Grandfathers tools

I haven’t had much chance to get out and about last few days. So I’ve been thinking about maybe doing a little still life digital image like the picture I shot of my late father’s photo album picture Dad’s photographic life

After my father’s pasting I inherited all of the tools from his shed, many from both of my Grandfathers. Among these items are many old tins and cardboard boxes full of nails, screws and tacks of all sizes. I been fascinated by many of these old tins, some must be over 60 or 70 years old. Unfortunately some of these old tobacco tins have become so rusty or worn off the original painted labels have become unreadable. Along with many of his old hand tools, I liked the idea of a collage of his few belongs I possess as a still life.

These few tins are from my late Mother’s father, one Reginald Norman who pasted away before I was born in 1959. My Grandmother Elsie told me he died from complications from Emphysema and this was blamed on his smoking habit. He had health issues all his life and interesting to see the asthma, throat lozenges and ‘Potter’s Asthma smoking mixture’ tins which he had obviously been using due to his ill health. Sadly we now know it wasn’t Emphysema that caused his demise but Asbestosis.

Before and after the Second World War, Reginald was a plumber by trade and in those days they thought nothing about cutting up asbestos pipe lagging by hand, so you can imagine the exposure to the asbestos fibres he must had in lofts, cupboards and cellars while carrying out his work. Add to this during the war he was working in North London repairing, maintaining Army trucks and mobile canteens. Twice he was blown across the workshop floor by German bombs during the Blitz.

Image taken with LED bulb lighting the subject and daylight from shed window behind. B&W 2 x neutral density filter used for both images.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens.

Reginald Arthur Norman
1912 – 1959

Summilux

Well, what can I say …I’m in love!

This was the first shot taken using the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH on the Leica M-P of my dog Charlie on the beach. Shot wide open at an very bright afternoon yesterday, the ISO was set to 200 with a B+W 43mm Neutral Density 2 Stop filter attached, and the camera set to black and white plus digital yellow filter. I waited for Charlie to come back up the beach until he moved into the depth of field and this is the resulting image. Shot JPG I have done nothing to the picture other than uploading it here for you all to see.

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Today the my wife Helen and I spent a day at Broadstairs in Kent and wherever possible I shot this lens wide open. Having had lunch in this little fish and chip shop I roughly set the distance, leaving the f stop on 1.4 and the camera on Aperture priority (which I think is the first time I’d used AP on this camera) and the resulting picture I think is amazing considering the lens is wide open.

I can now appreciate why they say this lens is so good, it’s like using autofocus lens …you can’t miss!

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.

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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