This Gallery shows an overview of Leon’s photography work since the 1980s. All photographs are related to long term projects with specific subjects mentioned in the caption.

Leon says: "For as long as I have taken photographs, I have preferred to use only the available light. It is a joy to capture the authentic light and to preserve the mood of the moment. Most photographs shown here are made without strobe light. None of my photographs are manipulated.

Leon prefers analog film rather than digital

Kodak Tri-X is the primary film used for black and white photographs. Some films were "pushed" to be more light-sensitive between 800 and 1600 ISO. Later, for some sessions Kodak T-MAX 3200 was also put to use. Almost all indoor and outdoor color photography is done using Fuji PROVIA and ASTIA films. Some outdoor architecture photographs are exposed on Kodak Ektachrome 64, 4X5 inch sheet film. To get a precise exposure, Leon also uses an additional light meter.

Leon notes: "When got I started with my projects in the early 1980s, even something like auto-focus was not available, and I relied on mechanical cameras. From the beginning, a Leica M2 was on duty, and later I got the Leica M6, using lenses between 21 mm and 50mm."

To capture more detailed subjects in much higher resolution, Leon added the portable Linhof Technikkardan 4X5 inch sheet film camera including Schneider Kreuznach lenses. This was done in the early 1990s. Panoramic photographs are all done with the Fuji G617. The Pentax 6X7 was the first medium format camera used, later substituted by a 6X6 camera - system, together with the unsurpassed Carl Zeiss lenses from the 38 mm wide angle up to the 500 mm telephoto lens.

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