The Chair

This shot is a little pushing film experiment. I came across portrait shots done by Matthew Osborne (MrLeica.com) using Fomapan 100 Classic film but he had pushed to an ISO of 800 and the results are very good. I’m certainly very please at what I have had so far and knew what the film stock was able to being pushed two stops, so I’m testing the idea over this few months as a possible every day bulk film.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and shot on Fomapan 100 Classic film @ 800 ISO. Exposure was 1/125 @ f/2.8. Developed in stock Kodak D76 at 20ºc for 15 minutes, although looking at the negatives which are a little dark I might try 14 minutes next time.

This picture is on my Flickr account if you want to see a larger version.

Pathway

Mote Park, Maidstone, England. A very dull, wet winters morning.  The sunlight was silhouetting people, children and their dogs against the wet pathway. This shot I am amazed with as normally with a Summicron lenses you will get lens flare looking into the sun but this shot some how I avoided it.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot Ilford HP5 plus film at an ISO 800.

Posts

Minster Leas, Isle of Sheppey, England.

After shooting my image ‘Only the Bones‘ you can see some old posts in the background which I think maybe part of an old pier or even for a floating pontoon as these old structures are some eight feet in height. Maybe the old barges where part of the pier, who knows?

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Taken using my Leica M4-2, with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 100 Classic film rated at 400 ISO and a B&W yellow filter.

 

Tyler’s Cottage

Tyler’s Cottage in Loose Valley, Maidstone, England.

The sunlight was just catching the building and the fur tree to my left, highlighting the scene between the clouds. Unfortunately, I did lose some of the detail from house because of the sunlight, which amazed me how burn’t out it was despite metering for white of the building.  On the plus side with this image turned out using the trees to hid the ugly modern aerial and satellite dish which would otherwise spoil the scene.

Tyler's Cottage

Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

November’s Stream

I am really pleased with this picture. This is the view of the stream running though Loose Valley, Maidstone England. With most of the autumn leaves down now, the soft light over the rippling water and the reflections of the trees above, it made for a wonderful image that was just right for black and white film.

Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Late shadows

As many of you know my work, I very rarely shoot colour film. So when I said to my wife I’m going to shoot some autumn pictures last Sunday, a voice came from the other room ”you are going to use colour?” So frantically looking in my photography fridge upstairs, luckily for me there was one last roll of Agfa Vista 200 colour film left, dated October 2018… Phew.

This shot hasn’t really got much in the way of autumn colour but I liked the late afternoon light and shadows across the cemetery. Only in post processing on the computer did I notice the grave in the foreground, the foot stone is propped up with white bricks!

Late shadows

Taken at Sheppey Cemetery, England on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH with Agfa Vista 200 film.

Calm water

Sheerness Holiday Park, Isle of Sheppey, England on a very still morning, an hour after dawn. The Military Canal water was like a mirror, which was lucky as moments later after I’d taken the image a couple of Mute swans came to land.

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Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a B&W yellow filter and shot on Fomapan 100 film pushed to a ISO of 400.

Dawn view

View one morning over the Military canal, Isle of Sheppey, England. I like this shot for the sky and reflection, maybe I should have moved over more to the right for the composition to get the tree further into the image. Somehow I just could not get the picture to look right.

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Leica M3, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, B&W yellow filter and taken on Kodak Tri-X film rated at 800 ISO.

Only the Bones

I could never get this scene quite right but this is my third attempt and I happy with the result. A hazy, overcast day at the far end of Minster Leas, Isle of Sheppey, England there is what remains of these old metal barges of which I think there’s seven or maybe eight hulks slowly succumbing to the sea. Also the posts in the background maybe part of an old pier as they are too tall to be old groyne posts.

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Note to self and other dog owners, don’t let your dog take his ball with him when you go to the location of your shoot… as the little monkey wouldn’t stop barking for me to throw his soggy ball!

Charlie on the mud

Taken using my Leica M4-2, with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 100 Classic film rated at 400 ISO and a B&W yellow filter.

You can view a larger image of ‘Only the Bones’ here; flickr