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Mote Park, Maidstone England. July 2021

Great day for light yesterday. Very stormy with broken sunshine here in the UK, some places like London had localised flooding but for us not much rain to speak of. Walking around Mote Park, Maidstone I found unfortunately there was very few people visiting and so I had to find different subjects to shoot with my new Leica MP. Walking up from the boathouse in the background of the picture above I spotted the Canada Geese were standing in a row along the lake edge. Walking slowly around so not to disturb them I want to capture image with the storm clouds in the background but as I approached the birds to get closer with the Summicron 35mm many birds jumped in the water and paddled away leaving only half the amount of birds. In my mind I did wanted to get down to their level but with a lot of hissing I thought better of the idea …must carry my other lenses with me!


Digital filters

All went well with this shot even managing to use the built digital yellow filter. I’m half and half on using the built in digital filters, while the jury is still out on this idea seems to work well though. I would be interested to here other peoples thoughts and ideas on using this type of built in filter, maybe any pros or cons there are on using digital built in camera filters.


After a great morning shooting when I finally got home I noticed I’d still had forgotten to manually add the 35mm Summicron which is not a coded lens. May have to consider having my Leica lenses 6 bit coded. Final image is crop from the original as to the right of the picture was half a bird leaving the frame. Post processing was kept to a minimum as usual. Picture was shot in JPG, with a little dodge and burn mainly on the birds, plus the added frame by using Gimp 2.8.

Image taken on my Leica M-P (Typ-240) Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH

Memories

Loose Valley, Cave Hill Mill Pond, Maidstone. Father and his young children trying to feed the ducks last autumn. I was taken by the reflection and the light though the trees, made for a wonderful moment composed, the only fly in the ointment is the little girls hat which try as I might on a computer at lease I just could not get the detail to burn in. Might a different story in a darkroom!

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Big & bold

These beauties are Newfoundland dogs and are often having a meet with their owners over at Mote Park, Maidstone England. This the second shot from the same roll of Fomapan 100 Classic film but pushed the ISO three stops. This image I haven’t done much other than removing a hair, the usual spots, slight sharpen and framed the picture. OK the Fox Hound in the background is a little burnt out but I think this is to be expected as I did meter for the black coats of the Newfoundlands. This may well be my go to film stock from now on.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and shot on Fomapan 100 @ 800 ISO, developed in stock Kodak D76 at 20Âșc for 15 minutes.

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.

A Quite Spot

A quite spot for carp fishing on the lake fed by the River Len at Mote Park, Maidstone, England. I have been trying out some Ilford HP5 which I had rated at 800 ISO and although I’ve use this film in the past, I had never pushed this film in bright light before and so far I am very happy with the results and somewhat cheaper than Tri-X.

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Taken using my Leica M4-2, with a Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH.