Six hours on Kyoto
About a week and a half ago, I was in Kyoto to do some location shooting for Cool Japan. It was a quick one-day trip, so there was not really any time for me to enjoy the sights, but I didn’t let that stop me from trying to capture some light while I was there.
The camera dejure was the Leica M9 with a Hexanon 35mm f2 UC lens. Now that I am shooting with a full frame rangefinder, I am starting to really understand why when people talk about getting by with just one lens the 35mm focal length gets so many votes. It’s a very versatile angle of view, and even with a largish aperture of 2.0, the lens itself remains quite compact.
That’s not to say I would not have taken a 50mm and 28mm with me if I had been there for a couple of days, but after shooting with the 35mm and only the 35mm I can see how it could become my default go-to lens when travelling. Particularly when you factor in the amount of cropping that is possible with the super sharp 18 megapixels that the Leica M9 generates.
It was strange to be in Kyoto for such a short period of time, but I didn’t feel too bad about it since the fall leaf color had just started to give a hint of the explosion of color that is to come in the next couple of weeks.
To catch this veritable riot fo color, I’m planning on spending a good three or four days there at the start of December.
Anyone interested in having a couple of beers with me in Kyoto in early December? Drop me a line and we’ll sort something out.