The cyclist

When not making photographs I can often be found astride a bicycle, cycling having been a great passion of mine on and off for more years than I care to remember and, with the advent of the cell phone camera, a passion I am able to capture with relative ease.

Voigtlander Bessa L, Svema 64

It follows that when out and about with a camera I am always on the lookout for interesting bikes or cyclist as a subject, I definitely lucked out on this occasion.
I spotted him on the bridge so attempted to get a portrait at waist level without his noticing me, it appears I succeeded in the former, not so much in the latter.

Regardless of my spectacular failure at candid photography I was pleased with the result given it was my first day out with this camera and on the whole not an auspicious start.
I’d just taken ownership of a Voigtlander Bessa L, an unusual camera with no viewfinder that relies on scale focussing, designed primarily for use with wide angle lenses such as the Voigtlander 12/5.6, 15/4.5, 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5, and 35/2.5.
A separate auxiliary viewfinder is available and was supplied with some of these lenses, otherwise it needs to be purchased on its own.
Sadly at the time I couldn’t afford either a voigtlander lens or viewfinder so was relying on a Jupiter 8 and a point and pray approach to framing.
When I nail it, such as in this portrait, it produces excellent results but sadly my success rate still hovers around 20% with the majority of subject missing from the frame or cut off.

I think it may be time to buy that viewfinder.

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