I prefer the Leica M6, it’s a small film (analogue) rangefinder camera that lets you view your subject through an offset viewfinder with no blackout and an almost silent cloth shutter.
I also have a Nikon D90 DSLR camera along with my Lumia 435 mobile phone camera, the Nikon is great for fast turn around work on the run, and the Lumia is a good visual notebook for day to day use.
But as a photographer I try to ‘step softly through the flowerbed’; trying to leave as little trace as possible.
A pair of ‘shooting shoes’ are are my foundation in the above respect, I feel that these shoes say to people around me that I am comfortable and feel at home in their space. These canvas takkies (sneakers) are light on my feet they are the closest thing to shooting bare foot which is what I would like to be doing.
The Tiffen Company have been making the Domke range of camera bags for years, and I like them. I am using the F-8. Domke camera bags are tough, easy to use on the run, I don’t have to worry about my kit when it’s in them and they are very good value for my hard earned cash. I don’t like back pack camera bags because they are on my back and so not easily accessible.
I always have a set of compact tools, a mini torch, power bank and a small memory stick with copies of my C.V. and other personal details.
Moleskine make a series of small notebooks made famous by the late Bruce Chatwin and together with a black gel ink pen they are hard wearing and do the job regarding sketching and note taking.
As a result of a mild stroke 3 years ago I sometimes have a problem with stress kali phos 6 tissue salts work wonders for me.
Music hypes me up, so I don’t listen to it when I am shooting but I carry a blues harp and an old iPod with about 2 weeks worth of music on it for when I am writing, editing and or just sitting in the breeze.
I carry with me a Leica M6 rangefinder camera with 35 mm and 50 mm lenses. I like the look of film and the discipline of separating editing from shooting; while I am still ‘on site’ my head is not in the right space to edit my images. The Leica M6 has no blackout, when you shoot on a rangefinder camera you still ‘see’ the captured moment, and there is no shutter lag or mirror as on all DSLR cameras. …It’s a truth brothers and sisters, no matter how many frames per second a DSLR can shoot there is always a shutter lag and mirror shake that go with it.
I rely on a hand held Polaris flash meter for light metering. I use the meter in incident mode; it gives me an image where blacks are black and whites are whites just the way I see it with my eyes. Pre metering also frees me up to concentrate on the catching moment on my film.
I have a South African Police Service issue gun sling, I use it to secure my cameras, light meter, house keys and water bottle to me when I am on the streets anywhere. I got the idea from some some Hollywood ‘stan movie. Yes I know, I watch them…
Rolls of 400 iso 35 mm film are a given, I carry 2 spare rolls and one in the Leica at all times. I am shooting on Fuji X-TRA colour at the moment, and I over expose print film by a 3rd of a stop as a standard. I under expose transparency film by the same fraction. 400 iso film gives me enough light space when combined with my 1:2 lenses.
An old friend once introduced me to Fisherman’s Friend, they are bad ass throat lozenges. Don’t leave home without them if you are brave enough