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In the seventh month of Lunar calendar, the Chinese community in Penang, Malaysia celebrates the Hungry Ghost Festival. Many believed that during this period the gate of hell is lifted spirits are free to roam the earth seeking for food and entertainment. I took this photo series at a ritual ceremony, where devotees offered prayers to the “大士爺“。 (Leica M, 21mm Elmarit-M, click on the photo for full resolution)







Leica M Does Night Photography

Ever since I received my Leica M, I was keen to test out the high ISO (ISO 1600 and above) capability of the new CMOS sensor. I decided to test it at my favorite food store. This food store is famous for its stir-fried rice noodles, where many patrons come here for their supper. The lighting was very weak at the location. The ambient lighting made it an ideal location for the testing. I shot this set of photos with the 35mm Summicron ASPH using aperture priority mode and set the ISO to auto ISO. (click the image for sharper view)

ISO 6400 F4 1/45
ISO 6400 F4 1/45
ISO 3200 F2 1/60
ISO 3200 F2 1/60
ISO 400 F2.8 1/30
ISO 400 F2.8 1/30

Previously with my M9, I limited my ISO usage to1600 and below. With the Leica M, I am confidence to use ISO 1600 and above in ambient lighting environment. What do you think ? Your comments are welcome.