Mykonos in monochrome with Sony's A7II, Leica's 50mm Summilux and Ricoh's little GR
Just returned to Athens after quiet early-season foray to the beautiful Aegean island of Mykonos. I met some new photographer friends, Vlassis and Kostas, and found the first Leica M8 I've ever seen in the wild on this tiny island.
I packed light, with the Sony A7II and just one lens, the Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH. This was probably a mistake, and many times I was itching for a 35 or even a 28 to cope with the narrow streets of the old town. Fortunately I was also toting the pocket-rocket Ricoh GR which has a more usable (for Mykonos) 28mm field of view and produces some stunning black-and-white conversions as an added bonus. It proved an amiable companion, light enough to carry around in the evening and extremely capable.
When I met Kostas and Vlassis and their well-used M8 I wished I had brought along a Leica M instead of the Sony. Next time I'll take the M-P or, better still, the new Monochrom, assuming the Leica press office is kind to me. It will remind me that I tested the original Monochrom while staying in the island in 2013.
These photographs document an evening in Mykonos, from a late afternoon stroll through the old town (the Chora) to the sunset at the Old Port beach, dinner at Fato a Mano followed by more meanders, including a visit to the incredible Rarity Gallery and, finally, a nightcap at Balothies in Ornos, happily close to home.