In this article I’ll talk you about two wonders: the first snow on my lake of this year, which gave a touch of color and shine to the Christmas carousels, and my Canonet QL19, that I used to take this series of photos!
December, few days before Christmas. The arcades are lit by Christmas lights and in the city have appeared two timeless carousels. Everywhere you can find some nice Christmas stalls. This is an excellent opportunity to visit Como, my city.
Even the first snowfall of the year has helped to give a touch of colour, a white gloss, to the Christmas atmosphere that reigns and that you can taste wandering in the streets and in the squares of the historical centre!
So, I made a stroll with my new Canonet QL19 camera, a great rangefinder that I found on a flea market for few Euros, in good working condition! The camera is completed by its original box, manual, lens cap and lens hood! After the cleanse of the viewfinder and a lubrication made by a professional repairman, the camera is practically like new and ready for use! It is a good company to my trusty QL17!
To avoid underexposure due to the snow, I choose an ISO speed of 100 with a 200 ISO Kodak film.
The colors are well balanced and the lens is very sharp! A great rangefinder camera for street photography! The frames projected in the viewfinder, as in the famous Leica M series, are moving with the focus distance, compensating for parallax error.
Although there were very few people on the street, the carousels covered with snow were fascinating to photograph!
The trees lit with blue and white lights create a beautiful contrast with the dominant yellow colour of the panoramic wheel and the background!
The lake of Como is attractive in all seasons, here I show to you a wonderful panorama in the snow!
Someone, meanwhile, took the opportunity to build the first snowman of the year!
Also in the square, a coach of the Italian finance police was waiting visitors in the snow!
Now, in these Christmas days, it’s raining. I’m waiting for the next snowfall while I’m writing this article in my home!