Outgoing waters

Isle of Sheppey, England. August 2021

I couldn’t resist taking this shot, the light this particular morning was beautiful.

I’m finding using the M-P built in meter a bit troublesome to use and I’m finding I am going back to using my handheld Weston Euromaster V light meter. Problem is having shot so long without a integral meter, I’m shooting without it and when I do disagreeing with it’s readings. The picture above I ended up taking by guessing the exposure as with the camera’s meter I could not get it right.

I do wonder how many others find the same issue and resort back to using an external lightmeter?

 Leica M-P (Typ-240) Summicron 50mm f/2 plus digital yellow filter.

Testing, testing.

As many of you know I don’t often shot colour C41 or even E6 films, which for the life of me I don’t honestly remember when I last shot slide film. Having taken some colour images in Honfleur, France and watching Youtube videos, like by the German photographer Robin Schimko who sometimes uses colour film for street photography, I’m coming around to the idea of shooting a little more colour in my photographic life.

Kodak Pro Image 100 film

So I thought next year on our next trip to Normandy I try and use only colour film, just carrying my Leica M3 and Summicron 50mm. There is a possibility I might have a Leica Elmarit 90mm f2.8 lens as well in my camera bag if I can find a good example. I have both the Summicron 35mm lens plus two 50mm Summicron’s and for a long time now have been thinking about getting a Leica 90mm lens. Don’t not think I’ll be buying a Summicron 90mm non APO or APO versions as although it’s extremely good lens, it is enormous! The Elmarit 90mm f2.8 is far smaller with a E39 filter thread as my other Leica lenses and having seen the specifications on the Summicron 90mm lens I think will be like shooting a rangefinder with a house brick attached to the front of the camera. This lens weights in at 17.1 oz or 484 grams compared to the Tele-Elmarit of 7.957 oz./225.6g

Ken Rockwell review of the Summicron 90mm lens https://www.kenrockwell.com/leica/90mm-f2-m.htm


Onto the results of using Kodak Pro Image film, in a funny way to me this film look reminds me of the old Kodachrome in these pictures below. All pictures have been shot with no filters, shot with different light conditions and where exposed by using +1 stop with my Weston Euro Master lightmeter.

Click to enlarge images.

I used various C41 films over the years, I think mostly either AGFA Vista 200, Fujifilm Superia 200 or Kodak Color Plus 200 but like many I miss the good old days being able to purchase reasonably priced 100 ASA colour print films. There are of course a few options on the market, Kodak Professional Ektar 100 is a great film but the colours look a little rich for my taste, Kodak Portra 160 Film for a pack of five is twice the price of the Pro Image film pack. Another option would be to use a slide film like Kodak Professional Ektachrome E100 but the price at £15 or $19 a roll with the processing cost on top seems somewhat high and to me looks as it would be better used for high end portraits or landscape images as would any of the dwindling offerings from Fuji’s Fujichrome stable. 

Recently I purchase a five pack of Kodak’s Pro Image 100 film and am pretty pleased with the results of this first test roll. I don’t do reviews but this film I found to give a very good render of all the colours I observed when shooting this film. The only issue I found was during scanning with my Nikon Coolscan V scanner was I did find the images appear with a blue cast and never noticed this with either Agfa Vista or Kodak’s Color Plus films. This was corrected easily with Gimp 2.8 and the only other step I had to undertake was a little straightening on some of the pictures.

One simple click of Gimp’s white balance control cured the blue cast.

All images taken on my Leica M3 with the Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Pro Image 100 film in October of this year.

Development of this film was done by https://www.ag-photolab.co.uk/

Robin Schimko website: https://www.fotodesign-rs.de/

Seafront Parking

Hope everyone keeping well out there.

While out with the dog before the current curfew, I heard children playing on the beach below the seawall. It was then I noticed the two scooters and a child’s bike resting against the railings.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 and shot on Fomapan 100 @ 800 ISO using sunny sixteen rule at Minster seafront, Kent England.

Anglers hope

Vierville-sur-Mer, Normandie in France, better known to you as Omaha Beach. This picture I shot as the weather closed in, moments later the heavens began to open. The view is looking out from the seafront to this pier is now joined to what was part of Mulberry A Harbour. Later on having developed the film I discovered I had underexposed the shot by a stop, but all the same I’m pleased with the resulting image.

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Taken on a Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a Yellow Photax filter on Fomapan 100 Classic film and developed in Ilford ID11 for 6 minutes at 22ºc.

Rough Shores

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…

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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

Causeway light

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.

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Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai on Fomapan 100 Classic film with a yellow Photax filter.