My London: candid moments of urban and street life – with a Leica M

Hello, folks!
Today I want to bring you in 
one of the most photographed places in the world, clearly a very touristic destination: London City.

I know, you are already thinking about the Big Ben, the London Bridge, Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and so on… Do these names sound familiar to you, right? I must admit, also for me, the city was always just about that.

Stay there, don’t leave, because this time I will show you a side of London that you are not used to see, as I will try to go more local, more Britis, If I may say so…

To get more original pictures, always follow the locals.

Being a street photographer, after some years of experience, I’ve learned that the best side of a place, the real soul, is always away from the touristic paths, where the locals are used to spend their daily routine.

And so, after many many times visiting London, and coming back always with the same boring pictures, I’ve decided to get rid of any transportation and explore another side of the city, all by foot, along the entire weekend.

With a Leica M and my legs.

At the end of these exhausting but certainly exciting two days, and walking for an incredible distance of 35km, I’ve seen a beautiful and vibrant side of the city, that I’ve never seen before.

with me, other than my beautiful wife, my lovely Leica M typ 262 and the two lenses, Summicron M 28mm f2 ASPH, and Summicron M 50mm f2

All starts from Mile End.

The long walking path starts from Mile End, and continue following the Regent’s Canal, then passing through Islington and then I just randomly choose the directions by following the instinct.

It was tough, but I may say that for the first time, I’ve breath the real British side of London, feeling not as a classic tourist. I finally had the chance to see a genuine of local life that you will never see around the most famous and iconic sightseeing.

And here are the pictures…

My London, candid moments of urban and street life

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Thanks a lot for reading,
cheers,
Sabino

Barche vietnamite in Hoi An

Queste tipiche imbarcazioni in legno sono molto fotogeniche, soprattutto se guidate da una donna vietnamita con il tipico cappello conico. Ad Hoi An, lungo il fiume, se ne vedono molte e il momento migliore per fotografarle. è la mattina presto, quando i turisti in giro sono pochi e la luce è morbida e delicata.

Per queste foto ho utilizzato, sulla Leica M typ 262, l’Elmarit 90mm, per isolare meglio il soggetto, eliminando ogni elemento di disturbo intorno. L’acqua del fiume come sfondo, mi dava un senso di pace ed equilibrio alla scena. Inoltre, ero sul di un ponte e quindi non avevo la possibilità di avvicinarmi, ma avevo un punto di vista, dall’alto, molto bello.

 

Vietnam – Day 3 – Life on Mekong delta

This third day of travel, we will discover the life that takes place all around the Mekong and among his dark and dense waters. Obviously markets (Cai Be), but also small handicraft factories, such as bricks of clay and daily life that we observed in the slow and pleasant navigation along its canals. All very nice, a tour lasted about 4 hours and made tailored just for two of us.

Total tour cost: 600.000VDN (25 €)

Cai Be market

Maybe because we arrived late here, at 10 am, the famous float market was predictably, a few boats, a few colors, pretty anonymous. Or maybe it was a good thing, because the atmosphere was not that touristic, and so perfect for my photos.

Hellooooo, what’s your name?

Finally, in the afternoon, we ride an old bike, on the narrow road along the river, until we get to the main village, Dong Phu, where, a the time when kids goes out from school, we were literally overwhelmed by the warmth of the locals, the smiles and the continuing “helloooo, what’s your name?” shouted by all children, to us foreigners. Pure life, simple but wonderful people!

The famous Elephant fish

For dinner, we tried the famous Elephant fish (because of its similar shape to the ear of an elephant “, fished in the pond outside our room, fried and served “standing “, as is traditional.

My photography, how was?

Today I enjoyed it very much with my Leica, lots of street (or water) photos and so many people, in markets and villages. 90% of the time I used the wonderful Summicron 28 f2 ASPHS, because it allowed me to include in the composition much more of the life I had in front of me. I bless the day I decided to sell the 35mm f2 ASPH to take this 28, because it is of a much higher quality level. Every so often, from the boat, I used the excellent the 90 f2.8 Elmarit, to capture some distant scene or detail.

Now I leave you with the day 3 summary for images, taken with the iphone.


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New lens in my bag: Leica-M Summicron 28 f2 ASPH

In my long process of chasing the perfection, or better, the ideal combination of camera and lenses for my travel photography, today I’ve added an important and crucial masterpiece: the Leica-M Summicron 28 f2 ASPH, replacing the Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH. Given that I’m a very happy Leica user, after my switch from the DSLR world, I’ve decided to sell the ‘cron 35mm and replace it with the ‘cron 28mm, bought from my favourite dealer Newoldcamera in Milan (thanks, Ryuichi!). If you may don’t know him yet, I can highly recommend you!

Why i’ve decided to get rid of the 35mm?

well, besides the fact that the lens hasn’t fully convinced me with its quality, I’ve also realised that 28mm is the focal length that is much closer to my “street view”, as it adds a bit more elements to the frame i shoot and it allows me to also do landscapes. Furthermore, as my plan is to have 3 lenses to cover all my needs, i find the 28-50-90mm more complete than 29-35-90mm. Usually, my travel photography is about landscapes/street (20mm) –  portraits (50, 90mm) – close-up/details. (90mm).

My perfect travel combo now includes: 

 

Now, let’s have a look what’s in the box…

The package from NOC, perfectly arranged

The package from NOC, perfectly arranged

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Ciao e a presto,
Sabino