23.02.2012 in13:32 in Documentary -->
An aspiring Bangkok native tells the unforgettable story of his passion for photography and how he used his newfound skills and a Leica M6 to document a national disaster.
“My name is Preedee Ponchevin, but you can call me Dave. I was born in Bangkok, Thailand, I have a graduate degree in electrical engineering and I’m presently working as a software engineer. I spend every spare moment of my free time pursuing my love for photography and I recently completed a documentary project on the flooding that engulfed large sections of Thailand in 2011, including the human struggle and its aftermath. The initial questions and answers below should give you a clear picture of how photography became my abiding passion and how I came to record a momentous event in the life of my country. In part two I will get into the specifics of the images and the shooting techniques I used to achieve them.”
Q: What camera and equipment do you use?
A: I own a Leica M6 TTL and a 35mm f/2 Summicron-M. I also have a 50mm f/1.4 Summilux-R and a 90mm f/2 Summicron-R that I use with a Leica SLR. For my Thailand flood project, I used the M6 paired with 35mm Summicron as my main outfit. I chose this setup because of its small size, lightweight, and easy handling under extreme conditions, and also the superb color rendition, sharpness and contrast of the Leica 35mm Summicron-M lens.
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