As part of an assignment and just for the fun of it, I took my son to the skatepark. I was on a mission, to capture action scenes and test out my new Leica Q. Of course I let my son believe it was for him, which in a sense it was but I really wanted to see how quick the auto-focus was with fast moving subjects. Overall, the Leica Q has a very rapid auto-focus, a pretty good face detect and tracking. Though it doesn’t compete with today’s Japanese technologie found in the Nikon, Canon and Sony cameras, which are more little computers with a lens, it still holds it’s own fairly well for a 2015 release. I found that the lens is so sharp that you can easily keep it at f1.7 the whole time and you will still achieve great results. I did find though that I probably prefer shooting it in Manual-focus, setting the infinity to 1 meter and just forgetting about it. All these shots are taken with the aperture wide open on the fixed non removable 28mm 1.7 Summilux lens some on Auto-focus and some in Manual-focus. I’ve only had this camera for one week and I’ve never gone out shooting as much. I mean I’m literally out shooting every day doing all sorts of tests and compositions, I’m trying to find it’s limit and I can’t quite get enough of that style of shooting. Of course for the type of photography I enjoy doing it is the perfect companion. Sports and wildlife photographers will be better served with the Japanese brands but I wander the streets and simply capture whatever catches my attention. When I’m out on the road, I can stop and explore a small town and just shoot away, rarely do I feel I should have a 24-70mm lens and if I do, I always carry my Nikon Z6ii which I use for videos, lowlight and for zooming in subjects. For work related photography projects, since I like product and lifestyle photos, the Leica Q will be my one goto hands down. Honestly I’m in love again. I feel I’ve just discovered a whole new realm of photography that I didn’t even knew existed.
Now back to the skatepark, when I was young 10-12 years old growing up in a small eastern town of Canada, I had a few interests and three passions, my BMX, playing tennis and looking through pages of magazines hoping one day I would be the photographer taking theses photos. I moved out west to Vancouver at the age of 12, where my mother had decided to go live her life, and one day my sister and I were in Stanley park and there was a skateboard competition going on. Since that day on I was dreaming about having one of those skateboards so I worked at my mom’s work when they needed help until I was able to finally buy my very own very first skateboard. I was loving it.
I now had one more passion to nourish but it didn’t matter to me, I would put my tennis racket in my backpack and off I’d go to the tennis wall on my new skateboard and played tennis for an hour and practiced skateboarding for another. Although I was liking this beat, I hated living in Vancouver and was really angry at my mom for having moved way the hell out west away from my hometown, my friends and my dad, so I eventually managed to go back home, after causing her enough trouble. When I got back to the east, one evening my brothers and my cousin were trying out my skateboard and my cousin broke it in half. MAN was I mad, sad, broken cause I knew I wasn’t going to have another one for a long time cause we weren’t fortunate enough. AN din fact it took 29 years until I finally bought another one but I’m too scared to practice it so I just enjoy having it in display in my living room now. So when I get a chance to go visit the skatepark I really enjoy the dedication these young people have in perfecting that one time holly or 360 flip or whatever else they spend their time mastering.