Hi I'm Martin Smith, a amateur photographer that likes to shoot solely film. I use black & white with the odd colour image thrown in and mainly use a Leica M4-2 & M3 with Summicron 35mm, 50mm plus I now have a 90mm f/2.8 Tele-Elmarit-M lens. I tend to shoot anything I like, objects, scenes, landscape or street life. My film of choice now is Fomapan 100 Classic.
Weeks after I have taken this picture this area is two or three worse still and the grass where we walk our dog, the water comes up around your boots as the ground is so saturated. Anyhow, what with the on going lockdown restrictions, photography is becoming a little harder to do at present especially street photography. So my attention has turned to a little local landscape photography.
Taken last month at Bartons Point Coastal Park, Isle of Sheppey, England. I took this shot not only for the sunlight reflecting in the water but because the different puddles across the fields leading to the horizon.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Fomapan 400 film with a B&W yellow filter.
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.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot Ilford HP5 plus film at an ISO 800.
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?
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.
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.
Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a B&W yellow filter and shot on Fomapan 100 film pushed to a ISO of 400.
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.
Leica M3, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, B&W yellow filter and taken on Kodak Tri-X film rated at 800 ISO.
I don’t normally take pictures of just the sky, but this stuck me because of the amount of passenger airliner vapour trails criss-crossing above me forming a pattern of intersecting lines across from the Cumulus into the Cirrus clouds. Might of even been better in colour, but black and white film was loaded at the time.
Taken over Barton’s Point, Isle of Sheppey, England with my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Fomapan 100 Classic film rated at 400, plus a yellow B&W filter.
St Mary’s Church, Reculver, England. Also known as the Reculver towers, is the all that remains of St. Mary’s which was demolished with gunpowder in 1809 after year of disuse. Described on Wikipedia as described as “an act of vandalism for which there can be few parallels even in the blackest records of the nineteenth century”
This location has been photographed so many times, I think it would be impossible to count the images taken. On the day I was there, I observed three other people where taking pictures of the church.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film, and a yellow B&W filter.
Taken at the house we were staying at in Saint Germain de Montgommery, France. This tree is in the grounds, and must be some 60-70 foot tall. Looking up, I liked the morning sunlight catching the cones.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800 with a B&W Red filter.
I wanted to get something a little different from the usual pictures taken of this landmark in France. Taken end of last month, the day became very bright, hot, with a approximately 1.5 mile walk from where you park the car. I had already set-up for doing street photography with an ISO 800 I thought the images would be too dark, all the same, I’m pleased with the result. One point of advise to anyone thinking of visiting Mont Saint-Michel, go early! My wife and I were amazed how crowded this tourist attraction was, once we were on the Mont, we found it near impossible to get around it as there was so many visitors.
Taken using a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm with a B&W red filter on Kodak Tri-X film.