A Dogs Life

Broadstairs, England 2021

Spotted this little chap sitting on his mistress knee outside a café in Broadstairs high Street and my dog Charlie didn’t even notice him sitting up there.

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

Out & about with the M6

First roll with my new/old Leica M6 circa 1986 model.

Also new to me, I used Rodinal film developer for the first time processing these negatives. I’ve only ever used D76 or the equivalent ID11 developer.

For these pictures I solely used the Summicron 35mm ASPH lens and I shot two rolls of Fomapan Classic 100 film and rated it an ISO 800. The jury still out on the focusing tab, I’m 50-50 about using it and I mostly zone focused the lens on this photo walk. But by the end of the day I forgot the lens even had a tab and I have to admit with the smaller E39 size lenses the focusing tab used for precise focus does work well. Maybe I was a little too quick to dismiss it first time round and will get use to the tab in time. Glad I purchased the black chrome 1959 design of the Summilux which doesn’t have a tab unlike it’s modern sibling and really I think is totally unnecessary for a lens of that size.

‘Close up’
Tenterden High Street.

Do you think he forgot his reading glasses?

I’ve been pleasantly surprised how responsive the meter is on the M6 and it matched my Weston Euromaster lightmeter readings everytime. Despite the poor light, the LED’s in the viewfinder are clear, easy to use and very bright, if anything I found it easier than the Leica M-P (Typ 240) display, not bad for a 35 year old camera!

So this is Tenterden in Kent, England on cold, overcast December day, very soft light.


While walking along his gentlemen suddenly leaned in front of me talking on his mobile phone looking down the service road to the supermarket. Oh well, might as well take his picture now! Other side of the street, girl on the right was staring into space for ages, while the woman on her left, I think she was writing her memoirs.

Stop!

Gentleman in the middle of the image amused me, thought I was some sort of local litter enforcement, I was wearing flat cap, navy blue top, trousers, black body warmer along with my Domke F-5 bag and camera, hmm?! …think he might of dropped something he shouldn’t have.


Few pictures from the Sheerness, England.

I was amused by the local butcher was wearing a rubber turkey on his head for Christmas, taking a shot through the display window, relying the cameras meter for the exposure. On the right, a mother enjoying some phone time with her young son. I took the shot through the Cafe window, where we were having lunch at the time and guessed the exposure on this occasion by an extra stop.

Cyclist Dismount

Cyclists, you’ve got to love them!


All in all I’m very pleased with the results, what else did I expect with a Leica Meßsucher.

Well at £2400 British pounds or $3200 for just camera body you could say it’s an expensive tool or toy. Really with this camera other than different frame lines and a built in meter, is no different to my old Leica M4-2. While the Leica M3 was a lovely old camera with a fantastic built qualities, I personally found the viewfinder on the M3 much darker than my old M4-2 0.72x and the new M-P 0.68x viewfinders which both give a great view outside their frame lines too.

With prices of used Leica film cameras still climbing, I think I have made a good investment overall.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Winter Weather

Finally the cold weather has arrived in the UK. For some ice and snow, for me biting cold winds and rain …not great holding a brass camera with bare hands!

Brisk

Following morning, calm but very cold on the island. One lonely brave soul walking along the top of the shingle bank in the icy weather to work.

Chilly Commute

This has to be my favorite image. The storm is brewing over the other side of the Thames Estuary, heading south towards me. The sea is getting rougher, clouds darkening, beginning of hard rain and sleet, Storm Arwen is coming.

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

Bathtub

Rye, England. September 2021

While spending a day in Rye, the wife and I saw the couple buying an old metal bathtub at a antiques shop. At the time I wasn’t close enough to get a shot nor was their surroundings quite right for the picture. It couldn’t of been more than half an hour later as we wandered up the historic 12th century Mermaid Street I found the same couple walking along up the hill complete with the old tub …got them!

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

No one’s listening

Canterbury, England. September 2021

This guy was very good on his guitar, as the world pasted by and seemed oblivious of his music. I put a pound in his instrument case and he was quite happy for me to take some images of him as he played.

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

The Boathouse Cafe

It was a very still, cold morning when I viewed this scene over Barton’s Point Coastal Park near where we live.

Still dark when I started my walk with my dog, I picked up the camera with the thought of you never know. Not many people around at all but by the time I’d walked round to the location of the cafe, the sun was just starting to light the area enough and seeing the reflection over the lake, so I decided it might be worth a shot. One problem, the water was like glass, no movement and was looking perfect, too perfect in fact, that I wanted some moment on the water, just a ripple or two. It was then I noticed on the far right of the Cafe was a group of Ducks resting on the bank. Shame I thought, the ducks not in the water, if only they’d swim into the lake. Sitting beside waiting patiently was my dog Charlie, then a yap from him to throw his tennis ball. Quick thinking and not wanting being cruel to the birds, using his dog ball thrower and aimed the tennis ball in the direction of the resting ducks. I was no where near …my aim is rubbish, but it did have the desired effect as Charlie ran over to retrieve his ball the ducks jumped into the water and started swimming towards the centre of the lake …yay!

Charlie.

I shot the image at 1600 ISO and I have to admit I like the grain effect from the digital image (Sorry peeps, the word ‘noise’ doesn’t sound right to me, so grain it is!) along with the digital yellow filter gave a very pleasing result.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, at Barton’s Point Coastal Park, Isle of Sheppey, England. October 2021

Autumn View

I thought I had missed this picture when looked at the screen after taking it.

The sunlight was just breaking through the mist over the fields highlighting the dew across the grass and some people we know with their dogs walked into the frame, perfect I thought. Reviewing the image over a cup of tea at the local cafe, all I could see was just a two tone black rectangle and I felt sure I’d got the exposure wrong after which of course the scene had long since gone. Thankfully on the computer back home with a light adjustment in Gimp, I was able to bring the image out and found there was a lot more detail than I first thought. Reminded me of the occasions you get a film negative which on first sight seemed very dark and overexposed until you scan the frame.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) with the Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, at Barton’s Point Coastal Park, Isle of Sheppey, England. October 2021