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.
As many of you know my work, I very rarely shoot colour film. So when I said to my wife I’m going to shoot some autumn pictures last Sunday, a voice came from the other room ”you are going to use colour?” So frantically looking in my photography fridge upstairs, luckily for me there was one last roll of Agfa Vista 200 colour film left, dated October 2018… Phew.
This shot hasn’t really got much in the way of autumn colour but I liked the late afternoon light and shadows across the cemetery. Only in post processing on the computer did I notice the grave in the foreground, the foot stone is propped up with white bricks!
Taken at Sheppey Cemetery, England on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH with Agfa Vista 200 film.
The newly repainted Cycle lane catching the early morning sunlight along Sheerness sea wall, England. I was taken by the way the white lines were glowing in the light against the dark, weathered concrete.
Leica M4-2, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 100 Classic film rated at 400.
While walking the dog early in the morning, the low sun give these wonderful long shadows across the pavement. Also quite like the sunbursts spots from the cars which thankfully didn’t burn out the image.
Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Fomapan 100 film.
This picture was taken over the marshes of Barton’s point, Sheerness, England.
I originally shot the image last November but was not happy with it’s outcome, there was just not enough detail of the Teasels in the image or too much flare. So I retook the picture this month, but this time using slower film, a yellow B&W filter and shot either in the day so the sun was somewhat lower in the sky.
Shot with a Leica M4-2 with the Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on Fomapan 100 Classic film, using my Weston Euro-Master lightmeter.
My dog Charlie again. I have a goal of using my Leica M4-2 without using a handheld meter. Slowly but surely I seem to be able to get exposures right without worrying about carrying the exposure meter with me. Think the exposure I used was something like 1/60 at F4 into the bright sunlight, which I’m very please with as trying to get Charlie to stay still long enough while out and about isn’t that easy!
Taken at Bartons Point Coastal Park, Kent, England on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens with Fomapan 100 Classic film and home developed in Ilford ID11.
A view over to Ridham Dock from the Kingsferry Bridge, Swale estuary.
I cropped the sky down because as I completely forgot about the power cables hanging across the Swale to the Isle of Sheppey, very unsightly and unforgivable by me! My excuse is the Zorki viewfinder isn’t the best to see though into in bright sunlight. Despite this I think the crop it makes for a good image for me and to share with all of you.
Taken mid morning on a Zorki 4K with Jupiter 8 50mm f/2 with Fomapan 400 Action film and developed in Kodak D76 for 5 minutes at 23ºc.
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.
Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai on Fomapan 100 Classic film with a yellow Photax filter.