Old Gate

Vimoutiers, France. 2022

Nikon F60, Tamron AF 28-80mm ASPH lens, Kodak Tri-X and a Tiffen yellow filter

Space Suit

Warning!

Never go into a Leica store! …your wallet will feel lighter afterwards.

Not a good idea really, so partly on a whim I went in not having real idea what I was looking or thinking of buying anything. I find myself looking at the Leica MP (Typ-240), a MA (Typ-127), M6 and M4’s, then part exchanged my Leica M3 with the 50mm Summicron DR lens. I came out with a used very good example M6 and a very cheap, bargain price Summicron 35mm ASPH 6 bit lens. I say cheap because the although in excellent condition, this lens had no original box, caps, case, lens hood or Leica papers and was cheaper than my original 35 Summicron from three years ago. Amazes me how someone can lose these items for a Leica Summicron lens …sacrilege!

I know I said I was going shoot only with a 50mm focal length but I soon regretted not having a 35mm to hand in the camera bag. This thought has come to me a few times while being out with the camera of late and I find myself looking around on the web at lenses. Still, I think 70 – 80% of my work will be with a 50mm lens.

Minster on Sea, England. 2021

This lovely lady had stopped to talk to my wife. While the women were gassing the sun made a rare appearance this particular morning lighting up her shining puffer coat and her face. With the incoming stormy weather coming in from behind I couldn’t not take the image.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summicron-M 35mm ASPH.

I’m taking the M6 with the 35 Summicron out for shoot this Thursday, so as they say ‘watch this space’

The storyteller

I was lucky with this shot. I’d taken a few images of people sitting outside this public house in Faversham, England on market day and as the sun had made an appearance I couldn’t clearly see what I had captured. Later, having got home I found this one which I thought was ideal with the gentlemen’s mouth wide open to the right and the woman covering her eyes from the sunlight.

I shot the images with the Summilux wide open, ISO 200 using my Leica M-P (Typ 240) and using a B+W Neutral Density 2 x Stop filter.

Faversham Market, England. September 2021

The Spider

Funny how you take a shot and don’t notice a small element of the image until post processing. I was taking pictures of the grasses lit up by the morning sunlight using my new M-P and having shot a number of images I returned home.

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Even while finishing the image I still hadn’t noticed the spider until as always I view my finished pictures large on my 30 inch computer screen. Although the spider is very small, the detail of the web when seen large is just amazing to me and completes the picture in a subtle way. Think this image is going to used a large wall print for our new home.

For those of you struggling to see the creature and think Martin has lost his marbles, below in a close up of the image above.

Taken with my Leica M-P and Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH

Flood light

Yes I know, corny title.

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.

The Street

Loose, England. I took this shot because the sunlight back lighting the gardens but now the more I look at this image it somehow reminds me of the vintage pictures you see taken of these villages

The Street

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH, with a yellow B&W filter and shot on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Late shadows

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!

Late shadows

Taken at Sheppey Cemetery, England on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH with Agfa Vista 200 film.

Cycle

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.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH on Fomapan 100 Classic film rated at 400.