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Index of pages covering Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica M-E, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M Type 240:

Leica M9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18   M9-P   Links
Leica Monochrom 20 21 22 23                             29  
Leica M 240
30 31 32 33 34       38                     What if?  
Leica Video           35 36 37                         Books


This article is about three cameras that are related, but different. Therefore pages 1-19 is the Leica M9, Leica M9-P and Leica M-E. Page 20 is the Leica M Monochrom and from page 30 is the Leica M 240.
Some of the previous pages will be relevant for Leica M Monochrom and Leica M 240 owners.

Copenhagen Fashion Week from the viewpoint of the Leica M9

By: Thorsten Overgaard

 

When I covered the Copenhagen Fashion Week Autumn & Winter 2010 in February I carried the Leica M9 for backstage and off-runway photographs, and it did really well. Often there's a Leica M amongst the cameras in the fashion week, but they're never really used for the runway photographs: It's usually 60 models walking the catwalk during 15-20 minutes and you can either shoot them moving or when the model stop and face the cameras for a brief second or two. So the most used equipment is a 70-200mm zoom, or sometimes more wideangle if the catwalk is ending really close to the photographers.

 

 

For most of us it's a machine: We ride with the VIP Press Bus or in VIP vans with a driver, from show to show with a new show each hour from midday to midnight. We usually arrive just before the show start, shoot for 20 minutes, leave as the last model leaves the runway, hurry to the next show while we empty memory cards, then enter the next show. Quite many of the shows are in the same three or four venues, so we return in 3-4 hours why the light is seldom a surprise (3200 Kelvin in most cases). Some times a show is in an exotic location, and sometimes with mixed light and follow-spot.

It goes like that for four-five days. Some photgraphers do a handful of shows, others do all 40-45 shows. And some photographers have an assistant to edit the photos during shows. I have everything made ready between shows and then edit and send all the shows to Getty Images and WireImage after midnight.

 

Runway photo with Leica R8/DMR
A model shot with my usual runway equipment, the Leica R8/DMR and the 35-70mm Leica Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8 at 200 ISO on a monopod. The monopod to ensure similar results and for arm rest.

 

I shoot shows with the Leica R8/DMR and the 35-70mm Leica Vario-Elmarit-R f/2.8 at 200 ISO on a monopod. I did consider if I could actually shoot it all on the Leica M9. Because of the in and out of venues a small handy equipment would be nice, and I sort of have an issue with equipment sizes these days. If I could use an M9 with just one lens and travel with one suit, I would. And I might. I have actually managed to shoot whole fashion weeks with the Leica Digilux 2. It doesn't require a fast buffer, and it doesn't require a fast AF, because the rhythm is quite predictable and you anyways want all the shots to look similar.

So that means you should shoot the models in the same spot each time. You hear some shoot all the way up the runway but it's really just a lot of editing and decisionmaking yiu make for your self then: The runway shots are for fashionistas, editors, writers and other designers to look at to see the dresses. They're not art; they just have to be clear, true colors and easy to 'read.'

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Anyways, I did try to shoot some with the Leica M9 but I didn't have the courage to trust the focusing. I'm sure it's possible, but I took the safe way this time. I might give it a shot the next time. However, I did shoot a lot backstage and off-runway, and the Leica M9 simply shines for that purpose. I'll basically just let them speak for them self. The settings are very easy: Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0 @ f/2.0 (I'm totally in love with its uncoated handling of light, and if you notice, you will see that I tend to try to get a lamp or two beaming into the lens from the background to crate that effect), 800 ISO, manual white balance, compressed color DNG along with black and white JPG, all edited in Lightroom 2.6 (with the beta profile from Lighroom 3.0).

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

 

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

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Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
A 10% crop of the 100% image. Details are amazing in terms of lens and sensor. The "noise" at 800 ISO is definitely in family with good old film!



Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
I like this for many resons. It's Henrik Vibskov himself visiting the models backstage. I'm outside with some of the models having a smoke. I shoot to get all the sheets with previews of the collection, and the wind blows up one sheet revealing a bit more of Henrik Vibskov.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
It's small spaces and a lot of work goes into the details - on 20-30 models within a very short time range. Most of the models arrive (late) from the previous show totally styled and then needs to get ripped off of that style and given a new.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Again a crop of the original file.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
I love the colors and bokeh in this one. It basically tell the color theme of the show in one image.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
One of the most succesful Danish designers, Stine Goya, being prepared for the stage as well.

 


The fashin week has it's own daily paper, the Dansk Daily.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
One of the shows not involving a runway: The NOIR show presented undressed models dressing in front of the exclsuive audience. And awkward but interesting scene.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Backstage from the Gudrun & Gudrun show, the über-trendy Faroe Islands brand.

 

 

AURA Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
German/Danish/Faroese singer-songwriter AURA dressed in Gudrun & Gudrun before entering the runway to sing for the audience.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
AURA again, with an interesting hat

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Fashion editor and television celebrity

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 


Models ready to enter the runway wearing the Margit Brandt of Copenhagen collection

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Styling 5-10 shows inthe fashion week. At this stage you can tell by his expression ...

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Using steam to fix the folds. In many ways it looks like a Formel 1 pitstop.

 

 

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
A look into one of the smalles drewwing rooms in the fashion week. 20 M2 I guess.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
First row is mostly fashion writers. This year the television stations did docusoaps about some of them, as this young fashion blogger.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Not only the photographers use cameras. Loads of bloggers, but also a lot of fashion writers use cameras to 'remember' the dresses. In this photo there's a live television interview going on in the background during the show.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Can't make that in Photoshop. With the 50mm Summicron-M you make them all the time.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
The fashion queen (center) with Minister of Culture and others. She's not really a queen but the director of the Copenhagen Fashion Week and the reason it has flourished the last 10 years.

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
Front row is conveniently filled with celebrities

 

Leica M9 test photos - Copenhagen Fashion Week backstage
And one last one where the focus was on me.

 

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Index of pages covering Leica M9, Leica M9-P, Leica M-E, Leica M Monochrom and Leica M Type 240:

Leica M9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18   M9-P   Links
Leica Monochrom 20 21 22 23                             29  
Leica M 240
30 31 32 33 34       38                     What if?  
Leica Video           35 36 37                         Books


This article is about three cameras that are related, but different. Therefore pages 1-19 is the Leica M9, Leica M9-P and Leica M-E. Page 20 is the Leica M Monochrom and from page 30 is the Leica M 240.
Some of the previous pages will be relevant for Leica M Monochrom and Leica M 240 owners.

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

   

 




   
   

 


   

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
From backstage the Henrik Vibskov show. All the models had their fingers painted and walked around for half an hour with their hands like that. Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0, 800 ISO.

 

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