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Leica M9 camera and Leica 35mm Summicron-M f2 ASPH lens

Getting used to a new camera, let alone a new camera system, takes time. My recent purchase of a Leica M9 digital rangefinder camera is a case in point. Since arriving in Bangkok, at the beginning of my 9 week photo trip through Asia, I've spent time exploring parks and back streets with the camera.

Asians are big on cute and, while I'm not really into kitsch, it often makes great photographic subject matter. One of the advantages of walking with the camera is the sheer range of visual stimuli you're likely to see. This is a great way to tap into the creative side of the brain and allow for a more artist approach to picture making. 

Local Market adjacent to On Nut railway station, Bangkok. Leica 35mm Summicron-M f2 ASPH lens

The other thing I've been doing is getting a sense of the size of the city by taking the train from one side of town to the next. The above image features an outdoor market adjacent to The Nut, the last stop on the Bangkok Mass Transit System known as the BTS (that's right there's no M in BTS). The BTS is a sky train that travels across town on an elevated track, allowing tourists and local residents the ability to move through the city's Central Business System with easy.

Bridge_Catachuck Park_Bangok. Leica M9 camera and Leica 35mm Summicron-M f2 ASPH lens.The final image was made at the other end of the BTS, at Chatuchak Park. While the mid afternoon light was a little harsh, I liked the bridge's strong design elements, evident in its graceful shape and the repetition of its arch-shaped support structure.

My advice for those breaking in a new camera or, alternatively, stuck in a creative rut is to get off the couch and go for a walk. Repeat the exercise and, within a few days, you'll be back in the game.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru