Dependent on the screen
To my mind, I'm not at my best when I shoot using a screen. I inadvertently left the electronic viewfinder (EVF) in the car and now find myself using the 3-inch screen area of the camera, completely out of my comfort zone. I feel that using the viewfinder helps stabilise the shooting when the corner of my eye supports the camera, in addition to my hands. With heavier equipment, it's the best way to shoot, but with a light system like this, you can shoot by using the screen as well. In addition, the tilting screen allows for shooting from different angles, such as from the ground or even directly from top to down. I especially like shooting from the ground as it allows me to arrange lots of elements in the foreground, outside the focus area, to frame the subject itself.
Out in the wild and off the grid, the battery life of a camera is crucial. The M6 Mark II's battery can be conveniently charged on the go with a power bank. Although modern cameras have all features available on the touch screen, in the M6 Mark II all the key features can also be found as buttons and dials on the body of the camera. This kind of user interface makes shooting faster and saves battery life too. You have to learn how to use the camera first, but once you have the buttons memorised, using the camera becomes very intuitive.
When shooting a black dog, focusing is challenging. Especially in backlit or low-light conditions, Kaffe becomes a solid black blob in the picture, making it difficult to find a point suitable for focusing. Usually, I select a single point focus in the camera and place it in the centre of the image. The M6 Mark II's face detection, tracking and eye detection functions do work, particularly in front light.
Staying by the landscape mirror
We spend the next two nights in a tent on a stunning sandy beach. Besides us, there is a reindeer flock, a sea otter couple, a seal peeking at us curiously from the coastal waters and white-tailed eagles in the area. The falling stream nearby has created a shallow but wide pond on the sand. The beautiful landscape is reflected upside down on its surface. The closer I bring the camera to the water surface, the more the pond mirrors the landscape. I set the camera shutter for fast burst mode and guide Kaffe to stay by the mirroring water. Normally, when you're shooting pets and children, the keys to happiness are patience – waiting for the right moment – and angles that are low enough. This time, however, my guidance creates the picture I want: When Kaffe is in place on the beach, I throw a treat in the air. As he jumps, I press the shutter and the camera shoots almost thirty images during the next two seconds. It's easy for me to choose the right image from them – it’s the one where Kaffe has risen to his back legs to reach for the treat flying in the air.