The Boathouse Cafe

It was a very still, cold morning when I viewed this scene over Barton’s Point Coastal Park near where we live.

Still dark when I started my walk with my dog, I picked up the camera with the thought of you never know. Not many people around at all but by the time I’d walked round to the location of the cafe, the sun was just starting to light the area enough and seeing the reflection over the lake, so I decided it might be worth a shot. One problem, the water was like glass, no movement and was looking perfect, too perfect in fact, that I wanted some moment on the water, just a ripple or two. It was then I noticed on the far right of the Cafe was a group of Ducks resting on the bank. Shame I thought, the ducks not in the water, if only they’d swim into the lake. Sitting beside waiting patiently was my dog Charlie, then a yap from him to throw his tennis ball. Quick thinking and not wanting being cruel to the birds, using his dog ball thrower and aimed the tennis ball in the direction of the resting ducks. I was no where near …my aim is rubbish, but it did have the desired effect as Charlie ran over to retrieve his ball the ducks jumped into the water and started swimming towards the centre of the lake …yay!

Charlie.

I shot the image at 1600 ISO and I have to admit I like the grain effect from the digital image (Sorry peeps, the word ‘noise’ doesn’t sound right to me, so grain it is!) along with the digital yellow filter gave a very pleasing result.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, at Barton’s Point Coastal Park, Isle of Sheppey, England. October 2021

Grandfathers Pride

Came across this little scene of the grandchild in the push chair outside the grandparents caravan in Barton’s Point Coastal Park.

My wife was with me at the time and answered little one with a hello, without thinking I took this image. I didn’t compose the picture or really take in the scene properly. A few days later review my images I noticed the dog in the background. I don’t ever remember seeing a dog there at the time. Without the dog to the left of this picture looking over as well I don’t think the image would have worked somehow.

Taken with the cameras digital yellow filter and a B&W 2 X Neutral density filter does give the image a vignette look which I quite like. Only post processing has been a bit of dodge and burn on the grandfather in the doorway.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, at Isle of Sheppey, England. September 2021

The Spider

Funny how you take a shot and don’t notice a small element of the image until post processing. I was taking pictures of the grasses lit up by the morning sunlight using my new M-P and having shot a number of images I returned home.

click to enlarge image.


Even while finishing the image I still hadn’t noticed the spider until as always I view my finished pictures large on my 30 inch computer screen. Although the spider is very small, the detail of the web when seen large is just amazing to me and completes the picture in a subtle way. Think this image is going to used a large wall print for our new home.

For those of you struggling to see the creature and think Martin has lost his marbles, below in a close up of the image above.

Taken with my Leica M-P and Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH

Shining through

I’ve shot this sort of image before but this time the clouds where just right covering the whole of the sky giving very soft low light when sunlight wasn’t breaking through the cloud bank.

Picture was taken the following morning after Storm ‘Evert’

I just love the way our Met Office has for the past couple of years have to name these weather fronts we have from time to time here in the UK. Think they’ve got jealous of the United States and other parts of the world with the cyclone, hurricane and typhoon names.

Taken with my Summicron-M 50mm f/2, digital yellow filter preset and shot in Minster on Sea, England.


Colour saturation worries.

Finding my feet with my new Leica M-P, I have been a little concerned about colour images being too rich. I discover there two colour film presets built in to the camera. Not wanting to get too deep into digital manipulation of any kind the original JPG image below was taken without ‘smooth’ film setting. This might look ok to some but me looks wrong, missing detail and doesn’t represent what observed this morning when I shot this image.

On the one hand I wonder if this is cheating but on the other realise it a get way of toning down the colours which would be in my eyes over saturated. Shot with the film Smooth setting, I still had to bring down the levels within Gimp to get the picture below just right though.

Taken with the Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH at Bartons Point Coastal Park.


Reading the Leica M-P operating manual while walking around and using this camera I feel like the German officer played by Gert Frobe in 1956 film Those Magnificent Men
in their Flying Machines

In the film having never flown a flying machine, he said “there is nothing a German officer cannot do” …later you see him reading the aircraft flying instructions while flying the aeroplane!

Image courtesy of forgottenfilmcast.wordpress.com

Picnic in the Rain

Sheerness, England – January 2021

Last years Cygnets now matured having a paddle in rain at Bartons Point Coastal Park, which now is always empty except for the occasional dog walker and a fool walking around with his Leica.

Sadly, the Boat House Café is now another victim of the continued lockdown and I’d be surprised if it ever opens again. Shows how much it had rained, these birds swimming around what normally grass.

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