In your bag No: 1703 – Davie Hudson

Davie finds a 70/30 balance of film and digital the golden ratio for a daily bag 

My name is Davie Hudson and i’m primarily a landscape photographer from Dundee in Scotland and i’m told by my mum that i’ve always had cameras in my life from getting a Prinzflex SLR in the 70’s and yes I did switch completely to digital in 2005 and to be fair I went through most of the brands searching for a home that I never found starting with Fuji and going Olympus, Canon, Fuji, Sigma and ending with Sony, with the kicker being I spent a lot of time editing my images to look old and vintage.. it was then I decided that film would be the option for me, I like the process.

Since those nomadic digital days I have settled on a film/digital hybrid (about 70/30) which is heavily reliant on Leica and rangefinders in general and up until recently I was more a fan of pockets than a fan of bags, I would buy coats with multiple pockets , Barbour etc and these suited my needs but it was restrictive so after 5 years I took the plunge and bought the Billingham Hadley Small.

These days I spend most of my time in the Scottish Highlands (when lockdown allows) and am the Chairperson of The Society of Scottish Landscape Photographers and whilst this doesn’t look like a landscape photographers bag as there are no filters (I was an ambassador for a Wales based filter company and I think I don’t use them out of spite) as I want my images to be more organic and ‘real’ rather than contrived.

The M6 and M9 kinda speak for themselves , I love rangefinders and when I choose to shoot medium format I go for a Fuji GW690 which is also a rangefinder.

Lens wise in this case I have a 1960 5cm Elmar because I love the quirks and a little softness, A Voigtlander 21mm f4 for those big vista moments and a 50mm 7Artisans f1,1 for intimate shots with shallow depth of field.

Now I do realise there are things in this bag that don’t make much sense like the Nikon 35ti, why is that in a Landscapers bag? Well there are times when I can’t be bothered focussing and like to just shoot and go and if I’m going to do that then i’d be as well doing it well , and besides the matrix metering is great for landscapes. Of course this leads me to the incredibly niche Fuji W3, what can I say? I love view master reels and old ones are a source of inspiration, the Fuji allows me to get my own made and I really enjoy that, purely for fun.

I have to admit that whilst these cameras are shown here I could effectively be replaced with similar from my collections….The M6 can be swapped with a CL, the M9 with an Epson R-D1 and the Nikon with a Fuji Tiara but at the moment this is my perfect bag. I would also carry spare film and usually this would be either Ektar or Ektachrome, unless I can find old stock Fuji Sensia which I adore.

In the bag

  • Leica M6
  • Leica M9
  • Nikon 35ti
  • Fuji W3 3-D
  • 1060 Leica Elmar collapsible f2.8
  • Voigtlander Skopar 21mm f4
  • 7 Artisans 50mm f1.1
  • Huawei P40 Pro, Manfrotto Pixi EVO 2 Tripod
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • LensPen Sensor Cleaner

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