Everything is about speed and sports photography is no different. Fast focus, fast,continuous shooting and a fast processor can help you capture those moments at the blink of an eye. The LEICA M6 is manual. The working speed results from your own dexterity. Adjust exposure, focus, wind the film and release and repeat again, and again. But it's not only the fast motion which requires rapid action, it's also the fleeting moments which come and go and could be lost forever through inattention.
You can count yourself lucky that from time to time you can take the DSLR (digital reflex camera) to get a reference. Using a DSLR will certainly sharpen your training curve and you can practice pan-shots, time exposures, and continual shooting. With the manual LEICA M6, you often feel like a pilot during blind flight relying on the intuition, “the force” at your side. In any case the LEICA M6 is always on hand and on call.
And anyway the digital photography played a very important role. I practiced a lot with the DSLR before transferring these techniques to the analog LEICA.
Next episode we’ll go freeridin’.