Boy (now vs. then).

2013, 2021, Beyond 200 feet of My House™, Favourite, Film, Inspiration, Kodak Portra 400, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M3, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Life's Little Moments, Portrait, Scanner - Plustek 8200i, Voigtländer 50mm f/1.5 Nokton Aspherical II MC

Included in the last set of photos I posted, is this shot of our son:

…which reminded me of a similar one taken eight years ago:

In this older photo,

… it’s a few seconds before the sunset vs. a few minutes

… the camera differs (M9 vs. M3)

… the lens differs (Leica 50/1.4 vs. Voigtländer 50/1.5)

And the 4000 km distance separating the moments seems tiny in comparison to the chasm of time.


Leica M9.

2020, Inspiration, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!)

11 years after its introduction, the Leica M9 continues to stand out.

In this video, we see it hold its own against the Hasselblad X1D, which has a larger and more modern sensor.

Imagine what would have been possible if CCD technology had continued developing?

My Open Letter to Leica ultimately fell on deaf ears (Leica never acknowledged  it, and quite a few individuals in the Leica community openly ridiculed it).  For those of you who signed it, time has proven you were on to something.  As for the rest, you can still sign it, if you’ve had a change of heart 🙂

We, the fans of the M9 sensor, may not have gotten what we wanted, but years later the camera that was introduced in 9/9/2009 continues to prove to the world why it’s so special.



The Leica M9…

Inspiration, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!)

… had the last great sensor that Leica ever put into an M body (almost as good as the M8‘s).

Please Leica, please, bring back an M with a CCD sensor (can we get 1,000 people to sign this damn letter, LOL?!… there are enough of you out there to make it happen).

I’ll take a Prosophos M-CCD Special Edition, thanks.


EDIT #1: Post this on your tiky-tok channel so all the young folks can get in on it.

Edit #2:  Yay!  Another person signed 🙂

Cousins – Happy Easter, 2019.

2011, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, Beyond 200 feet of My House™, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 21mm Super-Elmar ASPH f/ 3.4, Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE f/1.4, Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH f/1.4, Leica M10, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Nikon, Nikon (Nikkor) NOCT 58mm f/1.2, Nikon D3, Portrait, Prosophos Custom Lightroom Presets

↑Leica M10 + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE f/1.4.

The Cousins, from years-gone-by:

Cousins, Easter 2018 (the only year we had a sunny Easter):

Nikon D850 + Nikon 28mm f/1.4 E.

Cousins, Easter 2017:

↑Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 21mm Super-Elmar ASPH.

Cousins, Easter 2015:

↑Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.

Cousins, Easter 2012:

↑Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE.

Cousins, Easter 2011:

↑Nikon D3 + Nikkor-Noct 58/1.2.

[Guest Post]: Aaron C Greenman (1 image).

2017, Guest Post, Inspiration, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Q&A, Teaching point

Today, Aaron shares his thoughts (as well as a fine image) after his recent extensive use of the Hasselblad X1D.

You can find more of Mr. Greenman‘s work at:  acuitycolorgrain

Thank you Aaron for your contribution!


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ACG writes:

“After a dip in the non-Leica waters for a few months (Hasselblad X1D and 45mm to be exact) and a penultimate, frustrating experience continually trying to get my “decisive moment” (and failing) with that set-up, I’m back to the M9P and MM exclusively, with my trusty 35mm Summilux ASPH (pre-FLE).

We all go through phases, but this last one has taught me definitively: megapixels and dynamic range no longer matter, it’s all about the shooting experience, the “view”, and the rendering of the lens. Long live Leica M……”

↑Image © Aaron C Greenman.


2017, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica 75mm Summilux (Canada 🇨🇦) f/1.4, Leica M9(P)/M-E (CCD Lives!), Print, Within 200 feet of My House™

In the next world war
In a jackknifed juggernaut
I am born again

In the neon sign
Scrolling up and down
I am born again

In an interstellar burst
I am back to save the universe

In a deep deep sleep of the innocent
I am born again

In a fast German car
I’m amazed that I survived
An airbag saved my life…

Radiohead, Airbag.

Leica M9 (CCD Lives!Prosophos Open Letter to Leica) + Leica 75mm Summilux (Canada 🇨🇦).