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.
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.
St Mary’s Church, Reculver, England. Also known as the Reculver towers, is the all that remains of St. Mary’s which was demolished with gunpowder in 1809 after year of disuse. Described on Wikipedia as described as “an act of vandalism for which there can be few parallels even in the blackest records of the nineteenth century”
This location has been photographed so many times, I think it would be impossible to count the images taken. On the day I was there, I observed three other people where taking pictures of the church.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film, and a yellow B&W filter.
Whitstable seafront, England. Local sailing club had finished their morning racing and were coming in as the tide was going out. I liked this shot because not only capturing the man’s expression but the queue of boats waiting to be brought up the jetty.
Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens with a B&W yellow filter. Shot on Kodak T-Max P3200 film at a ISO of 800.
I was taking pictures of the seafront when I spotted this couple at this beach hut. This image appeals to me because of the gentlemen mowing the grass, and his wife was doing the spring cleaning, obviously a home from home.
Taken on Nikon F80, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D, on Fomapan 100 Classic film.
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.
Rusting mooring post on the old Neptune jetty in Sheerness, England. I deliberately over exposed this picture in the bright sunlight with a shallow depth of field, which also give the image an old look about it.
Taken on Fomapan 100 Classic film with a Nikon F80, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D and developed in Kodak D76.
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
A morning view after work walking the dog, looking out towards the Isle of Sheppey sailing club and the old Cheyney Rock Pier, Sheerness, England.
I took the shot having metered for sea in hope of capturing the sun’s rays coming from behind the cloud bank in the sky and I used no filters either! Lucky shot, maybe. The picture didn’t need much editing, just straightening of the horizon and removing a few dust and hair marks here and there.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI and taken on Fujifilm Superia 400 film.