Testing, testing.

As many of you know I don’t often shot colour C41 or even E6 films, which for the life of me I don’t honestly remember when I last shot slide film. Having taken some colour images in Honfleur, France and watching Youtube videos, like by the German photographer Robin Schimko who sometimes uses colour film for street photography, I’ve coming around to the idea of shooting a little more colour in my photographic life.

Kodak Pro Image 100 film

So I thought next year on our next trip to Normandy I try and use only colour film, just carrying my Leica M3 and Summicron 50mm. There is a possibility I might have a Leica Elmarit 90mm f2.8 lens as well in my camera bag if I can find a good example. I have both the Summicron 35mm lens plus two 50mm Summicron’s and for a long time now have been thinking about getting a Leica 90mm lens. Don’t not think I’ll be buying a Summicron 90mm non APO or APO versions as although it’s extremely good lens, it is enormous! The Elmarit 90mm f2.8 is far smaller with a E39 filter thread as my other Leica lenses and having seen the specifications on the Summicron 90mm lens I think will be like shooting a rangefinder with a house brick attached to the front of the camera. This lens weights in at 17.1 oz or 484 grams compared to the Tele-Elmarit of 7.957 oz./225.6g

Ken Rockwell review of the Summicron 90mm lens https://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/90mm-f2-m.htm


Onto the results of using Kodak Pro Image film, in a funny way to me this film look reminds me of the old Kodachrome in these pictures below. All pictures have been shot with no filters, shot with different light conditions and where exposed by using +1 stop with my Weston Euro Master lightmeter.

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I used various C41 films over the years, I think mostly either AGFA Vista 200, Fujifilm Superia 200 or Kodak Color Plus 200 but like many I miss the good old days being able to purchase reasonably priced 100 ASA colour print films. There are of course a few options on the market, Kodak Professional Ektar 100 is a great film but the colours look a little rich for my taste, Kodak Portra 160 Film for a pack of five is twice the price of the Pro Image film pack. Another option would be to use a slide film like Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 but the price at £15 or $19 a roll with the processing cost on top seems somewhat high and to me looks as it would be better used for high end portraits or landscape images as would any of the dwindling offerings from Fuji’s Fujichrome stable. 

Recently I purchase a five pack of Kodak’s Pro Image 100 film and am pretty pleased with the results of this first test roll. I don’t do reviews but this film I found to give a very good render of all the colours I observed when shooting this film. The only issue I found was during scanning with my Nikon Coolscan V scanner was I did find the images appear with a blue cast and never noticed this with either Agfa Vista or Kodak’s Color Plus films. This was corrected easily with Gimp 2.8 and the only other step I had to undertake was a little straightening on some of the pictures.

One simple click of Gimp’s white balance control cured the blue cast.

All images taken on my Leica M3 with the Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Pro Image 100 film in October of this year.

Development of this film was done by https://www.ag-photolab.co.uk/

Robin Schimko website: https://www.fotodesign-rs.de/

Fathers & Sons

Normandy, France August 2020.

Originally I shot the image for the reflections in the sand. Having processed the picture, not only have I captured the two men and the two little boys, the composition of the image is also most near perfect with the water running out across the sand out to the sea.

I’m pretty certain these are all members of the same family as further up the beach was mother and grandmother, in what was a glorious summers day at Lion sur Mer seafront.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Medieval market

Saint Pierre Sur Dives – August 2020

This structure is the inside view of the 11th century market hall in the town which unfortunately was completely destroyed by fire during the battle for the town in 1944. Although the wonderful building was lovely reproduced after the war the timbers are clearly cut with modern tools unlike the original medieval beams. The building is still used to this day for food, livestock and antiques markets every Monday and first Sunday of the month. Well worth a visit if your in the Normandy area.

Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5, rated at 800.

The outside of the 11th-century market hall taken on my phone.

Further reading and images; https://www.normandythenandnow.com/the-wooden-phoenix-of-saint-pierre-sur-dives/

Thoughts

I love this picture, it has so much within it, her mobile phone she is texting on, her face staring into space as she pulses between sentences and the glasses at the bottom of her nose over the face mask. I took this shot by the same vintage carousel in my image ‘Merry go round‘ Honfleur, France.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Brasserie

This image I was drawn to mainly because of the chairs in the hash sunlight as well as the couple enjoying their conversion. Taken in Bayeux, France on a another very hot August day, this picture just works for me not only because of it’s simplicity but also normally this area would be packed with tourists at this time of year.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

The Alleyway

I have a thing about alleyways and especially when I find one like this one. Plain, simple image but with loads of tones, character, converging angles and great for film photography. I found this narrow passage in Le Sap, Normandie which is a tiny hamlet in the northwestern France.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus, rated at 800.

Boys & Girls

Honfleur, France August 2020.

Street image of tourists and cyclists on Rue Haute, Honfleur Normandy. Two men on bikes with the girls walking the opposite direction made for a perfect shot.


Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Merry go round

Honfleur, France August 2020.

Another very warm day in Honfleur. While the children were been boarded onto the vintage carousel, I was watching the parents reactions though my Leica. I love the way this man is watching and waiting for proceedings to start, arm over his head, wearing the ubiquitous face mask under his chin.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Hiding

Vimoutiers, France. August 2020

Taken on a very dull morning this image is a bit grainy but it I think it works. This shy little boy was standing in front of his mother while she was talking on the street outside this cafe. Sitting at a table opposite while drinking a morning tea, waiting for a possible shot, the moment came when peered under his mothers hand for me.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus, rated at 800.

Spot of lunch

Lion sur Mer, Normandy France.

I am pleased with this shot, it was taken from the hip while walking past this couple eating their lunch along the seafront on what was a very hot day in August. This negative had to be cropped in Gimp 2.1 to straighten the composition but that was about all this picture needed to complete the final image.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.