One of the questions I've gotten to the pictures is "how much Photoshop" did you do on these pictures, and the answer is that I did nothing. The images are pretty much straight out of the camera as they were shot.
Singer-songwriter Catherine Kubillus. Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0,with sun behind the trees in the background, and a reflector from the front (natural lens flare).
The photo session took two hours to prepare with hair and makeup, and then we shot for about 40 minutes just before sunset in two locations within walking distance.
It's quite interesting that the Leica M9 which sensor - as all sensors - was designed to produce color images, can produce such black and white tones when the balances are adjusted slightly in Adobe Lightroom. In fact, the images are the black & white JPG-files that the camera produces alongside the DNG digital color negatives. I prefer to use the JPG when that has the proper look (and it often has).
Part of the look can also be contributed to the Leica 50mm Summicron-M lens I used, a 1964-edition of what has generally been the best 50mm lenses anyone ever made.
Singer-songwriter Catherine Kubillus. Leica M9 with 50mm Summicron-M f/2.0.
Thorsten von Overgaard is a Danish born multiple award-winning AP photographer, known for his writings about photography and Leica cameras. He travels to more than 25 countries a year, photographing and teaching workshops which cater to Leica enthusiasts. Some photos are available as signed editions via galleries or online. For specific photography needs, contact Thorsten Overgaard via e-mail.