my back pockets. Plus my camera bag is very discreet (Bare Bones Bag) and I keep my camera strap wrapped around my arm with camera always in my hand.


      1. Yeah as I’ve done a lot more traveling I’ve learnt a few tricks…


  3. Mike Pratt says:

    Great photos! I agree with the one lens solution. It really is a good way to travel. My camera bag has been getting lighter and lighter these days and it sure is nice! The Summilux 35 is one that I definitely want, though I’ll likely pick up the less expensive (but very good from what I’ve read) Summarit for the time being.


    1. Thanks Mike. BTW, my 35 Summilux is the pre-ASPH version. I think you can find them for half the price of the latest version and not much more than the 35 Summarit. But then it is prone to flare unlike the latest ASPH lenses out today.


  4. gavface says:

    Nice series Duane .
    I find the 35mm a perfect lens to travel with .
    I think if I also had a 50mm in my bag I think I would be always pondering on which lens is best for the job .
    50mm can sometimes be a bit difficult in confined space , but the 35mm if I need to be closer isn’t a problem .


    1. Thanks Gavin and congrats on your photos being selected for LFI Master Awards.


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