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Minster Leas, Isle of Sheppey, England.

After shooting my image ‘Only the Bones‘ you can see some old posts in the background which I think maybe part of an old pier or even for a floating pontoon as these old structures are some eight feet in height. Maybe the old barges where part of the pier, who knows?

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Taken using my Leica M4-2, with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 100 Classic film rated at 400 ISO and a B&W yellow filter.

 

Tyler’s Cottage

Tyler’s Cottage in Loose Valley, Maidstone, England.

The sunlight was just catching the building and the fur tree to my left, highlighting the scene between the clouds. Unfortunately, I did lose some of the detail from house because of the sunlight, which amazed me how burn’t out it was despite metering for white of the building.  On the plus side with this image turned out using the trees to hid the ugly modern aerial and satellite dish which would otherwise spoil the scene.

Tyler's Cottage

Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

November’s Stream

I am really pleased with this picture. This is the view of the stream running though Loose Valley, Maidstone England. With most of the autumn leaves down now, the soft light over the rippling water and the reflections of the trees above, it made for a wonderful image that was just right for black and white film.

Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Late shadows

As many of you know my work, I very rarely shoot colour film. So when I said to my wife I’m going to shoot some autumn pictures last Sunday, a voice came from the other room ”you are going to use colour?” So frantically looking in my photography fridge upstairs, luckily for me there was one last roll of Agfa Vista 200 colour film left, dated October 2018… Phew.

This shot hasn’t really got much in the way of autumn colour but I liked the late afternoon light and shadows across the cemetery. Only in post processing on the computer did I notice the grave in the foreground, the foot stone is propped up with white bricks!

Late shadows

Taken at Sheppey Cemetery, England on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH with Agfa Vista 200 film.

Wetlands

I have just received my M4-2 back from Cameraworks having had a very annoying light leak repaired and this was image is from a test roll of Fomapan shot yesterday.

This is another view of the ‘Seabreeze’ Caravan Park, Sheerness, England.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, B&W yellow filter on Fomapan 100 Classic film.

 


 

Fogging marks.

I thought I would share with you what was found to wrong with my Leica. Some of you might remember from a previous post I had to send away my Leica for repair as the camera was showing signs of a light leak.

Leica fogging

One of the worse contact strips with some of the offending patches across the negatives, other films would have little or no fogging marks across the films. So what on earth was causing these marks on my pictures?

For quite sometime this had been going on and I thought to myself it can’t be the camera. If I shot the film straight away, one frame after another then rewind it back into it’s cassette once I had finished, there would be no fogging marks at all. I shined a bright light around the camera body, to fog the film or at lease see some light getting in, nothing. There was some other issue causing this. I wondered if it was user error developing the film, like the film not loading properly on the spool and touching during development, a light leak in one of my Patterson developing tanks, the light trap on some film cassettes had failed or even my changing bag was maybe the problem. It was starting to really drive me mad!

Having tried anything and everything I could think of and then finding that films shot on my Nikon FE had no problems, the Leica was found to be guilty and sent off in disgrace to Cameraworks. Alan Starkie described this leak as a real pain to find, but after a large amount of work and test film strips, find it he did. It turned out to be a tiny gap between the casing and main body.

Alan said ‘using a very powerful light source that is fed down a fibre optic light pipe, I found that if I pressed my eye to the take-up chamber, at a certain spot I could see light. That is bad because the film is just on the take-up spool with no protection

How this came about I don’t think we will ever find out. The camera was serviced by Cameraworks October last year and some twenty rolls of film had gone though the camera with no problems. Maybe the camera got a knock that I didn’t notice while we were in France either in June this year when this problem first appeared. But there again, there was no new marks or dents on the body. The gap was just big enough to cause a problem intermittently and I think will always remain a mystery.

Suspected light leak
Photograph courtesy of Alan Starkie

Above the point where the light was getting into the film chamber. Alan sealed the gap all the way around with black sealant, which has now solved the problem. I cannot thank Alan and his son James of Cameraworks enough.

Our spot

Plage de Deauville, France. This was the only couple to pick a spot on the sand here by the promenade. Everyone else was down by the waters edge, perhaps they just wanted somewhere quiet and who can blame them.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.