This photo was taken back in October of last year at the Brookside Gardens Event center in Berthoud Colorado. I met up with Aubrie and Ronnie to tie some final details for their November Wedding and got lucky with a few snowflakes. I told Aubriee that I would love to have this weather on her wedding day, but she looked at me like I’m crazy; I need to shut up.
When the snow is falling, it creates this amazing depth in photographs so I had to take advantage of this opportunity and add a bit of romance. Brookside Grardens has this amazing gazebo and as we were walking around I spotted this reflection on the ground, it caught my eye right away. I pulled out my trusty Leica M6 camera with 50mm Summicron lens and asked Ronnie for a little romance. Luckily my Leica works even when the batteries are dead, because I couldn’t get a light reading. This is how the Leica camera shines, it puts all the responsibility on my shoulders to estimate the exposure and make things right, no fuss camera, all manual setting and simplicity of photography narrowed down to it’s core. I love my Leica.
When I purchased this camera about 15 years ago for a large chunk of cash, my girl who’s now my wife told me that I got ripped off. I tried explaining this cameras significance by describing worlds most amazing lens, it’s simplicity and my obsession, but I think she didn’t get it. Photography is so incredibly expensive that I recently contemplated selling it so that I could buy a very big lens for my digital camera, but then my wife said something I never imagined. She said you can’t sell that. I was like, what? but she went on and explained that you buy a Leica but you don’t sell a Leica. She’s right, yet again, I love my wife.
Photographed with Fuji PRO 400H exposed at ISO200 @ f/2 1/125sec.