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.
Warden, Isle of Sheppey, England.
Two hours after sunrise, on the start of what was to be a very hot day. This was the image I viewed over this old concrete causeway at Warden seafront. The light was fantastic that Sunday morning and I only wish I had maybe shot in colour, as the green algae growing on the causeway was glowing from the light behind though the overlapping waves. Still very happy with the result all the same.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai on Fomapan 100 Classic film with a yellow Photax filter.
‘Leaving our mark on the world for new generations to clean up’.
Which for me sums up the state of some of our beaches in Britain today with all the junk and rubbish left behind from past and present around our coastline.
This is the beach at Warden, Isle of Sheppey, England. The pebble beach is mainly covered in chalk and hard clay from the eroding cliffs behind, which why the old World War Two defences have toppled into the sea, never to be removed. The old motorbike, well you can have a guess how that got there. The same can be said of the sofa behind me in this shot.
The Leica M4-2 has been sent off for a full CLA service at cameraworks-uk.com I’m back to using the old Nikon for the next eight weeks or so.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film in the morning.
Another picture from the Leica. I’m finding street photography so much easier with the rangefinder camera.
Image taken on the Minster Leas, Isle of Sheppey, England. First good day of summer weather last month when I saw this couple sitting on the seafront talking, It was then I noticed this lady’s tattoos across her back, her hand gesture and with the older couple walking past, it completed the shot.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on Fomapan 100 Classic film and developed in Kodak D76 for 9 minutes at 20ºc.