Hi I'm Martin Smith, a amateur photographer that likes to shoot solely film. I use black & white with the odd colour image thrown in and mainly use a Leica M4-2 & M3 with Summicron 35mm, 50mm plus I now have a 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M lens. I tend to shoot anything I like, objects, scenes, landscape or street life. My film of choice now is Fomapan 100 Classic.
Another image from my archives, taken back in the summer of 2017 from a short holiday break to the Norfolk broads, England. My wife said to me I had taken some nice pictures in Norfolk, I’d found I had taken a couple of rolls of colour print in Norfolk that summer, had them developed, scanned and forgotten all about them. Having found this shot I now use as a desktop wallpaper on my Linux PC.
I haven’t done very much photography of late as we are in the process of moving house. I say moving, we are having work done to the new house before we move in which is Victorian built around 1850’s so a lot of work to be completed. We expect to be actually moving in to the new house end of April, start of May. Hopefully, once settled and restrictions have gone I can get out and about shooting again.
Taken on a Nikon FE, 28mm f/2.8 Ai Nikkor on Kodak Color Plus 200 film.
Taken on Sunday, damp morning before sunrise looking down Marine Parade Sheerness, England. It’s a shame you cannot get any detail in streetlights anymore. These new LED lights burn out all detail on film I find.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai on Kodak Tri-X film pushed to an ISO of 800.
Picture from two years ago, I have just got back from France and am knee deep in Ilford ID11 developer!
This is the sea defence perimeter Sheerness dockyard, England. I spotted on this rock the notice ‘start of red zone’ Originally hoping to photograph Garrison Point which is by the docks just behond these rocks, only to I find I could go no further than this barrier.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai lens on Fomapan 400 Action film with a red Hoya filter and developed in Kodak D76 for 12.5 minutes at 20ºc.
If you hadn’t realized by now, I love dogs. While in Great Yarmouth 2017 on a hot day I spotted these three, I hesitated about taking a frame then walked on having not taken the shot. Upon returning with my wife, I was amazed to see the woman with the same dogs still patiently waiting in the same spot.
Taken with a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm F1.8 AI, on Fomapan 100 Classic film with a red Hoya filter. Developed in Kodak D76 for 9 minutes at 20°C.
I saw this gifts and second hand shop in Whitstable high street, England back in 2016. Whitstable being a seaside town, it was rather appropriate, if not somewhat corny with these chairs outside this shop.
Taken on a Nikon FE, with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 on Fomapan 100 Classic film.
Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandie in France, better known to you as Omaha Beach. This picture I shot as the weather closed in, moments later the heavens began to open. The view is looking out from the seafront to this pier is now joined to what was part of Mulberry A Harbour. Later on having developed the film I discovered I had underexposed the shot by a stop, but all the same I’m pleased with the resulting image.
Taken on a Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a Yellow Photax filter on Fomapan 100 Classic film and developed in Ilford ID11 for 6 minutes at 22ºc.
Taken at Leybourne lakes near Snodland, England. While walking the dog, my wife and I came across these baby dummies hanging on a tree along the path. There must of been at least 30 of them decorating this tree, made for a unusual shot.
Taken using a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai on Fomapan 400.
Taken at the Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux, France. Shot from the front of the building at the side entrance steps at the Basilica building.
I was intrigued by the zig zag pattern shadows across the stone steps. I just waited for someone to come down, some nuns appeared at the top, brilliant I thought, they saw me with camera and proceeded to walk down the other side! Eventually, after waiting for someone to walk down the right way this lady appeared walking slowly down the steps to finish the picture for me.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film and developed in Ilford ID11 developer.
I’ve just returned from a short excursion in Normandie, France, and have been shooting with my Nikon FE.
While I was away my Leica M4-2 has now returned from it’s service at cameraworks-uk. I must thank Alan Starkie at Camera Works for all his hard work. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the way you look at this, Alan and his Son are absolutely inundated with Leica rangefinders wanting service or repair from all around the world. So service waiting time is not quick but well worth the wait I assure you.
Now for the picture…
Taken last year in Broadstairs, Kent, England after the remains of Storm Irma hit the UK.
I was trying out Fomapan Retro 320, a soft grain film which I now think might better for portraiture rather than landscapes or seascape images, although got to admit the soft tones do have an certain appeal in the image.
Taken with a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter. Developed in Kodak D76 for 15 minutes at 20°C