Quality time

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica MP, Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH, B&W neutral density filter on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Glow

Minster on Sea, England. 2021

I took this last year on a very early morning walk with my dog. The curve of the shoreline looks so surreal but I can assure you this how it looked on this sunrise.

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

Grandfathers tools

I haven’t had much chance to get out and about last few days. So I’ve been thinking about maybe doing a little still life digital image like the picture I shot of my late father’s photo album picture Dad’s photographic life

After my father’s pasting I inherited all of the tools from his shed, many from both of my Grandfathers. Among these items are many old tins and cardboard boxes full of nails, screws and tacks of all sizes. I been fascinated by many of these old tins, some must be over 60 or 70 years old. Unfortunately some of these old tobacco tins have become so rusty or worn off the original painted labels have become unreadable. Along with many of his old hand tools, I liked the idea of a collage of his few belongs I possess as a still life.

These few tins are from my late Mother’s father, one Reginald Norman who pasted away before I was born in 1959. My Grandmother Elsie told me he died from complications from Emphysema and this was blamed on his smoking habit. He had health issues all his life and interesting to see the asthma, throat lozenges and ‘Potter’s Asthma smoking mixture’ tins which he had obviously been using due to his ill health. Sadly we now know it wasn’t Emphysema that caused his demise but Asbestosis.

Before and after the Second World War, Reginald was a plumber by trade and in those days they thought nothing about cutting up asbestos pipe lagging by hand, so you can imagine the exposure to the asbestos fibres he must had in lofts, cupboards and cellars while carrying out his work. Add to this during the war he was working in North London repairing, maintaining Army trucks and mobile canteens. Twice he was blown across the workshop floor by German bombs during the Blitz.

Image taken with LED bulb lighting the subject and daylight from shed window behind. B&W 2 x neutral density filter used for both images.

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

Reginald Arthur Norman
1912 – 1959

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.