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.

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.

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.

Postcard from Honfleur

I took this shot of Honfleur harbour purely for my own use as a desktop wallpaper for the computer, then decided to share with all of you because my wife and I love Honfleur, but not only that to show the harbour town houses which as you see are very tall.

In some case seven stories high townhouses, many of these buildings are very old dating anything from the 16th to 18th century and is a tourist hot spot in the summer. The streets and harbour front are lined with café and restaurants with other street hiding hidden gems like Saint-Catherine’s Church which dated from the 15th century.

If you are find yourself visiting Normandy, Honfleur is a must for a photographers for harbour views, scenes and street photography.

There’s even a very large ferris wheel which my Mrs just had to have a ride on and no you wouldn’t get me on it …I cannot stand heights!

All images taken with my Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 and Summicron 35mm f/2 lenses on Agfa Vista 200 colour film.

The Web

As they use to say in Monty Python “And Now for Something Completely Different

This window is in the garage of the house in Saint Germain de Montgommery, France that we stay at for ours holidays. Before I’d seen this shot but because of a large shrub the sunlight didn’t come though so it was always in shadow. However, we have a new gardener and he has taken this bush down so allowing sunlight to come though this window now. The frosted glass of the window just adds to the spooky effect.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Look outside

Le cafe du Port, Honfleur France. I took this picture because of the gentlemen on the right, he kept glancing outside the window. Whether he was waiting for someone either that he seen something I don’t know but it made for a great street shot all the same.


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

Browsing windows

For the foreseeable future street photography not only looks different but I’m find more difficult with social distancing. You move in for the shot and because people are now more aware of someone standing closer to them, I found they tend to move out the way or look round at you.


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

Street corner portrait

Don’t normal do self portraits but with this street shot looking though the viewfinder, I saw the fat man with his dog and a Leica camera. At the same time I also viewed the image within the picture which made for something a little different with this self portrait I had not seen taken by other photographers before.

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

Restriction

Taken back in April during the lockdown I walk past this small parking restriction sign most days walking my dog. I wanted to catch the light just right so it would highlight the pot marks which look like the sign has been peppered with buck shot.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Fomapan 100 Classic film at an ISO of 800

I haven’t done much work of late, what with dealing with my late fathers estate, that and the restrictions of the Covid 19 outbreak, I have found very difficult to find the time or inspiration. Rest assured images will be coming soon as the wife and I will staying in Normandie, France very soon.