Old Gate

Vimoutiers, France. 2022

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

Ye olde barn

Vimoutiers, France 2022

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

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I took this image yesterday morning and what a contrast from Sunny weather we had in France. Cold, drizzling rain and overcast, yep welcome home to England!

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens at Minster on Sea. 2022


French Trip.

French holiday break didn’t go to plan. First problem was the Gas for heating hadn’t been delivered, so no hot water or shower at the house. OK we can live with that, we can still boil a kettle. Following morning making plans for our day the gardener arrived. He asked could I move the car, he was wanting to use his petrol strimmer behind where my car was parked by the house. Now my French isn’t very good, the wife is a little better but the gardener English is even worse, so communications where conducted via Google Translate app on my phone …not ideal. I moved the car and started to get my gear ready when there was a knock at the door. Gardener again rattling away in French and walks off to the back of the house. Thinking he was having trouble starting the ride-on mower, I followed him to see his strimmer had kicked up a stone and hit the car, Noooo!

He was very apologetic and I am insured. So a days shooting lost, with ringing insurance and waiting. Next morning, I’m told to go to France Pare Brise in Lisieux which if you don’t know is an car glass specialist. They tell me because my Volkswagen is a ten year old car they’ll have to order the glass in …a week to ten days. After a number of phone calls including to the insurance company, wasting the whole of Wednesday I find out no where in the whole of North West France has the replacement glass I need. Great, we’re only staying a week and it’s a five hour drive home.

Clear plastic added by France Pare Brise.

Now baring in mind, we have a right hand drive car on right hand drive French roads and seeing out the window wasn’t easy, let alone being able to see the mirror. Not to mention the vehicle was not secure, so leaving it unattended was somewhat risky. My insurance told me if the car was unattended resulting in damage or theft it would not be covered by the policy.


Thursday evening we had dinner in Vimoutiers with the car parked outside the restaurant from where Monsieur Club was taken. Friday we took a chance and made our way to Honfleur with the Leica M-P. Parked in a secure car park, without a ticket the car couldn’t leave the area.

Tablet Photography.
Catching up.

Thankfully we returned to find the car untouched.

Saturday we went back to Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei which is a very tiny scenic village and Sunday for a drive in the Normandie countryside shooting landscapes with the Nikon F60. After a 350 mile very noisy drive back home and once I get my hearing back I will develop the rolls of Tri-X I shot of French landscapes.

Honfleur street images taken with Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summicron-M 35mm ASPH.

Hiding

Vimoutiers, France. August 2020

Taken on a very dull morning this image is a bit grainy but it I think it works. This shy little boy was standing in front of his mother while she was talking on the street outside this cafe. Sitting at a table opposite while drinking a morning tea, waiting for a possible shot, the moment came when peered under his mothers hand for me.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus, rated at 800.

Innocents

Bar De Normandie, Vimoutiers France. The wife and I were having a drink at this café when I noticed I was being watched by this very cute little girl. Capturing a moment like this image makes photography such a wonderful pastime.


Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Street corner portrait

Don’t normal do self portraits but with this street shot looking though the viewfinder, I saw the fat man with his dog and a Leica camera. At the same time I also viewed the image within the picture which made for something a little different with this self portrait I had not seen taken by other photographers before.

Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken in Vimoutiers on Kodak Tri-X film, rated at ISO of 800.

Smile!

Vimoutiers, France. 2020

Back from France, but in quarantine for two weeks …oh. 😞

If I catch a persons eye, I still take the shot, but now I just say ‘smile!’ …sometimes you get a great reaction.


Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and loaded with Kodak Tri-X, rated at 800.

Good company

I forget the conversion but I’m sure glad I caught this man’s expression, also I liked the way their dog was watching me as I took this image from opposite table. These two gentlemen with their dog were outside L’equerre Bistro, in Vimoutiers France.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800.

Church yard

This is the church yard of Saint Germain de Montgommery, near Vimoutiers, France.
For me, an Englishman visiting France for the first time, since my childhood you notice things in later life that you’d never looked at in your misspent youth. The headstones very different to those in the cemeteries in the Britain which all stone, many are of metal construction and that many are damaged from the conflict of 1944. I noticed this one has an inscription which seems to be a very English name for this lady.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 taken Kodak Tri-X film with a yellow B&W filter. Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes.