Flamenco in Madrid

Jul 25, 2018  By David Knoble

The Leica M-D (Type 262) was the first non-special edition digital Leica with no LCD. Taking a user back to the days of film, the Leica M-D forces a photographer to use exposure setting skills with no feedback to modify over- or under-exposure. The challenge is not for everyone, but one thing is clear. If you are willing to learn the art of exposure and have the confidence that you can set your exposure, then you will have the satisfaction of really creating an image without distraction.

It was the evening of September 12, 2016, in Madrid, Spain. We were walking through the streets in an older part of Madrid to the Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco. A friend from Madrid was passionately explaining to me the concept of Flamenco. We entered and took the front row seats on a side of the stage and the performance began. With only the average field light meter inside the Leica M-D, I set exposures much like I would with film. Using ISO 3200, I bracketed back and forth adjusting the f/stop on the APO Summicron-M 50mm ASPH, coincidentally the same lens as the LHSA 50th Anniversary Special Edition Lens. The white spotlights turned on and off with the red ones constantly lighting the stage. The dancers moved in and out of both types of light. The resulting images included some exposed just right and many with blown out reds and highlights. With all that challenge, I obtained what I wanted. One camera and one lens, below is the story of Flamenco.

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